Education and Enrichment Section Update

Michelle L. Toews, Ph.D., CFLE, EE Section Chair
/ NCFR Report, Spring 2021

I hope you all had the opportunity to attend NCFR’s first virtual conference. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first, but thanks to Brad van Eeden-Moorefield’s leadership and the hard work of the NCFR staff and conference planning committee, I thought the conference was a huge success!

I also thought that Education and Enrichment Section had a productive section meeting. Before getting down to business, we were able to thank our outgoing officers (Karen Myers-Bowman, chair; Chelsea Garneau-Rosner, secretary/treasurer; and Sarah Kuborn, SNP representative); welcome our incoming officers (Alan Taylor, chair-elect; Alisha Hardman, secretary/treasurer; and Evin Richardson, SNP representative); and honor Bridgette Walsh, associate professor at University of Nevada, Reno, with the Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award and Emily Charvat, Ph.D. student at University of Missouri, with the Outstanding Student Proposal Award.

We then voted on a revised section description, discussed a new section name, and brainstormed ideas for how we can further NCFR’s inclusion and diversity initiatives within our section, as well as our goals for 2021. From the discussion at our section meeting, as well as feedback from the survey that went out to our members after the meeting, I have narrowed the list of proposed new section names down to the three that received the most votes:

  • Family and Community Education (FACE)
  • Family Education, Engagement, & Outreach (FEEO)
  • Translational Research and Community Education (TRACE)

If you are a member of the Education and Enrichment Section, please take 30 seconds (or less) to vote for the name of our section. Visit

Once the vote is complete, I will submit the required paperwork so we can change the name of our section (if so voted) and update our description and, thus, achieve one of our 2021 goals. In addition to changing our name and updating our description, our other goals for 2021 consist of drafting a special call for 2022 conference proposals that encourages the exploration of a topic from the perspective of a theorist, researcher, practitioner, and/or policymaker; revising our section’s bylaws; and exploring the possibility of creating additional section awards and revising the current award process.

My plan is to keep you updated on our progress throughout the year, but I also hope you will attend the 2021 Annual Conference, “The Science of Families: Nurturing Hope, Happiness, & Health,” for the complete update and to help draft our plan for the following year. In the meantime, please vote on the name of our section; consider nominating your colleagues for one of the 2021 NCFR Awards announced in this issue of the NCFR Report; reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns; and, most important, stay hopeful, happy, and healthy!