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Dynamic Discussions

Fourth Thursday of Every Month:
June 22nd, July 27th,  August 24th, September 28th, October 26th 2023

Time:  2 PM - 3 PM Eastern Time  | 1 PM - 2 PM Central Time  | 12 PM - 1 PM Mountain Time
11 AM - 12 PM Pacific Time  |  10 AM - 11 AM Alaska Time | 9 AM - 10 AM Hawaii Time

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. Your institution must be a member of the Extension Foundation to participate. Find out if your institution is an Extension Foundation member at extension.org/members

Find past Dynamic Discussion webinars on our Video Resource Library. Sessions include discussing Extension's role in topics such as workforce development and creating identities, beginning conversation on racial equity and racial understanding, and the future of Extension. 

Dynamic Discussion for June
Climate Change and Science Communication Part 2: Putting it into Practice

As Extension professionals, our job is to communicate science to the public. In our hyperconnected world of web pages, social media, and 30-second video reels, connecting with our audiences, especially on science, can seem like a never-ending uphill battle. Science communication experts are learning how to break through barriers to have meaningful conversations across audiences and identities, in part thanks to advances in communication science. Part 1 of this discussion presented about the basic tenets of “information disorder” and began the conversation on what Extension professionals can do to further science communication in their fields. Part 2 will include a brief recap of Part 1, a deeper dive into communication science, and a communication activity to put an important science communication technique - bridging and pivoting - into practice. Register below! 

Watch the first part of the Climate Change and Science
discussion here: Part 1 Video 

Hosted by:
Sarah Mae-Nelson

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Sarah-Mae Nelson leads the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Environmental Stewards Climate Stewards certification course. An educator, science communicator, and climate change communication specialist, she holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from University of California Santa Cruz. Sarah-Mae has also served as the Communications Director for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and Digital Communications Manager for the United Nations Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders (ECOS) Community.

Upcoming 2023 Dynamic Discussion Topics:
June- Climate Change and Science Communication Part 2: Putting it into Practice
July- Community Seminar Series
August-Grassroots Engagement and Social Justice through Cooperative Extension
September- Purposeful Discussions on Racial Differences Part 2: Practical Strategies for Individuals and Organizations 
October- Tentative Name: Start the Conversation Around Mental Well-Being 

Register Now!