MRRC Committee Invites You to Attend - 

The ESP Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee invites you to a webinar, “ESP On-line Membership Opportunities”. The webinar is Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT, 1:00-2:00pm CDT, 12:00-1:00pm MDT & 11:00-12:00pm PDT.

Participants will learn more about the membership management software that was piloted by the ESP National Office and 7 chapters in 2015.  Bob Ohlensehlen, ESP Executive Director will discuss the new on-line membership system and Debbie Ross, Maryland Chapter and Daniel Marzu, Wisconsin chapter leaders will share their insights into the challenges and benefits of using the online membership program for new and renewing memberships. 

Come learn more so you can decide if you’d like to be part of the program this fall for the 2016-2017 membership drive.

The webinar URL is https://meeting.psu.edu/esp-membership. You need to log on as guest with your name in either Mozilla firefox or Internet Explorer.

We look forward to your participation in the May 24, 2016, “Tools to Increase ESP Membership in Your Chapter”. For more information contact MRRC Committee Chair Peggy Compton at peggy.compton@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 342-1633

National ESP Public Issues Committee “Diversity Awareness Webinar Series”

Please join us for a series of FREE webinars covering diversity issues related to our Extension programming.

Title: “Health and well-being among rural LGBT persons - a new North Central Development Committee”
Tuesday, May 17 at 1pm EST (noon CST, 11am MST, 10am PST)
Jenifer K. McGuire, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of NCDC229, a development committee through Agricultural Experiment Stations that focuses on research and outreach for LGBT persons in rural environments. We will share the latest updates and activities of the initiative as well as extend an opportunity for people to join.
 
Title: “Working with Extension Agents on LGBTQ Issues”
Tuesday, June 14 at 1pm EST (noon CST, 11am MST, 10am PST)
Katie Conrad, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Child & Family Studies, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Ann Allgood Berry, Ph.D., Professor & Consumer Economics Specialist, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Paul Lachapelle, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Extension Community Development Specialist, Department of Political Science, Montana State University
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of diversity-related materials and opportunities in Tennessee and Montana.  Conrad will describe a new publication titled ”Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth and Families: An Informational Guide for Agents” and discuss how this and other empirically-based materials can be used to facilitate attitudes, knowledge, and professional work with the LGBTQIQ community. Berry will bridge this discussion to Extension agents and faculty.  Lachapelle will describe a recent “Safe Zone” training for extension faculty and staff; The Safe Zone program increases awareness and acceptance of LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning) individuals.  Safe Zone Allies are dedicated to supporting members of our community who identify within the LGBTQIQ spectrum and offer safe, welcoming places for all members of the community. www.montana.edu/safezone

Title: “Creating Inclusive Extension Spaces and Programming”
Tuesday, June 21 at 1pm EST (noon CST, 11am MST, 10am PST)
Katherine E. Soule, Ph.D. , Youth, Families, & Communities Advisor, San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties, Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of California
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of national efforts to create inclusive Cooperative Extension programming for youth and families who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities. This discussion will consider how program areas outside of youth and families may begin to address inclusion for their colleagues and clientele.

To join the FREE Webinar:
Go to http://msuextensionconnect.org/commdev then:
1.  Ensure that the “Enter as a Guest” option is selected and type your Full Name.  Then click “Enter Room”.
2.  You will listen to the audio via your computer speakers. To call in for questions or comments, dial (605) 477-2100; participant code: 742340#. NOTE: If you phone in, please mute your computer’s speakers to avoid feedback (if you don’t intend to ask questions, you don’t need to phone in and can save the toll charge and listen to the audio on your computer’s speakers).
•   If you encounter any technical difficulties before or during the session, please call 406-994-6694 or email commdev@montana.edu.
•   You can join us on your mobile device: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/feature-details/adobe-connectmobile.html
If you are not able to join us for the live webinar, we will be recording the session and emailing the archive link.  For more information, please contact paul.lachapelle@montana.edu or (406) 994-3620.

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