The Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) Awards of Excellence program was initially created in 2005 with the WEDA Excellence in Extension Programming awards. These awards may represent the work of an individual or multidisciplinary team, within a single or multistate/territory setting. In 2021, the WEDA Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award was added. The purpose of the WEDA Awards of Excellence is to recognize outstanding Extension work that has documented accomplishments, results, and impacts in addressing contemporary issues and diverse audiences in one or more of the Western states and U.S. Pacific Territories/Insular Islands, whose institutions are WEDA members.

The WEDA Awards of Excellence are given annually during the Western Regional Joint Summer meeting, where the award recipients present a brief seminar during the award presentation. The Western Program and Organizational Leadership Committee administers this program on behalf of the WEDA.

Applications are submitted by Extension Directors from institutions that are members of the Western Extension Directors Association. For the WEDA Excellence in Extension Programming Awards, each institution may submit up to two applications, plus one multistate application. In addition, each institution may submit one application for the WEDA Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.

The due date for all submissions is 5p.m. (Pacific Time), Friday, March 11, 2022. Please send the electronic application (with “WEDA Award Application” in the subject line), to Dr. Ivory Lyles’s assistant Tatiana Gouem at Phone: 775-784-7070.

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