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Learning & Development: Microaggressions, engaging Latinos, legacy giving, diversity awareness

ANR Learning & Development - Everyone can learn something new
Archived Webinar Recordings
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Microaggressions: Towards Greater Awareness and Understanding (UC Davis)
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

1 – 4 p.m. or
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
1 – 4 p.m.
Register here. If seats are filled, select “Express Interest” and you may be added if a spot comes free.

Our socialization includes conditioning in how we understand differences and our identities and how those identities are understood and experienced at the individual and structural levels. Using the work of Derald Wing Sue, this session explores the phenomenon of microaggressions in everyday life by increasing awareness of common occurrences, understanding its impact on those who experience them, and exploring strategies on how to mitigate and respond to them.

This course is developed by the Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR) as a part of its Diversity Education Program, and is offered in partnership with Staff Development and Professional Services (SDPS).

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (Q1, Session 1)
Jan. 19, 2021 (and Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, 2021)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register here For eXtension members only

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension's best practices for solving important community issues? Are you interested in becoming an innovation facilitator/coach for future Impact Collaborative events and to support your institution's teams and teams across the nation? Are you already an innovation facilitator or a team member who would like a refresher on the innovation skill-building process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us to explore the Impact Collaborative's innovation skill-building experience in a whole new way: The ISBE will meet via Zoom for four sessions covering specific ISBE building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact.

Virtual Crucial Conversations Training
March 1 to 5, 2021

10 a.m.- Noon each day
Apply online here. Applications are due Monday, January 18th.

Who should apply?
UC ANR academics, staff employees, and Cooperative Extension county-paid employees who have not taken Crucial Conversations Training in the past are welcome to apply. It is important that applicants get their supervisor approval before applying for this training. 

A limited number of seats are available for this five-day training session. Participants must be able to commit to the full 10-hour training.  

If you are selected, you will be notified by Monday, Feb. 1. Cancellations after Feb. 21 will be charged a cancellation fee of $195 to cover materials (participants toolkit/manual, "Crucial Conversations" e-book, .mp3 upload Audio Companion). If you are unable to commit to the full training, please do not apply.

Contacts for more information:
Program: Linda Marie Manton at or at 559-871.5759

Logistics: ANR Program Support Unit, Julia Kalika (530) 750-1361

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Engaging Latinos and creating partnerships with Latino media
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Noon-12:30 pm

In this webinar, program educators, advisors and directors will learn best practices to reach and engage Latinos, and the importance of creating partnerships with their local media.

By the end of this webinar, you will have knowledge on 

  • Assessing your audience
  • Knowing relevant issues
  • Building relationships/understanding cultural relevance
  • Partnering with community organizations
  • Social media vs. traditional media

Please click this URL to join: Password: 4Learning | Or join by phone: +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Legacy giving to your programs

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the role planned gifts (gifts from a donor's will or estate plan) can play in your fundraising strategy. This webinar will provide a basic overview of the most popular planned giving options, discuss strategies for donor outreach, and provide you practical guidance on how to work with Development Services to secure planned gifts to your program.

  • Learn about planned gifts and why they matter
  • Explore the most popular types of planned giving vehicles
  • Understand how to message and inform your donors of planned giving opportunities

Presented by: Kelly Scott, Major Gifts Officer and MaryCiricillo, 4-H Foundation Director

Please click this URL to join.
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

NIFA AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Virtual team-building and networking event
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2020

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

The USDA NIFA AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program solicits creative and visionary project applications that use transdisciplinary teams and integrated research, education, and extension/outreach activities to promote convergence of science and technology to solve present and future food and agricultural production system challenges. Specifically, funding support projects focused on increasing agricultural productivity; optimizing water and nitrogen use efficiency; protecting yield losses from stresses, diseases, and pests; reducing food-borne diseases; and advancing development of biobased fuels, chemicals and coproducts. 

The 90-minute webinar will focus on SAS Priority Area A9201, which is limited to Coordinated Agricultural Projects not exceeding $10 million in funding over 5-years.

The session will provide an overview of the SAS program proposal requirements as well as a review of successful awards from past funding cycles. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with one another and explore potential collaborations. At this workshop, those interested in team-building should come prepared to provide an overview of your research interest and how your work may address one of the SAS priorities as well as specific expertise or partnerships that you may bring to a collaboration.

The overall goal of the session is to provide UC ANR academics support for building collaborative and successful SAS proposal teams. The event is geared to participants that have completed a letter of intent submission directed to SAS Priority Area A9201, due by Jan. 7, 2021.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please review the RFA at

With Vanity Campbell, ANR Office of Contracts and Grants.

Please click this URL to join.
Password: 4Learning |  +1 669 900 6833  | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Black History Month at UC ANR - SAVE THE DATES
Wednesdays -
Feb. 3, 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker with remarks from Glenda Humiston and John Fox
Feb. 10, 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Virtual Museum Tour & Group Discussion National Museum of African American Culture and History
Feb. 17, 2 - 3 p.m. Viritual Farm and Tour, Yisrael Family Farms, Sacramento
Feb. 24, 2 - 3 p.m. Black Farmers Panel Discussion and Q&A.

Contacts for more information
Content: Esther Mosase, UCCE San Diego, Community Education Specialist
Logistics: Kellie McFarland, ANR Program Support Unit, 530-750-1361

UC ANR Mastering Communication Series Certificate: Part I (UC ANR)
Wednesdays - Jan. 27, Feb. 10, and Feb. 24, 2021

2 - 3 p.m.
Register here (Must attend each class in the series)

Be one of the first!
UC ANR Learning & Development is starting its first Certificate Cohort with a focus on communication. Join in to earn Part I of the “Mastering Communication” and “Building Success” series. Be one of the first to attend three 1-hour sessions spread over 6 weeks.

The goal of our work is to positively impact communities. Facilitating such change in part requires effective communication skills. Building such communication competency means sharpening skills in several topic areas, such as verbal and written communication, application of technology, educational programming and interpersonal skills.

What's required?

  1. Complete the online presentation and quiz for each of the three modules.
  2. Develop a brief capstone for each session and
  3. Participate in three 1-hour learning session to share capstone ideas, receive feedback on yours and provide feedback to others. Read more here.

Picture a Scientist” Film viewing and panel discussion (UC Davis)

Save the date for viewing Jan. 23-25, 2021
Roundtable Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Registration information will be available soon.

Please join the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Women in Medicine and Health Sciences and Isabel P. Montañez and Dawn Sumner, professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, for an opportunity to view the 2020 Tribeca film selection “Picture a Scientist” about the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. We will publish a link to view the film online for 72 hours.

Communicating within Teams (LinkedIn Learning)

Click to access course. If you want a Linkedin Learning account request one be emailing

Communication is an integral part of strong teamwork. In this course, Duke University professor Daisy Lovelace walks managers through how to cultivate the communication practices of high-performing teams. She highlights the foundations of successful teams and explains how to craft a team charter to establish ground rules for how you work together as a cohesive group. She also discusses essential elements of team communication — such as creating a shared vision and holding team mates accountable — and shows how to best communicate with your team in different settings.

Diversity Awareness for New Supervisors and Leads (UC Davis)
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Register here.

Presented by Diversity & Inclusion Education and Training
Sponsored by Staff Development and Professional Services & the Office of Campus Community Relations

This course covers the skills necessary for working and leading in a multicultural community and explores ways to create a respectful and inclusive work environment. Supervisors and leads at UC Davis contribute to a campus culture that values diversity. Course discussions will focus on ways to integrate the UC Davis Principles of Community into your workplace.

Topics include:

  • Developing personal and organizational cultural competence
  • Implementing practical strategies that promote inclusion and respect

Developed by the Office of Campus Community Relations as a part of its Diversity Education Program, this course is offered in partnership with Staff Development and Professional Services. This class is a part of the Developing as a Supervisor Certificate Series. More information on the Developing as a Supervisor Certificate Series can be found here.


Everyone can learn something new.
ANR Learning & Development

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Jodi Azulai

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8:44 AM

Learning & Development: Food resiliency, fund my program, navigating conflict, volunteer development

Upcoming webinars
Past Webinar Recordings
Offering a webinar?

Food Resiliency Spotlight Series Webinar #5 - Farm boxes and food hubs: Building local food system resilience during COVID-19
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Register to attend here.
This webinar will address both small farm support/viability and meeting the needs of food insecure populations.

Please fund my program! Developing your case for support for donors
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Whether you are seeking gift or grant funding, connecting your work with a donor's own goals, values and interests is essential to ensure a successful outcome. Join Development Services team members Kelly Scott and Andrea Ambrose for a practical and straightforward approach to developing your case statement. This session will walk you through the process and will provide resources to help you to tell the story of your impact and define what needs your work will address – especially valuable during challenging times. Participants will:

  • learn how a clearly defined case for support can enhance their fundraising efforts and increase their chance for success.
  • be introduced to a simple process for identifying the key impacts of their work including the needs/problems it addresses/solves.
  • have easy to use templates to assist in articulating their unique case statement
  • better understand how Development Services can provide practical resources and training opportunities

Zoom: - 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656  - Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule."
Sept. 11-12, 2020
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Register here.

This conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair and more! Click to read more.

Navigating conflict & tough conversations in agriculture
Sept. 14, 2020; 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Register here.

In this series of five engaging 30-minute sessions, you'll learn tips and strategies for having constructive interactions that can lead to better outcomes for everyone involved. You will also learn precautions to keep yourself safe in highly charged situations. These online sessions are an adaptation of a three-hour workshop we offered in 2019. Whether the content is new to you or you simply want a refresher, we hope you'll participate and share the opportunity with colleagues. Read more here.

Volunteer professional development and skills: What do CA 4-H volunteers want?
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
11 a.m. – Noon

Join presenters Dorina Espinoza, Car Mun Kok, Liliana Vega and Steven Worker, who will share research findings on the skill areas and competencies that are important to 4-H volunteers and the professional development opportunities through which they want to build those skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions on how they would apply this information to inform volunteer professional development in order to meet their needs and develop their capacity to be effective volunteers.

We anticipate that participants in our session would gain understanding in the skill areas that 4-H volunteers view as important and the professional development opportunities that volunteers want and need. Our session will inform participants on the topic areas that volunteers felt are important for them to develop in order to become more competent 4-H volunteers. We will also inform participants on the process or delivery modes for skill learning and professional development, as reported by volunteers. We anticipate that participants would be able to use the information in their 4-H volunteer development efforts. Zoom: - 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656  - Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Digital Technology eFieldbook Webinar
Sept. 16, 2020 11 a.m.- Noon
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Learn key takeaways and findings of the project Using Digital Technology eFieldbook. The eFieldbook was created by the eXtension Foundation as part of a 1-year agreement between the USDA-NIFA and eXtension's New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE). Many Cooperative Extension professionals from around the country contributed to this eFieldbook which contains:

  • Perspective pieces with a future focus
  • Discussion about Connect Extension and Instagram
  • Curated resources in areas including:
      -Science communications
      -Web accessibility
      -Leveraging content

Content for the eFieldbook was informed in part by a survey with more than 300 respondents, and the COVID-19 crisis, which increased demand for social media content and training relating to our work in Cooperative Extension.

Inclusive content: Best practices for creating engaging online content & improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities (eXtension)

Sept. 17, 2020 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Click here to register

Cooperative Extension professionals are increasingly using social media to reach audiences we serve, including those with disabilities. Content that is accessible and inclusive benefits everyone. While no social media platform is 100% accessible, there are many things that we can do to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities. In this webinar hosted by eXtension Foundation, you'll learn about:

  • The components of social media accessibility;
  • How to include image descriptions in your posts;
  • The importance of using contrast in color choices;
  • Using descriptive links;
  • Video captioning; 
  • Best practices for using hashtags and emojis;
  • Tips for using the accessibility features on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube;
  • How YouTube can be used as a tool to generate .srt files to use in videos for other platforms like Twitter and Instagram;
  • What to avoid; and
  • Where to go for additional information.

The webinar will include an interactive portion, enabling participants to see best practices in action. You'll come away with tips, techniques, resources and a wealth of practical knowledge.

Leading in time of crisis and beyond – Relational Connection WebANR
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Join Frank McPherson, Director SF Bay Area Cooperative Extension to learn how to build a relational connection to your teams times of crisis and remote work using tools of listening, empathy, resilience, and agility.
Zoom: - 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656  - Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Utah's rural online initiative: connecting rural communities with remote work

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Noon – 1 p.m.
Register here

Join Paul Hill, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Utah State University. He will present USU's new program to help people in rural communities prepare for the future. This program assists people in developing skills needed for remote work. The purpose of the Rural Online Initiative program is to provide Utah's rural workforce with education, training, and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work and e-commerce.

The University of California Land Grab: A Legacy of Profit from Indigenous Land

Widescale U.S. higher education began in 1862 when the Morrill Act provided each state with “public” lands to sell for the establishment of university endowments. The public land-grant university movement is lauded as the first major federal funding for higher education and for making liberal and practical education accessible to Americans of average means. However hidden beneath the oft-told land-grant narrative is the land itself: the nearly 11 million acres of land sold through the Morrill Act was expropriated from tribal nations. This two-part forum examines the 150,000 acres of Indigenous land that funded the University of California, how this expropriation is intricately tied to California's unique history of Native dispossession and genocide, and how UC continues to benefit from this wealth accumulation today. We will then explore current university initiatives with tribes and engage in a community dialogue on actions the University of California can take to address their responsibility to California Indigenous communities.

Part 1: Unearthing indigenous land dispossession in the founding of the University of California
Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. – Noon
Register here.

Preliminary schedule
Moderator: Phenocia Bauerle (Apsaálooke) Director, Native American Student Development, UC Berkeley

Land-Grab Universities and the Morrill Act

  • Robert Lee, University Lecturer in American History, University of Cambridge
    Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), Editor-in-Chief, Texas Observer

The University of California as a Land-Grab Institution

Part 2: From Land-grab to land acknowledgment and beyond
Friday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.– Noon
Register here.
Preliminary schedule

Moderator: Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Ph.D. student, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and program manager, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley  

  • Current initiatives between UC system and California Indigenous communities 
    • Moderator: Clifford Trafzer (Wyandot), Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UC Riverside
    • Valentin Lopez (Amah Mutsun), Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
    • Jennifer Sowerwine, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
    • Beth Rose Middleton, Professor and Chair of Native American Studies, UC Davis
  • Inspirations for accountability from land-grant university siblings
    • Moderator: Christina Snider, Tribal Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Executive Secretary of the Native American Heritage Commission
    • Christie M. Poitra, Interim Director, Native American Institute, Michigan State University
  • Breakout sessions: Call to action (moderated by 6 Native American graduate students and staff at UC Berkeley)
    • Teaching/pedagogy
    • Student experience/development
    • Research
    • Land acknowledgments
    • Field stations/UC land
    • Cooperative Extension 
  • Closing remarks: Margaret Nash, Professor Emerita of Education, UC Riverside

For more information about the forum contact Rosalie Z. Fanshel at

Field trials, material transfer agreements, and non-disclosure agreements
Wednesday, Sept. 30
9:30 a.m.-10:30 am

Receiving or sending data, tangible items, or confidential information from another entity? Conducting a field trial paid for by a sponsor? Tune in to learn more about field trial, material transfer and non-disclosure contracts. With Kathy Nolan and Kimberly Lamar. Zoom: - 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656  - Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Contributions and consequences of volunteering in the 4-H Youth Development Program
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. - Noon

Join presenters Dorina Espinoza, Car Mun Kok, Liliana Vega, and Steven Worker to learn about their research on 4-H volunteers.

Volunteers are essential for the delivery of the California 4-H Youth Development program. In order to better understand volunteer needs, our research explored the skill areas that volunteers felt are important for their role and the professional development opportunities that they want. In this session, we will share our findings on the skill areas and competencies that are important to 4-H volunteers and the professional development opportunities through which they want to build those skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions on how they would apply this information to inform volunteer professional development in order to meet their needs and develop their capacity to be effective volunteers.

Volunteers are integral to the delivery of 4-H programs. Our study explored consequences of volunteering on the 4-H program and on the volunteers themselves. We collected 1,245 responses from California 4-H volunteers and analyzed using inductive thematic analysis.

We anticipate that workshop participants will improve their awareness and understanding of the consequences of volunteering in 4-H on the organization and on the volunteers themselves. Two primary knowledge outcomes will be that participants are able to communicate: (a) the value of 4-H volunteers beyond economic worth, and instead, discuss volunteer's contributions to make a significant, innovative, or lasting impact on the organization; (b) the benefits to volunteer's own personal development, including developing skills, improving well-being and social development. Ultimately, we expect participants to be able to use this information to improve their 4-H volunteer recruitment efforts, training and retention. Zoom: - 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656  - Webinar ID: 751 701 428

We actively avoid information that can help us (Harvard Business Review)

Emily Ho of Northwestern University and two co-researchers asked more than 2,300 survey participants whether they would like to get various kinds of information that could be useful to them, including how their retirement accounts stacked up against their peers', what listeners thought of a speech they'd recently given, and how coworkers rated their strengths and weaknesses. The team found that the respondents opted out 32% of the time, on average. The conclusion: We actively avoid information that can help us. Click to read more.

Overwhelmed (eXtension)

When things get tight it seems we always are expected to do more with less...not less with less. This can lead to that uncomfortable feeling of being overwhelmed. While this one post won't be able to address the cause, here are a couple things to help. Click to read more.

2020 ESP National Conference (Extension Professional's Organization Epsilon Sigma Phi ESP)
Oct. 6-8, 2020; Starting time each day at 8:30 a.m. 
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Sign up online. Regular registration pricing ends on Sept. 7. Payment can be made online or mailed with invoice.

The 2020 ESP National Conference hosted by the New York Lambda Chapter is all about professional development for all Extension professionals. In addition to seminar, ignite and poster presentations, this virtual conference will headline with an outstanding speaker each of the three days. Learn more about all three of these individuals at ESP Conference Speakers.

Planning and Evaluation capacity building trainings
October & November | Every Tuesday 10 a.m.- Noon
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Hosted by UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation, the CE Evaluation Specialist, and the 4-H Evaluation Coordinator. Online interactive trainings highlighting UCCE examples to build program planning and evaluation capacity. This 8-part series is being offered a la carte, select whichever interests you! Who should attend? CE academics, community educator specialists and other program staff. New employees are highly encouraged.

Embracing Allyship Leadercamp (Skillsoft)
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If you missed this interactive and thought-provoking hour, "Embracing Allyship" you can still find it in the recording. It provides expert guidance to help you take the next step. You'll have the information and insight you need to become a thoughtful and productive ally for underrepresented groups in your workplace and community.

UC ANR 21-day Racial Equity Challenge

Welcome to ANR's 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge!

ANR employees, along with other UC locations and thousands of other people across the U.S. and beyond, are committing to deepening understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism for twenty-one consecutive days.

Diversity scholar Eddie Moore, Jr. created the 21-Day Challenge to encourage a deeper understanding of race, privilege, supremacy, power, and oppression. Why 21 days? Some say it takes 21 days to create a habit. The intention of this initiative is to support ANR employees in developing “effective social justice habits” to effect meaningful change.

People at Food Solutions New England Sustainability Institute FSNE were inspired by his work and the work of Debby Irving and Marguerite Pennick-Parks to adapt the 21-Day Habit-Building Challenge to their food system network. FSNE has been organizing and hosting the Challenge every year since 2015.

ANR has adapted FSNE's February 2020 21-Day Equity Challenge titled “Beyond Words: to Action and Resiliency” to make it easy for employees to independently dive into their own examination of the program or to create a cohort of ANR employees with whom to share the experience. More information at


Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 5:48 PM

Learning & Development: Facilitation, Racial Understanding, Engaging Webinars

Find webinar announcements and recordings here.
Find information on Extension delivery; building support; and office, team and personal management here.

Call for
 WebANR Presenters and Topics
Do you have a WebANR Cafe Thursday topic and presenter to recommend for our Third Thursday Cafe' WebANRs? Or do you have a topic that you would like to present?

WebANR topics are based on the areas of Extension Delivery, Building Support, and Office & Team Management. Our targeted audience members are ANR advisors, community educators and others. Your feedback will be reviewed by leadership and we will let you know at a future date if added to the WebANR planning process. Please share your recommendations here.

Collaborative Facilitation – Are you interested in:
Learning collaborative facilitation techniques?
Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of your collaborative processes?
Increasing your comfort level in applying facilitation skills?

If so, please fill out this interest survey by Friday May 8, 2020. We will let poll responders know if we have enough people to form a cohort (20 people).

More information on Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process
You have participated in many meetings. You've observed that some are successful, decisions are made, and action items are delegated. Other meetings have seemed pointless. Still others go on and on with no decisions made. Worse are contentious meetings where bridges are burned. If you are ready to run successful meetings, consider participating in the Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process Tools Workshop. It is open to all UC ANR academic and staff employees, including Statewide Program volunteers.

Collaborations and group processes are complex, dynamic and unpredictable. Successful processes are based on shared understanding and learning, and work towards common goals. However, we know that this doesn't always happen. Then what?

Collaborative facilitation and group process tools support success, allowing everyone to feel heard and to contribute. Whether you have a lead facilitator role or are a group participant, join us in learning appropriate and applicable facilitation tools to use before, during and after your meetings.

Racial Understanding
From July 27-29, 2020, 20 members of the ANR community will engage in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” workshop. Participants will explore the power of language, their commitment to inclusion, understanding of past and present policies and practices of inequality and how to begin the work of dismantling racism and inequities within our UC ANR community.

UC ANR has committed to additional diversity, equity and inclusion activities including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative Group, the Intercultural Development inventory (IDI) program, and some employees voluntarily participated in community forums such as the 21-Day Racial Challenge and others. These activities enable ANR employees to dig deeper and develop greater understanding of our unconscious biases, societal structures that exclude people, and provide transformative challenges in the quest of for strengthening inclusion at ANR – within and outside the organization.

Upcoming Webinars

eXtension Social Café - Extension Response & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Join Rose Hayden-Smith for an informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. It will open with a 5-15 minute “tutorial” of a tool or feature on commonly used social platforms, or a brief showcase of a Cooperative Extension employee who is using digital communications in innovative and effective ways. The remainder of the time will be devoted to sharing, discussion and Q&A. See more events on the eXtension Social Café Calendar.

Juntos – A College Preparation Program
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
In this webinar, Jose Campos will share the Juntos Program, a college preparation course being offered in multiple counties in California primarily to Latinx youth. Jose will provide an overview and host a discussion how other counties could possibly replicate this program. Zoom access: | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Video Production discussion and next steps
May 12, 2020
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • Q&A with participants about video editing. What was difficult? What went well?
  • Sharing and review of examples
  • More information coming! | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Creating & Conducting Engaging Webinars
Register here.
Wednesday, May 13
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In this webinar, hosted by eXtension Foundation staff Mark Locklear, Molly Immendorf and Aaron Weibe, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan a webinar by answering a few key questions about audience and objectives;
  • Anticipate and troubleshoot technology issues (including security);
  • Optimize Zoom features to meet your learning objectives;
  • Structure a meaningful online experience that meets participants needs; and
  • Use a range of tools and strategies to keep participants engaged (polls, surveys, chat, etc.). 

Register here:

How to Host Engaging Webinars: Advanced Topics
May 18, 2020
Time TBD
Registration: Coming

In this webinar, hosted by eXtension Foundation staff Mark Locklear, Molly Immendorf and Aaron Weibe, you'll learn how to use:

  • More advanced Zoom features (e.g., rooms, settings);
  • Zoom recordings on other platforms (YouTube, Facebook Live, Google Drive);
  • Archived chat to create educational content for other platforms; and
  • Webinars as Learning Circles for more focused and engaged small group work.

Registration coming soon.

Disability Management
May 21, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m.
Join David Ritz, Disability Management Director at UC ANR. Learn about your role as a supervisor and the policies you need to know. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Award Process
Wednesday May 27, 2020
9:30-10:30 am
Once a sponsor elects to fund a proposal, the review, negotiation and award acceptance process begins. This webinar walks you through what is happening in the Office of Contracts and Grants, and what to do when the accepted agreement arrives in your office. | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Everyone can learn something new. 

ANR Learning & Development
Find webinar announcements and recordings here.
Office: 530.750.1239

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:18 PM

We're in this together - wellness through times of change

Our mission supports all Californians. That includes all of us at UC ANR. The current health crisis calls us to be intentional about self-care even as we also care for others, such children and extended family. All the while, we are balancing a new way of working so we can continue to support California's healthy families and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments.

It doesn't matter whether you're an office assistant, advisor, field worker, human resource partner, vice provost, staff research associate or community educator. All of us support the work of our mission.

Connection is important. Hold check-ins with your colleagues or team; set up calls via phone or Zoom. Remember that each of us responds differently to hardship. Those who feel upbeat and have fewer burdens to tackle can connect with colleagues who may have more home responsibilities or are experiencing anxiety.

There are many areas of care – physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental. These times call upon us to come together as a community and lift each other up. Please share in the comment section ideas to keep us resilient through COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving information that will help people manage.

For now, here is a brief list of resources:

Well and Working
Wellness Activity Library (UC Davis)
Guidance for Telecommuters (UC ANR) (see computer ergonomics at home, too)
Ergonomic Tips for Telecommuters (UC Davis)
Basic Ergonomic Exercise (YouTube)
Leading Through Crisis (UC Berkeley Haas)

Home Learning for Kids

Check your local county 4-H website for educational resources for youth.
California 4-H recommended curriculum
California 4-H Project Sheets
UCCE Santa Clara County's Online Learning Participation
4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide 30 fun, skill-building activities to help kids live a healthy life.
How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Crisis with Free Resources
 Today Show
Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world
PBS offers free access to activities for kids and parenting information
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (nonprofit) offers free resources for interactive online learning
Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade)
Work on Life Skills for Children Ages 2-18, you know, that stuff you always think you should teach your child before they grow up and move away?
Ways to support kids during the Corona Virus Crisis (

Family and Community Health

Taking Care of Elders

Taking Care of Elderly Family Members or Neighbors Washington Post
Guidance Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding for COVID-19 (CDC)
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products (
Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? (Penn State)
Coronavirus Disease Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers John A Hartford Foundation
How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus NYT

Coping Through Stress
Finding your productive mindset LinkedIn Learning
Coping with Stress Brought on by COVID-19 (UC Davis Human Resources)
Insight Timer The largest free library of guided meditations
Calming Music (Youtube) 
Coronavirus Anxiety – (Nanak Naam – Youtube)
What you are experiencing is grief (Harvard Business Review)

ANR Zoomercise
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:30 – 1 pm
Join UC Riverside/UC Bernadino Counties employees Christina Davidson and Michele Byrnes who are offering Zoomercise sessions! Exercise can be done in a small space and modified. Let Christina or Michele know if you want to lead a session. Plug in @ Meeting ID: 239 765 343 | Password: 940529

Crowd-sourced Wellness Ideas from All-hands Meeting - March 20
During our ANR all-hands meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2020, many of you helped crowd-source things you were implementing to care for yourselves, others, and your larger communities. Here are some ways you are finding solutions to your new circumstances:

How are you practicing personal wellness?

How are you managing children at home?

How are you supporting extended family and local community

Work out in living room every morning

Cooking! Lots of cooking


Daily walks in nature

Go for walks in the desert

Letting the chickens run around in the yard


Reflecting that I can only control my own actions and reactions

Walks with my partner, using iNaturalist to document life

Multiple daily walks with children and dog.

Focusing my thoughts on love and service

Picking up trash around the neighborhood


Stationary bike

Daily walks, yoga and Zumba in the living room

Enjoying time with family

Working in the garden


Being kind to myself and forgiving myself when I am not the perfect parent

Wall ball!

Roof ball (or rather, watching my son play this. He loves it)

Playing board games with kids

They are fending for themselves; I think.

Gardening, learning about food preservation, practicing reading, learning how to be a homeschool teacher

Practicing youth curriculum with my kids. as well as educational

Baseball in the back yard; lots of this Harry Potter board game

Communicating the importance of my work time

Keeping them busy outside.

Trying to give them attention and projects they can do by themselves while sneaking in some work.

Working later in evening when kids are in bed

Keeping a schedule

Laughing and dancing

Having a visual poster schedule for school assignments




Lots of texts and phone calls

Family WhatsApp call everyday

Staying in VERY close contact and making sure they are separating fact from fiction

Texting and checking in with loved ones

Call them daily

Encouraging older relatives to stay home


Grocery shopping for them; encouraging them to take this all seriously

Found places my older parents could safely shop

Calling and texting to make sure they have what they need

Family group chat, sharing jokes and memes









Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Tags: Jodi Azulai (33), March 2020 (20), wellness (5)

Learning & Development: Grant tracking, experiential learning, new leadership literacies


New skills? Extension Delivery? Building Support? Personal, Team and Office Management? Check out the Learning and Development website. Future webinars are posted and past webinar recordings are archived here.


Intro to Contracts & Grants and the Grant Tracking System
January 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
This training is for academics and staff who are new, or just need a refresher, to submitting proposals for external funding. We will provide an introduction to the Office of Contracts and Grants including an overview of the proposal submission process and the Grant Tracking System. Zoom access: |1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice - Webinar 2
January 30, 2020
1 p.m.-2 p.m. 
Making our educational practices public: There's value in the conversation. Reflective practice as an ongoing “check in” strategy can help educators advance their practice. Reflective practice is enhanced when educators share and discuss ideas with colleagues. Zoom access: 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

New Leadership Literacies for the Future
January 31, 2020
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST

Register here by Jan. 29.

Futurist Bob Johansen, Cornell Cooperative Extension, has thoughts about the future. He feels the world will become explosively more connected.  The historical practice of centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is radically decentralized. Rigid hierarchies will give way to liquid structures. Because of technological advances and demographic changes, most leaders aren't ready for this future.

What could this mean for us personally and for Cooperative Extension? Join us for a Learning Circle to discuss the transitions organizations are making and how we can prepare for these changes. We will take a look at a part of Johansen's New Leadership Literacies and his vision of how leaders need to prepare themselves for a new way of leading organizations and people. 

2020 Grant Essential Summit
March 2-3, 2020
Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 31, by noon.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 Grant Essentials Summit, a professional development program to promote the grantsmanship and leadership capacity of extension researchers and educators at UC ANR. This two-day program will feature:

  • Free-writing (productivity)
  • Team Science (justification, exercise, methods)
  • Finding and evaluating funding opportunities
  • Non-proposal communication
  • Narrative strategies
  • The review process
  • And more!

Application Process: Email ANR Program Support Unit, or call Julia Kalika at (530) 750-1380 or (530) 750-1361.
Course Content: Vanity Campbell, Coordinator, Proposal Development Services, UC ANR Office of Contracts and Grants,, (530) 750-1329.

Conflict Competence for Staff Register with UC Learning Center 

January 29, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
February 27, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis
April 23, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
June 23, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis

This highly interactive course provides tools to help you effectively prevent and resolve conflicts at work. You will learn strategies to successfully communicate your needs, lower others' defenses, and navigate emotionally charged situations. Please note that this course has significant overlap with “Conflict Competence for Managers and Supervisors,” but focuses on interpersonal conflict dynamics with colleagues and supervisors. Travel is not covered.

Conflict Competence for Supervisors Register with UC Learning Center
February 25, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
April 30, 2020; June 23, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis
May 20, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento

At the end of this course, you will develop a personalized plan to address your specific conflict management needs. Please note that this course has significant overlap with “Conflict Competence for Staff” but includes an additional focus on managing conflict from a leadership position.


Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training Register Here
Registration deadline February 13, 2020
February 18-20, 2020
This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact.
Recommendations for selecting individuals to participate include:

  • Individuals such as a program leaders 
  • Individuals that work closely with your leadership team
  • Possess strong confidence in facilitation skills
  • Can be effective in working alongside your leadership team and other program leaders to catalyze innovation throughout your organization.

Individuals must have the permission of their Extension Administrator or Director to participate.

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice - Webinar 3
Feb 20, 2020
10:00 -11:00 am
Sustaining momentum around experiential learning and reflective practice through a Community of Practice. What are steps are needed to continue my professional growth? Zoom access: 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Cultivating Youth Scientists with Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
February 25, 2020

Our Experiences from the ANR Grant Project: Developing a Culturally-Relevant Civic Science Approach to Improving Scientific Literacy for Latino Youth

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the YPAR model and its potential for improving scientific literacy and civic engagement.
  • Learn about how YPAR aligns with civic science.
  • Improve understanding of the current ANR-funded project in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties. +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Proposal Development and Proposal Process
Wednesday, February 26
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Learn about the steps involved in the proposal submission process from developing your idea to submission. We'll go over identifying funding opportunities, developing the project concept, building collaborative teams, drafting the proposal, submitting to OCG for review, and submission to the sponsor. 1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Anytime learning

Why Conflict is Good and How Managers Can Embrace It LinkedIn Learning - Managing Team Conflict Succeeding as a leader means being a master of relationships. You need to know how to connect with people at all levels in the organization through the good and the bad—especially the bad. 

Because where there's conflict, there's an opportunity to grow. Read More.

4 Ways to Get Noticed for the Job You Want (With Video) LinkedIn Learning
Finding a great job starts with a great resume. Easier said than done, right? If you want to get noticed for the job you want, you need to craft a resume that's worthy of more than six seconds. In the LinkedIn Learning course Writing a Resume with Stacey Gordon, you will learn professional tips to showcase your skills, stand out from the crowd, and land a job you want.

Everyone can learn something new.
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