Extension, Outreach, and Engagement are all important aspects of connecting department research, teaching and program development to address broader societal needs. To serve the mission of a land grant university, the Community and Leadership Development Department is committed to serving not only students, but the broader needs of communities and society through our Extension, Outreach, and Engaged activities.

While available for use by anyone, the materials shared under this Extension tab were created primarily to serve and strengthen programs and services offered through the Cooperative Extension System.

In addition to instructional resources, the faculty of CLD also provide professional development programs and services related to leadership and community development. Watch KERS for these topics or contact Dan Kahl in the CLD Department for information on the schedule. Topics for professional development include:

  • The Essence of Leadership
  • Effective Communication and Listening Styles
  • Working with Elected Officials
  • Basics of Facilitation/ Becoming A Skilled Facilitator
  • Community analysis
  • Community Power Dynamics
  • Hosting Community Conversations
  • Group Dynamics
  • Approaches to Resolving Conflicts
  • Asset Mapping and Leading Community Change
  • Power, Influence and Ethical Challenges in Extension
  • Framing Public Issues and Public Deliberation