The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) believes that if the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is to succeed and achieve a level of success in the 21st century on par with what was achieved in the 20th century, then it must have a substantial presence in our cities and metropolitan areas. In an effort to reinvigorate a national discussion and move toward a more sustainable and integrated approach to urban Extension, NUEL identified the summarized action teams to advance a national urban Extension network.
Communications Action Team: Develops marketing materials for internal and external communications. This action team creates tools to regularly communicate with NUEL membership and particularly those involved in the regional caucuses, actively maintains the NUEL Website and supports the needs of NUEL Action Teams related to priority tasks. The Communications Action Team also takes the leadership for the recruitment of urban success stories for the Land Grant Database.
National Urban Extension Conference Action Team: Ensure a robust and successful national conference by acting as the liaison between NUEL, Regional Caucuses and the National Conference Planning Committee established by the host. This team represents NUEL interests and priorities in the national conference planning process; taking leadership for organization of NUEL activities/events at NUEC including: opening reception, admin track, keynote speakers, regional caucus meetings, presentation of NUEL award and invite to subsequent NUEC.
Professional Development Action Team: Purpose is to enhance professional growth of urban Extension employees. The team works to develop successful systems for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding urban Extension personnel; and, to develop successful systems for formal and informal training and updating urban Extension personnel. The team aligns with the National Framework as it explores how Extension attracts, develops, retains, and structures competent talent.
For a complete picture of our call to action, please review our report, A National Framework for Urban Extension, which has been accepted and approved by the CES Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2015.