Mission

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We harness the intellectual energy of the University of Nebraska and its partners to positively impact the future of humankind.

 

We believe for America to thrive, our rural residents and communities must thrive.
We’ve learned that growing a vibrant rural sector takes:

– Future-focused leadership and entrepreneurship

– Social as well as technological capital and connectedness

– The wise use of natural, agricultural and cultural resources

– Rich collaborations

 


 

Vision Statement

Rural America unleashes the full potential of its leadership, economic capacity, cultural creativity and natural resources, creating explicit value for small and large communities within and beyond its geography. Rural places have become the legitimate best choice for leaders, businesses, families, graduates and explorers. Rural people earn global respect for fueling the future of humankind. View the full RFI Vision Story

 


 

RFI Nexus

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We have determined that the central point of innovation for the highly complex nature of rural communities is where students, faculty and communities connect. It is important to note that “students” refers to learners from secondary through adulthood; “faculty” refers to those within the University of Nebraska and beyond; and “communities” are not just localities, but also networked groups of people and communities of practice.


 

Strategic Impact Areas

Convene to Create

Intentionally connect students, faculty and communities to stimulate discovery and innovation.

Contribute to the Future

Stimulate research and apply future-focused ideas and evidence-based practices designed to grow the body of knowledge.

Celebrate to Elevate

Share stories of successes and solutions from scholars, leaders, entrepreneurs and funders to elevate the value and voice of rural nationwide.


 

Core Values

Future-Focus
We seek new possibilities at the intersection of strategic foresight, advancing technologies and what it means to be human.

Respect
We recognize the value of all people and honor diverse perspectives.

Collaboration
We bring people and disparate ideas together to solve complex, interconnected problems.

Trust
We work with utmost character—
integrity, reliability and fairness.

Hopeful Grit
We value courageous perseverance, optimism and passionate confidence.


Printable: 2017 Strategic Plan