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~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   History tends to repeat itself. Back in March 2020, we were entering into the unknown. The pandemic was taking hold, and everyone across the globe was trying to determine …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) ~ Ginger Evenson, Artist and Social Activist   Many years ago, I found myself in the crosshairs of my supervisor. It is a long, funny, and touching story about falling …
Community Development Team photo from 2022 NACDEP Conference
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   Creating Connections at Every Crossroad: Purdue Extension Community Development Program Supports the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals’ annual …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     Last month, I offered a glimpse into our Purdue Study Abroad trip to Ireland focused on rural development. Our planned activities exceeded our expectations during the trip, but …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   My next two columns are NOT a travelogue. They ARE a love letter to “home.” Last month I had the privilege of co-leading a Study Abroad to the Republic …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   Are you experiencing the same thing I am? I am uncertain if it is politics or the pandemic, but polarization appears to be winning the day. There was a …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     At the community level, when is the right time for a change? The answer to this question depends on your circumstances and your point of view. Those who …
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)     The New Year represents the opportunity for people to make resolutions and envision what the year might bring. We have dispensed with the resolutions for Purdue Extension’s Community …
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) ~ Kayla Wright, Community Development Educator, Marion County Extension, Co-author     Last month I discussed a personal journey involving lifelong learning and giving thanks. This month, I am looking …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   Each year, the Purdue Extension Community Development team gives thanks. This year, I am thankful for lifelong learning. Cooperative Extension was founded as a resource for lifelong learning for …