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February 2020

MT Community Development Specialist Update

We are happy to be sponsoring along with numerous partners, a day-long event titled "Climate Change, Now What? Creating a Sustainable Future, Today." The event will feature a lecture by physicist Dr. Rob Davies of the Utah Climate Center who will discuss how the climate crisis is changing our world today at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Inspiration Hall in Montana State University's Norm Asbjornson Hall. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Patrick Holmes, policy adviser for natural resources in the Office of the Governor; Bozeman City Commissioner Terry Cunningham; Dan Stevenson, associate vice president for MSU University Services; and Termaine Awanaakii (Rattle Woman), climate change coordinator for the Blackfeet Tribe. There will also be a Master Class with Dr. Davies starting at 3:30pm and then tabling and bites before the lecture. You can access more info about the entire event (including details about the live stream and recording) and also read the MSU Press Release.

On May 1 & 2, members of MSU Extension Diversity and Inclusion Program Planning Group are working with numerous local and state-wide partners to organize RAINBOWS OVER THE ROCKIES: Celebrating Diversity with Leadership and Learning - A Summit for LGBTQ+ Youth, Families, Professionals and Allies at MSU. We are so grateful to our partners to date including MSU College of Arts & Architecture, MSU College of Education and Health and Human Development, MSU College of Letters & Science, MSU College of Nursing, MSU Honors College, MSU Office of Dean of Students, MSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, MSU Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons, MSU Counseling and Psychological Services, Bozeman Health, Bridgercare, BHS SAGA, EmpowerMT, Forward Montana, ASPEN, TransVisible Montana, HOPA Mountain, GEM and Rev. D. Gregory Smith, LCPC with more partners asking to be involved every day. We appreciate this show of support for this educational opportunity and will be posting more information on our LGBTQ page soon. Stay tuned and please help us spread the word!

Lastly, this month's new "Article of Interest" is titled "Taking back democratic power: Why utilities should be owned by us all" describing the history and current state of member-owned and member-run rural electric cooperatives and their role and potential in transforming rural America.

Paul Lachapelle
 MSU Community Development Specialist

Reports & Resources

Women Make Gains in the Workplace Amid a Rising Demand for Skilled Workers
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

Employers in the United States are increasingly in pursuit of workers who are adept in social skills, like negotiation and persuasion, and have a strong grounding in fundamental skills, such as critical thinking and writing. The gender wage gap narrows as women move into high-skill jobs and acquire more education

Across the Globe, Urban Sprawl Is Spreading

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences charts a worrying global shift towards more-sprawling and less-hooked-up street networks over time. In their interactive online Global Sprawl Map, the bluer the area, the more compact its streets tend to be. The redder, the more sprawling.

Roundup: What's Being Done to Address Rural Healthcare Inequities?
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

We read a lot about the problems of delivering healthcare in rural America. Michael Ollove at Stateline, the news service of Pew Charitable Trusts, investigates some of the solutions. Ollove's report is the closest thing we've seen to a comprehensive report on state initiatives to address rural healthcare deficiencies like lack of access, poorer overall health, and insufficient numbers of healthcare providers.

4 Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors
World Resources Institute| READ STORY

Global annual greenhouse gas emissions have grown 41% since 1990, and they are still climbing. While emissions dipped notably in 2016, recent data suggests that carbon dioxide emissions rose each year since then.

Where America's Climate Migrants Will Go As Sea Level Rises

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita swept through Louisiana in 2005, cities like Houston, Dallas, and Baton Rouge took in hundreds of thousands of displaced residents--many of whom eventually stayed in those cities a year later. Where evacuees have moved since hasn't been closely tracked, but data from those initial relocations are helping researchers predict how sea level rise might drive migration patterns in the future.

Upcoming Events

Master Class with Sara Minkara, "From Human Rights to Value Based: The Case for Authentic Inclusion of People with Disabilities"

Feb. 12, 2020
4:00pm to 5:00pm, MST
Inspiration Hall (NAH 201)

How To Be A Community Catalyst: Creating Place-Based Solutions To Community Challenges In The High Divide

February 13-14, 2020
Fairmont Hot Springs, MT
Future West

IoE Distinguished Lecturer Series: Dr. Richard Ready 
“The Two Most Important Numbers for Environmental Policy Analysis: The Social Cost of Carbon and the Value of a Statistical Life”

Feb. 19, 2020
7:00pm to 8:00pm, MST
Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater

International Journal of Community Well-Being Call for Papers - Special Issue: Philanthropy and Community Well-Being

March 31, 2020, Deadline for Proposals from potential contributors Submit your abstracts to Patsy Kraeger

Grants, Awards, Jobs

Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant

Deadline: March 11, 2020
Funder: Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

SFC Charitable Foundation Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2020
Funder: SFC Charitable Foundation

Locally Led Development

Deadline: April 09, 2020
Funder: Agency for International Development

National / International News

Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb. 3, 2020 Snopes

Joe Vandever Sr., Navajo Code Talker, dies at 96

Feb. 3, 2020 CNN

An 8-year-old boy paid off the lunch debt for his entire school by selling key chains

Feb. 4, 2020 CNN

Montana News

Government task force looks into payroll fraud in Montana's construction industry

Feb. 2, 2020 Missoulian

Montana artist living in China navigates coronavirus between home, studio

Feb. 3, 2020 Missoula Current

Montana plans to invest $80 million in mental health services

Feb. 4, 2020 KPAX

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