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September 11, 2018

2019 National Urban Extension Conference - Call for Proposals

Submitted by Marlin Bates

Washington State University and the National Urban Extension Leaders are pleased to jointly announce a call for proposals for the National Urban Extension Conference on “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience,” which will be held in Seattle, Washington, May 20-23, 2019. The full call for proposals can be found here. The deadline for proposals is November 21, 2018

The conference will provide opportunities for Extension professionals and applied researchers from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. The program planning committee plans for participants to learn about cutting edge research and to see innovative outreach efforts that successfully transfer research-based information to various urban clientele. Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels (defined below) for the 2019 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged.

Successful proposals to The 2019 NUEC will focus on one of the following four core elements of building successful urban projects and programs:

Competencies:

These presentations will focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for Extension professionals to work effectively in urban communities. While the presentations may talk about a specific program, project, or activity, the core of the presentation should be around a skill or ability, which may include topics such as survey design, data analysis, hosting focus groups or group dialogue sessions, using social media, etc. specific to urban communities.

Subject Matter Expertise:

The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) has identified five focus areas for urban programming (see http://www.nuelaction.org/focus-areas for more information). We seek proposals that share impactful programming in one of these five focus areas:

• Strengthening Communities
• Protecting the Environment
• Improving Health
• Enriching Youth
• Feeding our Communities: Local food systems and networks

Personal Experiences:

Focus should be on lessons learned and proven methods of research, delivery, outreach, marketing, and collaboration in building successful urban projects and programs. Highlight methods for maintaining Land Grant visibility in a sea of educational institutions.

Innovation:

To be successful, we must continue to respond to existing issues in novel ways and address new, emerging issues our constituents are facing now or in the future. The Program Committee is dedicating space and time for presentations and special innovation sessions.

Preference will be given to submissions that address diversity, equity and inclusion across the five subject matter areas noted above.