In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School Leader Announced

Dr. Kristopher Elliott was selected as Oregon Outdoor School Leader within the OSU Extension Service. He will begin his appointment at OSU September 1, 2017.

Kris most recently held the position of Director of STEM in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where he was responsible for professional development for more than 2,000 science and STEM educators. He was formerly Assistant Professor at University of Georgia and Instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in science education and M.S. in agricultural education from Oregon State University, and B.S. in agricultural education from California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Elliott’s scholarly work includes evaluation of Latino experiences in agricultural education, urban and sustainable agriculture, and teacher education.

In his role leading Outdoor School, he is responsible for development of strategic, long-range plans and identifies measurable benchmarks; secures financial resources; promotes partnerships and collaboration with internal and external partners; ensures program visibility at local and state level; supervises program staff; manages budgets to meet established benchmarks; promotes the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; reports on program accomplishments and ensures that program practices reflect best practices in education.

The Extension Service owes a HUGE statement of gratitude to Susan Sahnow who led early development of Outdoor School since December, 2016 on an interim basis. Her path breaking work set the stage for advancing the new statewide educational program. She established new relationships with statewide partners and stakeholders to define programmatic elements, created vibrant program advisory and working committees, and developed systems for gathering and reporting information. Hats off!

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation

Join us in person or online for the August 2017 Quarterly Conversation.

Friday, August 18
9:00am – 10:30am
Kidder 202 and livestream

Next Quarterly Conversation: Nov 17, 2017, 9-1030am

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources:

  • Solidarity With Charlottesville – Corvallis: Come together with our community and other communities across the nation. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Benton County Courthouse.
  • Leading with Cultural Intelligence Online Program. Maximize your leadership and team success with cultural diversity training. This new OSU online short course features leadership expert and consultant, Samad Aidane. Learn more about leading with cultural awareness.
  • Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! For more information, please contact Jane Waite at or 541-737-0866.
  • Join the 4-H system for the 2017 Professional Development E-Academy: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Positive Youth Development. The target audience for these FREE sessions is 4-H field faculty, but all positive youth development professionals are welcome to participate!The focus will be on engaging diverse youth and understanding the social issues they face. There will be 10 one-hour online sessions occurring from October 2-23, 2017. Find out more and register at 2017 E-academy Registration. If you have questions, please contact Ana Lu Fonseca (, 541-737-3439) or Doug Swanson, national program leader (, 202-690-1227).

In the news:

More diversity means more demands (New York Times)
Students are demanding official recognition of their identities, whether racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, first-generation, low-income or immigrant. When freshmen step onto campus, they aren’t necessarily assuming the mascot and identity of their future alma mater, said Dwaine Plaza, a sociology professor at Oregon State University. “O.S.U. is not what students are now embracing”; instead they are “seeing themselves as important being Jamaican-American, as being Indian-American.”

Safe eclipse viewing fact sheet

Share the eclipse fact sheet created by Glenda Hyde, associate professor (practice) in Extension Family and Community Health Program. It may be a valuable tool for communities in the path of totality. Add local contact information and county emergency contacts by editing the PDF (click on Tools and then the Edit Text & Images). After adding local information, share it on your social media sites.

The Open Campus website offers culturally relevant eclipse information in Spanish.

Extension in the News

‘Inventors camp’ challenges youth
The Dalles Chronicle
August 10, 2017
Featuring Ann Harris, Oregon State Open Campus and Wasco County

How will plants, birds and insects respond to the solar eclipse?
August 13, 2017
Featuring Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture

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