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Inaugural Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Conference
June 1-3, 2021
8 to 11 a.m. PDT
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Southern University's Cooperative Extension Program will be hosting the inaugural and interactive Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Virtual Conference.

Each day is designed for strengthen and build sustainable and resilient communities. The conference dates and targeted audiences are as follows:

June 1 - covers Emergency Preparedness for communities, entrepreneurs, and Extension professionals
June 2 - covers Emergency Response for community responders and Extension professionals
June 3 - covers Emergency Recovery for farmers (rural, urban, low-resource, and peri-urban) and Extension professionals

Conference sessions will cover topics from Emergency Preparedness for Businesses, an interactive activity on emergency evacuation, resources for farmers, and so much more.

“We are so excited to establish the inaugural conference at the Ag Center; each day is designed to be most beneficial to different segments of the population. I am sure you will learn valuable information on emergency preparedness whether you join us for one day or all three. Evacuation is a luxury, and being prepared can be the difference between life and death,” said Krystle J. Allen, conference organizer.

The conference agenda will be uploaded to in the upcoming days; and registration is now open at During registration, you can register for 1-3 days. Register here. Click for more information.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro
Friday, June 4, 2021
1 to 4 p.m.

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The goal of this workshop is to introduce you to the ArcGIS Pro software application and collections of online GIS data that are particularly useful for mapping and analysis of natural and managed landscapes.

This workshop is designed for participants with little to no GIS experience. Following a brief lecture, the workshop will include an interactive exercise that will have you loading, creating, analyzing and stylizing spatial data, while building your own map with ArcGIS Pro. This exercise will conclude with you exploring the various online data repositories that are available through ArcGIS Online. Click here for more information.

Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training - Become an Innovation Facilitator (Q2, Part I)
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
10 a.m. to Noon
Click to register here. Click here for more information.

Are you someone who is always looking for new ways to improve?  Do you like adopting innovative ideas and helping others along the way? Would you like to be a leader who helps teams design cutting-edge programs/projects that make real impact? If so, please consider joining our Innovation Facilitator team!

Our Innovation Facilitator training provides you with a new way of looking at innovation. Once trained, you are an invaluable asset in helping teams develop projects or programs more quickly, and connect them with national resources. You will use our innovation incubator process to bring fresh ideas aligned with institutional goals to every team you work with.

Today, there are 151 Innovation Facilitators across Cooperative Extension working to synergize innovative efforts in their own states, institutions, and supporting regional and national teams.

Who should participate? We recommend Extension directors and administrators select individuals with these qualities:

  • Individuals with program leadership experience
  • Individuals who work effectively with your leadership team
  • Individuals who possess strong confidence in facilitation
  • Individuals who are effective in working alongside leadership teams and program leaders to catalyze innovation across the organization

Virtual Chat Book Club: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication
Thursday, June 17, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT

Click here at 11 a.m. on June 17 PDT, to join this virtual chat book club! A Connect Extension account is required to participate.

This event is for Extension Foundation Members. ANR is a member, but you might need to sign up before the webinar.

Join us for the second Virtual Chat Book Club of 2021. This quarter's book selection is the newly released Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement, which is garnering rave reviews. We are excited to announce that our event moderator is Faith Kearns, Ph.D., the book author and an expert in #Extension and #SciComm.

In this virtual chat, we'll discuss the rapidly changing landscape of the field, and our evolving role as Extension communicators. You do not need to have read the book to participate. Participants can expect a wonderful opportunity to share and learn about best practices, strategies, and resources. We'll also be discussing how communication occurs on social media.


Allyship: Deepening Our Impact!
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
12 p.m.
The event is free. 

The speaker will be Anatasia Kim, who is a professor, author and consultant for large organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.  (Her book is called It's Time to Talk (and Listen) – click here.) Kim has written and presented on allyship on a number of occasions.  As an added bonus, Kim is the sister of our former UC Legal colleague, Martha Kim!!  Additional biographical information is available here.    

UCOP Allyship Committee Co-Chairs (Alison Krumbein, Bart Lounsbury, and Angus MacDonald)

Zoom: (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 510-987-9737 One-tap mobile:  +16699006833,5109879737#

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Join us for ANR Pride Month!
Tuesdays, June 9, 16, and 30, 2021
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (with the option to continue discussions until noon)

Click here to register (for one or more sessions)

Interactive Zoom sessions and weekly emails on the history of Pride, LGBTQ+ basics, and more.
Learn how ANR can support the LGBTQ+ community.

After you register, weekly emails will go out every Tuesday in June, beginning on Tuesday, June 1. Questions? Contact Rebecca at

Healing in Action
from Juneteenth to July 3, 2021

Healing for Black folx, Accountability for Non-Black folx
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Academics for Black Survival and Wellness will be holding a variety of workshops between June 19 and July 3. These include an antiracism training (open to all, $125 to attend), accountability groups (for non-Black people, free), Black wellness and healing (Black only, free), and liberation bootcamp (open to all, free).

There are two options for antiracism training — access to the recorded 2020 content, or participation in this year's course. Discounts are available for people who are currently students.

Last year's course included:

Foundations of Black Liberation
Understanding Anti-Black Racism
Appropriately Applying Intersectionality
White Terrorism and Black Resistance
Whiteness in Academia
Practicing Black Allyship
Committing to Black Liberation

UC SAREP Racial Equity in Extension Webinar Series #1: Farm workers are farmers
Friday June 18, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 pm
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As part of a Western SARE Professional Development Program grant, UC SAREP is holding a series of webinars on racial equity in extension. These webinars are meant to provide professional development to extension professionals (including but not limited to UC ANR and UCCE), with the overall goal of helping extension personnel increase the skills and knowledge they need to build relationships with farmers and ranchers of color, as well as make extension services more widely accessible and responsive to what producers of color need.

The traditional way of defining extension clientele has largely focused on serving agricultural landowners and operators. This approach has made it difficult for extension personnel to serve diverse audiences, as 94% of the owner-operators in California are white. Shifting attention to serve farm workers (99% of whom are Hispanic or Latino) as well as owner-operators would both increase the diversity of extension clientele and take a more all-encompassing approach to who benefits from extension research and programming. This approach will also help achieve strategic goals related to improving the equity and reach of extension in California (such as UC ANR's condition change to improve living and working conditions for California's food system and farm workers).

This session will introduce the importance and value of farm workers and addressing farm labor issues in California, how extension professionals can better work to build relationships with farm worker organizations and serve the farm worker community, and why supporting farm workers is critical to the sustainability of California agriculture. Panelists include Bonnie Bade (Professor, California State University San Marcos), Patricia Carrillo (Executive Director, Agricultural and Land-Based Training Association), and Christy Getz (Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley).

Objective: This session will provide an introduction to the importance and value of farm workers and addressing farm labor issues in California, how extension professionals can better work to build relationships with farm worker organizations and serve the farm worker community, and why supporting farm workers is critical to the sustainability of California agriculture. 

Panelists include:

Contacts for More Information
Registration and Logistics: UC ANR Program Support, 530-750-1361 (messages only)


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2021 NOW Conference - UC Berkeley – open to staff at all UCs!
June 3, 2021
Registration limited
Cost: $99
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UC Berkeley People & Culture is excited to announce the 9th annual Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Conference for staff career development will be held virtually on June 3, 2021. The NOW Conference is an all-day event designed to support UC staff with career and professional development. Learn all about NOW below!

What to expect: We have reimagined the 2021 conference by developing a virtual program designed to give you the same dynamic learning experience and networking opportunities that you have come to expect from the NOW Conference. The conference will include

  • 2 Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  • 18+ Dynamic Breakout Sessions
  • 1:1 Career Coaching
  • 1:1 Recruiting Sessions
  • Group Wellness
  • Networking Opportunities

Featured speakers:
Aiko Bethea
Janet Napolitano
Eugene Whitlock

More information here.
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Burnout - Why are we so Exhausted? 
Thursday, June 8, 2021

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Burnout is not a personal failing, nor a badge of honor. It is an "occupational phenomenon" recently (but actually before COVID) added to the World Health Organization classification of diseases. It is defined as a syndrome of exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy. The presentation explores the neurobiology behind our demanding new ways of working and explains that sense of depletion, negative feelings about work and increased difficulty with motivation. We explore scientific data to see why videoconferencing is so draining, the effects of (normally helpful) brain short cuts called cognitive associations and some common feelings we are seeing across the workforce today.

Overcoming Challenges
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Whew! It's been a challenging we explore the collective human experience, its effect on our work and lives, and how to move forward. We start by exploring the particular stressors of the past year and then move on to coping skills such as self-compassion, boundaries, mindset shifts and gratitude. We then turn to the concept of resilience itself and specific exercises on how to build it and gratitude. We then turn to the concept of resilience itself and specific exercises on how to build it, and then keep adapting and evolving to protect our well-being and keep our inspiration on track.

Everyone can learn something new

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