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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 Springfield Center
1500 Main St, Springfield, MA, 01115

Conference Registration

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 for in-depth planning and discussion:

  • 4H & Youth Development
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Urban Agriculture & Food Systems
  • Green Infrastructure & Urban Revitalization
  • General/Extension Administration

Conference Program - Subject to Modification

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 Pub - Sheraton Springfield

Dinner on your own

Thursday 6/15

8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Opening Session

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

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

9:00 – 10:15 am

Focus Area Session 1

Sharing Exemplary and Promising Urban Extension Programs/Projects

10:15 – 10:30 am


10:30 – Noon

General Session 1

Urban Extension Lighting Talks

Featured Speaker - Robin Perry-SmithProgram Specialist, Penn State Extension - Creating Community-Academic Partnerships through Urban Extension 

Explanation of Proposals for Multistate Urban Extension Funds

Noon – 1 pm

Welcome to Springfield - The Honorable Mayor Domenic Sarno 


1:15 – 2:30 pm

Focus Area Session 2

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

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 5:00pm

General Session 2

Report Out and Feedback on Ideas for Proposals for Multistate Urban Extension Funds

Featured Speaker - Antonio Silas, Director - Baltimore City Extension, University of Maryland - A Marketing and Communications Template to Support Urban Extension

Urban Extension Lighting Talks

6:00 pm

Group Dinner  - Theodores’ BBQ

(You will not want to miss this! - Prior Registration Requested)

Friday 6/16

8:00 – 9:00 am


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

Focus Area Session 3

Multistate Collaborations - Proposal Development for Multistate Urban Extension Funds

10:15 – 10:30 am


10:30 – Noon

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

Box Lunches Available (Prior Registration Required)



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

Multistate Urban Extension Funds - Proposal Guidelines

Book Your Hotel

Conference Registration

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