Breakout Session 1

Below you find information for the sessions that were held during Breakout Session 1 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 2:30-3:45 p.m.  


ACEs and Trauma-Informed Approach: What to Know and Why In Extension Program Delivery                                       

Abigail Cudney; Jacqueline Rabine; Nicole Persing Wethington

Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs are significant childhood traumas that can impact health and social well-being. There is growing interest in the understanding of ACEs and providing a trauma-informed approach with the audiences that we serve through Extension programming. This session will review ACEs and trauma, and participants will learn practical application strategies of trauma informed principles that can be implemented immediately within our programming as well as resources to learn more about the social, emotional, and physical impacts of trauma over the lifespan.


A Conversation with the MSU Extension Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist and Learn about Relationship Building for Sustained/Authentic Work with Michigan Diverse Populations - Part 1

Imelda Galdamez; Dionardo Pizana

Relationships can be complex, joyful, and rewarding.  Creating and sustaining relationships across differences is a part of everyone’s work and supports us with our DEI commitment statement of “We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.”  During this session, you will get the opportunity to hear from our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist Imelda Galdamez with the goal of building a relationship with her as a resource person in this important work followed by  a brief Q&A. Participants will also get a chance to engage in an interactive process to better understand the skills and competencies that can lead to more trust based, connected and authentic relationships across differences.

Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2.  


Identify and Maximize Your Strengths – Part 1

Danielle Hook

Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents, and it starts by completing the CliftonStrengths Assessment. The assessment identifies your natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, so that you can discover what makes you exceptional and maximize your potential. After completing the online assessment prior to the course, you will attend this program to receive your results and explore what you naturally do best, identify the impacts of those talents on your work and relationships, and determine how to further develop these areas to be most successful. With new self-awareness, and a new language for understanding and expressing what you do best, research has shown that you will be more likely to feel confident, achieve goals, and feel energetic and engaged. Who doesn’t want that?

Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2. This session will run until 5:30 p.m. Attendees must also complete an assessment prior to the session during FEC.


Laughter is the Best Medicine                   

Holly Tiret; Tanner Derror

Did you know that laughter elevates your pain threshold, boosts your immune system function, and believe it or not, raises your ability to organize and carry out actions to achieve a goal? Come and enjoy a few laughs while you learn about its positive effects.    

Laughter is the Best Medicine Handout Packet


Marketing 101: Expand Your Program Outreach with a Plan     

Jinnifer Ortquist

This session will highlight the benefits of using a Marketing Plan to increase program outreach through a variety of marketing strategies.           

Session Handouts


Take Action: Bystander Intervention                               

Michael Allensworth; Lydia Weiss

During this interactive workshop, attendees will learn practical skills and considerations for being an active bystander when witnessing incidents of bias or harassment. Participants will explore and reflect on how identities and lived experiences may also impact their decision to take action.


Telling your Story: Communicating to Inspire Action

Jo Latimore; Kelsey Bockelman                   

How can Extension professionals effectively communicate to inspire action? The art of storytelling and the science of communication offer tools that can help us reach our goals. We will discuss how to weave stories into your communications and how to develop a strategy for reaching your desired audiences that moves them to action.


Tribal Partnerships   

Emily Proctor; Steve Yanni; Erin Biehl       

Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized tribal nations and three tribal land grant colleges. Through scenario-based learning and interactive discussion, this session will introduce best practices for working with Michigan’s tribal nations and communities and share resources for building collaboration between MSU Extension and Michigan’s three tribal land grant colleges. Presenters from the Michigan Inter-Tribal Land Grant Extension (MILES) team including Bay Mills Community College, Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College will share current food sovereignty programming opportunities for collaboration with MSU.      


US Surgeon General Framework for a Well Workplace               

Jaimie Hutchison

Seeing that we spend around half of our waking life at work, our workplace plays a significant role in shaping our mental health and overall wellbeing. Employers have a unique opportunity to not only invest in the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce but also to strengthen their organization’s success by doing so. This session will explore the framework released by Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, for promoting the health and wellbeing of workers in the workplace.  

Presentation Slides