Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics


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Want to strengthen your outreach skills? Become a more effective leader – ready, trained, and poised to help communities through these difficult times?  Whether your background is in agriculture, natural resources, youth development, family, economic or

Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Cornell University



Heidi is a Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute and someone who is committed to community empowerment and sustainability – meaning the ability of community members to shape their future in ways that make them …

Sharon Gulick, University of Missouri Extension

Sharon Gulick is Director of Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) with University of Missouri Extension.  She works with small towns, communities and regions on issues related to planning and strategizing for community economic development.  She has more than 25 …

Mary Peabody, University of Vermont Extension

Mary Peabody, UVM Extension

Mary Peabody is a Community & Economic Development Specialist with University of Vermont Extension. She is passionate about working with small-scale farmers and small business owners on issues related to business planning, marketing and feasibility. She also works with rural …

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, provides an introduction to the seven core competencies that focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues,