Attendance: BY INVITATION ONLY
Registration begins at 9:30 am.
Program begins at 10:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.
Lunch is provided, Agenda to be forwarded 15 days prior to the event.
Preface and Goals
The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS, works with county, state and federal partners, both in the public and private sectors, to enhance community economic, environmental, health and social conditions through a variety of activities. These activities may include work related to agricultural support, enhancing food systems, innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development of youth and adults, and community development. Success in fulfilling our mission to enhance the lives of Floridians has traditionally fallen on Cooperative Extension as the representative of the University of Florida. However, in order to truly fulfill our land-grant mission, it will be important to engage other parts of the university to help support this mission.
The idea of the “engaged university” is not a new one and is one that UF/IFAS Extension has informally practiced for a number of years, perhaps since NASULGC published their comprehensive report in 1999 titled Returning to Our Roots – The Engaged Institution. Since that time the South Central District has implemented their Gateway Project, and even more recently, the South District initiated their Front Door Project.
With the experience gained from these and other ongoing Extension programs, it is appropriate that we continually assess and renew our perspectives on community engagement. At this time, UF IFAS Extension is launching UF Engagement, which will help connect UF expertise with new opportunities across Florida at the county and municipal level, as well with private industry and current clientele. To ensure that The Gator Good is the Greater Good, the goal for this new initiative is to facilitate new partnerships with the university to help address a multitude of issues, ultimately improving the prosperity and quality of life for all Floridians.
We look forward to seeing you there.