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Friday, February 24, 2017

Civil Discourse Rapid Response Team Webinar

Rachel Welborn, Southern Rural
Development Center, and Chris Boerboom,
North Dakota State University
The Rapid Response Team (RRT) on Civil Discourse, established by ECOP, is hosting a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to showcase findings and share potential next steps for this work. Please save the date and join in the conversation. Additional information on the agenda and speakers will be posted in a future ECOP Monday Minute. For more information, please contact Rachel Welborn, RRT Chair, at or 662.325.5885 or Dr. Chris Boerboom, Chair, ECOP Program Committee, at or 701-231-8944. No preregistration is required. Simply save this link to use for the session:

2017 National Awards Process Underway - ECOP and USDA-NIFA announce the 2017 nomination process for the National Excellence in Extension and Diversity awards. The due date for on-line nominations is May 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. For details and to access the worksheets and online nomination forms go to: When completing a nomination for Excellence in Extension Award, please note that there are some changes to the criteria. Extension Directors and Administrator are to encourage nominations from previous years that were not selected for the National Awards to reapply. Questions can be directed to Sandy Ruble, ECOP Program Assistant.

2017 National Health Outreach Conference - The University of Maryland Extension will host the 2017 National Health Outreach Conference (NHOC) at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, May 2-4, 2017. Come join Cooperative Extension and other national leaders dedicated to building a culture of health for all of America. The theme of the 2017 NHOC is Navigating the World of Health: A Sea of Opportunity. Conference tracks include: 1. Individual and Family Health, 2. Organizational Health, 3. Community Health, 4. Environmental Health and Safety, and 5. Health Policy and Systems Change. Check out the pre-conference workshop/tours, early-bird registration (on or before Friday, March 31) and other details at:

Diversity and Inclusion Resources - Over 80 Extension professionals representing nearly 40 eXtension Issue Corps projects on diversity and inclusion participated in a Designathon on February 14-15. The Designathon uses concept mapping and one-on-one mentoring with key informants to assist team members in their project planning. eXtension developed the Issue Corps program to identify innovative thinkers in the Cooperative Extension System, catalyze their work, and amplify the local impact of these teams by sharing their efforts on a national scale so that other Extension professionals can integrate innovative approaches into their programs. Future plans include tailored professional development and sharing about the projects and experience. To see what the Designathon experience was like, visit the recap at D&I Issue Corps Designathon 2017.

Register Early for PILD - The early registration rate for the Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference ends on March 3rd! Registration information is available on the website. The conference will be held in DC April 2-5. The theme for 2017 PILD is Relationships, Relevance, Results. The purpose of PILD is for Extension administrators, professionals, and volunteers to improve their skills in telling Extension’s story about local program impacts. In addition, participants will get up-to-date information about the Farm Bill, Federal budgets, NIFA focus areas and grants, and how to effectively meet with members of Congress and other decision makers. This video contains more information about PILD: