April 2024 Issue

President’s Message 

Happy April!

It is a hopeful time of year with the longer daylight times, the warmer weather, and the bright colors of flowers. Hope the start of 2024 has been good for you.

Thank you to Kim Kamin, Director of Professional Development and Programs, for an excellent program celebrating World Home Economics Day on March 23. Our speakers, Melanie Schmitt of Texas Tech, and Chloe Shin of the University of Houston discussed Artificial Intelligence – how to identify it and how to use it in our work in Family and Consumer Sciences. They provided much to think about as AI becomes a significant part of our world. This program saw the highest registration of any of our programs – 90 people! These registrations included colleagues from the Caribbean, Canada, and Malaysia. If you were not able to attend, please access the link provided in this newsletter.

Our next major event will be the IFHE-US Sharon McManus Cultural Event that will be held on Thursday evening, June 6 in Minneapolis. Kim Kamin has been working on the speaker and location. The focus is on Native American culture and foods. More information is in this newsletter.

The IFHE-US Annual Business Meeting will be held during the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The date and time will be Thursday, June 6 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm CDT. This will be a hybrid meeting. If you would like to join by Zoom, please email me at sue.buck@wisc.edu so I may send you the Zoom link and agenda. Hopefully many of you will be able to attend to learn about the accomplishments of the past year and plans for the 2024-2025 year.

There are still IFHE-US History Books available. Copies will be available to purchase at the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The cost is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The next IFHE World Congress in Galway, Ireland is just a couple of months away. June will be a busy month with the IFHE-US events in Minneapolis followed by the Congress two weeks later. IFHE-US is also sponsoring a Pre-Congress tour of Ireland. We have 35 people participating in a home economics focused week of travel from Dublin to Galway. We are looking forward to learning more about the culture, history, and beautiful landscapes of the country as well as meeting our colleagues from around

the world!

Thank you to all our members for your continued support of IFHE and IFHE-US. Our work in the US and around the world is important for the sustainability of individuals, families, and communities.

See you in Minneapolis and/or Ireland!

Sue Buck

President, IFHE-US

IFHE-US Ballot Distributed - Voting Ends on April 19

The ballot for the IFHE-US Elections was distributed by email on Friday, April 12. There are three positions open for election. The email includes the link to the candidate bios and to the ballot for voting. The voting process ends on April 19. If you did not receive the ballot or have questions regarding the voting process, please contact Nominations Chair, Cheryl Empey.


Theme: Native American Culture

When: Thursday, June 6, 2024 from 6 - 9 PM

Where: Minneapolis, MN

The McManus Cultural Event will be held in conjunction with the AAFCS Annual Meeting. Details will be shared closer to the event. 

There will be a separate registration for this IFHE event.  

Young Professionals Network (YPN) Update:

Event at World Congress

Please mark your calendars for an offsite Young Professionals Networking Event during the 2024 World Congress! This YPN event will be on Tuesday, June 25th from 5- 8 pm, and will be hosted by our colleagues from Ireland. More details will be posted on the Congress Programme soon.  For more information about the YPN, contact Kathryn Carroll.

Written by: Anita Ferron

The 68th United Nations Civil Society event was held in New York this past March. Over 14,000 people attended and many people attended the meetings via zoom. This was the time to discuss urgent issues such as: Social justice and Poverty, Poverty and Climate Change, Debt Crisis and the Impact on Women, Gender Bias in Economic Policy, and Education and Poverty. The next 2024 UN Civil Society Conference will be held in Nairobi Kenya May 9 -10 2024.

One of the concerns that was brought up at the March meeting was that 44 million teachers across the world will be needed by 2030 to make sustainable development a reality. Many issues were discussed on why people are not interested in becoming teachers.


Thank you for attending the event on Saturday, March 23! For those who were unable to attend, the event was recorded. The session covered an important topic, and the presenters did an excellent job.

The link to the recording is provided along with a link to all of the presenter's PowerPoints, two additional documents from Melanie, the PDU form, and the chat summary.

Resources Available:

  • AI Friend or Foe--Melanie's presentation
  • A Practical Guide---Chloe's presentation
  • Two additional documents from Melanie
  • IFHE_US_--PDU form
  • An edited version of the chat--listing the names of several programs mentioned. 

The link to the recording is below. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kamin.

Watch the On-Demand Recording

Passcode to Access Recording: sN2=.JN4

Access the WHED 2024 Professional Development Event Resources

IFHE-US History Book (1998 – 2020)


Books available by mail or

at the 2024 AAFCS Annual Conference

$5.00 for IFHE-US Members

 $15.00 for IFHE-US Nonmembers

 Shipping will be an additional $5.00.

 To order, contact Sue Buck



 Make Checks Payable to IFHE-US

Mail Checks to: Sue Buck

PO Box 927, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the latest news and announcements regarding the XXV IFHE World Congress 2024! Information available at www.ifhe.org/events and www.ifhe2024.com.

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IFHE US Board of Directors

President: Sue Buck (sue.buck@wisc.edu)

President-Elect: Rachel Schichtl (rschichtl@uca.edu)

Director of Finance: Luann Boyer (luann.boyer@colostate.edu)

Director of Professional Development and Program: Kim Kamin (kimkamin2018@gmail.com)

Director of Communications: Lori Myers (dr.lorimyers@gmail.com)

Director of Young Professional Network: Kathryn Carroll (kcarroll5@uca.edu)

Recorder: Sandra Poirier (sandra.poirier@mtsu.edu)

Nomination Chair: Cheryl Empey (empeyc@byui.edu)

AAFCS Global Perspectives: Kim Kamin (kimkamin2018@gmail.com)

IFHE United Nations Chair: Anita Ferron (anita@ferron.com)

IFHE-US Diversity and Inclusion Statement
IFHE-US values diversity, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and accessibility. We promote respect, dignity, and equality for all global individuals and families. We are committed to human well-being through education, health, safety, and sustainable living for all people. As we act with integrity and respect intercultural values and ethics, we will be able to empower and improve every-day living for all.