Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

Global Relations Committee Homepage

Please fill out this brief survey to connect with the Global Relations Committee and learn more about our work and programs.

All ESP members are invited to join the Global Relations Committee as an Affiliate Member.

Committee and Affiliate Members

  1. Participate in monthly Zoom Meetings
  2. Develop the Committee’s Strategic Action Plan
  3. Serve on Sub-Committees
  4. Achieve Committee Goals

You can be as active as your time allows!

Global Relations Committee Members Opportunities

  • Author articles for ESP Connection newsletter
  • Present at ESP National Conference
  • Develop webinar presentations
  • Be part of international collaborations
  • Plan, promote, and participate in an International Professional Development Program

Current Opportunities and Projects

  • International Scholars (Cambodia) Program
  • International Professional Development Program (Philippines, 2020)
  • Member Stories: International Experiences
  • Working with international communities in the USA
  • International Professional Development Programs (future planning)                                                                                                

Global Relations Committee – What we do

1. Encourage ESP members to increase cultural competency and global connections in Extension International Programming.

  • Provide learning opportunities for members through webinars, newsletter articles, and conference poster or program presentations.
  • Provide ESP Chapters with ideas to increase connections with International activities at their universities.
  • Provide International Professional Development opportunities.
  • Join International Facebook pages.

2. Support participation in International opportunities for Extension personnel.

Short Term Programs

  • Usually one week to six months and written for specific skills
  • Assist with work directed by others
  • Utilize subject matter expertise, program development, and evaluation
  • May need to take annual leave or release time

Long Term Programs

  • Assignment is usually six months to two years.
  • Federal retirement credits can be earned while serving on an international assignment.
  • U.S. Federal tax exemptions are available.
  • Education allowances are available for school age children.
  • If possible, visit the country for a short get acquainted experience to establish professional and personal relationships, especially if the assignment is for more than one year.

3. Make contact and promote collaborations with ESP and International organizations.

FAQ's About the Global Relations Committee

How YOU Can Become Globally Engaged

Committee Appointment Information

Term of Membership: Committee members are appointed for a term of two years. Members eligible for appointment must have the recommendation of their chapter, usually the chapter president or their designee. Committee members may receive an additional appointment for a total of two two-year appointments. All National Committees shall report to the National ESP Board and make recommendations for National ESP Board and National ESP Council action.

See Handbook for detailed descriptions of each committee and committee member responsibilities.

1st term committee members requesting a 2nd term must notify the chair or Executive Director by March 10. A list of committee vacancies will be released on March 15. 

All new committee applications are due from interested members by May 1.

Chapter President (or designee) should submit a recommendation in support of application for committee appointment by May 1. The Chapter Support Form for Committee Applications is located on the New Committee Application page. 

Committee appointments are based on the following criteria:

  • Application statement
  • Recommendations from committee chair and/or chapter president
  • National meeting participation
  • Past national committee activity (if reapplying)
  • Positions may be appointment regionally but the board retains the option to appoint outside of any specified region.
  • Board strives for a diversity of chapters, regions, and experience

Why Become Globally Engaged?

Benefit One

  • International Work/Service (Explain the difference between international professional development and international work/service and why both are important, getting administrative support, sources of funding etc).
  • International Professional Development

Benefit Two - Awards

  • International Service (Chapter, National) Available to ESP members who have contributed significantly to the development and/or expansion of an Extension program in another country or countries through in-state and/or overseas work.
  • Diversity Individual (Chapter, National) Acknowledge outstanding efforts and accomplishments in developing, achieving and sustaining Extension programs and/or audiences in our diverse and multicultural society.
  • Diversity Team (Chapter, National) Acknowledge outstanding efforts and accomplishments in developing, achieving and sustaining Extension programs and/or audiences in our diverse and multicultural society.

Benefit Three - Stipend

  • National Committee Member - $200 Stipend (Must attend and sign-in for your regional meeting and committee meetings during the National Conference)


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