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Telling Our Story: Help your data do the talking! Using visualizations for effective storytelling

March 14, 2024 | 11 a.m.–Noon PT

Discover the power of storytelling through numbers! Join presenters Deanna Schneider and Christine Rybak for an engaging session where we delve into the art of crafting impactful visualizations with data. Did you know that well-crafted visualizations can make your message more memorable and persuasive?

My Favorite Extension Methods Webinar (UC ANR)
March 27, 2024 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join us to learn about useful extension tools with practical explanations of how the tools are used and how they're received by clientele using examples or demonstrations.

The purpose of this webinar is to generate durable and accessible resources for professional development of extension and outreach methodology skills. To cross-pollinate ideas between academic discipline social circles within the broader ANR community.

Who should attend? New academic advisors for training and networking; community educators engaging with Californians through UC ANR's statewide programs; seasoned academics who want new ideas; and SRAs.

“My Favorite Extension Methods” webinar will be recorded and posted at

Extension & Public Health: A Spotlight on Collaborative Excellence with EXCITE Virginia Team
March 25, 2024 | 11 a.m.–Noon 

Led by Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the Virginia EXCITE team has been instrumental in addressing vaccine-related health disparities in rural and underserved communities. Partners included county governments, state and local health departments, United Way, and local pharmacies. The team assisted in the implementation of vaccine clinics and engaged trusted messengers to educate people in underserved communities.

For this work, the team received the National Immunization Excellence Award for "Immunization Neighborhood Champion" at the prestigious National Adult Immunization Summit. 
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Discussing Equity Needs in Cooperative Extension

March 28, 2024 | 11 a.m.-Noon PT

To effectively serve our communities, it is imperative for Cooperative Extension to comprehend population demographics, understand the needs of diverse groups, and be aware of social conditions across the country. The Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC) is at the forefront of this effort, dedicated to contributing to an inclusive organizational culture and enhancing the capacity of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System.

During each session, participants will have the opportunity to delve into the topic at hand, ask questions and gain insights from one another. We extend an invitation to all members to come prepared to contribute to these meaningful discussions and share your valuable experiences related to the equity needs within Cooperative Extension.

Accessibility Guides Aim to Help Creators: Practical Tips Available for Social Media Content
April 16, 2024 | Noon–12:30 p.m.

Join Doralicia Garay for an insightful webinar on social media accessibility guidelines. In today's digital world, accessibility is key to ensuring everyone can participate fully. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your understanding of accessibility and make a positive impact on your online community.

In this webinar, you'll learn:
-The importance of social media accessibility
-Key guidelines for creating accessible content
-Tools and resources for implementing accessibility features
- Best practices for inclusive social media engagement

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 956 3483 8858
Passcode: 572841

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UC ANR Giving Day: Creating Your Strategy For Success
April 4, 2024 | 10-10:45 a.m.

This interactive webinar will give you resources to improve your online campaigns whether you are new to UC ANR Giving Day or have participated from the beginning. Learn how your group can harness the power of generosity and raise funds for your program. Join Emily Delk, UC ANR Director of Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship, to access campaign resources, and hear from other colleagues across the state as they share how they've engaged their supporters. And, of course, we'll announce exciting incentive Prize Challenges!

Emily Delk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 951 9557 7323 

2024 Grant Essentials Summit - Save the date!
May 10, 2024 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Valley Conference Center, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618

Save the Date for this one-day Grant Writing Training on May 10 as part of your professional development. Registration information will follow. 

Who Should Attend: The summit will bring together UC ANR academics and staff from a wide range of disciplines, offering a grant-writing program focused on the essentials of successfully securing grant funding. Academic participation will be prioritized as space is limited. 

What to Expect: The Grant Essentials Summit will offer sessions focused on the essentials of successfully securing grant funding – learning best practices in grantsmanship, understanding funding agencies, articulating your project plans, building partnerships and collaborating teams, and establishing relationships with agency program officers. Examples will be drawn especially from USDA and NSF, but we will also explore other funders. Participants will engage in a number of interactive exercises and discussions, including strategies for developing competitive proposals.

Presenter: Atkisson Training Group. ATG specializes in providing training on grant writing and grant skill development. Their goal is to help people initiate projects, programs, and positions with the tools needed for long-term growth and success. 

Program Cost: There is no charge for registration, materials, and food during the Summit. Attendees must cover the cost of travel.

Questions on Course Content: Kendra Rose, Interim Associate Director, Proposal Development Services,

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Earn Professional Certificates on LinkedIn Learning.
Here are some examples:

Career Essentials in Data Analysis by Microsoft and LinkedIn
Career Essentials in Project Management by Microsoft and LinkedIn
Career Essentials in Cybersecurity by Microsoft and LinkedIn
Career Essentials in Generative AI by Microsoft and LinkedIn

Get continuing Education units in: 

Project Management Institute
Society for Human Resource Management

And enjoy live discussions, interviews, and open Q&As with industry experts:
Office Hours with LinkedIn Learning Instructors

Request your LinkedIn Learning account with UC ANR IT's team

2024 Faculty Success Program (NCFDD)
May 20-July 28, 2024

This intensive online program is our most popular program. It helps tenure-track and tenured faculty with the skills necessary to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. UC ANR pays for your NCFDD account. 

Late Spring 2024 14-Day Writing Challenge (NCFDD)
March 2024

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community and supportive accountability. It's very simple:

You commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes. At the beginning of your writing time, you login to our online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end. You take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

This is NOT for you if: 1) you don't want to post your progress on a daily basis and/or 2) you don't want to interact with other people. UC ANR pays for your NCFDD account. 

Save the date: UC Berkeley NOW Conference (Virtual) - Next Opportunity at Work June 13, 2024 

Virtual Pre- and Post-conference group/1:1 coaching opportunities will be held June 10, 11, 12, and 14

Details. Registration coming soon! UC Berkeley People & Culture is thrilled to announce the (12th annual) Next Opportunity at Work. NOW is an all-day conference designed to support UC staff with career and professional development through inspiring keynote speakers, workshops, networking connections with peers, and career planning resources. This year's conference will be held virtually.

Learn more about NOW by going to our Archives library to review previous conference materials.

UC ANR Learning & Development funds will reimburse up to 10 Staff for the general conference registration fee. First served AND priorities will be given to those who have not been reimbursed for this conference in the past. Stay tuned for more information when registration opens. 

Image credits:
Journal of Extension Education 
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
Image by Azam Ishaq from Pixabay


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