CANR honors Jones, Brinn and Havern as 2024 Global Scholars in Extension

CANR will honor Parker Jones, Janis Brinn and Ghaida Havern as the 2024 Global Scholars in Extension

The Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has named Parker Jones, Janis Brinn and Ghaida Havern as the 2024 Global Scholars in Extension. The scholars will be honored at the CANR Faculty and Staff Award Reception May 2.

The Global Scholas Program supports established, early and mid-career faculty members with seed funding and travel support for two years. Selected annually by the CANR International Programs Office, scholars work to strengthen and expand their global linkages, networks and collaborative programs across three core missions of the college in diverse areas of research, education and outreach.

Parker Jones.pngParker Jones is an educator and innovation counselor with the MSUE Grand Traverse County Extension Office and MSU Product Center. In his role, Jones helps food, agriculture and natural resource entrepreneurs meet their business goals while also connecting them with large market outlets in Michigan and beyond. Jones is lead of the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities team with MSU Extension and co-manages an inaugural USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership Grant, working to connect a more equitable and resilient food system in the Upper Peninsula and Southwest Michigan.

Janis Brinn.pngJanis Brinn is a MSU Extension educator with the Leadership, Civic, and Cultural Engagement Work Team. Brinn, who has worked in 4-H Youth Development education for 26 years, focuses on global and culture programming, which includes projects in global and cultural competencies, communication and expressive arts. Brinn coordinates the Michigan 4-H International Exchange Programs, Michigan 4-H Visual Letters Art Exchange and Children’s Art Exchange with China. Brinn holds a master’s degree in Youth Development from MSU.

Ghaida Havern.pngGhaida Havern is a Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Health Educator with Michigan State University Extension’s Health and Nutrition Institute. In this role, Havern provides nutrition and physical activity programming for the population within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program. Havern also supports policy, system and environmental change efforts that benefit the maternal, infant and early childhood population in Michigan. Prior to this role, Havern served as a Food Safety Educator.

The Global Scholars Program began in summer 2019 after Karim Maredia was named director of CANR international programs. The program centers around a faculty development initiative that grows the college’s global footprint and forms lasting international partnerships.


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