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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8010027

Engagement to Enhance Community: An Example of Extension’s Land-Grant Mission in Action

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Panhandle Research and Extension Center/Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, USA
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Southeast Research and Extension Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Hebron, NE 68370, USA
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Extension Regional Center, University of Minnesota Extension, Rochester, MN 55904, USA
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Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 10 January 2019 / Accepted: 10 January 2019 / Published: 17 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities)
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Engagement is a foundational practice for the Extension systems of land-grant universities and is demonstrated through its’ work in partnership with individuals, organizations and communities. This article will share how an Extension-led effort, focused on an aspect of community development, integrated several components of engagement starting with the initial conversation through the evaluation process. Practitioner reflections on two examples that occurred in different states will highlight the processes and tools that helped nurture engagement between faculty and community and support the development of a sustainable and resilient community. The multi-state implementation will illustrate the unique depth and breadth of public participation that can be achieved when academic institutions are focused on engagement to strengthen communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: community engagement; civic engagement; participation; involvement; community development; community vitality community engagement; civic engagement; participation; involvement; community development; community vitality
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Burkhart-Kriesel, C.; Weigle, J.L.; Hawkins, J. Engagement to Enhance Community: An Example of Extension’s Land-Grant Mission in Action. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 27.

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