Agenda for April 14th

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1 – 1:45 pmCommunity Approaches to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)
Justin Hougham
Building Relationships with The Ho-Chunk Nation through Agriculture Research and Programming
Bill Halfman, Jerry Clark, Ashley Olson, Kaitlyn Davis, Carl Duley
Planning AHEAD
Jenny Abel, Jackie Carattini, Sherry Daniels, Selena Freimark, Jane Jensen, Deb Neubauer, Sara Richie
Creating a Shared Vision During a Pandemic: A Story of Collaboration
Todd Johnson, Myles Alexander
Juntos 4-H in WI
Adam Trunzo, Pam Larson, Rachel Hart-Brinson, Laura Vanderveen, Andrea Rippley
Defying the Odds
Diana Hammer, Jerry Braatz
Early 2022 I finished and brought to press a special theme issue for CLEARING- a publication focused on environmental education. This issue is focused on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in the environmental education field. These ideas apply far beyond environmental education into many areas of community development. For the last year, acutely, and for the last several years in general, there is a rising consciousness and call to action towards diversity initiatives throughout education and accordingly within environmental education as this publication and special issue reflects. We hope this conversation and sharing of resources continues to evolve through not just a raised awareness of diversity and anti-racism issues, but through action towards environmental justice. This issue reflects practitioner insight from a wide array of venues, geographies and pedagogies. This issue features contributions from educators in Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Ontario, and California.

This presentation will cover key articles in this publication and discuss opportunities to explore these approaches in our own work in Extension. Further, and towards the conference theme, the work of JEDI in youth development truly builds on community connections that strengthen the work. Each attendee to the workshop will be given a copy of the publication for use in project planning afterwards. Presented here, as well, will be a collection of connections and resources that can broaden and directly apply to JEDI work and initiatives across the education community. Lastly, I will also discuss the publication process and offer insights on bringing our work to press.
The Ho-Chunk nation owns several hundred acres of farmland scattered around the driftless area. In early 2010’s the nation reached out to the Monroe County Extension office to begin collaborating on agricultural research and programming. The Ho-Chunk housing and community development agency (HHCDA) reached out for assistance to explore developing community gardens in the Tomah area. A few specialists from UW- Madison Division of Extension were brought in to assist in identification of a location and establishment of the first community garden. That model was then utilized at other tribal housing subdivisions. Another agency that reached out for collaboration was the Tribal Department of Natural Resources who were interested in investigating opportunities to utilize their farmlands to benefit tribal members versus renting it out. We met with various groups from the Tribal department of natural resources and tribal committees to discuss ideas on how to improve tribal access to fresh food systems and explore other agriculture enterprise systems. These enterprises have struggled for a variety of reasons such as lack of structure, consistency in staffing, etc. Most recently we reached out to see if there was interest in cooperating in Industrial Hemp research, which has led to renewing and fostering relationships with the current Department of Natural Resources administration. We are now assisting them with developing a strategic plan to establish an agriculture department. In this presentation we will share with you our journey with the tribe.
Planning AHEAD (Advance directives, Handling financial changes, Estate planning and Arriving at Decisions for the end of this life) is a new curriculum created by colleagues in the Human Development and Relationships and Health and Wellbeing Institutes. The impetus for creating the curriculum came from 2018 Developmental Situation Analysis data and other community assessments that showed a need to help those left behind (especially spouses/partners) after a loved one dies to transition to living on their own.

The curriculum was written in 2020 and features seven modules covering the topics of Getting Started, Handling Financial Changes, Advance Medical and Legal Directives, Estate Planning, Choices in End-of-Life Care, Final Wishes, and Understanding Grief. JCEP presentation participants will learn about the year-long pilot-testing process in 2021 during which colleagues used feedback gathered from six pilot courses, focus groups, and a meeting with the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategy (CARDS) to revise the curriculum before launching it statewide. CARDS members are people drawn from programs such as senior meals and food pantries who draw on their lived experience to offer actionable feedback on how to make curricula meet the needs of intended local audiences. They bring valuable perspectives from diverse racial, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

Planning AHEAD provides clear and comprehensive tools to help people make their end-of-life wishes known and to ease the transition for loved ones left behind. This program has applications to nearly all Extension program areas.
The Three Lakes virtual design charrette represents what happens when people from all walks of life come together in times of crisis. The commitment and coordination of local, state, and regional actors from the public, private, and non-profit sectors helped a small town come together to envision and pursue a shared vision for the future.

Participants will learn how the small town of Three Lakes worked with the University of Wisconsin to pioneer an online charrette process after 2 fires left significant challenges for their downtown. Presenters will show how the University of Wisconsin-Extension worked across program areas, campuses, and states to build community capacity, facilitate an intense online charrette, and support implementation afterwards.

Specifically, participants will learn how 20 professional volunteers from 5 states; 9 professors and specialists from UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, North Dakota State University, Purdue University; 13 county educators from multiple UW-Extension institutes (representing 15 counties); and over local 50 individuals and a dozen organizations/businesses came together using a suite of planning, design, and facilitation processes and tools.

Presenters will share their journey of program design and development along with lessons learned from collaborators and community members. In addition, participants will see how Three Lakes has used the virtual charrette to create meaningful change in their community.
Juntos (“together” in Spanish) brings Latinx parents, youth, and communities together to gain knowledge, skills, and resources to ensure student academic success and to make higher education a family goal.
A major component of this program is 4-H clubs that are specifically tailored to meet the needs and goals of Latinx youth and families. These 4-H clubs might look and act a little different than some clubs, but they will be a key part of reaching new 4-H families.
In this session we will focus on:
1. Understanding Cultural Considerations of Juntos 4-H clubs
2. Planning for Juntos 4-H Clubs
3. Implementing Juntos 4-H Clubs
4. Retaining Engaged Juntos 4-H’ers
We are planning on expanding our programming in 2021-2022 by engaging Latinx families in 4-H clubs. The Juntos team is here to provide a ton of support for Juntos 4-H clubs as we move in to the future and can help with anything from grant funding to outreach, to language access. Come and see how you can be a part!
In 2021, UW-Madison Extension launched the Entrepreneur in Training Partnership (EITP), a collaboration with Defy Ventures and the WI Department of Corrections to teach job readiness, personal development and entrepreneurship to currently and formerly incarcerated state residents. In this session we will describe the situational analysis, program planning process, goals, and outcomes after the first year of programming. We’ll also describe the programs currently in motion and roles for Extension educators who’d like to work more with justice involved individuals as they transform their hustle.
2 – 2:45 pmPlacemaking 101: What is it, why is it important, and how do you do it
Todd Johnson, Dr. Steven Deller
Collaborate from the Inside Out: Lessons Learned in Collaborative Program Development
Karina Ward, Sarah Schlossser, Sharon Lezberg, Jessica Jane Spayde, Kari Weiss, Jessica Beckendorf
Opportunities to Engage Latinx Youth and Families: A Juntos Program Overview
Rachel Hart-Brinson, Pam Larson, Andrea Rippley, Laura Vanderveen
Capitalizing on Connections for HeART
Ruth Schriefer
Identifying and Realizing Scholarship Opportunities while working with Community Organizations
Randy Stoeker, Jennifer Gauthier
The purpose of this session is to help county educators and state specialists from all program areas understand the value of community placemaking and provide them with the tools to become placemakers. The format will include a brief overview of placemaking principles, why placemaking has become an important to economic and community development, followed up with a suite of placemaking activities, tools, and methods that can be used in a variety of settings.

Dr. Steven Deller, UW-Extension Community Development Specialist will share his work, “Are We in the 4th Wave of Economic Development?” with attendees. In it he will describe how changes in technology, demographics, and culture have shifted our focus from businesses-friendly to people-friendly strategies.

Todd Johnson, UW-River Falls (UW-Extension) Land Use & Community Development Specialist will share community impacts from the work of the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Community Vitality & Placemaking Team. In addition, he will provide folks with the fundamentals of community placemaking as well as some simple and practical ways of doing it.
As Extension colleagues are continually called upon to work on a wide array of increasingly complex issues in our communities, it is becoming more important for colleagues to be willing and able to collaborate with each other.

This session will explore the concept of “collaborative program development” through answering three key areas of inquiry: (1) What is collaborative program development, and why is it important for Extension? (2) How does collaborative program development work in practice? (3) How can Extension colleagues better engage in collaborative program development?

To answer these questions, presenters will tell the story of the Nonprofit Peer Learning Curriculum team, which includes: how and why county-based Educators came together as a team, how we learned together and shared expertise with each other, how we built a group culture of collaboration and shared decision-making, how we have collaborated over the last two years to build and pilot a curriculum, how we have grown the group, and how that collaboration has led to a program that centers collaboration in each of our communities and builds the capacity of our nonprofit organizations.

Presenters will end the session with lessons learned for Extension colleagues who are interested in engaging in collaborative program development, and recommendations for how to design a program from the inside-out by embedding a culture of collaboration within the team, within the curriculum and facilitation style, and within our nonprofit networks.
Juntos (“together” in Spanish) brings Latinx parents, youth, and communities together to gain knowledge, skills, and resources to ensure student academic success and to make higher education a family goal. This session is great for PYD, or HDRI educators and can also benefit all Institutes

In this session we will focus on:

What is Juntos?

By learning about the program’s history, mission, and outreach to the Latino community, you will understand the fundamental core components of Juntos.

Why was it created?

You will learn why this program focuses on serving the Latino population and read testimonials from parents of the youth served by this program.

What has been its impact?

You will gain insight about the impact made by the program on the lives of Latino youth and their families.

What are its components?

You will learn about the four components that constitute the Juntos program, as well as specific implementation options, which vary according to communities’ needs and resources.

Where is it currently?

You will learn where this program has been implemented in the past decade, from its launch in 2007 to the present day. You can consider the different sizes, cultures, and resources of communities where Juntos has been implemented and compare them to your local community.
Emerging issue? What can Extension bring to the table? How can we determine our niche? In 2018, the UW-Madison School of Nursing chose 3 counties to participate in the Healthy Aging in Rural Towns (HeART) project. The goal of this multi-year project is to improve the ability of people in rural areas to age in place by strengthening supports for older adults and family caregivers. Iowa County was chosen as a site for this project and Extension was one of the collaborators. This session will explore Extension’s role in building and maintaining connections between a new campus partner and local agencies. Although this project has a Life Span program emphasis, Extension’s skills in networking and familiarity with local resources are definite assets to “capitalize on connections” for any new initiative.With the integration of Extension into UW-Madison, educators are facing potentially new and different opportunities and pressures for scholarship. With the constant programmatic demands at the local level, how do colleagues identify opportunities to develop everyday Extension work to meet the definition of scholarship in WI (creative, intellectual work; reviewed by the scholar’s peers who affirm its value; added to our intellectual history through its communication; and valued by those for whom it was intended)? How do colleagues identify opportunities for scholarship in their work with community groups? How do they know if an opportunity qualifies as scholarship? How do colleagues find time to realize the opportunity?

To help answer these questions, this session will feature four colleagues who have identified scholarship opportunities while working with community organizations and how they realized various forms of scholarship through these opportunities. A variety of experiences will be shared from ideation to publication, including lessons learned, resources used, and barriers that were overcome. Session participants will explore their current body of work to identify scholarship opportunities and explore resources to support their scholarship journey.