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L&D: Public speaking, listening, DASH diet, leadership development, AI in academia, align time & priorities

Nutrition Professionals: Exploring the DASH Diet
(1 CPEU)

Feb. 2
9-10 a.m. PT
Registration. Do you have clients looking for a heart-healthy way to eat that is balanced, flexible, and requires no special foods? With a focus on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as the DASH eating plan, this webinar will provide useful and practical information to support individuals you work with who are following a heart-healthy eating style.

Dynamic Public Speaking: Crafting and delivering engaging virtual and in-person presentations (UC Davis, Virtual)

Jan. 11
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT
Want to learn how to be a dynamic public speaker in person and virtually? Look no further! Gain practical skills to conduct engaging, informative, and interactive presentations to audiences large and small, in person or online. This workshop will help attendees discover tips to improve oral and nonverbal communication styles, overcome fear of public speaking, review best practices in virtual tools and engagement, incorporate humor and storytelling, integrate experiential learning techniques and exercises, facilitate an effective Q&A session, handle distractions, inspire and motivate participants, and establish credibility. If this class is full, express interest in the UC Learning Center.

Public Speaking Foundations (Linkedin Learning)

Course link. Develop the skills you need to prepare and deliver an outstanding speech or presentation. In this course, Laura Bergells offers practical insights that can help presenters prepare, open, deliver, and close their speeches. Along the way, discover how to project confidence, outline a speech, take questions, and develop the creative story that adds life to a speech. Request your LinkedIn Learning account by contacting ANR IT:

Public Speaking for Non-native English Speakers (Linkedin Learning)

Course link. Speaking in public isn't easy for most people, and if English isn't your first or second language, it might be even more challenging. Designed specifically for non-native English speakers, this course provides practical strategies and techniques to increase clarity and confidence when communicating in English. Executive communication coach and professor Dr. Peter Novak embraces linguistic and cultural diversity in the workplace. Instead of focusing on your accent, Dr. Novak encourages you to shift your efforts towards listener-friendly delivery and embrace your multilingual self. Request your LinkedIn Learning account by contacting ANR IT:

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Listening Even When It's Difficult to Listen (UC Learning Center, 22 min eLearning module)

Course link. Successful people are generally excellent listeners. They're able to give others their full attention so that they can understand their needs and ask the right questions, even in difficult or stressful situations. They can also use their listening skills effectively to communicate their own goals and to build strong relationships with others. In this course, you'll learn common misconceptions about listening, how to hone your listening skills, and what to do when you encounter roadblocks to actively listening. You'll also learn how being receptive to what others are saying can go a long way to breaking down the barriers to clear communication.

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A Guide to Pronouns and Inclusive Language (UC Learning Center, web page)

Glossary. Using pronouns is an important and considerate way to help other people avoid making assumptions about who we are based on factors such as appearance. LGBTQIA Research Center has put together a resource guide for using linguistic tools in an inclusive and equitable way. Learn more about how and why we are integrating pronouns into our self-identifying lexicon.

Avoiding Bias in the Hiring Process (UC Learning Center, virtual)

Registration.This session explores the power of impressions and its potential influence in the evaluation of job applicants. Using reflection exercises, participants will explore the relationship between impressions and bias and introduce learners to key research involving biases in hiring. Participants will leave the session having greater awareness and understanding of bias theory (coupled with case studies) and strategies in mitigating bias in the hiring process. If this class is full, express interest for the next offering.

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REGISTER NOW! 2024 Leadership & Team Development Events (Extension Foundation)

Cohort 1: Jan. 16, 23 & 30
Cohort 2: July 16, July 23 & July 30
Each leadership development opportunity is offered twice in 2024. Choose any over six months or the entire year to step more into the leader you want to be. See the description of each session below and register through the form. If you have any questions or curiosities please send them to We look forward to serving you and learning together! All UC ANR employees have free access to Extension Foundation. Register your account here.

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Feb. 8
11 a.m. - Noon PT

Grab your strategic plan and learn the secret to making it work day-to-day and week-to-week! How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities is a step-by-step guide to holding a weekly planning meeting (aka The Weekly Meeting).

In this webinar you'll learn:

  • What works…and what DOESN'T work when it comes to weekly planning
  • Why weekly planning is the bridge between your strategic plan and getting control of your workday
  • The 30-minute technique that will help you make sure that the most important things get done each day

    This is a HANDS-ON webinar where you'll not only learn the technique but actually do it! UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here.

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Peer Reviewing as "Reflexive Mentorship" (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Feb. 20
11 a.m. - noon PT

Registration. In this webinar, you will learn about the importance of peer reviewing for dismantling the Western canon and democratizing knowledge, as well as strategies you can use to engage in more inclusive peer reviewing practices. UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here

Mastering Academic Time Management (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

April 11
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT

This webinar is specifically designed to address these issues and provide participants with concrete skills to successfully transition from graduate student to professor. Specifically, participants will learn:

The three biggest mistakes that new faculty make in managing their time

-Why and how to align work time with institutional and personal priorities
-How to create time for academic writing and research
-How to organize a network of support and accountability for writing productivity and balance

UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here

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At UC ANR, Building Support includes advocacy (engaging government officials and community stakeholders), raising funds, and working with the media. Advocacy is a critical tool that helps builds awareness and support for your work and that of the university as a whole.

Learn how to effectively communicate and build support for your program/research with tools. Read the UC ANR Government Relations page to learn more. Review the video and fact sheets below.

Engaging Elected Officials (Video - 26:00)
What can I say or do? You can't lobby, but you can advocate? (Fact sheet)
UC guidelines to support or oppose legislation (Fact Sheet)

Extension Foundation

If you are new to UC ANR and have not yet registered your account with Extension Foundation it is time you do. Register here. UCANR, as other Cooperative Extensions across the United States, is a paying member. This means you get access to their services, including Connect Extension. Extension Foundation helps Cooperative Extension professionals find innovative ways to generate greater local impact. Check out the Extension Foundation Video resources, too.

National Cooperative Extension Projects

This listing is for National Cooperative Extension projects that are receiving WordPress support through the Extension Foundation to host their websites. Funding for this hosting is supported in part by the New Technologies for Ag Extension cooperative agreement with USDA-NIFA, grant no. 2020-41595-30123. Any Cooperative Extension professional interested in having a WordPress site and domain for a national Cooperative Extension project or program can email to get started.

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Every Semester Needs a Plan (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Jan. 11
11 a.m - 12:30 p.m. PT

Registration. Do you often start the semester or term with high hopes for your writing projects, but end disappointed by your actual productivity? Do you desperately want (or need) to write a lot this semester? Do you want to figure out how to be more productive and enjoy your life this semester?

We offer this planning webinar at the beginning of each semester so that you can take time out of your schedule to identify your personal and professional goals, create a strategic plan to accomplish them and identify the types of community, support and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced semester ever! UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here

AI in Academia: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Jan. 23
11 a.m. - noon PT

Registration. In this webinar, Julia Staffel, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, explains why educators owe it to  students to adjust their teaching practices considering AI technology. She will present some practical suggestions for how to do so. "We still need to teach our students how to write on their own so we need to develop assignments that discourage the use of AI and teach basic writing skills," she says. "But we can also take advantage of these new technologies, develop new teaching strategies that rely on them, and teach our students how to employ them effectively and responsibly." UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here

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How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Mar 14
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT

Registration. Are you sick of working all the time without making progress on your writing projects? Are you tired of your deadline-driven, binge-and-bust writing routine? Do you wish you could develop a healthy, consistent, daily writing routine that would allow you to meet your department's expectations for tenure and promotion? In this webinar you'll learn:

  • The three biggest myths about writing that hobble new faculty productivity
  • The surprising difference between struggling new faculty members and those who are designated as "rising stars"
  • The 30-minute strategy that will increase your writing productivity and decrease your stress, anxiety and guilt.

UC ANR Employees can activate their membership here

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Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 6:12 PM

L&D: Prioritizing your time, UCD Library, ArcGIS Story Maps, Using data to tell extension stories, intercultural communication

Virtual Primer for UC Davis Library Resources and Services 
December 12, 2023 
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Learn about UC Davis Library resources and services including:  the UCD Library VPN; searching the UCD Library catalog and delivery services; key research tools, including for data management; and library guides for specific disciplines.   We will review/use the following UCCE guide during this workshop: 

Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 921 0210 7681 
Passcode: 183726 

Introduction to ArcGIS Story Maps
December 15, 2023 
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Details & Registration. 
This workshop is designed for participants with little to no GIS or web mapping experience. Following a brief lecture, the workshop will include an interactive exercise that will have you load and stylize spatial data online, to create Story Maps within ArcGIS Online and the new ArcGIS Story Map Builder. This exercise will conclude with you exploring some of the numerous story map template options and advanced features for publishing your content online. Image credit:


Using Data to Tell Your Extension Story (Connect Extension)
December 14, 2023
11:00 a.m. -Noon PT

Details & Registration.
Discover the art of telling a compelling an Extension story! Join the Extension Foundation publication team and as they share valuable insights and tips on creating impactful data visualizations with writing techniques, accompanied by real-life examples. The session will also feature Extension projects that has effectively disseminating publications and conveying project impacts through storytelling!

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Building support at UC ANR means many things such as engaging government officials and community stakeholders,
developing a public relations strategy, working with the media, raising funds through grants and fundraisers. Use the following information, training resources, and templates to help you with your work.

Government Relations
Public Relations training
Writing Op-eds
UC ANR handouts
Annual report templates
Contracts & Grants

In order to be a UC ANR Brand steward, review this Communication Toolkit training page.

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Intercultural Communication and Competence (Virtual, UC Learning Center)
January 31, 2024
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Cultural Competence has been defined as a set of skills and attitudes that allow individuals to effectively and appropriately communicate with people who are different from themselves. A culturally competent organization effectively and appropriately serves a diverse clientele and meets the varied needs of its diverse staff. This program will explore how individuals and organizations can become more culturally competent. Self and organizational assessment models will be presented and the various components of each stage of competence will be discussed. 

Intercultural Recruitment and Selection (Virtual, UC Learning Center)
March 5, 2024
9:00 -11:30 a.m.

Managers are challenged to understand and develop skills to respond to the needs of a multicultural workforce. In the important task of hiring the best candidate for a job, managers must be aware of how culture affects the way people communicate throughout the selection process. This course will help managers assess their own cultural values and explore how they affect the recruitment, interviewing and selection processes. 

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New Employee Welcome (Virtual, UC ANR)
December 12, 2023
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Register here to participate in a concise welcome to ANR! Meet our Leadership team, get to know your colleagues, and learn a bit about ANR and how your role connects to the larger ANR mission.

Who Should Attend: All UC ANR employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not yet participated in a monthly New Employee Welcome meeting.

Social Media Marketing Trends (LinkedIn Learning)

Course linkLearning objectives 

*New direction for influencer marketing
*Managing private groups 
*Social shopping 
*Using stories effectively on social media 
*Brand activism on social issues 
*Advanced social media attribution 
*Creating shows and series on social media 
*Showcasing employees across channels 
*Embracing short- and long-form video 

Request your account from UC ANR IT @ 
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Writing Effective E-mails and Instant Messages (Online, UC Learning Center)

Course link. Email has become an indispensable communication tool for organizations, and plays a vital role in how they conduct business and maintain their operations. As a result, one of the most important communication skills to have in the workplace today is email etiquette. It can help ensure you get messages across quickly, appropriately, and concisely. In this course, you'll learn some tried and tested guidelines for writing emails. You'll explore the fundamental elements of written communication that every email should contain, and the importance of keeping emails concise. The course also covers the etiquette associated with using instant messaging programs as an extension of email. 

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Posted on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 2:17 PM

Apply for ANR Academic & Staff Mentorship Program by Dec. 20

ANR Learning & Development is now accepting mentee applicants to ANR's sixth annual Mentorship Program.

This program pairs staff and new academic mentees who seek professional development with mentors from across UC ANR.

If you are interested, please fill out the survey by Wednesday, Dec. 20, to be considered. Learn about mentoring relationships

While we attempt to accommodate all applicants, the program has limited seats. Apply soon because applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, visit

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 10:50 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

L&D: Youth safety nets, videography, timesheets, conflict competence, managing stress

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Office, Team, & Personal Management

Weaving Community Safety Nets for Youth (Extension Foundation)
Nov. 2
8-9:30 a.m. PDT

Details & Registration 
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the United States. Research indicates that adolescents in military families have higher rates of suicidal behaviors than their non-military peers. However, many suicides are preventable. We can intentionally build, mobilize and maintain protective factors, recognize and respond to warning signs, and sustain a safety net of connection in our communities to better support military children, adolescents and their families. Read more.

UCCE Programmatic Footprint Maps: Using the maps with new secondary data to inform position proposals
Nov. 9
Noon-12:30 p.m.

This will be recorded and posted on the 2023-34 Call for CE Positions.

These maps illustrate current positions for UCCE Advisors, UCCE Specialists, other UCCE Academics and Community Educators, as well as the UCCE Advisor and Specialist positions under recruitment. Newly available secondary data layers provide county level data with relevant information that, when coupled with local knowledge, can help illuminate gaps and needs to inform UCCE position proposal development and future hiring. 

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2023 NAEPSDP Annual Conference “Extension Elevated”
(National Association for Extension Programs and Staff Development Professionals)
Nov. 28-30
Marriott City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details & RegistrationAgenda.
Conference theme areas include:

  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Organizational & Staff Development
  • Program Development & Delivery
  • Technology & Communications
  • Persevering Through the Difficult Times: Exploring Calling Development Theory as a Retention Strategy.
  • How Organization Health Attracts and Retains Top Talent in Extension.

Two Videography Training Opportunities!

UC ANR Videography Training Series 

(for Academics, staff sign ups start Nov 7)
Nov 20 & 21 | ANR Building, Davis

Learn photographic theory, smartphone video production, and equipment recommendations. Dive into field recording, audio editing, and compare audio editing applications. Master editing theory and visual storytelling, explore nonlinear editing tools, and work on real footage with live coaching. Unlock your creative potential with our comprehensive videography workshop series. Get hands-on experience and expert guidance to enhance your video production skills. For more information, contact

Video Recording and Editing with Your Smartphone
8 a.m.-5 p.m. at various UC ANR locations

Riverside - Thursday, Dec. 7

Irvine - Wednesday, Jan. 10

San Diego - Thursday, Jan. 18

Davis - Thursday, Feb. 8

Fresno - Wednesday, Feb. 14

In this training, you will learn:

  • How to set up your smartphone
  • A and B roll
  • Basic composition
  • Basic Lighting (daylight/cold light)
  • Audio best practices

Hands-on video shooting with interviews

For more information, contact Ricardo Vela

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Visual Storytelling in PowerPoint (LinkedIn Learning)

Course link.
Incorporating visual storytelling techniques into your slides can set you apart in a very big way. In this course, instructor Jole Simmons brings years of experience as a professional presentation designer to teach you how to make your presentation come alive with a good story.

For your LinkedIn Learning account email UC ANR IT at 

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Understanding Your Timesheet

Nov. 2, 2023
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Join Anne Marie Scott, Payroll Manager, to learn how to develop employee and supervisor/approver understanding of TRS and timesheet deadlines. Part of the Business Operations Center Quarterly Webinars: Our Two Cents.
Password: 4Learning

In case you missed it:
Giving Tuesday: Hot topics and Tips for Success
with Emily Delk (Oct. 17, 2023)
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Moving the Needle on Racial Equity in Extension (UC ANR and Extension Foundation)

Sonja Brodt and Gail Feenstra

The 1862 Land Grant institutions were founded during the immediate post-Civil War, postslavery period for the benefit of white farmers and homesteaders and were built on the wealth generated by land expropriated from indigenous peoples across the U.S. (Joseph A. Myers Center, 2021). With a history so fraught with racial oppression, our public sector extension service faces an enormous task not only in righting past wrongs, but in moving forward in truly meeting the needs of contemporary people of color. read more.

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Teamwork Favorites (Extension Foundation)

  • Diffuse the Drama, Nov. 1
  • Busy is a Choice, Nov. 8
  • Diffusion of Innovations, Nov. 15

11 a.m.-Noon

Diffusing the Drama dives into three roles we play out every day; victim, villain and hero. This is from Dr. Stephen Karpman's work called the "Drama Triangle" and we'll discover how getting out of those and into healthier roles can help change our daily experience. We'd love to have you with us to offer your wisdom as we move toward coach, creator and challenger!

How to Manage Stress, Rejection and the Haters in Your Midst (NCFDD
Nov 9
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT

Details & Registration
Are you stressed? Do you feel devastated when your articles and/or grant proposals get rejected? Is the pressure of publishing/funding your work making you sick? If any of this sounds familiar and you have difficulty managing the negative energy and rejection in your environment, please join us to learn:

  • The impact that stress and negativity can have if they are not manage
  • Identify the most common areas of stress in academic life
  • Concrete strategies for managing the physical, emotional, and attitudinal effects of stress

Becoming Better with Habits (UC Davis Health)
Tuesday, Nov. 28 
9 a.m.–Noon

Virtual Instructor

Think of the small actions you do every day without even thinking. These are your habits. Like it or not, our habits define who we are. This course gives you actionable steps to break habits that no longer serve you, and intentionally create new ones. The end goal of working on habits is to gain clarity, confidence and the ability to accomplish your life goals.

Conflict Competence: Getting to the root of group conflict (UCD for Staff and Faculty)
Thursday, Nov. 30
Noon–1 p.m.

Details & Registration.
Group conflict can be difficult to manage and have costly consequences. It can significantly impact productivity and work quality and even destroy teams. While conflict is often attributed to interpersonal dynamics or "people problems," conflicts are commonly symptoms of other solvable issues. 

In this course for leaders of groups or teams, you'll learn a structured approach to identify and address root causes of group conflict. Discover how to apply the Goals, Roles, Processes and Interpersonal Relationships (GRPI).

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Posted on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 10:44 AM

Statistics resources available

UC ANR is working to bring you statistics resources, informed by internal needs assessments and by identifying statistics experts who are open to opportunities for consulting and collaboration within the UC ANR network. If you have expertise in statistics, please sign up in this Google sheet.

Building statistics resources & network at UC ANR 

UC ANR Learning & Development has webpages on Statistics and Experimental Design Resources. Subpages are linked below.
On the UC ANR Learning & Development webpage, you can find recordings, presentations and exercises from our spring 2022 stats workshop series Applied Statistics for Farm Advisors, which provided a refresh and update on statistical skills for UCCE advisors and other UC ANR researchers. Topics include:
  • The theory and application of basic statistical tests, including ANOVA, GLMs, mixed models and regression 
  • What to do when the normal assumptions for statistical tests have not been met 
  • Newer methods like mixed models and bootstrapping that take advantage of modern computing power (which may not have been available if you took undergraduate statistics class 25 years ago) 
  • What you need to know when designing experiments and planning data collection 
  • How to use the extremely popular and powerful statistical programming language R

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Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 3:22 PM

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