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Answering the Call: The Role of Extension After an Emergency (Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center)


Answering the Call: The Role of Extension After an Emergency (Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center)

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The Southern JAGriculture (Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, SUAREC) team prioritizes emergency preparedness and answering the calls of our community following an emergency. After the danger is controlled and the threat is managed, they provide programming and support to aid communities and Louisiana citizens in the Recovery phase.

Utilizing the historic 2016 Louisiana Flood as their conceptual lens, this webinar will focus on our individual efforts as second responders, SUAREC’s response to help mitigate future losses, the role and linkage of Extension professional as second responders, and much more. Be prepared to leave with a Social Action charge!

This team has been actively participating in eXtension's Impact Collaborative program through the Impact Collaborative Summit. 

@Krystle J. Allen is an Extension Associate with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) and a Doctoral Student in Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation (AEEE) at Louisiana State University. In her role, she provides educational resources, programs and assistance to the citizens of Louisiana, coordinates and supports extension programs and activities, participates in program planning committees, collaborates with outside agencies to build strong partnerships, grant-writing, etc. Working in extension for a little over five (5) years, Krystle finds joy in helping underserved communities. Krystle obtained her Master’s degrees in Public Administration (2011) and Leadership Development (2013) from Louisiana State University (LSU). Outside of the office, Krystle is a wife and mother of three (Xavier, 10, Jayden, 8, and Xyla, 1), a co-ed softball champion, small business owner, Google researcher, Southern University alumna and proud supporter (Go Jags!), and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Krystle is also a trained Innovation Facilitator with eXtension's Impact Collaborative program. 

Dr. Marlin Ford is a native of Plain Dealing, Louisiana. Dr. Ford attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts & Sciences. He later attended Southern University and A&M College where he received a Master of Science in Education (Administration and Supervision). Dr. Ford completed a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management, State and Local Government, Human Resource Management, and Health Services Administration from Grambling State University and continued his academic achievements by earning a Masters Degree of Science in Urban Forestry and Ph.D. in Urban Forestry & Natural Resources. His work with urban and rural land management was instrumental in the development of (5) mile nature trail located in the heart of Grambling, Louisiana. Dr. Ford also conducted research at the Southern University Agriculture Research & Extension Center as an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Systems where he focused on native plant species and the environmental impact of native grasses. Dr. Ford now serves as the Urban Agricultural Specialist at Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center where his extensive background in research and outreach programs in urban agricultural practices will benefit the citizens of Louisiana as well as the world.

Kiyana E. Kelly, MPA, is employed as an Associate Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences with the Southern University Agriculture Research and Extension Center where she provides education on family science topics such as nutrition, behavior change and budgeting classes to low-income audiences. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters in Public Administration from Southern University A&M College. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Gamma Omega Chapter where she serves as the Target II Chairman for Women’s Healthcare and Wellness. 

Nicolette D. Gordon is the Assistant Area Agent for St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes. In her position, she develops youth programs and community development strategies within the two parishes. Before coming to the SU Ag Center, the Baton Rouge native was the owner and programmer of Gordon Global Media, LLC, an internet radio station. Gordon holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Southern University and A&M College.

Angell C. Jordan is a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Assistant Area Agent at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SU Ag Center), in Baton Rouge, LA.  She conducts presentations in 3 parishes of LA which includes Nutrition, Healthy Life-style Changes, Personal Health, etc.  Angell has worked with the SU Ag Center for over 10 years.  She continues to help individuals from kids to seniors. One can expect informational handouts, lots of interaction and sometimes food demonstrations while attending a session with her. 

Angell graduated from high school and continued her education at Nicholls State University, in Thibodaux, LA where she pursued a B.S, in Dietetics.  Angell has been married to her husband for 15 years and has 2 beautiful daughters.

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