Advancing Equity Through Targeted Universalism

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Foundations, communities, and organizational leaders around the country are adopting Targeted Universalism practices to advance equity. Efforts to advance equity can sometimes be challenged by a narrative that pits one group’s needs against another’s. Targeted Universalism grows a sense of belonging, helps to dissolve a zero-sum mindset, and expands well-being for all. Join your WCC peer leaders and national voices to learn and think together about how we can;

  • Set universal goals and serve those experiencing the greatest burdens
  • Bridge differences and expand a sense of belonging and inclusion
  • Make the case for “growing the pie”

We are excited to have Roger Rennekamp joining to help kick off the session and to offer updates on Extension’s emerging Health Equity + Well-being Framework. We will also be joined by Wendy Ake from the Othering and Belonging Institute to introduce Targeted Universalism and to help us begin to think about how Targeted Universalism practices can advance Extension and Well Connected Communities aim.


Targeted Universalism sets universal goals for the general population that are accomplished through targeted approaches based on the needs of different groups. It offers a nuanced approach to achieving equitable outcomes for all with the goal of removing structural barriers. Importantly, Targeted Universalism differs from targeted and universal policies traditionally used to address needs and inequities.