Climate, Water, Equity and Opportunity Workshop

The North Central Region Water Network, The First American Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON), and partners from across the North Central Region are excited to host a workshop for 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant colleagues working on climate and water-related issues.

This two-day in-person workshop will be held ahead of the FALCON Annual Conference, October 12-13, 2023 in Downtown, Denver Colorado.

Land-grant colleagues from across the United States are invited to join us as we discuss how we can better work together to address  vulnerability associated with climate change, protect and restore our water for future generations, and advance culturally rich, nourishing, and sustainable food systems and food sovereignty. Together, we will create actionable recommendations to improve collaborations among land-grant institutions in ways that will increase our ability to provide climate and water programming in equitable and just ways with a focus on serving Black and Indigenous communities.

Land-grant universities, with our tripartite missions of research, extension, and higher education, are well positioned to address climate, water, and agricultural vulnerabilities, inequities, and opportunities, but only if we work together. Join us!

Registration is open and a final agenda is now available! For a registration fee of just $50, participants will have the opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues from 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions, help create a more equitable resource landscape to ensure that “climate-smart” agriculture and communities don’t perpetuate systematic racism and greater vulnerability for Black and Indigenous communities, and be a part of drafting recommendations for how we can better work together in the future.

Workshop Details





This in-person conference will start on 12pm MT on Thursday, October 12th and end at 1pm MT on Friday, October 13th. All meals are provided and a group dinner on the evening of Thursday, October 12th.

The workshop will be held at Expansive Denver, located just two blocks from the Hilton Denver City Center where the FALCON Annual Conference is being held. Expansive Denver is located at 1630 Welton Street, right off the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

Attendees are encouraged to stay at the Hilton Denver City Center where the FALCON Annual Conference is being held. The room rate is $196 plus tax per night. Reservations can be made here.

All land-grant professionals from the North Central Region and beyond. This event will be especially pertinent to Extension professionals working on water- and climate-related programming and natural resource faculty.

We recognize the cost associated with traveling and participating in an in-person workshop and we want to support broad participation across partners. Considering this, we are offering $500 travel scholarships and waived registration fee to those who need, with priority given to individuals from 1994 and 1890 institutions.

If you would like to request travel support, please email Anne Nardi at by EOB Monday, September 11th!

This work is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2022-67019-37221. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed at this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.