Our Partners and Initiatives

Our faculty, staff, and students are partnering with and creating organizations around the city, state, nation, and world. We believe that education and experience can happen outside the walls of the classroom, so we are busy building relationships with world-changing leaders in academia, community and social development, research, and many other disciplines. Take a look at where we're working on now, and feel free to get in touch if you have a bold new idea or want to join us!

E-Discovery is a curriculum-based initiative designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and business development in the classroom. It is a demonstration of our belief that entrepreneurship is the venue for unleashing creativity, helping people become fully alive, aware of their surroundings and other people's needs and wants. To accomplish this, we train classroom teachers to be innovative and implement the E-Discovery entrepreneurship curriculum alongside their subject areas. We have seen that this will develop more creative, entrepreneurial students.

The Community Innovation Lab (CIL) explores, applies and examines innovations associated with local, national, and international communities. We partner with people and communities to pioneer social change, both locally and internationally. Our focus is on three distinct, but connected, types of communities where development can be imagined, invested, and nurtured.

The Kentucky: By The Numbers program is designed to address challenges associated with the changing landscape of secondary data by enhancing skills in using secondary data for local decision-making through county Extension agents, statewide programming, web access, and direct assistance.

The Center for Leader Development (CFLD) builds leadership capacity in Kentucky through research, education, networks of leadership partners and services.

The partnership with the NAAE is immeasurable. The national organization, located in Lexington, Kentucky, provides unlimited professional growth opportunities for educators of agriculture and the necessary tools to advocate for agriculture at the local, regional, national, and international level.

The SCAHIP serves the entire southeastern region of the United States. Their purpose is to educate the public regarding the important problem of health and safety among workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors. Numerous faculty in the Department work collaboratively with SCAHIP to assist in the advocacy and education of farm injury and preventative practices.

The current focus of the foundation is bringing together the LGBTQ+ community in and around agriculture - a group that is rarely represented in either of the communities of which they are a part of - the agriculture community or the LGBTQ+ community.

The mission of the Food Systems Initiative (FSI) is to be a catalyst for all aspects of food. As a cross-college group of faculty and staff, the FSI strengthens and creates University-level programs; provides leadership and coordination for various food-related scholarship at UK; promotes formal and informal education about food systems; and mobilizes resources to address food-related issues.

The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) emerged as a college level unit within the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2010. College administration recognized the need for both an internal source of professional development and instruction for students and county extension agents, as well as an external reach to Kentucky communities with programming and research that focused on community and economic development. In 2016, CEDIK has 3 faculty and 9 full time staff members dedicated to our vision of empowered people and thriving communities across the Commonwealth.

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