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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension: Do you have the drive to help us make a positive difference in young people’s lives? University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues. Advertisement 4-H Innovation (1) Advertisement 4-H Innovation

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension: Do you have the drive to help us make a positive difference in young people’s lives? University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues. Check out these positions: Advertisement – 4-H Phelps (1) Advertisement – 4-H Phelps Advertisement 4-H Innovation

Director, Diversity & Inclusion – Pratt School of Engineering The Director of Diversity & Inclusion will provide leadership in developing and implementing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives that engage all faculty, staff, and students in the Pratt School of Engineering community. Develop and implement strategies to integrate effective diversity practices within Pratt’s current framework, and monitor and evaluate progress in creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment. Collaboratively develop and implement strategies for recruitment and retention to further the School’s Diversity Strategic Plan. Design and deliver learning experiences, presentations, and workshops and provide consultation and support of efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion for individuals and groups within the Pratt community. Work Performed Work with School leaders and supervisors to develop and model actions and assess outcomes in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Provide guidance and consult with Pratt staff, faculty, and administrators on a broad range of strategies, opportunities and initiatives that will further diversity and inclusion within the Pratt community. Research and identify current and emerging issues, trends and opportunities related to diversity and inclusion, and develop programs and processes to promote diversity and inclusion. Collaborate with university-wide subject matter experts to ensure that programming is complementary to, and in support of, Duke University’s institutional diversity and inclusion goals…

University of Illinois Extension University of Illinois Extension is a statewide network of professionals dedicated to creating local community impact and statewide transformation. We do this by translating research and knowledge into practical programs for Illinois residents. Our programs target youth and adults, individuals and families, as well as business owners and community leaders.Our staffing needs are diverse, but we often have openings for those with an interest in education, agriculture, environmental stewardship, foods and nutrition, and community development. And we are always on the lookout for those individuals gifted in office administration, program planning, IT, and communications! To view all openings for Illinois Extension, visit the University of Illinois Job Board.

Extension Educator – Community Environment University of Nebraska-Lincoln: UNL Extension is looking for an Extension Educator who would provide regional expertise (Nebraska Panhandle) and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs for production, produce handling at harvest, exploring marketing opportunities, and expanding consumer awareness of locally produced foods. For a detailed position description and how to apply, go to, requisition F_190125. Review of applications will be 09/20/2019. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Extension Educator – Community Environment (Nebraska Panhandle) University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Do you have the drive to help us improve production and marketing of fresh, locally-produced food in Western Nebraska? Can you be a strong regional expert and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs for expanding consumer awareness of locally produced foods, supporting sustainable landscapes, or improving stewardship of water and other natural resources? Innovative, productive, resilient and high-quality food systems are a priority for Nebraska. We do not produce enough fresh, locally-produced food to meet the needs of Nebraskans. Western Nebraska is a unique region well-suited to local food production with good water supplies and a climate conducive to the production of high-quality food. To this end, Nebraska Extension has formed a strategic partnership with Western Nebraska Community College and the North Platte Natural Resource District to foster the growth and success of local food production in western Nebraska.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska LincolnUNL Extension is looking for an Extension Educator who would provide regional expertise (Knox and Cedar Counties) and develop focused learning experiences that inspire young scientists along with other opportunities to help young people achieve their potential. For a detailed position description, required materials, and how to apply, go to, requisition F_190088. Review of applications will be 07/12/2019. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See 4-H Knox

Maryland has position open for 4H Youth Development Program Leader, please help me in sharing throughout your networks..Position Summary/Purpose of Position: Assistant Director and Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development for University of Maryland Extension provides statewide leadership and direction for 4-H Youth Development programs and faculty. He/she is administratively responsible to the UME Associate Director foraddressing the mission and goals of 4-H Youth Development programs while aligning 4-H priorities with those of UME and AGNR.


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Job opening at University of Kentucky

Please find a position available at the University of Kentucky for experienced professionals.  If you have any questions on the positions feel free to contact myself.




Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station


The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE) at the University of Kentucky seeks an innovative leader for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. The Experiment Station serves as the research arm of the Colleges academic departments, the Division of Regulatory Services, and off-campus units that include the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, research and education centers at Princeton and Robinson Station, and experiment station farms. The College also has a strong partnership with the USDA-ARS Forage-Animal Production Research Unit (FAPRU) located on campus.

Responsibilities: The Associate Dean position is the principal administrative officer of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The person filling this position will participate fully in the overall management and operation of the research related activities of the college including the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. The candidate will work in a team environment with the Dean of the College and the Associate Deans for Extension, Academic Programs, and Administration, as well as department chairs and unit leaders.The Associate Dean has oversight for all research-related academic activities and federal and state mandated programs, comprising an annual budget of around $35 million with an additional $25-$30 million in grants and contracts. The Associate Dean will devise and implement policies for investing in research across the college under a new values-based financial model. Day-to-day duties include:

  • Recruit, evaluate, and facilitate the development of research faculty.
  • Foster an environment that encourages and facilitates multidisciplinary and multistate research efforts.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the research mission of a land-grant institution.
  • Strategic and administrative responsibility for grants and contracts.
  • Administer Hatch, Hatch-Multistate, McIntire-Stennis, and Animal Health funds and programs
  • Research regulatory compliance, conflict of interest management, and responsible conduct of research.
  • Implement intellectual property policies.
  • Plan and develop resources for research faculty startup packages.
  • Oversee the distribution and investment of research support pools (portion of federal formula and recurring state funds, royalties, and one-time internal investments).
  • Manage Regulatory Services, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, and Equine Programs.
  • Provide direct oversight for research farm facilities across the state.
  • Lend support for research components of college-wide special initiatives.
  • Maintain accountability for research outcomes to numerous university, state and federal entities.

– See more at:



Quentin Tyler PhD

Assistant Dean and Director

Office of Diversity

College of Agriculture,Food, and Environment

305 Charles E. Barnhart Bldg

Lexington, KY 40546-0276


Phone: 859-257-3482

Fax: 859-323-1913

University of Minnesota SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator Position Opening




Title:                                             SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator

Classification:                               Coordinator, Job Code 9354

Appointment:                                100%-time, Academic Professional,

                                                     Annually renewable, 12-month

Program Area:                              Extension Center for Family Development

Initial Application Deadline:          June 27, 2014; position will remain open until filled

Office Locations:                          Ramsey County Extension Office



The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.


As one of four centers, the Extension Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health, financial security and well-being. We accomplish this by developing, delivering and evaluating credible, relevant and research-based education; working closely with others across Minnesota to build the strengths of individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; conducting and collaborating on research projects; recruiting and retaining expert faculty and staff passionate about families and their success; increasing the understanding of our work among key stakeholders; securing resources to sustain and grow programs that meet emerging needs and support strategic priorities. Extension Center for Family Development programs currently focus on family relations, family resource management, food safety, and health and nutrition, with special effort in the areas of children’s mental health, families in transition, building healthy and strong families, and preparing for an aging Minnesota.


The SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator has major and continuing responsibility for the implementation and management of the University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education program in a multi-county region of the state. He/she will develop and lead an effective work team (4-8 FTE) of SNAP-Ed Educators in the region to deliver high-quality, effective health and nutrition education for SNAP recipients and others eligible for federal benefit programs. This position focuses on hiring, training, supervising, and supporting Extension’s SNAP-Ed Educators, and managing programmatic efforts carried out by these educators from a regional perspective. 



Bachelor’s degree in health, nutrition or a closely related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.

3-5 years of experience with program management and supervision in a health and/or nutrition education program.

1-3 years of experience in teaching, community organizing, community health promotion, and community education.

Experience in implementing multi-level public health programming.

Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota, infrequent travel outside Minnesota.

Direct experience in grants management and administration.

Proven abilities to foster a work culture respectful of cultural, socioeconomic, ideological, and other kinds of diversity.

Ability to communicate clear work direction and broad understanding of programming priorities.

Ability to work effectively in an environment that combines independent action and teamwork with colleagues and external organizations.

Ability to build effective work teams and manage conflict.

Experience in training and teaching in an adaptive and engaging manner; ability to coach others to do so.

Respectful, professional communication style both orally and in writing.

Organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.

Experience delivering evidence-based programs in a community setting.

Ability to analyze and recommend action based upon complex data and contextual factors.

Computer skills: Active development of and participation in web-based communication and training, competent keyboarding, high level of comfort with development of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, web-based communications, and marketing materials. Able to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite of software programs.

Ability to oversee the compliance of budgetary requirements and financial policies and procedures.

Ability to plan and maintain a flexible work schedule, including regular evening and weekend work to meet time demands and/or special needs of SNAP-Ed program management.

Experience working with culturally and economically diverse audiences.



Masters or other advanced degree.

Experience working with SNAP-Ed or other nutrition education programs for low-income audiences.

Skill in and experience using distance technologies for communication and education.

Speak a language in addition to English.



Supervision and program management (50%)

Oversee implementation and evaluation of all SNAP-Ed programming in a multi-county region within Minnesota.

Supervise SNAP-Ed Educators (4 – 8 FTE) located in region. Provide on-going coaching/training.

Conduct engaging, effective, and adaptive training and coaching.

Oversee their professional development plans, ensuring that each has the resources and expertise needed to effectively carry out their job duties.

Assess and ensure the quality of community program delivery, adherence to protocols and guidelines, and responsible resource management.

Monitor and ensure the completion of participant level documentation.

Manage the reporting protocols and evaluation plans implemented by SNAP-Ed educators.Train educators to implement protocols and plans.

Develop and implement training for SNAP-Ed Educators in conjunction with the Associate Program Director.

Manage the implementation of a regional program plans for continuous improvement of the quality of health and nutrition programming with SNAP-Ed Educators.

Oversee and coordinate the development and implementation of partner level agreements in the region.

Analyze programmatic data and financial information to determine ways to better focus resources for effectively and efficiently reaching low income Minnesotans, and people with health disparities in the region.

Analyze and adjust the work of the SNAP-Ed Educators to create the greatest outcomes and impact, and the most efficient use of resources.

Ensure accurate, complete and organized confidential records, as required across the region.

Manage and monitor data and budget for projects and programs.



Program development (30%)

Analyze and synthesize feedback from SNAP-Ed Educators on participant and community concerns, program implementation, curricula and other resources to improve the quality and efficiency in the program and better meet the needs of SNAP-Ed participants throughout the region.

Develop strategies and facilitate the regional implementation of train-the-trainer opportunities for community-based organizations provided by Health and Nutrition Extension Educators.

Provide expertise advice to community-based organizations on the technical aspects of the federal SNAP Education program.

Keep abreast of new research and strategies in the field of nutrition. Maintain a sound understanding of community health and nutrition issues as well as public health approaches for addressing them. Guide SNAP- Ed Educators to translate this understanding and knowledge into programmatic efforts in the region.

Identify gaps in the prevention spectrum of community programs and initiatives to address health and nutrition issues that represent opportunities for program development to enhance impact.

Maintain a sound understanding of and familiarity with the key partners, stakeholders and health and nutrition initiatives in the region that have bearing on health and nutrition work.

Communications and community partnerships (20%)

Lead positive communications and ongoing updates internally and externally with all stakeholders regionally.

Coordinate and facilitate meetings with staff, stakeholders and partners.

Cultivate new partnerships and maintain professional relationships to further health and nutrition goals.

Strengthen and leverage collaborative partnerships with internal health and nutrition team regionally and state wide as well as with external stakeholders.

Speak on behalf of Extension priorities and provide informed support and expertise when serving on agency or community boards or advisory committees related to health and nutrition.

Prepare timely reports of programmatic activities and success stories in the region.

Other responsibilities assigned as needed



This position is 100% time, annual renewable academic administrative professional appointment with a University of Minnesota job code/classification of 9354 Coordinator.  This position is funded through September 30, 2014 with continuation dependent on funding, need, performance, and results.  Extension’s academic promotion process does not apply to this position.  All University of Minnesota positions require successful completion of a background check.



This position reports to the Associate Program Director, SNAP Education who reports to the Health & Nutrition Program Leader.  Annual performance review will occur according to Extension and University policies.



Travel throughout the region and at times, the state, is required to perform these job responsibilities.  This person will be expected to use a personal vehicle with legally required insurance for travel.  Reimbursement for travel expenses will occur according to University policy.



This position is benefits eligible. Information is at: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.



Please apply, complete the online application at attach to the “Required Document” section:

Cover letter in which you:

Describe your qualifications for the position based upon the job requirements and position responsibilities.

Include examples of your ability to perform this job.

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Professional Reference List with complete phone and email contact information.


If you have questions about applying online please contact:

Naaz Babvani

Extension Human Resources

260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.

University of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN  55108

Telephone: 612-624-3717

Fax: 612-624-7749



Mary Caskey

SNAP-Ed Associate Program Director




June 27, 2014; position will remain open until filled


*To check the status of your application, log-in to the University of Minnesota employment website at To log-in, you will need the user name and password you create when you apply for the position.


**Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.


University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Reaching New Audiences

Reaching New Audiences

The Reaching New Audiences page offers a wide range of resources and information to assist educators in working with a variety of groups and individuals. The site includes practical strategies relating to outreach and engagement along with resources and connections to relevant information related to the changing demographics of the United States. This site is to share information, resources, and best practices on reaching out to and working with diverse audiences.


April is Minority Health Month! Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competency in Health Care – The Office of Mi.pdf

Engaging African American Farmers in the South.pdf This article contributes to efforts to develop more inclusive climate services, understood as institutional arrangements and processes that generate and disseminate science-based climate information to promote improved preparedness to climate impacts. Discussion on equity in climate services tends to focus on the specific challenges of women and the poor in developing countries. We seek to broaden this scope by considering a farming population in the southern United States, whose particular circumstances are shaped by rural poverty as well as by racial discrimination, namely African American farmers. The research is based on a phone survey, in-depth interviews, and a workshop, and was conducted in collaboration with a civil right organization that helped the research team gain trust and entry to this community. The findings show that farmers in this study are vulnerable to drought given their relatively limited access to resources and risk management mechanisms. Climate forecasts can help these farmers move from coping strategies to deal with the effects of climate anomalies to proactive planning to anticipate and mitigate those effects. Research participants were able to identify a range of options for using such information in risk management decisions. Provision of climate services to African American farmers, however, must be consistent with existing patterns of knowledge management. These patterns are shaped by major trends stemming from the transformation of rural Southern life. Social networks of mutual assistance and knowledge transmission have been eroded by the outmigration of African American farmers from rural areas. Additionally, their relationship with public agencies is marred by a legacy of racial inequities, which makes it difficult for well-meaning projects involving the same agencies to establish legitimacy in this community. We discuss how insights from research findings and research process have guided programmatic efforts to involve African American farmers in climate services and outline lessons that can inform similar initiatives seeking to work with under-represented groups. In the conclusions we propose that engagement of this community challenges climate services to fully embrace a “social justice” perspective and an understanding of science as transformative of society.

A brief history on the 1890 universities:

How are New Apps being used to transform immigrant integration? Find out here: Smart Phones and Immigrant Integration.pdf

Another article in line with celebrating 100 years! Is Extension Ready to Adopt Technology for Delivering Programs and Reaching New Audiences.pdf ?

Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension in a Diverse World.pdf  Abstract: The role of Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) as a program area in Extension dates back before the Smith Lever Act of 1914. As we celebrate 100 years, reaching a new set of audiences poses a challenge to Extension. These audiences include new Americans, new family structures, urban populations, new occupations, and virtual clients from around the world. This commentary examines the role that FCS will play in the next 100 years to face these challenges.


These two articles explore ways to increase inclusiveness in 4-H:  The first looks at the perceptions of 4-H Youth Professionals in WV- 4H youth programs’ professionals’ perceptions.pdf  The second is an example of one way that a 4-H  in California incorporated a cross-cultural program to help at-risk youth in their community- Carnaval Drum and Dance Traditions in 4H.pdf 

Last month was Asian-American Heritage Month. For more information on how to improve outreach to Asian Americans, please see this article, How to Better Serve AsianAmericans.pdf, published by the Diversity Executive.

Slavery is still alive and well in the United States and around the world.  Free Online Training to Address Human Trafficking:

Outreach to Arab Americans: “For the Arab culture, emphasis is on form over function, affect over accuracy, and image over meaning. An awareness of these cultural differences can help facilitate client relations, media training, and message appeals.” -R.S. Zaharna 

For more information on how to engage Arabs and Arab Americans, please read here:

Teaching Tolerance’s Magazine Archives
This site provides excellent resources for educators who care about diversity and fostering environments of inclusiveness.

Expanding Services with Latino Volunteers


Multicultural Pavilion –

For original articles and essays on progressive, transformative, multicultural, social justice, and liberatory teaching and learning by educators around the world visit the Critical Multicultural Pavilion Research Room –

Prevention and Tolerance: A Counselor’s Guide to Bullying

Promising Practices

Resources for Reaching New Audiences

Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Latino Resources

Engaging Latino Youths in Community Based-Programs (pdf)

Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Native American Task Force

The Winning 4H Plan

Recruiting Latino Youth to Attend Overnight Camp

Does the Agricultural Census Include All Hispanic/Latino farmers?

Migrant Farm Workers: Our Nation’s Invisible Population

Impact of Migrant Labor Restrictions on the Agricultural Sector (pdf)

Keys to Effective Extension Programs with Latino Audiences

13 Lessons Learned in the Oregon Outreach Program

Equity and Social Justice Diversity Links

Diversity and Multicultural Program Development and Support Materials (pdf)

Our Voices on the Air: Reaching New Audiences through Indigenous Radio

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents(NAE4-HA)

Reaching New Audiences Section Editor:
Alejandra Gudino
University of Missouri

Module Seven


Module 7 – Discovering Global Trade


The globalization of trade around the world will result in major changes in agriculture. Forces outside of the USA, such as the World Trade Organization, have major impact on agriculture, the communities where we live, and the needs of Extension clientele. By completing this module you will gain a better understanding of the impacts of trade, who a few of the major players may be, and resources available to you to better prepare yourself and your clients for these changes.


Kelvin Leibold is a Farm Management Field Specialist with Iowa State University Extension Service. You may also contact him via telephone at (641)648-4850.


Overview of Discovering Global Trade Module (Text) (PDF)

Unit 1: Basic Concepts of Trade (Text) (PDF)

Resource Materials (Text) (PDF)

International Vocabulary Worksheet (PDF)

International Vocabulary Answers (Power Point)

Two Country Trade Examples (PDF)

Crop Budget Comparisons (Power Point)

Crop Budget Reviews (Text) (PDF)


Unit 2: Geography and Agricultural Trade

Overview (Text) (PDF )

Resource Materials (Text) (PDF )

Fact Sheet Overview (Power Point )

Brazil Fact Sheet (PDF)

China Fact Sheet (PDF)

USA Fact Sheet (PDF)

Geography (Power Point )

Brazil Land Use (Image)

Brazil Climate (Image)

Brazil Population (Image)

Brazil Political (Image)

China Climate (Image)

China Land Use (Image)

China Political (Image)

China Population (Image)

USA Political (Image)

USA/Iowa Climate (Image)

USA/Iowa Land Use (Image)

USA/Iowa Population (Image)

Map Comments (Text) (PDF )

Commodity Imports and Exports Activity (Power Point)

Everything Depends on Everything Else Activity (Power Point)

Ag Trade Vocabulary Summary (Text) (PDF )

Global Ag: Implications for US Farmers (Video Clip )


Unit 3: Policies that Influence Trade

Overview (Text) (PDF )

Dynamics of Ag Competitiveness: Policy Lessons from Abroad (PDF )

Ag Trade and the Doha Round: Lessons from Commodity Studies (PDF )

Goals of Ag Policies (Power Point )


Unit 4: Current Issues in Agricultural Trade

Overview (Text) (PDF )

Resource Materials (Text) (PDF )

Ag Marketing and Resource Center – International Issues (Web )

Ag Marketing and Resource Center – International Markets (Web )

Foreign Ag Trade of the United States (Web )

Diversity Related Conference Information

The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) New York City, May 26-30, 2020.

American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2020 National Conference March 18-21, Charleston, South Carolina.

Diversity Abroad Conference, Amplifying Voices: Moving from Rhetoric to Systemic Change, March 14-17, 2020, New Orleans, LA.

National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning. The Ohio State University May 4-5, 2020., Fawcett Event Center, Columbus, USA.

National Diversity Council Conference, April 18-23, Marriot Marquis Houston 1777 Walker St. Houston TX 77010:

Websites to Explore

Websites to Explore

Diversity Assessment Tools



Diversity Assessment Tools (Personality, Communication, Thinking)

By Kathy Lechman, Leader of Diversity Development, Ohio State University Extension

Defining Diversity

Diversity has become a very talked about issue and for some it may be considered a politically correct “buzzword”, reality is that diversity is among us on a constant basis and a well-prepared leader understands this and uses the diversity of staff as an advantage and as a way to further the goals of the organization. Ohio State University (OSU) Extension uses the following definition of diversity: “Differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practices, and other human differences (OSU Extension Strategic Plan for Diversity)”. As this definition demonstrates, there is more to diversity than racial, ethnic, or cultural characteristics. These aspects of diversity are important but when looking at the workforce there are many other dimensions to consider. We cannot deny that our race, ethnicity, gender, or religion influences our personality but consideration should be given to the possibility that other factors also contribute to our personalities. With the increasing diversity of the workforce, leaders in organizations must work with people who are not only racially, ethnically and culturally different but who also bring with them diversity in communication styles, conflict management styles, and personality types. “Diversity is about leadership’s capacity to influence people to WILLINGLY work toward company objectives…It is valuing differences no matter how big or small they may seem (Burrs, Linda. 2002. Diversity – It’s More than Just a Notion.”. Examining aspects of diversity that move away from focusing on the observable and or physical differences provides an opportunity to highlight the subtle and often hidden aspects of diversity that exist among people. A variety of assessment instruments exist, including: Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Jung’s communication styles Assessment, Spectrum Color personality types, Coachman’s conflict management styles, the Enneagram, and many others.

Benefits of Celebrating Hidden Diversity

All of these assessments provide useful information on how people prefer to operate and relate. These assessments also offer additional dimensions of diversity that should be considered by supervisors, and managers when establishing work groups, task forces, and or committees. A variety of personality styles, communication, and thinking styles enrich any group and can actually increase productivity and creativity. Knowing styles and preferences of co-workers is important but it is also important to know our own preferred style. As leaders, we need to be able to tap into the strengths of our employees as well as our own. “When people are encouraged to work in their areas of strength, they are happier, more productive, and more likely to stay with the company or organization (Burrs, Linda. 2002. Diversity-It’s More than Just a Notion.”. Demonstrating appreciation for these dimensions of diversity is also setting the tone for a healthy and accepting work environment where people can excel. As mentioned earlier, culture, race, ethnicity, and religion along with a myriad of other factors are important aspects of diversity and just like we need to be wary of racial and ethnic stereotypes, we need to be cautious not to stereotype or pigeon hole personality types. For example, a person who is an Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging (ESFJ) on the Myers/Briggs will not always be the leader of a group or be the first to speak at meetings. Just like an Introvert, Intuitor, Feeling, Perceiver (INFP) is perfectly capable of leading and taking charge of a large group and making decisions quickly.

Diversity Summer Programs


Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

Purdue University (Polytechnic Institute) – Summer and Diversity Camps

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Engineering Summer Program

Stanford University (Stanford Engineering) – Pre College Programs for Engineering Diversity

NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students

California Institute of Technology Summer Programs

Cornell University Summer Programs

Howard University’Summer Enrichment Program and Recruitment

Lehigh University Summer Programs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MITES


University of NotreDameAfricanAmericanScholarsProgram

Worcester Polytechnic Institute STRIVE


Harvard University – Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology

University of California – Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

School of Pharmacy, University of Washington Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity Program (PSSDP)

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youths

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


American Philosophical Association

The Washington Center – Federal Diversity Internship Initiative

College of ACES Academic Programs

Cornell Chronicle

College Xpress

Black Excel

College Horizons

Dedicated Engineers

Dow Jones Newspaper Fun

Purdue HASA Summer Institute


Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network