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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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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

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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)

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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.
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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

L&D: GIS & data science, health literacy, engage audience, implicit bias, time sheet, orientation, conflict competence

Extension Methods & Delivery
Building Support
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office, Team and Personal Management

Fall GIS and Data Science Workshops from IGIS (UC ANR IGIS)

Details and Registration
Intro to R Wednesdays workshop series - Oct. 4, 11 & 18, 10 a.m.-noon
Intro to ArcGIS Pro -Friday, Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Intro to Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro - Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.
?Intro to ArcGIS Story Maps - Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m.

Strategies to Manage Health Literacy Challenges (Extension Foundation)
Oct. 18
9:30-10:30 a.m. PDT

Details & Registration.
Join Rachel Tansey, MA on Wednesday October 18th at 12:30pm as she discusses Strategies to Manage Health Literacy Challenges. Health literacy is about being able to find, understand and use health information- which can be difficult. This webinar will discuss some strategies to help ease that challenge. Image by mcmurryjulie from Pixabay

Fall 2023 14-Day Writing Challenge (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, NCFDD)
Oct. 9-22.

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

  1. You commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. You take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

How to Engage Audiences at Conferences, in the Classroom, and Beyond! (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, NCFDD)
Tuesday, Oct. 24.
11 a.m.-noon

Details and Registration

his webinar discusses the importance of audience engagement for public presentations and provides strategies for capturing and keeping the attention of an audience in various contexts. The presenter will provide recommendations for how to study an audience prior to a presentation, as well as suggestions for verbal and nonverbal communication strategies that engage an audience the entire presentation.

Dynamic Discussions (Extension Foundation)
Oct. 26
11 a.m.-noon

Details & Registration.
Each fourth Thursday of the month, the Impact Collaborative will host professionals from across Cooperative Extension and beyond to address hot topics of interest to Cooperative Extension. Each month, we will update the information for the Dynamic Discussion for the month

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Building Support takes different skills for the work we do at UC ANR. Our employees engage with elected officials, fund raise and tell our story. For more information on these tops see the L&D Building Support page.

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Conducting Culturally Inclusive Trainings (UC Learning Center)
(Asynchronous - Complete at any time)

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Developing training programs that engage participants of varied cultural backgrounds, abilities, learning styles, reading levels, and other differences requires thoughtful attention to training design and delivery. This course will give trainers the skills to conduct training courses that address the diverse needs of trainees, and ensure that the training content is accessible for all participants. The instructors will model culturally respectful training and provide valuable tools that novice and expert trainers alike can use.

UC Managing Implicit Bias (UC Learning Center)
(Asynchronous - Complete at any time)

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The UC Managing Implicit Bias Series is a six-course online training series designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at the University.The series reinforces the UC diversity, equity, and inclusion values that enable the University to attract and retain a top talent workforce, and it further supports the UC commitment to developing effective leaders and managers of people. It is intended to supplement existing location programs and resources.

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Conflict Competence for Staff (UC Davis Ombuds)
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, 9 a.m.-noon

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Learn to prevent and resolve conflicts with colleagues and managers, including communicating your needs successfully and lowering other's defenses.

Conflict Competence: Creative Problem Solving in the Workplace (UC Davis Ombuds)
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 
Noon-1 p.m.

Details & Registration
Drawing from negotiation and conflict management best practices, this interactive webinar will provide a road map designed to help you discover solutions that meet your needs in complex and challenging situations. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Understanding Your Timesheet

Thursday, Nov. 2

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.
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Administrative Orientation

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Thursday, Nov. 9
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
UC ANR, 2801 2nd St., Davis, CA 95618

Conflict Competence: Listening to be Heard (UC Davis Ombuds)

Wednesday, Nov. 1

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Do you feel like your ideas and perspectives are not being heard? Have you ever felt stuck in a dynamic of defensive and attacking behaviors that break down communication and cause significant stress? One way to help people listen to us and restore communication channels is by first making them feel heard. When both people feel heard and understood, the chances of reaching a lasting resolution dramatically increase, relationships improve, and you can ultimately find greater success at work. This highly interactive course provides techniques to identify and overcome listening barriers, listen for what is not being said, make another person feel heard, and lower defensiveness around tense topics. This course was previously offered with the title "Talk to Me, I'm All Ears: Listening to be Heard." While the course title has changed, the topics covered are the same.

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Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 2:48 PM

L&D - Survey design, Latino STEAM, Engage audiences, Aggie Enterprise, Admin Orientation

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Extension Methods & Delivery
Building Support
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office, Team, and Personal Management

Crafting Insights- Mastering the Art of Survey Design (Extension Foundation)

Sept. 14
11 a.m.- noon

Details & Registration
Building upon the valuable insights from the November 2022 Extension Skills Workshop "Survey Mistakes that can Ruin Your Data," this workshop provides an overview of the best practices for survey design. Having clear goals of our survey does not mean all the time that we know how to align our questions to capture those goals. In this workshop, Najat will focus on the most common guidelines survey developers should follow to create valid and reliable survey tool. Attendees will see examples from the Extension world about how to improve survey design and create effective tools!

Fall GIS and Data Science Workshops from IGIS (UC ANR IGIS)
Topics and dates below, starting Sept. 22

Details and registration
The Informatics and GIS (IGIS) Statewide Program is pleased to share our Fall 2023 Workshop Schedule. All workshops will be on Zoom and are free for the ANR community.

Intro to ArcGIS Online - Fri 9/22/23, 1-4 p.m.
Intro to R Wednesdays workshop series - 09/27, 10/04, 10/11, & 10/18,
10 a.m.-noon
Intro to ArcGIS Pro -Fri 10/13/23, 1-4 p.m.
Intro to Jupyter Notebooks inArcGIS Pro - Fri 11/17/23; 1-4 p.m.
Intro to ArcGIS Story Maps -Fri 12/15/23, 1-4 p.m.
Creative Latino Community & Youth STEAM Outreach and Engagement (Extension Foundation)
Sept 25
11 a.m.-noon PT

Details & Registration
Learn about some creative and cultural based Latino/Hispanic outreach programming being done through Oregon State University Extension to reach underserved, under-represented communities. The presentation will include an overview of the “Mariachi STEAM Camp”, “COVID Corridos Workshop,” “Wonderful World of Puppets Workshop,” “Drones, Dance and Coding Workshop” and “¡Viva Veggie Vida!” outreach.

How to Engage Audiences at Conferences, in the Classroom and Beyond! (NCFDD)
Oct 24
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT

Details & Registration
This webinar discusses the importance of audience engagement for public presentations and provides strategies for capturing and keeping the attention of an audience in various contexts. The presenter will provide recommendations for how to study an audience prior to a presentation, as well as suggestions for verbal and nonverbal communication strategies that engage an audience the entire presentation.

Purposeful Discussions on Racial Differences- Practical Strategies for Individuals and Organizations (Part 2) (Extension Foundation)
Sept. 28
11 a.m.-noon PT

Details & Registration
Building from their January 2023 Dynamic Discussion, the team of panelists will explore personal practices and approaches to help work through discomfort, dissonance or fears experienced when we enter dialog across differences.

The team will also share tools that individuals and organizations can consider implementing to hold the complexity of our work across racial, ethnic and other human differences. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

Implicit Bias in the Workplace Guide (UC Davis - Box folder)

Access Guide- UC Davis Box folder.
Implicit biases are the underlying attitudes and stereotypes that people unconsciously attribute to another person or group of people, that affect how they understand and engage with those individuals. If you ever find yourself making a decision based on a ‘gut feeling,' you're likely experiencing implicit bias. The best way to prevent yourself from succumbing to unconscious biases is to become aware of them and take action to prevent them in your human resources practices. Doing so will help you build a more diverse and inclusive workplace. For a deeper dive take the UC Implicit Bias Series (online course).

Aggie Enterprise Transition – an Informational Webinar (UC ANR BOC)
Sept. 7
10-11 a.m.


Learn dates, deadlines, and what you need to know about the transition to Aggie Enterprise: purchasing

  • accounts payable
  • travel & entertainment, and
  • other financial processes

Presented by ANR Business Operations Center. Presenters:

  • Su-Lin Shum, Director, Business Operations Center
  • Tracy Roman, Associate Director, Business Partner Teams
  • Aggie Enterprise Project Team Staff

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Resolution to Change – Kaiser Webcast
Sept. 12 
Noon-1 p.m.

Details & Registration
Understand the behavior change process and learn to create the habits necessary for making a change.

Towards a Healing Organization: Viewing of The Wisdom of Trauma (UC Davis Health)
Sept. 29
2-4 p.m.

Details & Registration
Advancing a healing-centered organization can best be understood through trauma-informed practices. To better understand the interactions between illness, addiction, and trauma in our society, UC Davis Health is showing the 2021 film The Wisdom of Trauma by Dr. Gabor Maté, followed by a facilitated discussion on how to move towards a healing organization. The film highlights Dr. Maté's work as a physician who fosters a clearer understanding of trauma's prevalence, symptoms, consequences, and causes so that we can heal ourselves and others. Image by John Hain from Pixabay.

UC ANR Administrative Orientation for New Employees
Nov. 9
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
ANR Valley Rooms, 2801 2nd St., Davis, CA 95618


  • Learn about ANR's Vision and Mission
  • Learn about ANR structure and individual programs and units
  • Interact with ANR leadership and directors
  • Meet and network with new colleagues from around the state
  • Get answers to burning questions about health benefits, AggieTravel... and more!

The Art of Leadership Podcast (LinkedIn Learning) 
Download to your phone and listen while you travel!

Small things that are done well make a difference in your career, particularly if you're in the role of a manager or leader. This audio-only course, adapted from The Art of Leadership by Michael Lopp, encourages all leaders—from new managers to experienced executives—to sweat the small stuff when hiring, delegating, managing meetings, handling crises, controlling rumors, and more. For your LinkedIn Learning account, contact ANR IT at

 Fast Track to Contracts & Grants - Archived recordings

April 12, 2023 | Introduction to Contracts & Grants (video) Slide deck, with Kim Lamar
April 14, 2023 | From Concept to Submission (AKA Proposal Development and Proposal Process video), Slide deck, with Vanity Campbell, et al
April 19, 2023 | Cost Share and Academic Cost Recovery-Salary Savings (video), Slide deck

April 21, 2023 | Proposal budget preparation basics (or Budget Basics and Calculator) (Video), Slide deck (PDF) with Kendra Rose
May 3, 2023 | Using the new ANR Workflow Automation program to route C&G Forms “800“and Advance Account Request (Video), Slide deck (PDF) Form 800 Quick Guide (PDF) Advance Account Quick Guide (PDF) 
May 5, 2023 | Understanding the awards process (Video), Slide deck (PDF)
May 10, 2023 | Working with Subrecipients (Video), Slide deck (PDF)
May 12, 2023 | Post Award Process (Video), Slide deck (PDF)

 Everyone can learn something new.

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 8:00 AM

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