I hope your 2022 has started off with great health, good memories of time with family and friends over the holiday season, and inspiration for the year in front of us. I am personally energized about OSU Extension’s future and how all the discussions and active listening sessions within our organization, and with our volunteers, as well as other partners and stakeholders have provided us with excellent input for addressing critical issues and continuing to strengthen our support for our employees and those we serve. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing many of our successes from a challenging but triumphant 2021, and providing an overview of top priorities as we kick off a very promising 2022.
In addition to New Year’s Day, January is also host to the National Day of Racial Healing. The college has a great many activities and opportunities planned for Jan. 18, and I hope you will be able to make time to participate. Inclusion is one of our five Extension keys; and there are many resources available for us to be intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work we do in our communities and within our organization, some of which are highlighted below.
I am very much looking forward to positioning OSU Extension in 2022 to be the best place to work, the best place to be served as Ohioans, and the best place to partner to build capacity (human and capital) to achieve our mission. I am grateful for each and every one of you and your contributions in 2021 and moving forward. I believe that there has never been a more important time and need for Extension, and I believe we have the strength of will, the expertise, and the drive to meet this need. Thank you for bringing your time and talents to the table, and please stay safe and healthy as we continue this important journey together.
Best wishes, Jackie