The development of an urban Extension special issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension (JHSE) is underway. The release of this issue coincides with the National Urban Extension Conference, which will be held in New Jersey, May 23-26, 2022.
This will be a themed issue (like the May 2017 JHSE issue) for educators, administrators, and other Extension professionals to learn more about Extension in urban communities. This special issue will be for invited authors who have demonstrated expertise in urban Extension and successful scholarship.
The goal of the special issue is to better understand the unique aspects of Extension in urban communities by
- Providing examples related to how Extension engages with diverse urban audiences.
- Describing the urban context that presents both opportunities and challenges for Extension.
- Illustrating how Extension draws upon resources for impacts – public and private good.
- Exploring the current state of the country and of urban Extension.
- Contributing to the base of existing knowledge for decision makers to efficiently draw upon as they consider the urban influence in Extension.
Call for Author and Reviewer Recommendations
The following are 10 proposed cases to focus on the people we serve to illustrate and show what’s working. We would like each to demonstrate urban Extension relevance, illustrate engagement models, and include how they incorporated strategy due to the urban context of scale, diversity, and/or complexity.
- ·Hispanic or Latino
- Black and Brown
- LGBTQ+ (not necessarily youth)
- Different Ability
- Social Class
Do you or your colleagues have successful experiences working with one of these populations that should be shared to a broader audience? If so, we want to hear from you. Not enough time to write, but have interest then please sign up to be a peer reviewer. If you are interested please contact Brad Gaolach, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideally, this body of work will illustrate Extension’s relevance, accessibility, and impact in urban communities across the United States metro areas. It will also encourage critical thinking, keep conversations going, move people toward action, and demonstrate the value of our national networks.