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CALS Department Renamed

Youngster with apple.

The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences has a new name: the Department of Youth, Family and Community Sciences. The change comes as a result of a broad reorganization of extension programs announced by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in August.

4-H youth development and family and consumer science programs are now being directed through a separate unit that is not part of the new academic department.

Department Head Carolyn Dunn says the department will continue to train and support faculty working in 4-H and family and consumer sciences. It will also launch a new online master’s program in family life and youth development.

Department faculty secured more than $5 million in funding for 2013 and more than $18 million in multi-year commitments, she says.

According to the department’s latest annual report, the graduate program in family life and youth development continues to grow, now offering seven graduate certificate programs.

The department also offers educational programs for people receiving supplemental nutrition assistance; helps Latino/Hispanic families eat better and exercise more; reaches out to Latino youth to help them achieve academic success; and collaborates with others across campus on community-based projects to ensure food access and physical activity.

In addition, the department is engaged in programs that support family caregivers, food safety education, energy conservation and youth internships.