Speaker Matrix

Diversity & InclusionFinance/Capacity FundingGrant HR/Organizational Development Minority-Serving Program Reporting & Accountability
 Participants in this track will explore how we interact with different dimensions of Diversity and Inclusion through University, regulatory, and individual points of view.  Primary focus is the fiscal management of the capacity funds for extension and research. This track is devoted to financial management, which includes the planning, directing, monitoring, organizing and controlling the monetary resources at our institutions.This track focuses on the USDA-NIFA grant lifecycle. Note that the session descriptions will describe if a topic pertains to Competitive and/or Capacity grants.Influencing organizational change and performance through the expansion of professional skills and knowledge in the workplaceThe focus of this track is to offer the opportunity for minority serving institutions to collaborate and put forth ideas to positively address common issues and concerns.This track focuses on providing information, examples, and tools for robust programmatic reporting and improved accountability.
Monday, April 15
Concurrent Session A123456
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.A Minority's Perspective on Diversity & Inclusion in this Era Capacity Fund Management: Institutional ApproachesNIFA/OGFM OverviewFederal Benefits UpdateIntroducing Higher Education Options to Indigenous People in New MexicoPerspectives on Annual Program Reporting for Capacity Funds
Learning ObjectiveThe workplace tone and atmosphere has recently changed in this era. Reggie Rivers will share examples of how this change has manifested itself in various workplace settings, and he'll encourage conversation about how we can transform it.The presentation will provide institutional perspectives on managing capacity funds. The differences in ways to manage common points and must haves. We hope to get interactive discussion with other institutions and what works and what doesn't.NIFA senior staff will update attendees on new developments in Agency grant policies and processes, as well as any new or upcoming changes to government wide policies that will impact our grantees.This exciting session is a presentation and open discussion on the changes in Federal Retirement policies and procedures. The focus of the discussion will be to provide up to date information on Federal policies and procedures, and retirement, that impact the CES former federal appointees. We will also be able to discuss issues and questions Universities may encounter processing federal paperwork. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues with the group.The New Mexico state legislature recognized the lack of participation in higher education opportunities by young members of indigenous groups in the 1970s. Legislation passed to enable three state universities to reach out to the young people in NM tribes. The intent is to introduce them to various disciplines in academia hoping they would choose to pursue college educations. This session explains the programs and describes the challenges, successes, and future endeavors.LGU representative(s) will discuss their perspective regarding annual reporting for capacity funds. The discussion should yield insights and lessons for building stronger partnerships in pursuit of common goals.
SpeakerReggie RiversCatherine Harris and Sean Munday Cynthia MontgomeryKeith Neimann, Kaela Black, Celia Rainville, and Mary Fran San Soucie Claudia Trueblood
Dr. Scott Cummings and Dr. Teresa K. McCoy
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeaker(s)
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Intermediate / BeginnerBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session B789101112
3:00 -4:15 p.m.Working to Support Each Other: Introducing the Feminist Fight Club at Colorado State UniversityezFedGrantFarm BillEqual Access/Equal Opportunity in the Workplace1890 Facilities Grants ProgramBest Practices for Reporting Accomplishments in REEport
Learning ObjectiveIn the interest of improving the culture and climate around gender, the Feminist Fight Club at Colorado State University offers shared language and resources to better inform how we can support each other in our professional roles. We seek to develop our skills in identifying and addressing problematic behaviors that disadvantaged women and other marginalized groups face by building upon research and strategies presented in the book, Feminist Fight Club, by Jessica Bennett.NIFA and its capacity grants recipients have been managing agreements and reports in the USDA Shared Services system known as ezFedGrants for two and a half years. This session will discuss the lessons learned and highlight changes on the horizon. Come learn about the upgrades to the external user portal and flexibility in user roles that USDA is expected to deploy in late spring 2019.Nearly all of NIFA's grant programs are authorized in the Research Title of the Farm Bill. Come and learn about new grant programs and changes to existing programs included in the most recent farm bill. NIFA will describe its implementation plans and respond to questions from the audience.This session will cover topics of discrimination, harassment, disabilities, religious accommodation, and retaliation. The discussion will also include updates at the federal level relating to these issues, including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) activity and current areas of focus.The purpose of this session is to provide information about the 1890 Institution Facilities Grant Program. There will be a discussion of issues relating to the administration of the 1890 Facilities Program funds to include information about updates to the terms and conditions of the award and allowable and/or unallowable costs with time for questions and discussions.This session will provide tools to help everyone involved in reporting. The end result should be higher quality of information.
SpeakerDr. Cori WongElizabeth Ley and Chris CoppenbargerErin DalyJennifer MayhewAdriene WoodinLynn Khadiagala
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakerSpeakerSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")BeginningBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.Regional Meetings
Tuesday, April 16
Concurrent Session C131415161718
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.Limited English ProficiencyCapacity Grant Update / New Budget Implementation PlanPreparing USDA/NIFA Applications in Grants.govLeadership in Dealing with Difficult Multicultural Discussions - Part IBiased? Certainly Not Me!Plan of Work - System Redesign Update and Implementation
Learning ObjectivePresentation providing partners and stakeholders an opportunity to understand the laws and governing regulations surrounding Executive Order 13166 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding compliance objectives. The session will be an interactive small group facilitated practical exercise and opportunity to engage other land-grant partners on best practices for plan implementation.NIFA staff will provide a deeper dive into the information about the budgets that will be required in FY2020.How to use the online system, tips and tricks for filling out forms, and how roles work. Participants would be new users and learn how to complete the application process, including submitting all required forms. Have you found yourself wanting to speak up to address hurtful language or behaviors, but you didn't know how to respond? These two consecutive sessions provide frameworks and practical experiences to explore difficult discussions as opportunities for transformative dialogue. Participants will learn approaches to positive confrontation, explore the impact of social identities and emotions when dealing with difficult multicultural discussions, and ways to support social justice. Research has shown that increasing diversity in organizations is not just the right thing to do. Diverse groups are more knowledgeable, sensitive, efficient, creative, and successful. Yet, efforts to increase recruitment and retention of diverse individuals to organizations often has lukewarm results. This session will show some of the ways that bias inhibits our success and thwarts our efforts. Practical skills for dealing with bias will also be explored.To inform and educate users about the POW redesign.
SpeakerBobbie MooreAllison OwensCatherine Douras, Chris Carsten, and Antonio McLarenDionardo PizañaShannon Archibeque-EngleMichael Litwack and Aaron Corbett
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakerSpeakerSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Intermediate / AdvancedIntermediate/AdvancedBeginnerBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session D192021222324
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of Diverse Faculty and StaffState Funding of Experiment Stations: Why Leadership Needs to be Engaged in Making Political SausageGrants Management 101 (Competitive and Capacity)Leadership in Dealing with Difficult Multicultural Discussions - Part II1890 Capacity Building GrantsREEport Plan of Work Integration Initiative
Learning ObjectiveUniversity leaders know well the importance of a diverse unit to enhance efficiency and creativity. Yet, efforts to increase recruitment and retention of diverse individuals within units has often had lukewarm results. This session will highlight best practices to enhance efforts and broaden capacity. Participants will walk away with practical next steps that can be implemented immediately.State funding of agricultural experiment stations reached its peak nationally in the 1990s and has been trending downward since then. This varies by state, with a handful of states experiencing real growth in funding. The study set out to understand and identify the political-economic factors that have driven funding. Results demonstrate the importance of AES leadership involvement in the political process.This session is intended for staff new to USDA federal awards, or as a refresher for experienced staff. This session will review the essential compliance items contained in the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) including standards for financial systems (including segregating funds in accounting systems and payments), program income requirements, and management of capital assets (equipment, intangible property) and supplies.Have you found yourself wanting to speak up to address hurtful language or behaviors, but you didn't know how to respond? These two consecutive sessions provide frameworks and practical experiences to explore difficult discussions as opportunities for transformative dialogue. Participants will learn approaches to positive confrontation, explore the impact of social identities and emotions when dealing with difficult multicultural discussions, and ways to support social justice. The purpose of this session is to provide information about the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program. Information and updates will be shared relative to the FY 2019 application cycle. Highlights will include project/grant type descriptions, changes from previous fiscal year, and other pertinent information for interested applicants.NIFA will discuss what has been developed so far and what is being developed with an emphasis on user engagement.
SpeakerDr. Shannon Archibeque-EngleGregory Perry Melanie KrizmanichDionardo PizañaAntonio McLarenMichael Litwack and Aaron Corbett
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakerSpeakerPanel
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / IntermediateIntermediate / AdvancedBeginnerBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")BeginningBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session E252627282930
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.Incorporating and Considering Diversity in the Search and Recruitment ProcessCompensation Reporting NIFA AFRI Competitive ProgramThe Essential Element of TrustTBDREEport for Beginners
Learning ObjectiveAttendees will learn about actions steps that incorporate and consider diversity in the search and recruitment process ensuring an open and equitable search leading to hiring the best talent. Specific focus will be placed on learning about federally protected identities, ensuring non-discrimination, identifying and addressing unconscious bias, implementing affirmative action, and avoiding common pitfalls and errors leading to biased recruiting practices.The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 made changes to time and effort reporting requirements for Smith-Lever, Hatch, 1890 research and extension, and McIntire Stennis in Section 7613 of the law. NIFA is charged with reviewing and revising current reporting requirements related to compensation or “time and effort” reporting to reduce burden. Further, the law requires collaboration with our 1862 and 1890 land-grant partners. This session will be the first of several NIFA led Stakeholder-feedback sessions to discuss ways to revise the current requirements. Facilitated by NIFA and University staff, the session will focus on proposing and examining concrete ways to revise current standards to reduce burden. The Session will include description of the NIFA Competitive Grant Programs, and specifically on AFRI. How much funding is available, what deadlines to expect, review process, how many proposals are submitted, success rate, etc. Top ten successful applicants/universities. Dos and Don'ts in submitting proposals.Research has shown a culture of trust makes a meaningful difference in the workplace. What strategies can you use to build trust among colleagues, in departments, and within the university? This workshop will explore the foundational concepts critical for the building of trust, explore various benefits from working in an environment built on trust, and learn various strategies to increase trust in your work environment.TBDThis session will introduce users to the REEport system and discuss the life of a project, from project initiation to the final report. The presentation will also cover the purpose, requirements, and due dates of submitting reports for a project through REEport.
SpeakerDiana PrietoMaggie Ewell, William Cheesborough, Sadie Brown and Jennifer Hanlon Mark MirandoDr. Therese LaskTBDAdam Preuter
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakerSpeakerSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Intermediate / AdvancedIntermediateBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")BeginningBeginner
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session F313233343536
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.Working with Youth and Families in LGBTQ+ CommunitiesOff Campus Research & Extension Centers OverviewFarm BillWorking in a Multi Generational WorkforceWilly Nilly - Getting past "No"REEport Advanced
Learning ObjectiveThis presentation will provide participants with opportunities to explore how Cooperative Extension can address challenges, needs, and interests for youth of all genders and sexual orientations, as well as their families. Anticipated outcomes include establishing shared meaning around basic concepts and language; helping create organizational change; and conducting a SWOT analysis to identify existing strengths and weaknesses, as well as our opportunities and threats.Overview of management, financial and operational practices / models related to other universities' off-campus research and/or extension centers.Nearly all of NIFA's grant programs are authorized in the Research Title of the Farm Bill. Come and learn about new grant programs and changes to existing programs included in the most recent farm bill. NIFA will describe its implementation plans and respond to questions from the audience.Are you baffled at times by the behavior of your co-workers? Do you believe generational differences could be a part of the misunderstanding? This workshop will explore the predominant three generations in today’s workforce. Through examining generational personalities, participants will learn how various cohorts approach work along with opportunities and strategies to use in the workplace.Educate and Orientate new PI's and Leadership on fiscal responsibility and compliance with appropriate fiscal guidance - solutions approach - training programs - questions that you are afraid to ask will be welcomed in this sessionThis session will help participants become more adept at using the REEport tool for administrators and users (i.e., best practices for reporting outcomes and importance of proper financial reporting).
SpeakerDr. Katherine E. Soule Troy Bauder and Brian Mealor Erin DalyDr. Therese LaskBelinda Mack, Vanessa Wright, and Jessi FuentesAdam PreuterCharity Buchert
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersSpeakerSpeakerPanelSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Intermediate / AdvancedBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Intermediate and Advanced
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Wednesday, April 17
Concurrent Session G373839404142
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.A Tour of Civil Rights Reviews and Discovery of State Best PracticesCapacity Grant Update / New Budget Implementation PlanPre Award Panel for Competitive GrantsDealing with Difficult People - Part IManaging 1994 Tribal Awards - Pre and Post AwardBest Practices for Getting Beyond the Report on the Shelf
Learning ObjectiveProvide a strategic approach for the foundational aspects of Civil Rights compliance regarding federal financial assistance. By facilitating discussions and outlining best practices for Civil Rights Reviews pertaining to the impact of measured outcomes of quantitative and qualitative efforts and the level of influence of concise goals.NIFA staff will provide a deeper dive into the information about the budgets that will be required in FY2020.This session will feature a panel of university and NIFA presenters that will discuss the NIFA pre-award process. It is designed to address several questions/themes, including what drives various RFA language; common submission mistakes; Program Review Panel Insight, PI notification of award, but various documents still need revised; what common revisions are requested; transfer process to Awards Management and other topics.This class recognizes that we have interactions with other people in the workplace that sometimes can be quite challenging. We will look at the role you play and explore some specific steps you can use to deal with difficult situations at work that can lead to more positive outcomes.This session will be an interactive session that will cover post-award management, how to prevent losing grant funds and sharing grant management strategies between recipients.This session will discuss ways that aligning evaluation and communication efforts can improve internal and external organizational processes and products. He will discuss how doing so results in improved reporting to USDA, supports data use, especially around decision-making and establishes a platform for robust organizational capacity building efforts.
SpeakerBobbie MooreAllison OwensAntonio McLaren, Melanie Krizmanich, Adriene Woodin, Facilitated by Cliff Schulenberg Marsha BenedettiSusan Bowman and Erin Riley Dr. Scott Cummings
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersPanelSpeakerSpeakersSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Intermediate/AdvancedBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")BeginningBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AGrays PeakColorado BMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session H434445464748
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.An Overview of 508 (ADA Accessible Web Sites) Guidance and ComplianceNIFA Site Visit/Desk Audit: What Really Happens?Post Award PanelDealing with Difficult People - Part IIPartnership Roundtable with 1994, HSIs, 1862sReporting for Civil Rights Review - Data Perspective
Learning ObjectiveAttendees will be presented with an overview of current issues and suggested best practices for 508 compliance from the NIFA perspective.Participates will hear from both NIFA and Universities on the areas of focus/scope and timeline of a NIFA compliance review. Universities will share their experience, what was found, and what was the outcome.This panel discussion will involve NIFA Competitive and Capacity grant personnel on topics, as follows: personnel changes and contacting NIFA, training new Awards Management Staff, transfer process to Awards Management – what holds up awards, common award mistakes, common documentation pitfalls (expenses or other), releasing funds – potential issues, close-outs, and other suggestions/perspectives to support the process.This class recognizes that we have interactions with other people in the workplace that sometimes can be quite challenging. We will look at the role you play and explore some specific steps you can use to deal with difficult situations at work that can lead to more positive outcomes.This session will act as a forum for Land Grant Institutions to discuss connections, commonalities, collaborations, and partnering. Presenters will offer insight on their practices, as well as, describing some of the challenges and successes they have experienced. Specifically, panel members will offer their perspective on what this has allowed them to accomplish and the future of expanded collaborative opportunities.After going through a recent Civil Rights Review, the University of Idaho and Washington State University will provide insight into what data was collected and how to organize for a Civil Rights Review.
SpeakerAunica BrockelMaggie Ewell, Marcy Fisher, and Callie GlascockSusan Bowman, Garland Robinson, and Antonio McLarenMarsha BenedettiJessi Fuentes and Tim NesbittCharity Buchert
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakersPanelSpeaker PanelSpeaker
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")IntermediateBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AGrays PeakColorado BMt Elbert AMt Sopris
Concurrent Session I495051525354
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.Mindfulness in the WorkplacenEXT Generation: Financial Shared Services Redesign for University of Wisconsin - Cooperative ExtensionNIFA - Improving Our Customer's ExperienceReporting for Civil Rights Review - Data PerspectiveLEAD21 : True Leaders Must Know Themselves and OthersProgram, Reporting & Accountability Hot Topics
Learning ObjectiveExploration of mindfulness strategies and practices for being present in work activities and workforce interactions for a more inclusive, less judgmental work environment for everyone.University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Extension went through a major project named “nEXT Generation” that began in February of 2016 with the goal of building a new organizational structure that would make Cooperative Extension more relevant, flexible, and digital, while addressing a structural budget deficit. The nEXT Generation project includes assessments of administrative operations, including financial activities and services.This session will be an opportunity for valuable discussion between NIFA personnel and business officers to discuss ongoing and planned efforts to enhance customer service including streamlining processes. Attendees will be able to provide feedback, and ideas for future initiatives. After going through a recent Civil Rights Review, the University of Idaho and Washington State University will provide insight into what data was collected and how to organize for a Civil Rights Review.True leaders must know themselves, as well as, the people they are attempting to lead. This is the fundamental learning outcome of LEAD21. Are you fully aware of WHY you do what you do? Are you conscious of how you interact with others as a leader or as a team player? How do you really handle conflict and change? Who is in your life "Board of Directors? These many questions and more will be revealed during this discussion. Come learn about how LEAD21 can ultimately change your life.The “hot topics” panel consisting of all track speakers will discuss Planning, Reporting and Accountability emerging issues and challenges.
SpeakerDebora ColbertBrian DieblingTara Hayes, Erin Daly, Lisa Read, Facilitated by Rubie MizeCharity BuchartLaShunda Anderson Hodges, Nick Gawel, Courtney Owens, and Carolyn WilliamsS. Cummings, T. McCoy, L. Khadiagala, M. Litwack, A. Corbett, A. Preuter, C. Buchart
Panel or Speaker(s)SpeakerSpeakerSpeakersSpeakerPanelPanel
Level of Complexity (Beg, Intermediate, Advanced)Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Intermediate/AdvancedBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")Beginning to IntermediateBeginner / Intermediate / Advanced ("All")
Room NumberMt Elbert BColorado AColorado BGrays PeakMt Elbert AMt Sopris
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