The NCRCRD is committed to working with partners to address constraints and enhance the capacity for inclusive leadership and civic engagement in the North Central Region.
Outmigration and in-migration trends in rural areas underscore the importance of fostering leadership and civic engagement to promote community vitality. At its core, leadership and civic engagement must incorporate the guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to position households, businesses, and communities to effectively engage locally and in the North Central Region. The NCRCRD is committed to working with partners to address constraints and enhance the capacity for inclusive leadership and civic engagement in the North Central Region.
2022 – 2023
The First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON) Post-Conference Workshop
NCRCRD is committed to leveraging our “systems approach to engage research and extension at all of the land-grant institutions across the North Central Region.” One way we do this is by providing venues for dialogue and co-learning.
A critical element of our commitment has been the strategic investment of financial resources through our NCRCRD Fellows Program. Dr. Stephen Gavazzi is our inaugural NCRCRD Fellow and our partnership has led to a successful USDA-NIFA-funded post-conference at FALCON 2022, as well as, the creation of a new online resource that serves as a unique inventory of 1994-1862 land-grant partnerships.
At the FALCON post-conference held on October 24, 2022, NCRCRD announced the first-ever NCRCRD 1994 Land Grant Innovation Grant program aimed at enhancing the ability of land-grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life for 1994 land-grant stakeholders in rural areas, sovereign nations, and Native American communities in the twelve states of the North Central Region of the United States.
Also, Gavazzi’s Fellow project, concluding June 2023, provides resources for the Land-Grant Partners Project to classify the defining features of past and present 1994-1862 partnerships throughout the North Central Region (NCR) as well as conduct a needs assessment to determine the gaps that exist between current partnerships that serve Tribal families and communities and what might optimally be carried out by these sister NCR institutions.
Turtle Mountain Community College Leadership Internship Program
April 6, 2023
Principal Investigator: Anna Ross, Turtle Mountain Community College
The Bachelor of Arts in Ogimaawiwin Leadership and Management program of study is designed to prepare leaders in the areas of businesses, organizations, and tribal governments. Once completed, students will have gained the necessary background to work successfully in various organizations. Students will also have an understanding of the principles of good and effective leadership practices and strategies. Holders of the degree are grounded in Ojibwe culture, history, values, and in leadership techniques and practices.
Ogimaawiwin Leadership & Management Program goals are to strengthen different areas of leadership whether that be economic, political, or educational. The initiative is centered around native nations to have the needed skills to strengthen and rebuild nations that will have the necessary leadership and management skills. Internships are very important to the program to provide hands‐on experience not available in the classroom. It is also very important for the learner to take advantage of the experience. The students’ knowledge and skills gained in the program will prepare them for their internship.
Leadership Internships consist of a minimum of 15 weeks (70 contact days) and a total of 405 hours for the student’s final senior semester will be spent in an internship in their area of expressed interest. Though some of our internships are paid, many of the students work in unpaid positions, leaving a tremendous financial burden on our students who are often single‐parents and need to pay for childcare while working the internship.
TMCC’s proposal is to use the funding from the grant through the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development to pay for six internships for our students. Currently the program has a cohort of nine students, and TMCC anticipates we will be able to find paid positions for the remaining three students. Payments to the students will be made at four different intervals following successful completion of performance milestones developed between the student, the College Supervisor, and the Mentoring Supervisor, at the beginning of the internship program.
Leadership Chautauqua: Utilizing Peer Learning Networks to Revolutionize Extension’s Approach to Community Leadership Development Systems
March 10, 2023
Principal Investigator: Lindsay Hastings, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Co-Principal Investigator: Mary Emery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Today’s global challenges have complicated the world so much that community leaders can no longer rely on traditional leadership practices. Yet, transformative change demands new ways of thinking about and practicing leadership development that considers both global realities and local norms.
Through this project, we will engage leadership scholars and practitioners with peer networks of community leaders in a Chautauqua to develop a new approach to leadership development that goes beyond individual leader training to engage communities in creating a leadership ecosystem that builds more robust leadership capacity and culture.
Enhancing Land Grant institutions’ capacity for influencing the quality of life in rural areas lies in moving past the band aid approach of swooping in to do leader training at a single point in time. Rather, this approach will concentrate on creating community-based systems that support community members in developing their efficacy and capacity for leading community level change.
Gathering with Extension Professionals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities in the North Central Region to Seek Understanding and Create Collaborative Partnerships in Aging
March 15, 2022
Principal Investigator: James S. Bates, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Chelsey Byers, MA, University of Illinois
Jeong Eun Lee, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Kristin Miller, MS, University of Missouri
There are 34 land-grant colleges and universities in the twelve North Central Region states. Twelve are designated “1862” land-grants because they were inaugurated with the Morrill Act of 1862, two are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), or “1890” land-grants established by the 1890 Morrill Act, and the remaining 20 are tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), also known as “1994” land-grants because of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. The North Central Region Aging Network (NCRAN), founded in 2016, is a collaborative of Extension professionals from the 1862 land-grants dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adults in later life through science-based strategies. NCRAN members will use the funds requested to host a conference gathering with Extension/university representatives from the other 22 land-grant colleges and universities to discuss ways we can work together to promote community health and wellness in aging.
Updating Marketing Hometown America Curriculum and Expanding to Additional States
November 5, 2019
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Co-Principal Investigator: Neil Linscheid, University of Minnesota; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University; Jodi Burns, North Dakota State University; Abbie Gaffey, Iowa State University
This proposal seeks $13,500 to update the award-winning “Marketing Hometown America” curriculum which is a community engagement process using study circles and action planning to help communities market themselves to new residents and businesses. This project will create a suite of resources to help local Extension staff initiate the program, recruit participants, and successfully conduct the program in their communities. The funds will be used for travel expenses to bring two Extension staff people from each of the five participating states to South Dakota State University for a two-day, facilitated innovation process in April of 2020. The refreshed curriculum will better address issues such as diversity and inclusion and better guidance on how to implement community priorities and projects to achieve their economic development and leadership goals. The revised curriculum will also incorporate the field research gained from the first 52 communities to have completed this program with the scholarly research the program has thus far generated. This proposal also seeks the seed funding needed for an initial large print run of the new materials. The costs for the printing will be recovered through a nominal charge per booklet which will then pay for the on-going costs of reprinting materials. This keeps the cost of providing the program affordable for the small communities targeted by this program.
Expanding the Intelligent Community Extension Program
November 15, 2018
Principal Investigator: Roberto Gallardo, Purdue University
Co-Principal Investigator: Charlotte Narjes and Connie Hancock, University of Nebraska
With the socioeconomic landscape changing due to the disruptions brought forth by the digital age, rural communities need to transition to a digital mindset in order to adapt and prosper and avoid being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Extension can play a more active role in helping rural communities achieving this mindset transition and reducing the rural digital divide by facilitating and implementing the Intelligent Community Extension Program (ICEP). ICEP is a pilot program first developed in Mississippi but currently being piloted in Indiana and Nebraska rural communities. ICEP is community driven and utilizes the community development self-help approach and the Intelligent Community framework to help rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. The ICEP is a process that consists of awareness, asset mapping, implementing & documenting, and recognition. Extension personnel and resources play a critical role in this process.
This project will help fine-tune the pilot ICEP by providing seed funding for communities to implement some Intelligent Community recommendations. Next, the ICEP will be fine-tuned by documenting and identifying funding patterns aside from interacting with four communities across two states. Once the pilot ICEP is fine-tuned, up to 10 Extension personnel will be trained throughout the NCRCRD region to expand this program. In the end, more communities that are rural will adapt and prosper in the digital age and Extension will demonstrate its relevance in addressing 21st century issues.
Tribal Nations Lead! Leadership Development in the Great Lakes Region (TNLL)
November 15, 2018
Principal Investigator: Emily Proctor, Michigan State University
Co-Principal Investigator: Brian Gauthier, Lac du Flambeau Tribal UWEX; Ellen J. Geisler, Annie Jones, and Cathy Techtmann (University of Wisconsin); Bethany Prykucki and Eric Walcott (Michigan State University); and John C. Young, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
The North Central Region is home to 56 federally recognized Tribes, 23 of those reside in Michigan and Wisconsin, each with a unique system of governance. Based on federal trust responsibilities the Cooperative Extension services in Michigan and Wisconsin have a responsibility to build relationships and partnerships with the tribal communities that we serve. Community development has been the responsibility of local governments, planners and politicians. But in many communities there is a deep desire for more grass roots involvement in the development of current and future leaders. It is essential for Tribes to develop successional leadership plans within their communities in order to address emerging cultural, economic, and social issues. While there are Cooperative Extension leadership development programs, there is a lack of training that integrates indigenous teachings with western leadership concepts to promote culturally relevant leadership in tribal communities. Likewise, there are important leadership lessons to be learned from Tribal cultures that can be shared to strengthen non-tribal leadership development programs across the region.
Guiding the Work of a Changing and Diverse Field: The Updated Community Development Principles of Good Practice (12/18/23)
Presenters: Margaret Stout, Professor of Public Administration, West Virginia University and current Board Chair of the Community Development Society; Celina Tchida, Ph.D. Candidate, Arizona State University; and Stephen Jeanetta, Associate Dean, Department of Community Development, University of Minnesota Extension and Vice Chair of Programs for the Community Development Society
Additional Items: Presentation Slides
The Role of Festival Volunteers in Supporting Rural Community Development: A Psychological Ownership Perspective (10/25/23)
Presenters: SoJung Lee, Associate Professor, Iowa State University; MiRan Kim, Associate Professor, Michigan State University; and Linda Niehm, Professor, Interim Department Chair, Iowa State University.
Additional Items: Presentation Slides | Rural Festival Volunteer Survey Example
Reach, Teach, and Engage! (9/12/23)
Presenter: Amber J. Twitty, Extension Educator, Community & Economic Development, Central State University
Federal Programs for Rural Entrepreneurs in the North Central Region (9/22/22)
Presenters: Alan Haut, North Dakota District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist, USDA- Rural Development, Ohio; Eric Ness, Wisconsin District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Joan Scheel, Business Programs Director, USDA – Rural Development, Nebraska
Additional Items: SBA Slides | USDA-RD Slides
Remaining Land-Grant Fierce While Accepting the Land-Grab Truth of Our Foundation (4/20/22)
Presenters: Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D. (Professor, Human Development & Family Science, Land-Grant Fierce Professor at The Ohio State University), Michael D. Wilcox, Jr., Ph.D. (Assistant Director & Program Leader for Community Development-Purdue Extension, Associate Director-North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD), Community & Regional Economics Specialist-Purdue University Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Senior Associate-Purdue Center for Regional Development)
Equitable Access to Cooperative Extension Services for Indigenous Communities: Implications for the North Central Region (3/3/21)
Presented by: Katie Hartmann (Colorado State University) and Erin Riley (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
Using Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas (9/12/19)
Presented by: Norman Walzer (Northern Illinois University) and David Ivan (Michigan State University)
The Midwest Big Data Hub: advancing the data ecosystem, projects and partnerships (3/14/19)
Presented by: Melissa Cragin and Alice Delage (University of Illinois)
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs in the Midwest (3/4/19)
Presented by: Rene Rosenbaum (Michigan State University) and Stephen Jeanetta (University of Missouri)
Reconceptualizing Quality, Affordable Childcare as Public Utility: Family, Child, and Economic Development Perspectives (2/11/19)
Presented by: Bradford Wiles & Jessie Piper (Kansas State University), Holly Hatton-Bowers (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Alison Brennan (Michigan State University)
Leading in a Global World (12/18/18)
Presented by: Holli Arp and Tobias Spanier (University of Minnesota), and Kari O’Niel and Kenneth Sherin (South Dakota State University)
Bringing Co-operative Back in to the Community Economic Development Toolbox (11/13/18)
Presented by: Keith Taylor, University of California
Workforce Development in Extension (6/4/18)
Presented by: Kenneth Sherin (South Dakota State University) and Cheryl Burkhart Kriesel(University of Nebraska)
Supporting Local Food Councils: A New Professional Development Course (1/15/18)
Presented by: Kendra Wills (Michigan State University) and Jodee Ellett (Purdue University)
It is the NCRCRD’s mission to build rural communities through cutting-edge research and Extension programs and innovative partnerships. To achieve this mission, we seek to engage research and Extension at all of the land-grant institutions across the North Central Region.
Funding will be provided for multistate working groups focused on the NCRCRD’s three rural development thematic areas of creating resilient communities and economies, developing leadership and civic engagement, and promoting community health and wellness that integrates research and Extension. Multistate working groups may focus on one theme and one system. However, work across themes and systems is highly encouraged. The Center will provide administrative support and may include Center staff as part of the working groups as appropriate.
The Center will provide up to $50,000 over three years. Funding can be used for team development and meetings, preliminary data collection, or other activities that facilitate multi-state regional and sustainable collaboration that lead to relevant regional outputs. These projects will result in scholarly work such as research publications, Extension curricula, and proposals for external funding.
Working groups must be representative of the NCR:
- A minimum of six North Central states must be represented
- Include faculty and/or staff from Land Grant Colleges or Universities
- The team must have an adequate balance between research and outreach
Working group proposals should:
- Detail how rural inequities (e.g., social, poverty risk, income, education, health) will be addressed
- Describe how diversity and inclusion will be addressed within the team and in terms of impact on stakeholders
- Describe how the working group will interact with the Center
- Describe expected outputs and impacts
- Describe leveraging plan to attract additional resources
- Provide details for at least one working group webinar focused on Center themes (one per year based on working group duration)
- Project summary (250 words max)
- Project narrative (5 pages max, 1.5 spacing)
- Budget with budget justification
- Timetable of milestones and outputs
- Team member roles
- Biographic sketches of team members
For more information or to submit a proposal please contact:
Maria I. Marshall, Ph.D.
Professor, Jim and Lois Ackerman Endowed Chair in Agricultural Economics
Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (ncrcrd.org)
Director, Purdue Institute for Family Business [PIFB]
Editor, Choices Magazine (AAEA)
Department of Agricultural Economics
403 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47909
Phone: (765) 494-4268