Advisory groups play a critical role in Extension’s affirmative action plans. Documentation of membership and meetings must be included in each county’s plan. Statewide advisory group data is included in the state plan.
Each county office has an Extension Advisory Council that provides county-level stakeholder input. These councils are required to meet at least twice each year.
The county advisory councils identify local priority needs; assist in developing, carrying out, and evaluating educational programs. They also work to secure adequate financial support and to ensure that our programs meet the needs of and are available to all county residents.
Extension has several types of advisory groups. The County Extension Council is the primary local advisory group. Membership should represent all segments of the population (representing geographical location, the program area of emphasis, race, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, and social and economic status). Members of the councils are selected by the CECs with input from county staff and regional agents.
The Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) program is on campus.extension.org and provides online training and resources to support advisory leader volunteers.
Regional agents are responsible for selecting members to serve on specific subject-matter advisory committees in each county they serve. These committees must also be diverse. Members of the committees should be individuals who are recognized as local or regional leaders within their subject-matter area. County-based subject-matter advisory groups include:
- Ag Advancement Committee
- FCS Committee
- 4-H Youth Council and 4-H Advisory Committee
- Horticulture Committee
- CRD Committee
Advisory committees at the state-level are established by the priority program teams. The agriculturally-based committees are most often commodity groups that operate at a state-wide level.
Confer with your Assistant Director for Programs, the Assistant Director for Program Operations and Innovations, and the State Leader for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.