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Dynamic Discussions

Fourth Thursday of Every Month:
March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, 2022. 
2 PM - 3 PM Eastern

Each fourth Thursday of the month, the Impact Collaborative will host professionals from across Cooperative Extension and beyond to address hot topics of interest to Cooperative Extension. 

Each month, we will update the information below for what the Dynamic Discussion for the month will be!

This series is available to Extension Foundation Members Only. Find out if you're an Extension Foundation member at extension.org/members


Dynamic Discussion for September 22nd, 2022

Reflecting on Identities, Reconnecting to Others, Recharging Extension's Purpose

Extension’s challenge is to utilize diversity education to increase its ability to serve. Is extension ready to recharge its mission, utilizing strengths in who we are as individuals? Identity awareness, using dialogue and conversation, leads to resolution of issues deeply woven in society. Reflecting on identity without demonizing is a foundation of this tested workshop. Our engaging process, examining human identities, will lead extension to increased relevance and reconnection to its purpose. Presented by Dawn Burton, Prairie View A&M and Craig Rotter, Texas A&M. 

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Dawn Burton

Dawn E. Burton has amassed a diverse portfolio of cross industry experience over the span of a 15 year professional career.  Her career path inception was with a top tier consulting firm with an emphasis in both the technical and functional business processes. Program creation, development, and implementation of health and wellness educational programs have been a passion and an on-going personal interest. Ms. Burton’s personal and professional experiences are rich with frontline expertise in organizational and leadership development, project management, instructional design and facilitation, creative problem-solving, strategic planning, and budgeting. Her educational accomplishments include a Masters of Science (2010) and a Bachelor of Science (1995) in Chemistry from Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas. As the Program Specialist in Health, for Family and Community Health (FCH) within the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP), in the College of Agriculture at Prairie View A&M University, her responsibilities include providing statewide guidance to the county plan of work on issues related to individual/family health and wellness issues. As social justice issues have become more prominent, Ms. Burton’s efforts in DEI have increased. Dawn is charged with providing leadership to plan, implement and evaluate educational programs, develop training materials, write and manage grants. Over the last seven years, Ms. Burton’s grant programs total approximately $1,628,954.00 in funding awards. 

Craig Rotter

Craig Rotter PhD, a four-time graduate of Texas A&M University, is from the small Texas town of Poth (yes, it rhymes with “both”), graduating in a high school class of 43 Pirates. A former retail banker (Frost Bank), Rotter worked in student affairs at Texas A&M University for 17 years (Residence Life), teaching formal leadership education courses in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications through to 2022. Since 2018, Rotter has served as Executive Director of Texas Rural Leadership Program (TRLP). TRLP, a unit within Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is an adult human capacity developer, focused on positive change, equity/inclusion, and strengthened leadership within rural and underserved communities. Rotter sees a healthy future for all that is rural, and the opportunity to create what has not fully existed in this country: an equitable and democratic society willing to engage in difficult conversations that will bring a greater, collective tomorrow. Dr. Rotter serves on the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Council (COADC), since 2013, in which he is also a member of the COADC Recruitment Committee. Rotter is also on the board of Collegiate Edu-Nation, a growing P-20 model for rural public-school education.  Rotter is a proponent of the goodness of a rural lifestyle, with continued family interests in Karnes, Atascosa, and Wilson Counties