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Wisconsin’s First Indigenous Peoples Day

Last week, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, along with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, officially declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day across the state, rather than the historically recognized Columbus Day.  Follow the link below to learn more about Indigenous Peoples Day and what the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology is doing to celebrate […]

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What we’re reading: Uncomfortable Neighbors

Uncomfortable Neighbors: Cultural Collisions between Mexicans and Americans [Vecinos Incomodos: Choques Culturales entre Mexicanos y Americanos] by James V. Tiffany is a bilingual book that was published in 2003 in which the author attempts to provide intercultural understanding. Tiffany touches on such topics as stereotypes, la familia, respect, and getting along, among others. For instance, […]

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Rural America is More Diverse Than People Think

Rural America is far more diverse economically, demographically, and in terms of industry than is frequently reported.  In order to properly address the issues facing rural communities across the country, advocates and policymakers must understand the diverse nature of rural communities and the various systemic challenges they face.  Read the full issue brief from the […]

Best Practices for Collecting Demographic Data

We know we have to do it, but sometimes it just seems like a hassle.  Here’s a reminder of the why, what, when, and how related to collecting demographic data on our program participants. Why?  As a recipient of federal funding through the USDA, Cooperative Extension is required to annually report on who we are […]

Diversity in America

The personal-finance website WalletHub did an in-depth analysis of diversity in America, comparing the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity. For a full report of findings, commentary from a panel of researchers, the methodology, and how Wisconsin stacks up, go to: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-diverse-states-in-america/38262 For a more local perspective […]

“Civil Rights” Evolving to Become “Expanding Access”

The terminology, “Civil Rights” has encompassed and been used extensively to justify and explain our internal and external efforts toward building a diverse and inclusive organization.  These efforts, in effect, have evolved from the need to be in compliance with federal and state laws as a recipient of both state and federal funding to how […]