LEAD NY – formally the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute – has been helping develop leaders in New York’s agricultural industries for 34 years, and boasts nearly 500 alumni who serve in local and national leadership roles.
Scholars from Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth, along with state officials in New York and Ohio, have established the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks to address challenges facing rural schools.
A new Rural Humanities scholarly initiative, funded for four years by a million-dollar grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will leverage Cornell’s position in central New York to reinvigorate thinking about – and active engagement with – rural communities and landscapes. Scott Peters of Development Sociology will co-teach the practicum with Debra Castillo and Gerald Aching.
Effective, well-functioning teams don’t come together by happenstance – just ask team-building expert Larry Van De Valk, senior extension associate in the Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.