Engaging Partners in the 21st Century
Engagement in the 21st century requires collaboration. When we partner with people, communities and organizations, we change lives. To be relevant, we must work with university and local partners to determine Missourians' most crucial needs and use this knowledge to identify and solve problems and empower Missourians to succeed.
Our roles, methods and practices must acknowledge the value and expertise that learners, communities and other partners bring to our work and to incorporate new ways of connecting to them. We must combine the classic extension model of extending knowledge outward into the community (push) with the strategic leveraging of university resources and partners (bring), while empowering learners to engage us, as co-partners, in identifying challenges and finding solutions (pull).
These simple principles guide our work to connect:
Find people and listen
Promise what you can follow through with
Share resources and learning
The Evolution of MU Extension