October 26, 2020 AT 1PM EST
Through a case study from Washington, DC, participants will learn how to get feedback from historically underrepresented groups and tailor cooperative extension programs to people of different races, ages, and academic backgrounds.
Some people, such as minorities and those from less educated or lower income backgrounds, are typically excluded from conversations surrounding the degradation and improvement of ecosystem structure, function, and services. In an effort to provide 1) opportunity for under-served populations to be heard, 2) inform content creation in academic courses and in cooperative extension programs, and 3) create experiential learning opportunities for students, researchers at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) developed a survey instrument to gather public perceptions and knowledge on natural resources and climate change.
In this webinar, researchers will share lessons learned about effectively reaching people and how the demographics of stakeholders need to be considered. Understanding what people know and perceive is key to designing effective educational programs, engaging in collective conversations, and then building effective partnerships that find solutions for environmental problems that benefit the community.
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Matthew L. Richardson, Assistant Director for Urban Agriculture Research, University of the District of Columbia
Elgloria Harrison, Dean, School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, Lehman College, NY