UW Extension educator's work prompts award

Nov 13, 2014 From staff reports

Tina Russell serves the Wind River Indian Reservation and Fremont County.

Innovative programs and responding to the needs of her clientele earned a University of Wyoming Extension educator the organization's Diversity Enhancement Award.

Tina Russell, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation and Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties, was recognized Nov. 5 during the extension's annual training in Laramie. Russell, also a 4-H educator, is based in Ethete.

Russell's specialties include agriculture and natural resources, forestry, energy efficiency and conservation and recycling education.

Her demeanor and persistence drew praise.

"She responds to the needs of her audience and collaborates well with community organizers and colleagues with quiet persistence, friendly professionalism and cultural understanding," wrote one nominator.

She has many accomplishments. Russell assembled a committee of members of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to generate the first Wind River Indian Reservation leadership program.

She initiated the cultural synergy workshop that served as a launching point for better understanding of tribal citizens and their cultures and facilitating methods in which area educators can better understand the American Indian way of life.

Russell collaborates with the Cent$ible Nutrition program educators in presenting workshops and initiated planning for a tribal farmers market. Russell offers in-school programs for youth, and works with 4-H youth of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes encompassing an array of projects and transcending cultures. In addition, Russell offers programs to ranch women to supplement practical skills with modern methods and technology to raise business skills.

Russell joined the extension in 2008.

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