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~ by Kris Parker, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   How effective am I at working across cultural differences? Do others see me as culturally competent? One of the key frameworks of the Navigating Difference workshop, the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity created by Dr. Milton Bennett, illustrates stages of how people experience and …
Michael Wilcox
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   As Community Development Extension professionals, we are constantly asked by communities to provide technical assistance and guidance on how to address difficult issues. To be successful, we rely on …
Reminders and alerts for Purdue Extension CD educators. Rita Jacque Gillis is the new Purdue Extension Lake County Extension Director. She brings a wealth of knowledge in Community and Economic Development to her position. Making communities more sustainable and self-sufficient are at the heart of her long career of over 25 years in Community Development. …
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University   When it comes to business success, focusing on survival often trumps focusing on mission and vision. However, research reminds us that organizational culture—driven by mission and vision—is ultimately a key indicator of success (Adel et al, 2007). A commonly accepted definition of organizational …
~by Dr. Larry DeBoer August 19, 2021   The National Bureau of Economic Research is our quasi-official umpire of recessions and expansions. Last year it marked the peak of the last decade’s expansion as February 2020.  In July it marked the trough—the economy’s low point—as April 2020. That made the pandemic recession the shortest but …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   Many years ago, a mentor of mine, who was helping me develop the structure of a non-profit board, mentioned something that stuck with me. “Of all the committees that a board needs,” he said, “the most important is a governance committee.” In the years since, …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     Every time new Census Data arrives, I receive a call from Perry County. On the other end of the line is Erin Emerson, Executive Director of the Perry …
Heather Strohm
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University     Over the course of time, most companies develop and establish a set of priorities – either intentionally or unintentionally – from which they operate. It is critical to recognize how those priorities affect organizations at the people level. What is the climate …
~by Dr. Larry DeBoer July 22, 2021     Happy belated New Year, everyone! I mean the Indiana Fiscal New Year 2022, which started on July 1. The State Budget Agency celebrates the event every summer with a budget closeout, looking back at the year just ended and ahead to the next biennium. This time, …
A team of Extension educators invites you to participate in a 4-part series about workforce development. Extension has an active role in this space, yet understanding the workforce development landscape can be overwhelming. This webinar series will unpack and explore workforce development within Indiana. It includes learning from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), a …