Diversity and Pluralism in Extension
Diversity Task Force (EDTF), founded
in 1990, works to achieve and sustain
pluralism as an integral part of every
aspect of the Cooperative Extension System
(CES)—mission and vision; work
force; programs; audiences; and relationships
with other people, groups, and organizations.
The task force 1991 publication, Emphasis
on Diversity, addresses the need to transform
extension into a multicultural organization
that values diversity and pluralism.
The EDTF arose from the Extension Committee, an elected
committee which represents the 57 state
and territorial cooperative extension systems
in policy decisions, and provides nationwide
program and organizational leadership.
EDTF’s mission is to facilitate and
monitor the implementation of the principles
contained in Emphasis on Diversity. It
recognizes that a diverse work force and
diverse audiences are not necessarily multicultural
organizations. EDTF’s goals have
been continuous learning, planning for
the CES, and acting on relevant key diversity
EDTF members develop publications and
advance the vision of diversity through
presentations at national conferences,
professional associations, and professional
EDTF has facilitated funding for a variety
of related projects, including the:
- Diversity Across Higher Education, a new community of practice site of eXtension;
- Change Agent States for Diversity and Engagement (CASDE), a consortium of 14 states dedicated to supporting greater diversity and welcoming climates in the Land Grant System by building system capacity and setting standards. The multi-state consortium uses a specific framework and conducts a research-based evaluation in each state over 5 years; and
- the NIFA shared faculty position with Oregon State University, which helps facilitate the day-to-day management of the National Extension Diversity Center and assists the EDTF and others with diversity training and education.
EDTF also created the National Award for Diversity in 1991 to recognize outstanding efforts and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism in the CES.
Another result of the EDTF’s work was the reactivation of NIFA’ Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) in August 2000. The DAC meets monthly to review the current agency employee profile and to develop goals—as they relate to diversity and pluralism—for the recruitment, selection, retention, and promotion of NIFA employees. It also works to educate and sensitize NIFA employees to diversity and pluralism issues, both in and out of the workplace.
NIFA has released request for applications (RFA) for the following grants within the last month. The links below will take you to grant summary pages, which include links to the RFA and other information. Summaries for all of our grants, both open and closed, can be found on our Grants Search page.
Note: Some grants may require letters of intent to submit. Please check carefully and note critical dates.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Enhancing Ecosystem Services from Agricultural Lands: Management, Quantification, and Developing Decision Support Tools
Open date: February 25, 2009
Due Date: May 26, 2009
Special Research Grants Program: Pest Management Alternatives Research
Open date: February 26, 2009
Due Date: April 7, 2009
Resident Instruction for Insular Areas
Open date: February 20, 2009
Due Date: April 10, 2009
Tribal Colleges Extension, SLBCD
Open date: February 19, 2009
Due Date: April 13, 2009
Microbial Genome Sequencing Program (AFRI)
Open date: December 4, 2009
Due Date: March 16, 2009
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
Open date: February 2, 2009
Due Date: April 15, 2009
Biomass Research and Development Initiative Competitive Grants Program (BRDI)
Open date: February 2, 2009
Required Pre-Application Due Date: March 6, 2009