i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Food Systems and Climate Issues Cultural Collaboration

Renee Pardello

Assistant Dean

University of Minnesota, Extension

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

To encourage others to integrate different cultural perspectives and/or globalization into their projects.

How will you measure that change?

Easy survey asking what changes of any people are inetgratng or doing differently

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

I was a key informant.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Through that process I realized I have many other resources I can share specifically in regards to surpassing civil rights expectations.


(I am working on) integrating global dynamics and cultural knowledge into Extension’s research, education and outreach while enhancing and growing the Internationalizing Extension Community of Practice.

The U.S. is becoming more ethnically diverse and by 2050 the Pew Research Center projects the white population will be the minority. This demographic shift coupled with our increasingly connected global society suggests the need for the U.S. Cooperative Extension System (CES) to integrate global dynamics and cultural knowledge into research, education and outreach to address challenges in food systems and climate issues. I believe that bringing together extension professionals with global experience and those who work across multiple cultures domestically have an essential set of knowledge, skills and abilities needed to tackle food systems and climate issues.

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