In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

There will be a host of informational and hands-on sessions with an Extension sub-brand and marketing focus at Extension Annual Conference, beginning on December 4. These include how to create better design layouts and better headlines, how to talk about the value of Extension to different audiences, using grassroots videos to increase your presence and share your expertise, several social media sessions, how to use the OSU and Extension logos, and much more, including a more comprehensive look at the Extension sub-brand. A design clinic also will be offered where you will receive immediate feedback on your marketing and educational materials. Be sure to register for the conference!

Leadership update: Weekly recap

As you know, we are test-driving several new communication channels in an ongoing effort to ensure direct, responsive, and transparent communication throughout our organization.

To date, we’ve had fewer than 10 questions and comments from the online form, and one caller on the weekly open line. We’ll keep these channels open through the end of this calendar year, and then decide whether to continue.

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is this Friday, November 17)

Regional structure and operations: What’s next

  • At their November 14 meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing scenarios for consideration for regional staffing plans and the county leader position.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details and new developments on the process and timeline, as possible.

New Intranet Website

Our new internal/employee resources website will launch this week, likely on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Employee Resources link on the Extension website will be updated to point to the new location. The new address will be

Read more on the Extension website project blog, and tune in to the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation for a short demo of our new intranet site.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events and resources

FREE CeCe Film Screening: Join the Pride Center for a screening of the documentary Free CeCe followed by a discussion about the prison industrial complex. This documentary pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe McDonald and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural César Chávez. View the film trailer and event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email or call (541) 737-9161.

Wednesday International Women’s Conversation Hour: A meeting space for international women students at OSU to connect and build community. This is a space intended for talking about different aspects of your experience as an international woman studying at OSU. This also includes seeking support around your experience of adjusting to the US, and with social justice and multicultural issues. One objective for offering this event is creating a platform for womens’ voices, and starting a dialogue about womens’ experiences studying abroad. Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ILLC 349.

In the News

Because diversity matters (LIFE@OSU)
Eight undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 19-21. Thanks to generous alumni and friends, the College of Science was able to support these students on their travels and participation at SACNAS.

For minorities in science, building community matters (UnDark)
“It was really overwhelming,” recalls Delia Shelton, a postdoctoral fellow in biology at Oregon State University who was among the first Turner awardees back in 2005. Turner fellows assembled for professional development talks about meeting etiquette. They also received advice on giving poster presentations, and learned more about how to get involved in the Animal Behavioral Society, apply to graduate school, and locate funding. But the most special thing to Shelton was being paired with a mentor.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Onion growers benefit from research related to produce rule
Capital Press
Researchers at OSU’s Malheur County experiment station conducted several trials over the past four years that collectively showed onions are not at risk of being contaminated by irrigation water containing large amounts of bacteria.

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