• Brent Elrod, Acting Division Director of the Division of Community & Education, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences, Division of Youth and 4-H at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Dionardo E. Pizaña, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture at Michigan State University
  • Rachel Welborn, Associate Director for the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University

As America and the world grieve and come face-to-face with the serious and disheartening mistreatment that, sadly, is a part of African Americans’ daily existence,” we wanted to share with you information about the Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) initiative that was seeded by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) following another season of anguish in our country in 2017. CTRU’s vision is to grow a community of (Extension) professionals ready to aid in fostering meaningful community conversations around race, leading to positive change. The foundation of the training is built upon four major principles:

1. The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is well positioned to help organize and facilitate these challenging conversations, given their position as trusted community resources.
2. We must demonstrate in practice what we ask of the communities in which we live.
3. CES must do its own work around race before we can effectively engage communities.
4. We simply cannot provide leadership in an area where we are unprepared.

Dialogues are vital to understanding, and understanding is vital to healing and meaningful change. Please mark your calendars and join us for a conversation about how CTRU can be a steppingstone on the path towards a more enlightened and equitable world. Following a 12-minute presentation on the CTRU initiative, we will share and discuss how our colleges of human sciences and/or institutions are working for and moving toward a more equitable society for all.

Instructions for the Zoom "coffee break" can be found below. We look forward to seeing many of you there, and as always, feel free to reach out to Florencia Drumwright (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or me if you have any questions or concerns. 

To participate in this important Zoom "coffee break," please follow these directions:     

     Eddie Gouge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     Topic: Joint BoHS/CAFCS Zoom "Coffee Break" on Race Relations
     Time: July 6, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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