Breakout Session 3 - Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Below you find session information for the sessions that will occur during Breakout Session 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Building Social Equity and Change (90 min)

Speakers: Dionardo Pizana, Abby Harper, Edward Scott

Description: We find ourselves, individually and collectively, at a vital juncture of working toward building and sustaining equity and inclusion in our relationships and programs.  What are some of the practices, skills, and lifelong work needed to center justice, inclusivity, equity and belonging?  How can we recognize and navigate systems of power and privilege at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels to  create more equitable and inclusive places of belonging for all?  Join us for this session that will engage participants in practices and discovery that can help create a pathway to building social equity and change, personally and professionally.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the differences between equity and inclusion
  • Explore daily practices that can lead to greater equity and inclusion
  • Identify ways that equity and inclusion based practices can be implemented in our personal and professional lives to help support change

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This session is limited to 40 attendees.

 

Changing Negative Self-Talk

Speakers: Nicole Wethington

Description: People who have more automatic positive thoughts tend to feel more life satisfaction, and those positive thoughts can act as a buffer when faced highly stressful events. There are techniques you can learn to move from negative to positive thinking.

Participants will learn:

  •  Learn about your brain's negativity bias.
  •  Explore how you respond to stress.
  •  Learn the benefits of positive self-talk.
  •  Explore tools for dealing with negative self-talk.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about your brain's negativity bias.
  •  Explore how you respond to stress.
  •  Learn the benefits of positive self-talk.
  •  Explore tools for dealing with negative self-talk.

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism,Other

 

A Dialogue Around the MSU Extension Guide for Inclusion of Individuals of All Gender Identities, Gender Expressions, Sexual Orientations and Sexes

Speakers: Melissa Elischer, Laurie Rivetto, Joe Hammontree, Ali Rogers, Barslund Judd

Description: This dialogue will allow MSU Extension staff members time to familiarize themselves with the MSU Extension Guide for Inclusion of Individuals of All Gender Identities, Gender Expressions, Sexual Orientations and Sexes and discuss applications in our work.  There will be both an educational presentation and time for group discussion around application of the Inclusion Guide and time for questions.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: New staff will have a space to learn about the MSU Extension Inclusion Guide and see first hand how "open to all" is put into action for all staff around the state.  Staff who have seen the guide before may attend for a refresher if there are questions or new items to discuss.

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

Going Beyond an Online Course

Speakers: Jerry Rhead

Description: Join this session to learn ways you might think about broadening your scope of online possibilities for your program – beyond Zoom and D2L. During the session you will learn about the process of using needs analysis data to formulate a suite a products for your program. This session is being facilitated by Jerry Rhead, Director, Academic Entrepreneurship, MSU Online Program Management.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn ways to expand the online possibilities for programs
  • Understand the process of using needs analysis data to formulate which products to use for your program.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

 

CANCELLED: Investing In Your Health as You're Accumulating Your Wealth

Speakers: Christi Demitz

 

 

Michigan 4-H Interstate and In-State Exchange Program: New Resources

Speakers: Connie Lange, D'Ann Rohrer

Description: Revealing the new Coordinators Guide to In-State and Interstate Michigan 4-H Youth Exchange Programs.  The session will walk participants through the year-long process of creating a successful educational exchange (both traveling and hosting for a two year commitment)

Intended Audience: CYI-4-H Staff

Learning Outcomes: Learn how to use the new digital guide, "Coordinator's Guide to In-state and Interstate Michigan 4-H Youth Exchange Programs which includes:

  • MSUE Policy in establishing and operating exchanges
  • Timeline to establish an exchange
  • Expectations of staff, volunteers, families and participants
  • Resources that can be individualized for each county's program
  • Best practices in exchange programming
  • Staff contacts for support in exchange programming
  • Helping young people learn about the  community/state in the exchange
  • Other video resources for participants to utilize

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership,Partnerships and Collaborations,Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption,Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

MI Climate Ready Farm: Climate Change in Rural Landscapes

Speakers: Sarah Fronczak, Monica Jean

Description: In this session, we will explore the climate change readiness of rural landscapes including the role of farms and farmers in preparedness. We will demonstrate the, recently developed, MI Climate Ready Farm assessment tool including the methodology for creating such a tool. Finally, we will detail some next steps for the project.

Intended Audience: AABI educators, natural resource (CEFI) educators, Home Horticulture educators and instructors

Learning Outcomes: Session participants will be able to apply the steps of tool creation to their own project using the same methods that will be detailed in the review of this project.  Participants will be able to discuss the role of farms and open spaces in climate change readiness. Participants will be able to practice the use of the tool with farmers.

Core Competencies: Partnerships and Collaborations,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

 

Moving Forward: Extension Outreach in a Post-Covid World

Speakers: Ellen Koehler, Jenny Speyer

Description: What changes did you make in your outreach, communications, and programs that will endure as the pandemic eases and restrictions lift? Reflect on the past year with MSU Tollgate Farm education staff as they share adaptations developed and virtual tools used to maintain connection with the community and deepen and extend learning while continuing mission-driven educational programming. What virtual tools can be utilized in conjunction with in-person programming? What applications will we take with us moving forward? Come prepared to listen actively, think critically, reflect, and share.

Intended Audience: Anyone who engages with the community through educational programming and outreach

Learning Outcomes: To identify adaptations and tools utilized in virtual programming which will deepen and extend community engagement moving forward.

Core Competencies: Partnerships and Collaborations,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption,Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism

 

Photovoice: Utilizing A Participatory Action Research Strategy in Extension Programming

Speakers: Brian Wibby, Jackie Martin, Liz Wiener, Leigh Ann Theunick

Description: Photovoice is a qualitative research methodology that enables people to record and reflect their community's strengths and concerns through the use of photography. Photovoice promotes critical dialogue and knowledge about personal and community issues through group discussion and serves as a catalyst for change. This session will offer an overview of recent MSU Extension led Photovoice projects and will provide a framework that Extension staff can use to incorporate Photovoice into their own programming. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Photovoice in action as part of this interactive FEC session.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn what Photovoice is, how it has been used in Extension programs, and the the basic steps of facilitating a Photovoice project.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership,Partnerships and Collaborations,Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting, Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption,Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

Real World Examples of Applying Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology to Extension Efforts

Speakers: Rebecca Rogers, Courtney Ross

Description: Spatial information (think "maps with data") can be used assess many issues or simply be used to tell a story. This session will examine how the Michigan Natural Features Inventory uses GIS to further the MSU Extension mission by conveying critical information to state and Federal decision makers and natural resource managers about the state's biodiversity, especially threatened and endangered species. By helping natural resource managers to make science-based decisions, they not only protect the state's resources, but help insure that those resources are there to be enjoyed, but also contribute to the state's economy.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Enhanced knowledge of a tool that can harness an enormous amount of information.

Core Competencies: Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting, Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

 

Successfully Marketing Your Program or Events

Speakers: Jamie Wilson, Layna Anderson

Description: MSU Extension and ANR Communications professionals will share tips and tricks for marketing MSU Extension programs and events. From community partnerships to website promotion, learn the communication tactics and tools available to every MSU Extension employee. Presenters will also discuss social media best practices to maximize your social media promotion.

Intended Audience: PCs, CNIs, educators and support staff helped to promote county programs and events

Learning Outcomes:Learn the resources, tools and tactics available to MSU Extension staff to market and promote their programs and events.

Core Competencies: Program Development

 

Tips to Build and Protect Your Credit!

Speakers: Jinnifer Ortquist

Description: There is a lot of consumer confusion around “credit”, and yet credit affects so many aspects of daily life.  This workshop will address credit myths, explain the importance of credit reports, demystify credit scores and provide strategies to build and protect your credit.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Will learn where to obtain official credit reports
  2. Will learn tools to help manage debt
  3. Will understand the connection between every day financial decisions and financial goals

Core Competencies: Physical and Fiscal Resources, Partnerships and Collaborations, Other