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Monday, January 22, 2018

2 Unique Features of 2018 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD)

Registration is now open for the PILD Conference which is scheduled for April 8-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. PILD is for Extension Directors, Administrators, employees, and volunteers. Most institutions send a team, although individuals are certainly welcome. The program focuses on preparing attendees to effectively promote and tell the Extension story to decision makers at federal, state, and local levels. Attendees are encouraged to make appointments and meet with their US Senators and Representatives on April 11th. This year’s conference theme is, Cultivating a Climate of Civil Dialogue.

NOTE: There are two uniquenesses of this year’s PILD conference: 
  1. PILD and National 4-H Conference are being held on the same dates so joint State’s Night Out on April 10th, and joint Hill visits on April 11th will be coordinated. Attached is a guide sheet for Extension Directors and Administrators. Also attached is a list of the institutions who have had PILD and National 4-H Conference delegations in the past two years.
  2. On April 11-12, 2018 a post PILD conference workshop will be offered, titled, "Civil Dialogue in the Public Arena." The workshop features Rachel Welborn, Southern Rural Development Center, and Gwen Poindexter Whiting, Director of Training and Leadership Development for Everyday Democracy. Those attending PILD may add the Post-Conference Workshop for an additional $50. Space is limited to 60, so be sure to extend your hotel reservation and sign up early.

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Designathon One - Nine Designathon One events are being hosted by eXtension and a dozen member institutions in January-March, 2018. These events kickoff the Impact Collaborative which is a process to catalyze next-level Extension programs and professionals. These are available only faculty and staff affiliated with eXtension member institutions. Non-member institutions that choose to become members for 2018 can still access Designathon One and the Impact Collaborative. To become a member for 2018, contact Chief Operating Officer Beverly Coberly

Diversity and Inclusion - Faculty and staff working on diversity and inclusion programs will have several upcoming professional development opportunities. The 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Impact Collaborative is nearing launch. The 14th Annual National Land-Grant Diversity Conference February 15-16, 2018, in the Cincinnati, OH area will include a session by eXtension. Additionally, the Program Fellow for the Collaborative has been named. Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, University of Missouri, will set up an organizing committee and develop a request for applications for release within a few weeks. More about Dr. Luster-Edward:

eXtension Foundation Announces Board of Directors -  eXtension is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2017-18. Serving as chair is Jason Henderson, Purdue University. Vice-chair is Barbara Petty with the University of Idaho. Ken LaValley from the University of New Hampshire is the Treasurer. Additional members of the board include Gary Jackson, Mississippi State University, Courtney Owens, Kentucky State University, Jane Clary Loveless, USDA NIFA (ex officio), and Rick Klemme, Interim Executive Director, ECOP (ex officio).                  

Save the Date – Webinar on Rural Information Center - USDA NIFA Division of Family & Consumer Sciences will host a webinar on the USDA Rural Information Center (RIC), a service of the National Agriculture Library. Mary Louise Reynnells will present an informational webinar on the resource assistance available. The RIC has resources related to Community Development, Rural Citizen Services, Sustainable Rural Communities, and Rural America Collections. RIC staff provide customized information products to specific inquiries including assistance in economic revitalization issues; local government planning projects; funding sources; technical assistance programs; research studies; and other related issues. Learn how you can maximize these resources to help your community. When: January 31, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) 
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