Call for Proposals – North Central Region Network Conference

Call for presentation proposals:

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2020 National Urban Extension Leadership (NUEL) North Central Regional Conference – Connect, Discover, Action. The goal of the conference is to build a network of Urban Extension professionals in the North Central Region that leverages the knowledge and life experiences of the participants. The work we do in urban settings, representing land-grant institutions, is more critical today than ever before. To continue being successful in our complex environments we need specific skills and knowledge to help build capital, plan, manage, and create community impact. The NUEL North Central Regional Conference provides an opportunity for Extension professionals at all levels to share and learn successful models used to improve the communities we serve while creating a common sense purpose among participants. We will leave with a greater connection to counterparts in the region, discover resources to aid in program delivery and administration, and tools to take action.

Notifications for accepted proposals will go out by March 6, 2020. Presenters will receive a discount code for the registration of the conference. If you have submitted a proposal, please wait to register until you are notified if your presentation is accepted.

Submit your presentation proposal here:

Deadline for submission: Feb 28, 2020 

Presentation Content Areas:

In September of 2019 a survey was sent out to everyone on the NUEL NC Region’s listserv asking which leadership themes caucus members would be most interested in learning more about. Those five themes are listed below with the highest-ranking theme listed first. These themes are intentionally Extension specific, to promote presentations highlighting cross-disciplinary work, and will also serve as presentation content areas.

Program Delivery in Urban Areas – Relationship building, providing solutions to stakeholders, strategies in urban programming

  •     Strategies in urban programming
  •      Relationship building and networking
  •     Developing and leading cross-program projects

 Systemic Equity/Cultural Competency – Building trusting and reflective cultures

  •   Steps to engaging new audiences
  •   Informed program development
  •   Creating a culture of trust (internal and external at county and state levels)

Resources – Best practices in the management of staff, time, volunteers, and funding

  •    Reporting, analyzing, evaluation software and methods
  •   Volunteer capacity building
  •  Coaching and mentoring            

Technology – Developing and utilizing mobile apps, virtual learning platforms, podcasts

  •   Virtual learning platforms (development and utilization)
  •   Podcasts (development and utilization)
  •   Mobile apps

 Healthcare – Collaborating to maintain, restore, and promote physical, mental, or emotional well-being, enhancing the quality of life by enhancing health

  •  Community-based collaboration (non-profits, schools, libraries, etc.)
  •  Mental & behavioral health responses to community and family trauma & stress (ex. mental health first aid)
  •  Healthcare organization partnerships (community clinics, insurance companies, hospital systems)