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Sinda Nichols presents the findings of her design thinking group's prototype for the future of extension at the Rural Design Conference at University of Minnesota Crookston on July 31. Also pictured are Kamana Dhakwha (College of Design research fellow) and Kathy Draeger (RSDP statewide director)

By Sinda Nichols, program director, Minnesota Campus Compact

Over 120 people convened at the University of Minnesota Crookston for the Rural Design Conference: Thriving by Design II, on July 30th and 31st, 2014, focusing on meeting challenges to Minnesota's rural communities through design techniques. I was pleased to attend the Extension Reconsidered conference track as a staff representative of Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC), a coalition of 38 colleges and universities including all five University of Minnesota campuses, committed to promoting civic engagement in higher education.

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