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Rural Communication Week

Tarleton’s Rural Communication Week (November 18-22, 2019) Celebrates Rural Life in Texas

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Rural Communication Week will be held November 18-22, 2019 on the Tarleton State University campus and through virtual sessions on Facebook Live. The Rural Communication Institute (#ThinkRuralComm) is focused on helping people live, learn, and thrive in rural areas of Texas, the United States, and beyond.

Community Members, Students, Faculty, and Staff are Invited to participate in the events below! You can also receive a Rural Communication Summit - Certificate of Participation!
Download this form and send a picture of the completed passport (6 sessions) to - Rural Communication Passport


The institute is sought engaging presentations about the following rural topics: 


“Advancing Educational Opportunities with Internet Access and Partnerships” sessions will focus on: preschool, K-12, community college, universities, and military. “Modernizing Healthcare Access” sessions will focus on: health clinics/dental clinics, telemedicine, veterans, nursing homes/assisted living, and hospitals.


Homeownership, reducing homelessness, rural renting, rural lending are “Innovative Options for Rural Housing” topics. “Improving Rural Transportation Options” will include: rural transit, fatality rates on rural roads, access to job sites, and access to healthcare. 


“Modernizing Rural Utilities” sessions will include: rural electric power systems, rural water systems, rural waste systems, high speed internet. Finally, “Community Resiliency Planning” will include sessions focused on rural money management, rural jobs of the future, rural internships and apprenticeship, and agricultural development.


Anyone who is interested in presenting, should complete a Rural Communication Proposal form.


Monday and Tuesday events will focus on rural communication research from the Communication Studies graduate students and other invited guests. The presentations will take place on the Rural Communication Facebook page.


The Rural Communication Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 20th in the Dick Smith Library Multipurpose Room. Wednesday will also serve as the official launch date for the Rural Communication hotline from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 


Thursday’s event will include the #ThinkRuralComm Twitter chat at 8:30pm. Participants should search for the hashtag on Twitter and follow @ThinkRuralComm to see the tweets. Friday’s event will focus on FREE resources for individuals in rural areas and will take place on the Rural Communication Facebook page.


For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards at her email address or 254-307-1375 or Dr. Karley A. Goen at