Category Archives: Research Article or Report

Now Is the Time

Contact:  Cathleen Love,

Description:  This report provides practical tools for identifying and assessing diversity on your campus, including an innovative, self-administered reflective questioning process to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential remedial steps. Also included are suggested processes for engaging a campus-wide conversation that leads to personal and institutional change.


Keywords:  Diversity, Higher Education

Target Audiences:  University personnel

Cultural Sharing or Unintentional Racism?

Contact:  Karen Pace,

Description:  If you’re involved with creating activities, camps and other events, be careful not to let your good intentions turn into potentially harmful acts of racism and exploitation. For example, what some see as cultural sharing (through costumes and crafts that involve American Indian symbols) others may see as cultural appropriation and acts of micro-aggression. But what’s the difference between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation and why is this important? This article helps provide guidance.


Keywords:   Racism, exploitation, cultural programs, microaggression

Target Audiences:   Youth leaders, Extension professionals

Community Issues Gatherings: A Tool For Resolving Controversy

Contact:  Ron Hustedde,

Description:  This brief article walks through key considerations around community issues gathering.


Keywords:   Community, controversy, issue gathering

Target Audiences:   Community, Extension professionals



Can the Practice of Mindfulness Reduce Unconscious Racial Bias?

Contact:  Karen Pace,

Description:  Efforts to create inclusive and equitable settings may be strengthened by including the practice of mindfulness.  This short article provides some starting thoughts.


Keywords:   Mindfulness, racial bias

Target Audiences:   Communities, Extension professionals, university professionals

Best Practices for Outreach and Engagement to Latino Audiences using Community-Based Programs

Contact:  Liliana Vega,

Description:  The Latino community continues to grow at an increasing rate.  Latinos have become the “majority-minority,” and by 2043, minorities will be the majority in the U.S. with Latinos as the largest ethnic minority group.  The lack of targeted programming to ethnically diverse audiences is a growing concern for many organizations.  This article describes research-based strategies and best practices for providing culturally appropriate Extension programs to the Latino community.


Keywords:  Latino, Hispanic, Latino outreach, Latino programs, minority outreach, outreach & engagement, Latino youth development

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community,Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

Annotated Bibliography of Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

Contact:  Rich Pirog,

Description:  This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator. Structural racism in the United States has been defined as the “normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic outcomes for people of color.”


Keywords:   Food systems, structural racism

Target Audiences:  Food system practioners, Extension professionals, researchers, educators

An Evaluation of the National Issues Forum Methodology for Stimulating Deliberation in Rural Kentucky

Contact:  Ron Hustedde,

Description:  Deliberation is implicit in the community development literature. Yet it is seldom addressed as a topic in its own right. Deliberation is defined as the weighing of policy choices by the public. It involves critical thinking and open dialogue that creates a sense of the public and the movement towards a common ground. This article address the problems associated with deliberation: 1) hyperindividualism; 2) a culture of limited public dialogue; and 3) the increased hegemony of science and technology. The National Issues Forum (NIF) methodology was employed as a tool to overcome these problems of deliberation in rural Kentucky. A naturalistic evaluation model was used to critique the application of NIF in rural settings. The ten lessons learned contain insights about the problems, successes and the limitations associated with the NIF methodology for stimulating deliberation.


Keywords:  Public deliberation,National Issues Forum, hyper individualism,  public dialogue

Target Audiences:  Extension professionals