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Doralicia Garay
Are you using social media for outreach to clientele? Or thinking about expanding your outreach with social media? If you have questions about which social media platforms are best to reach your target audience, Dora Garay, social media strategist, is available to help. 

Garay offers virtual office hours every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Join by the Zoom link below. If you need to arrange to meet at another time, email her at

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:35 PM
Tags: Dora Garay (3), January 2022 (11), social media (6)

Join Black History Month events Feb. 9, 16 and 23

The Black and Allied Employees affinity group has organized a series of events to celebrate Black History Month.The events will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 9 through Feb. 23.  The purpose of the events is to learn more about the legacy of systemic anti-Black racism in our country, as well as celebrate Black culture and the progress that has been made. 

On Feb. 9, Shelley Jones-Holt, Founder/CEO of Leadership Legacy Consulting, will give a presentation on critical race theory. 

Jones-Holt has served the educational field for over 20 years as a pK-Adult teacher, principal, district office administrator, superintendent, college faculty and executive leadership coach. Her emphasis on cultural and racial historical literacy is foundational to engaging in a restorative approach to uncomfortable conversations about controversial topics such as race and identity oppression. She believes that adults and children can become literate in history, culture and academics simultaneously by focusing on what we read, how we build empathy through cultural proficiency development and change the future for all through our understanding of the past. Jones-Holt earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from Sacramento State and a doctorate from USC. She has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her work in equity leadership including being named the 2016 Equity Administrator of the Year by ACSA (Association of California School Administrators).

She is now serving as a racial and educational equity consultant providing training, facilitation, coaching and support to equity driven teams and organizational, legislative, and educational leaders across the nation. She is the founder of Leadership Legacy Consulting, LLC and of the nonprofit Family Legacy 5 focused on providing technical, adaptive and educational support to educators and leaders at all levels. She has expanded her reach to also empower families through family leadership training for all and establishing apprenticeship and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth to thrive in their areas of passion and interest. She has written articles on culturally responsive equity leadership and the five pillars of generational family leadership to support individuals, leaders and families taking strategic action against all forms of oppression through our understanding of systemic racism, developing cultural proficiency, being intentional in our equity leadership and raising culturally proficient families. Jones-Holt's belief is that anything is possible with a focus on your vision, your leadership, your legacy and our support. The real work can only be done by looking inside ourselves first without shame, blame or victimization!

On Feb. 16, filmmaker Imani Mitchell will speak about Black representation in film.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Mitchell was introduced to the performing arts through theater and has performed professionally within Northern California for the last 10 years. She has appeared on stage at B Street Theater, Capital Stage, and Celebration Arts. Most recently, she directed a production of PIPELINE at Celebration Arts and currently serves as a member of their board.

Outside of the theater, Mitchell is dedicated to the art of filmmaking and developing her craft as a writer and director. In 2019, she founded her film company IAM Studios and wrote and directed her first film, “Whirlpool” (soon to be available on Amazon Prime). Mitchell created IAM Studios with the mission to employ and support talent of color and showcase stories that represent the diversity and complexity of the Black experience. Currently, her second film, titled “I Remember Yesterday,” is in postproduction with a plan to be released in April 2022.

On Feb. 23, Sonia Lewis, founder of ASCRIBE Educational Consulting, will speak about the history of voting rights in the U.S.

Lewis is a California native. Her educational background includes degrees in history and psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Studies and a master's degree in education from San Francisco State University. 

After spending nearly 20 years in the traditional classroom teaching History/Social Studies and managing a small magnet program, she founded ASCRIBE Educational Consulting. Their focus has always been geared towards educational/racial equity and resource distribution. Since 2009, ASCRIBE Educational Consulting has centered the development of programs and writing of curriculum for marginalized and vulnerable student populations. In addition, her work involves speaking and training around the topics of equity, race relations, and social justice. When she is not working, you will find her loving, nurturing, and advocating for six boys, seven bonus children and two granddaughters.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:22 PM

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Want to host a student and have research help for summer 2022?
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
10 – 10:30 am (PST)

Please join Mark Bell and David Bunn to learn about the Summer Work Experience program of the Global Health Institute (specifically the UCGHI Planetary Health Center of Expertise that sits at UC Davis). ANR has participated in the past and as a result we have had 20+ undergraduate and graduate students doing a summer session with Advisors in the counties and with Statewide Programs and Institutes.

The fellowships allow the students to get some “real world” experience and provide UC ANR with the support of some of some really sharp UC student minds. The program draws from students across the University of California system. Join us to learn how to sponsor an undergraduate or graduate student this summer.

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Meeting ID: 530 750 1239 Phone +1 669 900 6833 US | Password: 4Collab

What is the Extension Foundation? How can you benefit from it?

The Extension Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by Extension directors and administrators in 2006. Originally it was founded as an electronic publishing service for Cooperative Extension. In 2014, Directors and Administrators changed the mission of the organization to meet the evolving needs of the Cooperative Extension System (click here for Extension Foundation timeline). Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods, partners and funding. The Foundation also provides exclusive services and professional development to its members.

UC ANR is a member of the Extension Foundation. Therefore, as an ANR employee, you're a member, too. Click here to create your account and select subgroups of interest.

The Extension Foundation (EXF) helps Cooperative Extension (CE) professionals like us make a more innovative, visible and measurable impact on local issues. They challenge us to use intentional program design that fosters innovation, collaboration, strategic partnerships, user engagement and continual evaluation for iteration and validation of programming efforts. The Impact Collaborative methodology is a driver for establishing and validating programming approaches. Click here to read more. Registrations open in 2022:

Icebreakers, Energizers and Activities to Make Learning Stick
April 26, 2022
8:30-11:30 a.m.
Hamilton Room, Heitman Staff Learning Center (UC Davis)

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In this interactive three-hour class, learn how to liven up your content and make it stick with the appropriate use of icebreakers, energizers and activities.

If you will be training adults - employees or clientele - then this class is for you. Research shows only 5% of classroom material taught via lecture is retained. Today, trainers need to incorporate a variety of training methods to engage learners. By the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Know the difference between icebreakers, energizers and activities
  • Identify when to use them
  • Invigorate your training by using best practices

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Stewardship: The Key To A Lasting Relationship With Your Supporters
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
Noon - 1 p.m.

Donor stewardship is a term we hear often, but what does it really mean? What does it look like at the different levels of our organization? And how can we do it well? Join the Development Services team for a presentation on how we can show the love to our supporters and discuss everything you wanted to know about stewardship.

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Using the new ANR Workflow Automation program to route C&G Forms “800“ and Advance Account Request
Feb. 23, 2022
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Introduction and training on the new Workflow Automation system. We will go through the automated program and show how to use it for the C&G Form 800 and the C&G Form Advanced Account Request. Presenters are Kathleen Nolan, Kim Lamar and Kendra Rose.

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Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Cost Sharing/Matching
March 23, 2022
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost Sharing or Matching funds is the portion of project expenses provided by UC and not paid by the sponsoring agency. Tune in to learn more about when it is acceptable to commit cost share on a proposal, required approvals, and tracking cost share after the award has been made. Presenter is Kathleen Nolan.
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

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Operationalizing a JEDI Plan using the 4R's Framework: Relationships, Relevance, Recruitment and Responsibility.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
Noon – 1 p.m.

This webinar addresses the question that many program managers and teams are asking themselves: “How do I systematically integrate the wealth of information, opportunities, resources, policies, and professional development opportunities around Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion put them into practice in my program?” This session explores the process that the UC California Naturalist program has used to operationalize its JEDI strategic plan using a simple framework focusing on four key areas: Relationships, Relevance, Recruitment and Responsibility. This framework is a work in progress and presented in the spirit of sharing our experience in addressing the question above. It is not indented to be a one size fits all approach for all programs. Please join us in a discussion to learn more about the benefits and challenges of the 4R's framework from examples drawn from the UC California Naturalist program.

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Perspectives: Culturally Responsive Place-based Education Series
Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time

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The Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center is hosting a virtual professional development panel discussion series for formal and non-formal educators about learning to better incorporate the perspectives of those with whom we work in schools and educational programs. Moderators and panelists from each community provide a chance for educators to deepen their teaching practice in a safe online space for open conversation and community. SCHECHs are available for teachers.

Perspectives: Culturally Responsive Place-Based Education will begin Nov. 4, 2021, with a session on indigenous perspectives & experiences of maple sugaring especially as they connect to schools and place-based education centers.

Avoiding Bias in the Hiring Process
(Virtual Instructor-Led Training UC Learning Center)
April 20, 2022
9 a.m.–12 noon

Click here to read more and register. (If class is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist)
Building an environment that doesn't just tolerate, but values diversity requires the active participation of everyone in the organization.

Participants in this course will gain practical information about developing personal and organizational cultural competence that can be applied at work, at home or in community organizations.

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. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

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Fundamentals of Change Management
(Virtual Instructor-Led Training UC Learning Center)
Feb. 16, 2022
12:30-4:30 pm
April 20, 2022
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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During the workshop, participants will:

  • Establish a shared definition of change management and how it impacts organizational outcomes
  • Understand the research and best practices around change management
  • Understand the interconnection between change leadership, change management and project management outcomes
  • Develop an awareness of the three phases of organizational change
  • Understand and apply the Prosci ADKAR Model for individual change
  • Identify resistance to change and understand tactics to address resistance

What to Do When There's Too Much to Do (LinkedIn Learning - audio course)

Click here to learn more and access course.
Who doesn't want to be more efficient and effective at work? In this audio-only summary of Laura Stack's popular book, you can learn how to do more with less time by simplifying, streamlining, and prioritizing work. A leading productivity expert, Laura offers simple, innovative ways to help you enjoy a more effective and meaningful workday. She shows you how to prioritize your workload and create realistic daily, weekly and yearly work schedules by decluttering your files and inbox, identifying what's important, streamlining your workload, and making more effective decisions.

For your LinkedIn Learning account, please contact ANR IT at

Developing a Critical Thinking Mindset (LinkedIn Learning)

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Critical thinking is often cited as a desirable skill to have, but what exactly does it mean to be a critical thinker, and how does one achieve this mindset? The goal of critical thinking is to give ourselves time and tools for improving how we think, to see things closer to how they really are, and get a better sense of the world. But just understanding the concepts won't get you there. As Becki Saltzman explains, developing a critical thinking mindset requires commitment and deliberate practice. Becki shows how to put critical thinking knowledge to work to create a mindset that enables you to examine information and determine how to assess information you can trust.

For your LinkedIn Learning account, please contact ANR IT at

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:41 PM

New SAREP logos are in the communications toolkit

New logo for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program has a new logo. To download the SAREP logo or any UC ANR logo, visit the UC ANR Communications Toolkit at

In the toolkit, you will find SAREP's new logo with and without text, in English and Spanish:

UC ANR SAREP logo in Spanish.

Brand consistency is important

UC ANR logos visually communicate our brands, and our brand promotion efforts seek to positively influence people's perceptions and awareness of UC ANR's value throughout the state. We do this by presenting consistent, credible and authentic messages and visuals about how we benefit California. Consistency is key to building awareness and understanding, because communicating a fragmented or overly complicated brand confuses audiences and makes it hard for them to understand both what we do and the value we bring. Simply stated, that means every type of communication we craft – presentations, web pages, publications, social media posts, etc. – is an opportunity to grow brand awareness and positive sentiment for UC ANR.

To that end, please be sure you are using the current version of the UC ANR logo and/or sub-brand logos on your materials – presentations, email signatures, flyers, posters, social media profiles, etc. We recognize that physical signage is costly to update, but if you are creating new signage or replacing old signage, please be sure to use the proper logos. For specific branding or logo questions, contact Linda Forbes.

Learn more about UC ANR branding and messaging in the communications toolkit.


Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:18 PM
  • Author: Linda Forbes

DEI Advisory Council begins work by focusing on hiring practices

The UC ANR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council to the Vice President has begun working to advise, support and ensure accountability for UC ANR's DEI efforts to improve working environments within UC ANR and quality of life for marginalized populations living in California.

The DEI Advisory Council focuses on inclusion and equity for individuals who have one or more marginalized identities (for example, race, national origin, class, gender, sexuality or ability).  

The DEI Advisory Council members, appointed by Vice President Glenda Humiston, include

  • Jairo Diaz-Ramirez
  • Gail Feenstra
  • Elaine Lander
  • Fadzayi Mashiri
  • LeChé McGill
  • Esther Mosase
  • Keith Nathaniel
  • Laura Snell
  • Katherine Soule
  • Rosa Vargas
  • Ricardo Vela
  • Ron Walker
  • Mohammed Yaghmour

All council members have completed training, finalized the council's charter, and developed and obtained approval for a workplan.

To enhance DEI in recruitment, the council partnered with the DEI Alliance Workforce Diversification Committee to review UC ANR hiring practices through a DEI lens and identify areas for improvement. They are finalizing recommendations for outreach, advertising and search committees to attract a more diverse pool of job applicants.

They presented recommended implementation steps to leadership and plan to work with Human Resources to assess the outcome of implemented recommendations and suggest additional actions as needed.

In February, they plan to host a joint meeting with the DEI Alliance to discuss group roles and purpose, collaborations and communication with the ANR community.






Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:09 AM
Tags: diversity (21), January 2022 (11)

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