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1 Widen the Circle A 2014 Diversity Catalyst Team Campaign

2 After the Widening the Circle: Moving Beyond Tolerance training, I am willing to talk with others about inclusion and mostly to be aware of my own circle(s) and how to open it (them) to others. – CSU Financial Aid Counselor

3 In our county, we make accommodations for people who have disabilities so they can participate in our programs, like acquiring an American Sign Language interpreter and a special assistant for participants on the Citizenship Washington Focus trip. – Anonymous County

4 The La Plata County 4-H Youth Development program ‘Widened our Circle’ by developing the ‘4-H Giving Back Garden’. This garden was a collaboration with Ft. Lewis College – Old Fort Incubator Plot Farm program, Southwest Conservation Corps and the USDA Commodity Food Distribution. The garden has had an amazing harvest season. The whole project was entered into the ‘Come Alive Outside Challenge’, sponsored by JP Horizons and John Deere - which encourages youth and communities to engage in more activities outside. (Cont’d)

5 The La Plata County 4-H Youth Development program ‘Widened our Circle’, by developing the ‘4-H Giving Back’ Garden.

6 After the Widening the Circle: Moving Beyond Tolerance training, I am widening the circle (on campus) through slam poetry performance and talking about all the (diverse) topics…and inviting others to come and watch or perform their own stories. – CSU Freshman

7 In Eagle County, the Youth Foundation hosted the Annual Family Connect event: a free family resource fair which provides an opportunity for agencies to host activities, arts and crafts and developmental screenings for both English and Spanish speaking families. Not only were we able to reach members of our community, we were also able to network with other agencies.

8 CSU Extension FCS Agent Glenda Wentworth exhibited the Rethink Your Drink display - encouraging families to offer water, low-fat milk, or 100% juice as the beverage of choice. Horticulture Agent Jeff Pieper featured a Roly- Poly race. 4-H Agent Jenny Leonetti conducted Grass Heads for youth to create and demonstrate. Not only were we able to reach members of our community, we were also able to network with other agencies.

9 After the Widening the Circle: Moving Beyond Tolerance training, I can now develop many different relationships with a variety of people. – CSU Freshman & 4-H LDC member

10 My family and I went to Berry Patch Farms to pick some berries and flowers, and we met Tim Ferrell there, who helped us have a great time. Tim and other local agriculture-interested individuals helped Claudia Meister, widened the circle, highlighting the connection between health of all individuals and Colorado agriculture, in a video called 'Thank A Farmer'. (Cont’d)

11 Often times, farmers go unrecognized for the important impacts their work has on the health of the community. We appreciate their efforts, which not only provide a bounty of flavorful fruits and vegetables, but also include the first steps in keeping fresh produce safe. Reaching out to a local farmer to say 'thanks' is a great way to widen your circle, and you can start by checking out the short video Claudia posted.

12 After the Widening the Circle: Moving Beyond Tolerance training, I will remember to stay conscious of what stereotypes/assumptions I make both on and off campus. – CSU Accounting Staff

13 Weld County 4-H sponsors a 4-H Tech Wizards Expo during the Weld County Fair. Weld County 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator, Lauri Sutton, widens the circle in her community with science, technology, engineering, math, youth and community development.

14 Colorado State University Extension continues to support professional development (through funding) and in an effort to be sure we are all widening the circle, Professional Development support requests will now be accompanied by answer(s) to the following question within the body of their request: *How might participation in this professional development opportunity potentially result in the inclusion of members of a diverse audience (people of various races, genders, socioeconomic classes and other points of human diversity) in your future programming?

15 CSU Denver Extension 4-H Youth Development nutrition interns and ENFEP nutrition educators have been working with the Student Council and a third-grade class at Place Bridge Academy to share information about nutrition and physical activity. Place Bridge is a magnet school for elementary-aged refugee students and serves many English Language Learner (ELL) students. (Cont’d)

16 In order to gain cultural competencies and better serve the populations represented at Place Bridge, Denver County nutrition interns have received relevant cultural information, attended events in the community, and visited students’ homes with 4-H staff, getting to know family members over a cup of tea or meal. Through community assessment, and forming partnerships with local agencies that serve refugee/immigrant populations, CSU Denver Extension is striving to engage community members, parents and students to develop community- based, culturally relevant programs.

17 The annual Mountain 2 Metro Great Adventure includes 4-H Youth from not only Denver, Gilpin and Clear Creek, but Larimer and Arapahoe Counties as well. The adventure widens circles through an enriching, overnight summer camp where youth from different walks of life have the opportunity to learn about one another, the places they live and the similarities they share. Check out the pictures of the youth at the checkpoint in Gilpin County, and getting wet at Confluence Park.

18 Family Matters is a monthly CSU Extension newsletter that briefly introduces and discusses healthy eating habits, and ways to empower people wanting to improve their body composition (i.e. reduce obesity, ward off disease, improve self awareness). Family Matters is a peer reviewed, one-page newsletter, written in English and Spanish and has photos that include different types of people, meals and is intended to engage all types of individuals and families. Family Matters is available on the CSU Extension website for all counties to use and distribute either in hard copy or electronically. ***The page provides archived issues in English and Spanish communities can use.

19 In Arapahoe County, fifteen-year-old 4-H’er Stephen is in it to win it. He isn’t letting his disability get in the way of his success this year at the Arapahoe County Fair. Stephen was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy at age 2. He is a little behind his peers developmentally and intellectually. As much as Stephen has benefited from 4-H, his peers continue to learn from him too, said CSU-Extension Director, Tim Aston. “Kids who otherwise may not have met someone with special needs are getting to know the person behind the disability by getting to know Stephen,” said Aston. “They are learning compassion, acceptance, inclusion and they can have the opportunity to mentor him.”

20 In our county, we provide and read nutrition/health, human development, and financial information for one half hour every week during a section on a statewide radio station for the visually impaired. Visually impaired listeners have access to this program and other programming via internet/phone/audio connection equipment. – Boulder County

21 There once was a committee for community healthy food that was meant to represent all the community members. Tom Hooten realized there was no one to represent the Ute Mountain community members on the committee. He found a way to include the Ute community and not embarrass the organizers who inadvertently omitted including them. Total grace!

22 In our county, the 4-H Sprouts are a blend of 4-H skills and hands-on activities for Head Start students and families (in one pod module) that uses family interactions to boost student engagement for up to 30 youth who need the program per year. – Anonymous County

23 We widen the circle by providing food safety class for restaurant workers with translator and handouts (including PowerPoint presentations) helps many in this tourist community.The food safety as well as confidence of the workers is enhanced and the information is even shared with those who did not participate. -Anonymous community

24 In Boulder County, the Our Lands, Your Hands program serves 1,200 youth from the Longmont area to hands-on, Ag-related experiences. One 4-H club based in S.T.E.M. activities is directly geared and marketed toward the Latino community.

25 In Dove Creek, we are implementing S.T.E.M. day camps to introduce technology to students who would not otherwise have access.

26 As a part of a program our Denver Extension Office is involved with, I had the opportunity to teach guitar to a youth group who are also part of a refugee community. The blank stares and faces made me realize these kids don’t have the cultural background that I have had, growing up in the United States. That day I learned about culture, Thailand, kids, music, refugees, lifestyles and more. I feel very fortunate to have had my circle widened in this way!

27 In our county, one youth who lives with a severe disability has joined 4-H. Deb Alpe worked in partnership this youth, to engage and include, and the result was better grades and better social skills in school. – Jackson County

28 We paired up with another community agency that was able to provide requested services to developmentally challenged participants, so they could attend and engage in our programs. - Anonymous County

29 A leader of the Hmong community in our county on our Extension Advisory Committee. – Anonymous County

30 Popular culture can impact work in our community, and those inside and outside our circles. After being inspired by the a story of 4-H Youth Director, Jeff Goodwin, widening the circle in a very personal way, the Denver County Extension Office participated in a group facilitated discussion after viewing part of the movie, The Butler. The questions, comments and discussion that ensued after watching the movie prompts a challenge: watch the movie, The Butler, together and take time to discuss these : – What themes are playing out in this movie? – How historically accurate are the events in the movie? – Are there present-day examples of the way the characters in the movie interact? – What is important for us all to know and remember about what is happening in the movie after today? (Cont’d)

31 In Denver County, after watching ‘The Butler’, participants said they: …now have an idea of some type of work they need to do in their community to widen the circle. …now have a larger respect for the people they work with. …appreciated how the movie allowed for honest conversation about perceptions. …believe the impact of the conversation will have a greater impact on our entire client base.

32 In Denver County, the Tech Wizards program is connecting youth at a non- traditional school to scientists and passionate volunteers from outside their community to learn about science-related topics. They share more than just curriculum and activities though, check out the video at Denver 4-H’s YouTube Page.

33 In Elbert County, we are trying to reach more Family Consumer Science and agriculture- focused families, even though we do not have an agent specifically employed for those programs. In this effort, we are targeting our marketing efforts toward different groups, like: TANF recipients, business professionals, public service entities, agricultural producers, and more.

34 In Broomfield County, the 4-H program brings home school and in-school families together in the traditional 4-H Club program. This way, both groups can learn from the different family and education perspectives, and the youth can interact with each other in a common social setting that does not always exist in school.

35 A team of nutrition interns has been working hard to share their skills in culturally-relevant ways with a nonprofit organization, Project Worthmore, which serves people transitioning to life in Denver from refugee backgrounds. One of the projects involves picking up vegetables from Sprout City Farms for a community veggie distribution. Since some of the vegetables are unfamiliar to people who come from diverse backgrounds, the nutrition interns have devised simple recipe cards and will be preparing the recipes at weekly demonstrations during the distribution. (Cont’d)

36 The Denver/Arapahoe team received feedback from community members, and it was used to develop recipes that can be well-accepted based on cultural preferences and the simplicity of the cards allows English Language Learners to easily understand the recipe.

37 In our county, scholarships for the Colorado Master Gardener program applicants allowed a person experiencing homelessness to enroll and participate. – Anonymous County

38 In Arapahoe County, we expanded our traditional 4-H programming beyond rural communities, to include youth on Buckley Air Force Base in Embryology, Sewing, Woodworking and Gardening projects.

39 The Family Leadership Training Institute in Larimer County started in 2010 with an all white facilitation team. As we conducted the next three trainings, we recruited and (then) provided financial support to bring a more diverse (community) representation to our facilitation team. Now we have Hispanic, African-American, male, female, and alternative lifestyle represented.

40 More than two dozen Colorado 4-H Agents took it upon themselves to learn about several cultures and history, during a cultural immersion opportunity in Crested Butte, Colorado. During the activity, agents learned about how the mountain town came to be, and the cultures that built, maintained and currently live in the town. Agents met wonderful ‘locals’ who were happy to participate in the learning process: Nepalese and Himalayan traditions and foods; historical trivia; local foods access; people from different backgrounds–everyone learned something, and the entire town was ecstatic to have our group there. Check with a 4-H Agent in your county or area, and ask about how that experience went, or to show you a picture of them at the Third Bowl or Donita’s Cantina!

41 Each spring and summer, a group of Denver Master Gardeners provide on-site landscape training at the Colorado Governor’s Residence on Capitol Hill in Denver for a small group of participants in the Jefferson County Recovery Court Program. The participants in the Recovery Court Program are non-violent offenders who have had issues with substance abuse, and are working toward bettering their lives. (cont’d)

42 Denver Master Gardeners and the Jefferson County Recovery Court Program participants perform landscape maintenance services on the grounds of the mansion. Several participants have gone on to pursue landscaping jobs in the community.

43 One aspect of diversity we address (how we widen the circle) in our county is full-time versus part-time residence. We are targeting some programs of interest to 'summer only' residents to increase Extension's reach. - Anonymous County

44 We paired up with another community agency that was able to provide requested services to developmentally challenged participants, so they could attend and engage in our programs. - Anonymous County

45 When providing food/snacks for Extension meetings/programs try to make sure that there are healthy choices/selections, including gluten free items, veggies, etc., so everyone has a chance to be included in the sharing and engagement that happens around food and drink…we also make sure not to have a meeting without dark chocolate....thank goodness dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate!!!! – Boulder County

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