One of the unexpected outcomes of the Coming Together initiative has been the many ways in which it has contributed to institutional change within Cooperative Extension. While Coming Together was designed to help Extension be more responsive to community needs for dialogue around race and racism, early outcomes have shown that as Extension prepares to do this work in communities, these efforts are forcing self-examination leading to shifts towards becoming more supportive and inclusive institutions. As a result of Coming Together, Extension systems are increasing partnerships between 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions; changing hiring practices; making diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work more visible across Extension programming; and building capacity to engage more deeply in this work.


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