Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps Designathon Planned for February

diversity and inclusion corps logoMore than 40 project teams, representing 28 institutions from all five Cooperative Extension System (CES) regions, focused on a variety of diversity and inclusion issues will meet in Cincinnati, OH February 14-15, 2017, to participate in an eXtension Designathon. Proposed Corps projects include topics such as cultural competency in youth, community health hubs and diversity, food insecurity, civic engagement, racial equity training for CES, health equity and much more.

The Designathon is a high-energy workshop that guides participants with innovative project ideas addressing local issues through the creation of concept maps for their projects, supported by one-on-one mentoring from expert key informants.  The process helps teams develop and articulate an issue response strategy focused on local, regional, or statewide impact.

Key informants are currently being recruited for the Designathon. Key informants mentor the teams in areas such as evaluation, networking, technology, social media, marketing, and much more. Past Designathon participants frequently relate that access to key informants is one of the most beneficial aspects of the workshop. If you have expertise that would be beneficial to the Corps and would like to be considered as a potential key informant, contact Luann Phillips luannphillips@extension.org.

The event will be held as a pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the annual Tri-State Diversity Conference.

The Diversity & Inclusion Corps organizing committee includes: Pamala Morris & Shalyse Iseminger, Purdue University, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Community of Practice;  Natasha Saunders, University of Kentucky, Office of Diversity; Brent Elrod, USDA/NIFA; John Phillips, AIHEC/FALCON; Terrence Wolfork, Fort Valley State University, 1890 Institutions; June Mead, Cornell University, CYFAR; Renee Pardello, University of Minnesota, Internationalizing Extension Community of Practice; and  Rachel Welborn, Southern Rural Development Center, Leader, ECOP Rapid Response Team for Civil Discourse.
For more information on the Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps contact LuAnn Phillips luannphillips@extension.org.