Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. 

-Mahatma Gandhi

Program Curriculum

Unit One

The first part of the curriculum (or unit 1) will be focused on knowledge building. This will help us develop a common language and understanding of history as well as how historical events shape present-day systemic racism.

Unit Two 

The second part (unit two) will shift towards applying key concepts to our programs of work and to address issues/conflicts in our local communities. 

Unit Three 

The final unit will center around a final project where the agents can become active learners and move from thinking, discussing and analyzing to applying their knowledge towards social action. This final project can be an individual or team effort and can be applied within an agent’s local community or region or develop recommendations for our Extension system.

The purpose of this program is to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Cooperative Extension system throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are establishing teamwork among the two land-grant institutions in Kentucky by building programs that are inclusive and equitable to all, and focusing on the organizational culture to better understand and value diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as social justice in our extension programs. These will serve as the building blocks of excellence for our extension system.


1. Increase knowledge around systemic and institutional racism and oppresion

a. Define anti-racism and identify examples of how it is practiced by Extension agents in diverse regions and program areas

b. Increase knowledge of the history of institutional racism within USDA and Cooperative Extension 

c. Recognize how race is constructed to support long-standard community power dynamics

d. Identify ways to create a more inclusive and equitable culture in your local community

2. Equip extension agents to help their communities engage in civic dialogues around racial issues. 

a. Identify when civic dialogue is needed

b. Develop skills to facilitate civic dialogues in your community

3. Apply knowledge and skills to a final project in the agent's local community or in support of change at the institutional level. 

2022 Kentucky Cooperative Extension Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Cohort #2 Participants 

Cohort #2 Participants: 

Alethea Bruzek: Boyle, UK Family and Consumer Sciences
Chad Conway: Knott, UK Agriculture & Natural Resources
Ashlie Smoot-Baker:  Franklin, KSU 4-H Youth Development
Kristy Porter: Pike, UK Fine Arts 
Rachel Young: Jefferson, KSU Urban Agriculture
Lena Mallory: Marshall, UK 4-H Youth Development
Lawrence Caudle: Multi-Counties, KSU 4-H Youth Development
Sharon Flynt: Scott, Horticulture
Kim Lane: Morgan, UK 4-H Youth Development
Sherry Baird: Harlan, UK 4-H Youth Development
Kendal Bowman: Owen, UK Agriculture & Natural Resources

Need more Information? 

Contact us! 

Dr. Mia Farrell 

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


(859) 257-3050

Dr. Nicole Breazeale

Associate Extension Professor, Community & Leadership Development 


(859) 257-7581

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Dr. Marcus Bernard

Kentucky State University, College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Sciences

Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology


(502) 597-5758

Urban Extension

Dr. Jeffrey Young 

Director of Urban Extension


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Ryan Farley 

Woodford County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development