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Monday, July 2, 2018

National Leadership Update

L-R: Jason Henderson, Purdue, Tom Melton, NC State University,
and Brian Schilling, Rutgers
Beginning this month, Jason Henderson, Purdue University, appointed by the North Central Region becomes a voting member of ECOP. Chris Boerboom, North Dakota State University is retiring and has served since 2016. Chris's retirement also leaves a vacancy to by filled by Tom Melton, North Carolina State University, appointed by ECOP to represent the Cooperative Extension Section on the National Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee (NIPMCC). For the retiring Larry Katz, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, the Northeast Region has named Rutgers' new Director Brian Schilling to ECOP Extension Resource and Partnership Development Committee (formerly Private Resource Development) and ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee. Congratulations to appointees and retirees and thank you for your national leadership!

Civil Rights Poster Update - The NIFA website that instructs Land-grant partners on guidelines and use of the And Justice for All poster was recently updated to provide clarification. The EFNEP Justice for All Civil Rights poster found at was updated last week.

eXtension Impact Collaborative Opportunities - The Impact Collaborative, powered by eXtension, is offering a 20-60 seat Innovation Kit Workshop or Designathon One for Premium Member Institutions at no charge. The deadline for scheduling one of these events is August 1, 2018, and Premium Member Institutions must have a Facilitator trained prior to this date. More information about this Premium Member benefit can be found here. The one-day Innovation Kit Workshop demonstrates how design thinking and lean experimentation through the Innovation Kit Process can help generate innovative ideas, test those ideas, and move ideas forward with potential for successful implementation. Designathon One is a two-day workshop that helps participants turn an idea into a compelling & innovative project that attracts and catalyzes key stakeholders and strategic partners. Premium Members have access to the Impact Collaborative for local events in conjunction with having their own members trained in the innovation process as facilitators for these events. Basic members will enjoy the benefit of accessing the Impact Collaborative at the October 2018 Summit. To learn more about becoming an eXtension Member Institution, please contact Beverly Coberly at

Tennessee State University hosted FEMA Train-the-Trainer on Emergency Preparedness for 1890 Land-Grants in EDEN
Land-grant Universities Receive FEMA Disasters Train-the-Trainer Course - On May 20-22, 2018, twenty participants from ten 1890 Land-grant Universities (LGUs) and one 1862 LGU assembled at Tennessee State University for the second 1890-Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Advisory Group (AG) Face-to-Face Workshop. The two-day workshop was hosted by the 1890 EDEN AG and featured the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Religious and Cultural Competency in Disasters Train-the-Trainer Course, including new guidance Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Preparedness Considerations for Emergency Managers. The training equipped participants to deliver the course to audiences including other university personnel, faith-based and community based organizations (CBOs) and disaster officials. For more information, contact Marcus Coleman,