Access and Opportunity

A culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse Nebraska Extension workforce which embraces these characteristics as a norm in daily work activity contributes to a rewarding footprint of excellence in terms of who we are and how others see us. These qualities, combined with our Excellence themes and indicators for all Nebraska Extension Professionals, set the framework for an inclusive, creative, engaging, and effective work environment.

Big Picture Outcomes for 2020

  • Increasing indicators of diversity and cultural competence throughout our organization.
  • A workforce representative of the racial, gender, and ethnic population distribution in the state or programming area.
  • A learner demographic representative of the racial, gender, and ethnic population distribution in the state or programming area.
  • Extension Boards, 4-H Councils, and any other advisory groups (external/internal) collaborating with Nebraska Extension are representative of racial, gender, and ethnic population distribution in the state or programming area.
  • All Extension personnel are innovative and committed to engaging a diverse group of learners and stakeholders, as well as previously unreached and new or emerging audiences across the state.
  • Inclusivity (not excluding members or participants on the grounds of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability) will be demonstrated in all initiatives undertaken.

How can I get involved?

For our Fall Conference in November, the Access & Opportunity and NCEA Diversity Committees have collaborated to plan the following:

  • Diversity & Reaching New Learners (two sessions)
  • Reaching Diverse Audiences Through 4-H Programs
  • Keynote Speaker, Clifton Taulbert, will present on Effective Teams and Reaching New Audiences.

For more details, view the Fall Conference Schedule.

Our Reaching One, Reaching All project team led by Maria De Guzman is currently developing training tools for Extension Professionals to provide guidance on reaching new audiences.  Stay tuned for updates during Fall Conference.