Diversity Community Page


MISSION: To foster a network of multi-disciplinary approaches to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

VISION: To be the preeminent virtual community in diversity that fosters intellectual thinking, discourse, and engagement through cutting edge information and educational resources.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES: The three projects will work together and in parallel to gather, develop, research and disseminate information on topics of diversity across Extension, higher education, and the World. The Change Agent States project, the National Diversity Center and eXtension will work in consort to increase work force diversity, create organizational change, reach diverse audiences, and to provide information on civil rights. Hot topics will be provided so that up to date information is available at any time.

Sponsoring Institutions/Initiatives

  • Purdue University
  • New Mexico State University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Change Agent States


Diversity Specialists

National 4-H Diversity Specialist

Sharon Anderson
Dianna Campbell
Jim Christianson
Dorothy Freeman
Jose Garcia
Eduardo Gonzalez
Paul Gutierrez
Cathann Kress
Benita Litson
L. Washington Lyons
Julie Middleton
Pamala Morris
Mignonne Pollard
Linda Williams-Willis
Carol Young

Change Agent States Coordinators


Civil Rights and Legal Issues


Campus Free Speech


Best Practices for Preparing for a Federal Civil Rights Review (State Perspective, July 2018)

PDF icon Best Practices for Preparing for a Federal Civil Rights Review

Shelley King-Curry, Tony Franklin & Lucy Diekman

 Best Practices for Preparing for a Federal Civil Rights Review

Periodically, the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) conducts a review of state Extension research, program and employment operation to ensure that federal civil rights laws and regulations are being followed. This involves a comprehensive review of the organization, including examining policies, procedures and practices.

Civil Rights and Legal Issues

The Civil Rights and Legal Issues page offers resources to assist Extension and other higher education professionals comply with federal and state nondiscrimination, affirmation action and equal opportunity laws. Civil Rights and Legal Issues provides a forum for discussions about the social justice issues faced in the higher education communities across the county.

Featured Items

If you are looking for information on creating a Language Access Plan for your institution or organization, please see below.

NIFA Limited English Proficiency Guidance: NIFA_LEP_Guidance_Implementing_Strategy_for_Federally_Assisted_Programs.pdf

You may also view the Language Access Plan that UW has created as a model. Note that this is a draft: LanguageAccessPlan2017_10-20.pdf

Discriminatory Job Postings? What’s the Deal? HigherEd Jobs. February 3, 2017

Have you ever noticed job postings that seem to discriminate against a particular group that you thought were protected under anti-discrimination laws?

Civil rights for Latinos and Non-Black groups.pdf 

This Essay discusses a number of obstacles that lie in the way of protecting Latinos and other nonblack minority groups under the current framework of statutory and constitutional civil rights, including the Thirteenth Amendment. After discussing drawbacks associated with a system of civil rights protection still inflected with the rhetoric and norms of the 1 960s civil rights movement, the Essay closes by arguing that an increasingly multiracial society such as this one needs to develop a broader, more inclusive framework and – with Latinos in mind – sketches one.

Over the next few months, we will be posting excerpts from an essay  by Professor John D. Skretny called “Have We Moved Beyond the Civil Rights Revolution?” from the Yale Law Journal.

Abstract: Bruce Ackerman’s account of the Civil Rights Revolution stresses the importance of popular sovereignty and the separation of powers as the basis of constitutional significance. In this view, key spokespersons, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon Johnson, served to provide leadership in the effort to eliminate “institutionalized humiliation” based on racial discrimination. But how well does this account explain the current state of employment civil rights in the U.S.? This essay explores the rise of “racial realism” in American employment relations, where employers see race as a real and significant part of worker identity. Employers see racial difference as something useful that can affect the effectiveness of their organizations. This has two variants: racial abilities, referring to perceptions that workers differ in ability based on their race, and racial signaling, where employers perceive that worker race can

signal different things to customers or members of the public. I explore the use and advocacy of racial realism in a variety of spheres of private and public employment, including at high- and low-skilled levels, and argue that racial realism is a significant departure from Ackerman’s vision because—despite its prominence—it lacks national spokespersons, lacks statutory basis and has very little court authorization, can harm nonwhites, and has never been debated in a public, deliberative forum.

Part 3 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 3.pdf

Part 2 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 2.pdf

Part 1 of the essay can be found here: Civil Rights Essay Part 1.pdf

There has been some coverage about workplace bullying on our site under the Workforce Diversity section. For more on that, see here: http://tinyurl.com/mmj6oyk
However, although there is much information on recognizing workforce bullying, there is not as much information on the legal ramifications. For more on that, read this article  the-legal-ramifications-of-workplace.pdf by the “Long
Island Business News.”


Equal Employment Opportunity

University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights Policy Statement


Social Justice

Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Civil Rights Outreach


Extension Tools and Techniques to Establish Civil Rights Contact Goals

On The Issues: Background on Civil Rights

Every Political Leader on Every Issue


Know Your Rights: When Encountering Law Enforcement

American Civil Liberties Union


Civil Rights and Legal Issues Section Editor:

Antonio Franklin

University of Illinois

Link to Other Aritcles

Tony Franklin
Associate Director
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
111 Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory Dr | Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-300-9120
asfrankl@illinois.edu | extension.illinois.edu

Diversity Center

Connecting the Land-Grant Extension System

Welcome to the National Diversity Center on eXtension! This is an initiative to provide a virtual community committed to developing educational institutions and agencies that are inclusive in make-up and practice.

Keys to Effective Extension Programs with Latino Audiences
Where to Advertise to Attract Underrepresented Professionals
The Language of Diversity
Migrant Farm Workers: Our Nation’s Invisible Population
Resources for Reaching New Audiences
The Winning 4H Plan
Recruiting Latino Youth to Attend Overnight Camp


Pamala Morris
Assistant Dean/Director
Office of Multicultural Programs
College of Agriculture
Purdue University