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Welcome and Introductions


Overview of the Delta in Global Context Workshop
     Alan Barton (Delta State University)


Setting the Stage


Achieving Social Change Through Participation and Action: An Analysis of Community-Based Research and Related Theoretical Perspectives

     Anna Kleiner (Southeastern Louisiana University)


Education and Workforce Development


Brain Drain Distressing the Delta Dollar

     Catherine Cannatella (Delta State University)

Employer Perceptions of the Workforce in a Mississippi Delta County

     Todd Holt (Delta State University)

Collaborative Partnerships as a Model for Workforce Development in the Mississippi Delta

     Josephine Rhymes (Tri-County Workforce Alliance)


Underemployment and Poverty


Changing Opportunities for the Poor in the Rural Mississippi Delta

     Judy L Maynard (University of Tennessee, Martin) & Michael Timberlake (University of Utah)

St. Gabriel Reaches Out: A Community Center Attempting to Address Poverty

     Sister Donald Mary Lynch & Carla Ross (St. Gabriel Mercy Center)


Plenary Address


The Communities of Opportunity Program for Achieving Social Change 
Lynn McGee (Foundation for the Mid South)


Agriculture and Rural Development


Heifer International’s Delta Initiative

     Jesse Strassburg (Heifer International – South Central Program & Delta State University)

Cooperative Community Development: Grassroots Development in an Era of Globalization

     Ben Burkett (Mississippi Association of Cooperatives)

Globalization of Agriculture: Effects on Social and Natural Systems in Rural Communities in Jamaica

     Paulette Meikle-Yaw (Mississippi State University)




Culture and Development


Heritage Tourism in the Local and Global Context

     Alan Barton (Delta State University)


Health/Health Care


Mississippi and the Global Obesity Epidemic

     Mitch Morris (MS SHINE, Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center)


Keynote Address


The Wealth and Health of the Delta

     Arthur G. Cosby (Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University)



Leadership and Development

Stability and Differences in Black and White Leadership Structures Over Time in Two Rural Mississippi Delta Towns

     Josh Stovall (Delta State University)

Leadership Development, Social Networks and Community Involvement:  An Evaluation of a Mississippi Delta Leadership Program

     Donielle Lovell (University of Missouri-Columbia)


Community-Based Initiatives in an Era of Globalization: A Roundtable


Introduction to Fetterman’s Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation

     Jesse Strassburg (Delta State University)

Civic Engagement as Youth Empowerment

     Sarah Leonard (Delta State University)

Communication Network Development to Address Health and Human Service Gaps

     Starr Parker (Delta State University)


Alternative Frameworks


Community Development as Collective Action: An Alternative Approach to Conceptualizing Our Work

     John Green (Delta State University)