What We Do

The continuing integration of global economies and societies affects nearly every part of our lives, education, communities, business, and government. For Purdue Extension, this means responding proactively to the global forces that are shaping Indiana so that we remain effective in serving our local clientele and addressing local needs.

International Extension focuses on these main areas:

  • Initiating new opportunities to enhance the ability of Extension educators to provide improved service and internationally-focused educational programming to all Indiana residents.
  • Developing relationships with partnering institutions for collaboration on extension-based projects and programs.
  • Increasing exposure for Indiana residents to international experiences, new cultures, and to the international interconnectedness that is driven by the convergence of global economies and societies.
  • Identifying opportunities in cooperation with the Indiana state government to better position Indiana farmers and businesses to compete in the global marketplace.


Amanda Dickson
International Extension Specialist
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-0795


Strengthening Extension's Capacity for International Engagement

This is a needs-based, national curriculum to build the international skills of Extension personnel by strengthening educators' ability to develop activities relevant to the global realities of their location. The curriculum may also be used for programming in local communities. 

The Eight Modules
Start with the first module, Building Cultural Competencies. Each module may include an overview, detailed instructional plans, worksheets, activities, and presentations.
Module 1: Building Cultural Competencies
Module 2: Assessing Strengths of Your Community
Module 3: Facilitating Workforce Development
Module 4: Cultivating Community Leadership