Last week, Extension hosted 65 people representing every area of the state for the sixth annual Extension Legislative Action Day at the capitol. This event included citizen advocates with varied backgrounds such as county Extension committee members, county commissioners, statewide citizen advisory groups and regional sustainable development partners, as well as Extension's regional directors and Extension educators. Participants worked together to prepare for meetings with legislators during a workshop on communicating Extension's public value, presented by Laura Kalambokidis, associate professor and Extension economist, and Aimee Viniard-Weideman, assistant dean and director of communications.
Following the workshop, Extension participants joined the greater University's Legislative Briefing at the McNamara Alumni Center. A record crowd of about 550 attendees packed the Alumni Center (and approximately 100 tuned in via webcast) to hear University President Eric Kaler talk about the University's legislative request. President Kaler also reinforced the critical importance of each person sharing the stories of how the University of Minnesota has shaped his or her life. Read the president's legislative briefing remarks on the University website.
The following day the Extension participants went to the capitol to meet with senators from their districts to tell their Extension stories and ask for support for the University and Extension.
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