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Creating International Extension Programs

Over the past four years, Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Global Relation Committee has created YouTube videos and interviews on the benefits of getting involved in global Extension. We’ve hosted two Administrative Panel discussions at our annual conference and explored the benefits, challenges, and opportunities through the eyes of administration. The evaluations overwhelmingly asked us for the same sort of dialog from those of us in the field who have created, and worked, Internationally through Extension. As we become a more global society, the opportunities for Extension to expand into the International arena will only increase and this webinar is designed to assist with that process.

This 1.5 hour webinar will explore the ins and outs of creating an International Extension program including: how to meander the red tape, funding sources, how to locate sites and establish relationship with the host country, University expectations and how to bring it back to your local community, and how to prepare for the culture you will be interacting with. Our panelists include Michael McGirr, a National Program Leader in the Center for International Programs at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); Dr. Paul Lachapelle, Community Development Specialist for Montana State University Extension; Dr. Norma Samuel, Urban Horticulture Agent, and International Programs Advisory Team Vice Chair for the University of Florida/IFAS; and Dan Culbert, retired Horticulture Agent for the University of Florida/IFAS.

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional.

This webinar is presented on behalf of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) to support our mission of professional development. Our organization provides its members with many other benefits. If you are interested in joining ESP, email the National ESP office, for membership information.

After you register for the Webinar, you will receive an email message which will include the connection link as well as a phone number to call if you're unable to participate via the web or the Zoom smart phone app.

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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