"The University of Nebraska, together with partners, is rigorously seeking and developing solutions that will help our rural people and places."
Chuck Schroeder
Founding Executive Director
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We Believe

People have the capacity to shape their own futures.

Communities are not just localities, but also networked groups of individuals working together toward a common goal and shared purpose.

Leaders are known by their vision, ideas, energy, passion and engagement in collective action.

Entrepreneurs are individuals and communities that combine strategic foresight and grit to take action to reach their desired futures.

Diverse and inclusive leadership is needed to propel communities forward.

Our complex future requires mutual respect and collaboration between rural and urban regions and communities.

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The Pulse of Rural

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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 19 Developing Student Potential with RFI Fellow Reshell Ray

March 22, 2018
  Mar. 22, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is RFI Community Innovation Fellow Reshell Ray, who serves as the Associate Director of Student Involvement on East Campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In this role, Ray bridges the …
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Graphic Design, Project Management Summer Internships at RFI!

March 18, 2018
  The Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking TWO stellar University of Nebraska students to be part of our bold voice for rural.   Join us in an engaged working environment that will expand your leadership …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 18 Rural Economic Development with Neb. DED Director David Rippe

March 15, 2018
  Mar. 15, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is David Rippe, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. He is passionate about Nebraska’s economic vitality in all parts of the state. Leadership …
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Students of RFI | Amber Ross

March 14, 2018
Article by: Amber Ross, sophomore agribusiness major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln   Ross speaking during the student panel portion of the 2015 Rural Futures Institute International Conference My Experiences In 2015, as senior at Callaway High School, in Callaway, …
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