UC ANR core messaging is informed by the brand personality traits and includes the mission, public value statements, media boilerplate and elevator pitches. “Media boilerplate” is a brief description of UC ANR that is sent out with news releases (and often included on other types of communications). “Elevator pitches” are short blurbs to describe the division to a variety of audiences, similar to how you might describe where you work to someone in an elevator or at a gathering.
Ideally, everyone in our organization will draw upon approved core messaging when communicating about the division so that our audiences receive a single, cohesive sense of who we are and what UC ANR does.
True to the mission of the land grant universities, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources connects the power of UC research in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition and youth development with local communities to improve the lives of all Californians.
For over 100 years, our advisors, specialists, faculty and staff have been committed to:
- Connecting Californians to their University
- Leading the way to science-based solutions
- Providing information that is trustworthy and not biased
- Sharing research that is practical to use
- Addressing local concerns as part of the community
- Inviting the participation of concerned stakeholders
- Facilitating problem-solving and outreach to address the state’s toughest challenges
Public Value Statements
The public value statements, developed as part of the UC ANR strategic planning process in 2016, categorize condition changes that result from our work. We use them as part of our core messaging and in templates in order to promote greater awareness of the benefits we bring to California. They also serve as an excellent organizing principle for developing annual reports, brochures and other content.
Promoting economic prosperity in California
Safeguarding sufficient, safe, and healthy food for all Californians
Protecting California’s natural resources
Promoting healthy people and communities
Developing a qualified workforce for California
Building climate-resilient communities and ecosystems
Developing an inclusive and equitable society
The following language is included at the end of news releases that are sent to the media:
About UC ANR
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources brings the power of UC to all 58 California counties. Through research and Cooperative Extension in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, economic and youth development, our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians. Learn more at ucanr.edu and support our work at donate.ucanr.edu.
Additional boilerplate option
About UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
UC ANR is a statewide network of UC researchers and educators who create, develop, and extend knowledge on agricultural and natural resource management, youth development, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, STEM and more. UC ANR collaborates with private and public stakeholders in all 58 counties to advance the wellbeing of all Californians.
Omnibus elevator Pitches
Short descriptions appropriate for all audiences
I work for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. It’s a statewide network of programs and research centers that connects UC research in agriculture, the environment, nutrition and youth development with the people of California. You’re probably familiar with some of our programs, like 4-H, UC Master Gardener or UC California Naturalist. And if you’re a farmer or rancher, you’re probably familiar with UC Cooperative Extension.
I’m a 4-H volunteer in Santa Barbara County for UC ANR. That’s the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide organization that brings UC research in agriculture, the environment, youth development and nutrition out to local communities to help solve problems and educate the community.
I work at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, a network within the University of California that reaches across every UC campus and office. We provide nutrition education programs throughout California that help people stretch their food dollar while eating healthy and improving wellness. And that’s just one part of what UC ANR does – we’re a statewide network of programs such as Cooperative Extension, 4-H and Master Gardeners, bringing information from across the university and delivering it to local communities on issues like food, agriculture, health, the environment and youth development.
Audience-focused elevator pitch examples
Youth Development (families):
I work at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. It’s a statewide network of programs and research centers to connect the University with people who live in California. We work with children and families in programs like 4-H Youth Development, CalFresh Healthy Living-UC and other food and nutrition education programs. If you go to farmer’s markets you may also be familiar with our UC Master Gardener program.
Nutrition (underserved populations):
The organization I work for, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, has nutrition education programs throughout California that help people eat more healthy foods in a cost-effective way. And that’s just one part of what UC ANR does – it’s a statewide network of programs bringing information from the University of California about food, agriculture, health, the environment and youth development out to local communities.
Branding and messaging guidance concerning UC ANR sub-brands are available from the following sources:
4-H Youth Development: Visit the 4-H brand toolkit
CalFresh Healthy Living-UC: Contact Andra Nicolini
California Institute for Water Resources: Contact Faith Kearns
IGIS: Contact Andy Lyons
NFCS: Contact Linda Forbes
Nutrition Policy Institute: Contact Danielle Lee
SAREP: Contact Linda Forbes
UC Integrated Pest Management: Contact Tunyalee Martin
UC Master Food Preserver: Contact Linda Forbes
UC Master Gardener: Contact Melissa Womack
UC California Naturalists: Contact Brook Gamble
Additional messaging resources are available on the Learning & Development site.