Dear YD colleagues,
On Oct. 2, we will hold the second symposium in our social and emotional learning series. Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz will present, "Cultural Resilience: A framework for promoting assets."
Dr. Arauz will share a framework for creating a rigorous, inclusive environment with a diverse community, and discuss how to reframe equity issues from a deficit to an asset-based approach by identifying the skills young people gain from their diverse life experiences and translating them into success within and beyond the classroom.
I hope you take advantage of this important learning opportunity, which is critical to our work and our goal to reach diverse audiences of youth throughout the state. Staff can participate in person or online.
I also encourage you to read Kate Walker's recent blog post on cultural resilience.
On another note, over the next several weeks Jennifer and I will be traveling across the state to meet with regional teams. The goal is to continue the discussions about our 5-year strategic plan and targets, and the Youth Development results of the University Employee Engagement Survey. A key strategy in our 5-year plan is to increase the satisfaction of our employees by fostering an organization of professionalism, collegiality, inclusion, and high standards. The results from the engagement survey are very important and give us insight into specific areas that we can work on together to improve the health and productivity of our work environment for all staff. Our next steps are to figure out how we can best work together to create an action plan and solutions.
I look forward to seeing all of you soon!
Associate dean & state 4-H director