The purpose of this carousel discussion is to inform conference participants about recent initiatives to strengthen the international dimension of state and local extension programs. It is also intended to solicit new ideas concerning effective outreach efforts that place local issues in the context of global interdependence. In addition to examining international events and trends that effect domestic communities, the presenters will also address how changing demographics within the U.S. necessitates new approaches to effectively serve an increasingly diverse audience. Although discussion will be focused on extension’s experiences in the U.S., the need to include a global approach to extension programming is worldwide. Other countries are operating in a global environment and are also faced with changes in domestic populations.

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