Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps Projects by Institution

On January 9, 2017 45 projects were invited to become members of eXtension’s first Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps. Of those, 39 accepted and will be attending the eXtension Designathon on February 14-15 in Cincinnati, OH. The projects are listed below. The descriptions will be updated as we learn more about their plans.

Primary Project Contact InstitutionProposal Topic or Title 
Adrienne DukeAuburn UniversityRe-framing Perceptions of Us: Developing Culturally Competent YouthThis project will be an interactive curriculum designed to build a foundation for self-awareness (cultural norms, values, communication), a greater understanding and respect for cultural differences (communication, values, norms) and an understanding of intra-cultural heterogeneity (diversity of behavior, beliefs, and cognitive orientations within racial/ethnic groups).
Robert Franklin, IIColorado State UniversityDedicated Talk Back: an opportunity to respond to the themes and messages found in our media (music, movies, news, etc.) in facilitated, courageous conversation toward community building.We need an opportunity to digest what we see and hear, in a space where trained, educated individuals can drive the telling of stories, and inspire the necessary engagement, active listening, and intentional learning that comes from contributing to the building of a community around a common effort to heal the hurt.
Bonnie CollinsCornell UniversityEngaging Refugees in AgricultureEducate refugees in healthy eating, best growing practices, and business development to grow cultural foods and build towards selling these foods to their local communities.
Jeff PiestrakCornell UniversityCrucial Conversations on Health & Wealth: Building our Capacity for Shared Prosperity

Using agrifood systems as an initial topical focus and lens, we propose a coordinated effort facilitating ongoing dialogue and learning at the local, regional, state and national levels around the topic of Health and Wealth, informing larger unifying values, goals and policies related to “shared prosperity”. We’ll support this through a combination of collaboratively developed in-person convenings, communications channels and information platforms designed for conversation.
Andy Turner

Cornell UniversityCultivating Curiosity & Promoting Cultural Humility Across DifferencesOur project is one that engages a cohort group of self-selected 4-H educators from all across New York State in an intensive diversity and inclusivity professional development experience designed to deconstruct and examine issues of power, privilege and differences.
Shawn MooreKentucky State UniversityYouth as Change Agents: Ensuring Equitable Environmental Health of Urban CommunitesThrough the use of Project Learning Tree: Green School Investigations, a problem-based learning curriculum, selected youth will use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, to analyze their community’s energy, water, land areas, waste and recycling, and environmental quality in their community.
Grace PetersonLouisiana State UniversityCommunity Health Hubs: A Collaborative Approach to Inclusion and Diversity in Growing a Healthy Regional Food System
We propose combining the unique resources of Cooperative Extension, Allied Health, and our regional Food Bank to create a Community Health Hub at one of the local food pantry locations as a pilot for future projects.
Crystal D. WilsonMichigan State UniversityNaming and Framing Issues by Giving a Voice to Latina Women in Metro DetroitThe participants will collectively name and frame their issues, develop recommendations, and prepare an Issues Guide. The Issues Guide will assist the participants to launch collective actions to have their voices heard by local and county governments.
Lynn JamesPenn State UniversityExploring Latin CuisineDevelopment of a hands-on curriculum to outreach to adults and families, to increase their knowledge and attitudes about Latin American foods and culture, as well as to encourage consumption and food preparation practices for healthy Latin American foods.
Nakita BowmanPrairie View A&M UniversityMethods to Mobilize Communities Toward Civic Engagement and Improvement of Citizen/Police Relations.Effectively building coalitions through affiliations with 4-H, University Researchers, and Cooperative Extension will be a testament to our success. Using the results of our analysis to create innovative outreach programs and scale up our involvement of youth to influence change in their communities.
Michelle F. BrillRutgers UniversityCreating Successful Extension Programming for Clientele with Developmental DisabilitiesProgramming for Clientele with Developmental Disabilities: Professional Development Series will introduce Extension faculty, staff and volunteers to effective educational methods and will provide information on current disability laws, regulations, resources and support reimagined in an online format.
Jo WilliamsThe Ohio State UniversityDiversity: The Source of Our Strength: An Online Project for 4-H MembersWe want to offer accessible, engaging, and interactive diversity curriculum to 4-H members in Ohio and elsewhere. The general approach is to convert the content of the Ohio 4-H project book Diversity: The Source of Our Strength into an online course using a publically-accessible instance of Canvas
Ingrid AdamsThe Ohio State UniversityUnderstanding the I's in Diversity, Inclusion, and other -isms.Training implemented through video format to be used with our local partners that addresses civil rights requirements for collaborating with Extension.
Kay ShoemakerUniversity of AlaskaExploring the Intersection between Social Justice and Environmental Health: Diversity and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Outdoor Experiential EducationOur Project-Based Learning will center on Culturally-Relevant Curricula (Chugachmiut Heritage Kits and Exploring Ecology in Alaska) provided to School Champions, who will develop and adapt activities and outdoor classroom spaces with K-12 school children out on trails, seashores, and along rivers within walking distance from a Schools on Trails school.
Kari van DeldenUniversity of AlaskaRacial Equity Training for Staff, Faculty and AdministrationWe propose a series of 5 webinars created for CES faculty, administration and staff. The train-the-trainer style content will increase our capacity to build community engagement/participation in civil dialogue among diverse groups. Raising awareness and building the intercultural communication skills of our employees helps combat institutional racism and better equips our agents to offer culturally relevant programming.
Christy ManneringUniversity of DelawareDevelopment of online education modules to use and promote emotional intelligenceIntegrating critical social-emotional training opportunities will serve as the core component of professional development as it pertains to this project.
Crystal PerryUniversity of GeorgiaInclusive 4-H: Differently Abled Youth Benefits from 4-HProgramming offered will be strategically delivered for differently-abled and non-disabled youth simultaneously. Opportunities will be created for all youth to experience diversity, the freedom to participate, and learn how to value others.
Natasha SaundersUniversity of KentuckyJr. MANRRS Scholar WeekendDuring the seminar, these youth will be able to exposed to agriculture industry, ag-tourism, have mock interviews with professionals and have training on skills such as public speaking, debate, networking The Scholar Weekend will be able to concentrate more resources into fewer youth to retain a higher return on investment.
Ashley S. HoltUniversity of KentuckyStrengthening the Kentucky Extension Diversity Network
Nia Imani FieldsUniversity of MarylandConsiderations for a Social Justice Youth Development ModelThis project will pilot recommendations from a doctoral research study around the contribution of urban 4-H programs on social capital and social justice.
Nancy HeglandUniversity of MinnesotaReaching culturally diverse volunteers to grow the 4-H youth development program in Southern MNMentorship program to recruit and prepare culturally diverse 4-H volunteers
Molly ZinsUniversity of MinnesotaCulturally-driven Engagement of Communities for Regional Sustainable Development in Minnesota
This project will develop a culturally-driven protocol for working with tribal communities to foster local sustainable development initiatives supported by Extension. The project team will work with tribal communities in two of RSDP’s five regions to co-create new strategies.
Cassandra SilveiraUniversity of MinnesotaThe Health Equity Leadership ProjectDesigning and creating impactful learning environments for multicultural community educators and contribute to the growing literature on the positive impacts of Community Nutrition Educator programs.
Jill EckUniversity of MinnesotaMid-Manager Equity and Diversity Initiative
Trina AdlerUniversity of MinnesotaMiddle-Aged White Women in Leadership: Making Way for a Diverse Leadership Team for U of MN Extension Center for Family Development
The solution proposed is development and implementation of an analysis and change process of the structures and operating principles and practices of FD leadership that reinforce the status quo of white-middle-aged-female-dominated leadership structure.
Joshua KukowskiUniversity of MinnesotaWorking Inclusively within Indian CountryWe hope to grow a program and model that will support both a positive youth development approach to the community, yet have both a critical and evaluative approach to the model so it can adapt to current problems on the reservation, demonstrate growth, and show mutually shared value in this type of programming.
Jan DerdowskiUniversity of MInnesotaSupporting Youth Inclusion
The team’s goal is to develop a mentoring model that can effectively improve outcomes for our youth at highest risk. We believe that mentors working with young people with high Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scores will require training and support beyond what a typical mentoring program provides.
Sharon S. Mule'University of MinnesotaTrain the Trainer-Community Partners in ActionWe will strive to assist partners so they have the capacity to sustain their direct education efforts around healthy living, as well as their efforts to create an environment that enables people to make healthy choices.
Kathryn MacomberUniversity of MissouriLearning Out LoudUsing the Working Out Loud framework (by John Stepper) to develop improved skills in improving civil discourse in every day life of Extension educators working in their communities.
Claire WolffUniversity of MissouriREPRESENT: Equity in Civic LeadershipIncreasing representation of individuals from minority and under-engaged communities in civic-decision making roles through advanced training workshops that focus on public policy-making, boards and commissions, and public office campaigns.
Maria Rosario T. de Guzman
University of NebraskaTitle: Reaching One, Reaching All
The proposed solution is to provide Extension faculty/staff with resources and educational opportunities to gain knowledge and skills towards developing multicultural competencies with an underlying goal of social justice.
Carrie GottschalkUniversity of NebraskaExpelling Expulsion in Early Childhood Programs: Using distance technology to provide live coaching of evidence-based practices.Coaching may be used to improve existing practices, develop new skills, and promote continuous self-assessment and learning. The role of the coach in early childhood (birth to age eight) is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment in which the learner and coach can jointly reflect on current practices, apply new skills and competencies with feedback, and problem-solve challenging situations.
Amy Hastings ElizerUniversity of TennesseeReinventing the East Jackson Community Through a Diverse Holistic Health ApproachThe team is focusing on a “re-tooling” of the Jackson Central Merry High School to possibly include a satellite farmers market, senior center, thrift store, food distribution center, museum, police substation, community center with nutritious cooking classes, and exercise classes
Kayla DavisUniversity of TennesseeMyth busting the refugee crisisCreate a concise (~half-day) curriculum educating professionals about the dynamics of refugee migration and resettlement. Topics include: causes of refugee migration, experiences of being and becoming a refugee, policies and laws governing refugee resettlement and asylum, security screening of refugees, federal-, state- and local- funding structures for refugee support, and integration into local U.S. communities.
Sandy LiangUniversity of WisconsinBuilding Bridges Across Communities: a collaborative community project to reach Latino/Hispanic familiesThe goal is to do more than increase access--the hope is to energize the community to build bridges among members who may have not met otherwise, and to create a place for safe dialogue around issues that have not been addressed before to ultimately strengthen individuals and families.
Angela AllenUniversity of WisconsinUrban Communities Reimagined Issue Guide ProjectThe organizing strategy for both the urban community forums and the resultant issue guide are: (1) to complement and encourage creative and inclusive community organizing efforts in urban places, and; (2) produce useful knowledge through a participatory action research project testing the use of cultural tools for more inclusive participation in framing and deliberation.
Larissa DuncanUniversity of WisconsinToolkit for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Early Childhood: Planting Seeds of Justice with Young ChildrenWe propose to develop an innovative training program and toolkit that will be used to empower educators and parents/caregivers of young children to engage in evidence-based approaches for promoting equity, inclusion, and multicultural awareness in early childhood, a critical developmental period for bias prevention.
Zurishaddai A. GarciaUtah State UniversityDeveloping Culturally Relevant/Sensitive Programs to Reach Diverse Audiences.
Davis County 4-H will reach out to the community to connect with members of diverse communities (e.g., Latino, American Indian, Polynesian, African American/Black). This will help us gain their perspective on what their youth need from a youth development program. Upon knowing the needs and interests, a program will be developed that seeks to meet those needs in a culturally responsive/sensitive way.
Megan HamiltonUtah State UniversityDeveloping Maker Education Programs to Reach Diverse AudiencesThere are many numerous diversity-building efforts in many other areas that have been implemented successfully. We need to research quality diversity-building efforts and transfer those ideas to the Maker movement. I would also like to see if the culturally-relevant programs we implement also help to solve local community problems.