Summit on Extension in Ohio's Urban Communities

Strengthen Ohio
by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections

January 29, 2020 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus

This event follows the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020.


  • To better understand and address the real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface).
  • To strategically align with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integrate with university, college, and other converging interests.
  • To collaboratively focus on OSU Extension's strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally.
  • To create a Plan of Work with an understanding of the weight of the past, push of the present, and pull of the future.
  • To strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.

Who Should Attend

The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.
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Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle by February 20. OSU employees may provide Org and Fund numbers for internal payment transfer.


9:00 a.m.             Registration and Refreshments     

9:30-10 a.m.          Welcome and Introductions - Jackie Wilkins

10-10:30 a.m.    Urban Extension, Aligning and Integrating with Converging Interests

10:30-11:15 a.m. Possible Future - Whitney Gherman & Nicole Debose
(World Cafe Roundtables: Weight of the Past, Push of the Present, Pull of the Future, from Equitable Futures Toolkit)

    • Positioning (Awareness and Accessibility) OSU Extension locations and presence. How we market and communicate.
    • Programs (Relevance and Impacts) The people we reach/don't reach. Our programs, products, and events.
    • Personnel (Capacity and Alignment) How we attract, hire, develop, and retain talent for long-term and short-term priorities.
    • Partnerships (Connections and Resources) Types and degrees of partnerships, funding, and other resources leveraged.

    11:15 - 11:45 OSU Extension in Ohio's Most Populated Counties (Case Study Research Summary and Discussion - DaVonti' Haynes & Amy Michaels)

    11:45 a.m.            Preparing for Afternoon

    12-2 p.m.             Planned Future: Working Group Roundtable Luncheon - Priority Identification, moving from current to desired state

    What do we need and how do we know we're making progress?

    • Positioning
    • Programs
    • Personnel
    • Partnerships

    2-2:15 p.m.         Break      

    2:15-3:00 p.m.   Innovative and Practical Next Steps: Working Group Reports on Positioning, Programs, Personnel, Partnerships

    3:00-3:30   Final Reflections & Closing Remarks

    • Impact: Relevant Locally, Responsive Statewide, Recognized Nationally
    • Integration and Alignment: OSU Extension Counties/Areas/State, CFAES/OSU, National Networks
    • Context: Scale, Diversity, Complexity of Ohio's urban-suburban-rural interface
    • Other (NUEL Award, Regional Caucus, Action Teams) - Nicole Debose
    • Personal Commitments

    Handout Packet


    Pre-Summit Video Overview

    OSU Extension in the City - Addressing Ohio's Urban Influence and Urban-Suburban-Rural Interdependencies
    (7 minute video by Dr. Julie Fox)   PowerPoint

    image of Urban Influence PPT slide