Around the South Newsletters

Compiling SRDC and national news, recent publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities, this monthly newsletter furnishes a brief overview of announcements from the Southern region.

Recently Released: SRDC Publications – Coming Together for Racial Understanding and Heirs’ Property

The Southern Rural Development Center along with partners of Coming Together and Heirs’ Property recently published research briefs and pre-print manuscripts. To view, visit the SRDC’s Special Topics landing page.


Southern Region Standard Indicators Impact

Each year, indicators are collected from states in the Southern Region to show the collective impact of Extension community development programs.

The collected and compiled highlights show the jobs created, grants awarded, plans new and revised for community development, and networking connections made throughout the previous year. Also included in this publication are short vignettes that provide insights behind the metrics.

To view this year’s indicators, visit the Southern Region Impacts landing page.


SRDC Staff Participates in the Delta Regional Forum and Delta Scholars Program

Reflections from Southern Rural Development Center Director, John J. Green

The Delta Directions Consortium (DDC) is a diverse and ever-evolving network of scholars and practitioners associated with universities, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic foundations. The Delta Regional Forum (DRF), organized by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) and the University of Mississippi Center for Populations Studies and Community First Research Center for Wellbeing & Creative Achievement (through the latter’s Delta Fellows Program), is an annual event to provide time and space for sharing diverse perspectives and experiences on regional development issues and strengthening capacity for applied research and community development action. With activities including presentations, panels, and workshops, diverse participants gain information and expand their networks across community and university lines. This year’s Forum included several sessions of dialogue on issues including community resilience, maternal-child health, local food systems, and education. Seventeen undergraduate Delta Scholars also presented at the forum as part of their two-week summer experience. A DDC-affiliated multi-institutional program, Delta Scholars is led through the Mississippi State University Shackouls Honors College, with additional partners including the SRDC, Harvard University, and Brandeis University, Delta Scholars.