Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach ("ISU Extension and Outreach") has additional diversity and inclusion programming which is overseen by its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advisor Regenea Hurte. Extension and Outreach diversity and inclusion programming links are listed below:

Navigating Difference

Navigating Difference is a cultural competency class developed by Washington State University Extension and Outreach to create a safe and welcoming environment for all learners with activities that respect and support individual learning styles. For more information, visit its landing page on the Community and Economic Development website.

Coming Together for Racial Understanding

Coming Together for Racial Understanding is a one-day workshop for ISU Extension and Outreach staff, faculty, and county extension council members developed by the Cooperative Extension Service Rapid Response Team taught by Gayle Coon. Navigating Difference is a prerequisite for this courses. Attendees will have the following takeaways from this course:

  • Identify barriers to communication and interaction.
  • Counter bias and prejudice.
  • Connect discrimination and oppression with real life experiences.
  • Recognize, acknowledge, and affirm the pain and joy of being in target and non–target groups.
  • Build trust across racial and other differences.

For more information regarding the benefits of Coming Together for Racial Understanding, please review the information sheet or the sample agenda. Registration information can via ISU Extension and Outreach's registration services web portal. Registration is limited to 25 attendees per workshop.

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

"Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts" is a course based on a book by Leslie C. Aguilar to provide useful, easy-to-learn phrases and skills for speaking up when micro-aggressions and other stereotyping behavior occurs. For more specific information about this course please review Malisa Rader's synopsis. Although other staff frequently conduct this training, Malisa Rader is ISU Extension and Outreach's main contact for requesting this programming in your area.

County Diversity Committee

Committee Members

Adriane Carlson - Region 28, Regional Director, County Services adrianec@iastate.edu

RaeAnn Gordon - Assistant Director, County Services raeannb@iastate.edu

Sarah Merrifield - Region 4, Regional Director, County Services merrifie@iastate.edu

Anne Tedore - Region 9, Regional Director, County Services atedore@iastate.edu

Extension and Outreach Community Engagement

As part of its mission to serve all Iowans, ISU Extension and Outreach continues to engage with historically underserved populations through several initiatives listed below:

Latino Business and Community Development

Since 2007, ISU Extension and Outreach has focused on forming community development initiatives with Latino communities across the State of Iowa. For more information regarding these initiatives review the Latino Business and Community Development website or contact Latino Outreach specialists, Jon Wolseth or Jill Sokness.

Diversity Ambassadors

Our diversity ambassadors are helping guide Iowa State University Extension and Outreach towards meeting our mission and vision goals of serving all Iowans by elevating considerations of the full range of diversity and making those considerations become 2nd nature as we do our daily work.   

Individual positionality i.e. where you work, your job, your office, etc. will determine exactly what being a DA looks like for you but generally DAs will bring to attention considerations of diversity in our planning and programming, things like our justice for all statements and posters being present and in the right places, encouraging our colleagues to take the climate survey, sharing insights and information with me from daily interactions to inform next steps and directions, collecting diversity resources from their communities, etc. 

Mary Adams, CED Christine Hradek, Staff
JG Arbuckle, Faculty Chris Knight-Gipe, Staff
Chad Sheley, Council Member Leland Freie, Council Member
Gayle Coon, Pro. Development Melissa Loux, Staff
Lori Dietzenbach, Staff Mica Paul, Staff
Lorena Dorado-Robles, 4H Elizabeth Settles, Staff
Tillie Good, 4H Cayla Taylor, Staff
Lisa Green, 4H Anirudh Naig, Faculty
Katie Hartmann, Faculty Solomon Funchess, Staff
Carol Heaverlo, Administration Alicia Herzog, Staff
Jessica Heisdorffer, Staff Elaine Phompheng, Staff

Paul Gibbons, Regional Director  Cole Smith, Staff
Stephanie Harrington, Staff Traci Knight, Agriculture-Ext
Malisa Rader, Human Science Amanda Eggers, VPEO
Jay Maxwell, CED Megan Kemp, Ag & Natural Resources
Himar Hernandez, CED  







Iowa State University's Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Campus Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Iowa State University's Diversity and Inclusion programming for its campus and the surrounding area in Ames, Iowa is conducted by the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.