About Us

Our Mission

Epsilon Sigma Phi is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional.

Members of Epsilon Sigma Phi are the personnel or retirees of the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture; 1862, 1890, 1994 Institutions and counties (districts or parishes) or cities.

Our Core Values

The National ESP Board identified the following four core
priority values.

  • Professional Excellence
  • Leadership Development
  • Belief in the Extension System/Public Education
  • Serving People through Education

Our Creed

I believe in people and their hopes, their aspirations, and their faith; in their right to make their own plans and arrive at their own decisions; in their ability and power to enlarge their lives and plan for the happiness of those they love.

I believe, that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiative, self-determination, and leadership; that these are the keys to democracy and that people when given facts they understand will act not only in their self-interest but also in the interest of society.

I believe that education is a lifelong process and the greatest university is the home; that my success as a teacher is proportional to those qualities of mind and spirit that give me welcome entrance to the homes of the families I serve.

I believe in intellectual freedom to search for and present the truth without bias and with courteous tolerance toward the views of others.

I believe that Extension is a link between the people and the ever-changing discoveries in the laboratories.

I believe in the public institutions of which I am a part.

I believe in my own work and in the opportunity I have to make my life useful to humanity.

Because I believe those things, I am an Extension professional.

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