Webinar: Equitable Access to Cooperative Extension Services for Indigenous Communities: Implications for the North Central Region

Date: March 3rd from 2pm-3:30pm (ET)/1pm-2:30pm (CT)/12pm-1:30pm (MT)

The North Central Region of the United States is home to thirty-seven Land Grant Universities. The 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities represent twenty of these institutions and serve as a critical element of achieving the mission of the Land Grant in terms of teaching, research, and Extension.

To strengthen the collaboration among the Land Grant institutions in the North Central Region, the NCRCRD has invited two presenters/facilitators to lead an interactive webinar.

After Q&A, a facilitated discussion will follow to identify current opportunities and explore next steps.

Dr. Katie Hartmann is a recent graduate from the Education, Equity, and Transformation program in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Her Ph.D. research examines the extent to which Extension educators at 1862 Land Grant Institutions (in the Western Region) are collaborating with Indigenous communities, including successful best practices, common barriers, and gaps in systemic supports. Dr. Hartmann will discuss her research findings and their implications for the North Central Region.

Erin Riley is the National Program Leader for Tribal Programs in USDA-NIFA’s Division of Community and Education. Erin’s national portfolio includes supporting 1994 Land Grant Institutions by providing oversight to the 1994 Research, Education Equity, Extension Capacity and Special Emphasis, 1994 Institutions Endowment Fund, and the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Grant Program, New Beginnings for Tribal Students program. Erin will discuss NIFA’s role in fostering collaboration in the North Central Region.