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Thursday, March 24 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Global Thinking, Local Programming: Analyzing the context for issues programming

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Nationally extension services are working with a kaleidoscope of communities. Pew Research Foundation states that by 2050, the majority of the country will not be of white, European descent. In addition, international trade is a major part of the economy across the country. This increasing heterogeneity and global interactions requires programs integrating global dynamics and cultural knowledge as critical content areas for extension educators.

UM Extension inventoried the skills and programs incorporating global dynamics and cultural knowledge. The result is the story educating customers and internal stakeholders of the importance of global issues. The resulting packet is used in professional development programs to assist UM Extension staff to interact and program within this kaleidoscope of communities.

The Knowledge Café will present a summary of UM Extension’s Global Initiatives story and share resources for educators to dig into data to analyze locally, the diversity within communities where they work.

During this workshop, UM Extension will demonstrate the educational packet detailing the importance for Minnesota to be strong and knowledgeable in global connections.  Resources will be shared for other states to develop their packet foundation. The packet one develops conveys the value for internationalizing programs locally based on global dynamics. 


John Vreyens

University of Minnesota Extension

Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Rio Grande Center

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