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2023 National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Northeast Regional Conference

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 16, 2023 - 12:00pm
Event Type: 
Event location: 
UMass Center at Springfield
1500 Main St, Springfield, MA, 01115

Join us for a Working Conference as we share promising and exemplary Urban Extension programs and develop collaborative opportunities and resources to support urban programs in the Northeast Region.

The meeting will have separate tracks (Focus Areas) for in-depth planning and discussion. All Focus Area and General Sessions will be held in the UMass Center at Springfield (UCS) on the 2nd floor.  Room assignments are listed below: 

  • 4H & Youth Development - Room 2
  • Urban Agriculture & Food Systems - Room 3
  • Health & Nutrition - Room 4
  • Green Infrastructure & Urban Revitalization - Room 5
  • Extension Administration - Room 15
  • General Sessions - Room 14

Participant List

Conference Presentations

Multistate Urban Extension Funds - Proposal Guidelines and Abstracts

Conference Program

Wednesday 6/14

***1:00 pm

Walking Tour of Springfield for those arriving early.

*Meet in the Sheraton Springfield Lobby

 3:00 pm

Registration opens

*Sheraton Springfield Lobby

6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

*MVP Bar/Stonehaven Room, Second Floor - Sheraton Springfield


Dinner on your own

Thursday 6/15

8:00 – 9:00 am

Longford Room, 3rd Fl, Sheraton

Breakfast & Opening Session

Welcome and Conference Overview - Michael DiPasquale, Chair for Northeast NUEL 

A Brief History of NUEL - Chris Obropta, Professor, Water Resources Extension Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

9:00 – 10:15 am

UMass Center at Springfield (UCS) Breakout Rooms

Focus Area Session 1

Sharing Exemplary and Promising Urban Extension Programs/Projects

*Room Assignments listed above Conference Program

10:15 – 10:30 am

UCS Student Commons



10:30 – Noon

UCS Lecture Room 14

General Session 1

Noon – 1 pm

 UCS Student Commons

Welcome to Springfield - The Honorable Mayor Domenic Sarno 


1:15 – 2:30 pm

UCS Breakout Rooms

Focus Area Session 2

Multistate Collaborations - Brainstorming Ideas for Proposals for Multistate Urban Extension Funds

*Room Assignments listed above Conference Program

2:30 – 2:45 pm

UCS Student Commons


2:45 – 5:00pm

 UCS Lecture room 14

General Session 2

6:00 pm

Group Dinner  - Theodores’ BBQ 201 Worthington St, Springfield, MA 01103

(You will not want to miss this! - Sign up now!)

Friday 6/16

8:00 – 9:00 am

UCS Student Commons


Featured Speaker -  Lindiwe Sibeko Professor and Department Chair of Nutrition, School of Public Health & Health Sciences, UMass Amherst- Connecting Research to Extension to Enhance Public Health for Urban Populations

9:00 – 10:15 am

UCS Breakout Rooms

Focus Area Session 3

Multistate Collaborations - Proposal Development for Multistate Urban Extension Funds

*Room Assignments listed above Conference Program

10:15 – 10:30 am

UCS Student Commons


10:30 – Noon

UCS Lecture Room 14

Closing Session

  • Panel - State and Regional Leadership for Urban Extension
    • Lisa Townson - Associate Dean & Director, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
    • Chris Watkins - Associate Dean & Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension
    • Michelle Rodgers - Associate Dean & Director, Delaware Cooperative Extension
  • Future Vision for Northeast NUEL - Group Discussion Facilliated by William Miller, Associate Director, UMass Center for Agriculture, Food & the Environment
11:30 am
 UCS Student Commons
Box Lunches Available (Prior Registration Required)

Submit a Proposal for "Exemplary or Promising Urban Extension Projects/Programs" (to be shared at the meeting)

Contact's name: 
Michael DiPasquale
Contact's email: 
This event will be recorded: 
1500 Main St Springfield MA