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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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


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