In this week’s issue:

Reminder: West Central regional director interviews

Candidates for the West Central regional director position are interviewing on April 24-25. The regional redesign resource page lists the open forum schedule, and links to candidates’ presentation recordings will be posted there when available. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 3, 2018.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes a welcome to Michele Scheib (our new content strategist), as well as next steps for the “events” content type and county landing pages.

Slack tips

Are you interested in trying the new OSU Extension Slack workspace, but not sure where to begin?

  • Sign up: Download the desktop app for best user experience.
  • Get oriented:Review this brief intro to Slack
  • Join the conversation:
  • Slack uses “channels” as one way to organize discussions. You can think of a channel as a themed conversation.
  • Click “channels” in the sidebar. From there, you can browse and join all channels available in a workspace.
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your leadership team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

    • Online formto submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
    • OSU Extension Slack workspacefor informal communication and collaboration
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. Pre-conference workshops occur September 30 through October 1, 2018 and the main conference takes place October 2 and 3, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rural Communities Explorer

RCE is a resource that provides public, online access to social, demographic, economic, and environmental information about Oregon’s counties and places and it has recently been updated. Be aware of it as a resource and you are encouraged to share it with local organizations and partners.

Diversity Highlights

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

Special Note

LGBTQIA+ student publication: Calling all creatives: The OSU Pride Center is now seeking arts and literary submissions for a new publication featuring the creative works of LGBTQIA+ students from all Oregon State campuses and online. The publication will be available digitally and around the Corvallis campus later this spring. Submissions will close Friday, April 27. Direct any questions to View guidelines and submit your works here.

Events & Resources

Conversations for Health Equity Through Awarness, Action and Healing: Native American Health Seminar presented by Dr. Karina Walters, Phd, MSW presents “Honoring the Sacred: A focus on Native American Women and Future Generations and Addressing Historical Trauma, Health and Healing”. For those who can’t attend, the presentation will be recorded and made available at a later date. For more information visit the event page.

Breaking the Silence Astoria Screening: Join the Lower Columbia Q Center and ODVA LGBTQ Vet for a screening of ODVA’s Breaking the Silence: an Oral History of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans and Servicemembers.  The event will take place in Astoria, OR from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  on April 25. For more information visit the event page.

Creating our “Age Friendly” Community: Will you join the conversation? What steps should we take to create a more “Age Friendly” community? Help prioritize issues affecting local seniors like isolation, health care, transportation, housing and more. Then help create short-, mid-, and long-range goals to address those needs. The event will take place in Sisters, OR from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm on April 25. Register here.

Where are Queer People Welcome?: Join the City of Springfield’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the free monthly community Conversation Project. Meetings will be held in the Library Meeting Room at City Hall, 225 Fifth Street on the 26th of April from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm. This final conversation in the series will be facilitated by Jill Winsor. For more information check out the event page.

Advancing Women in Leadership. OSU’s College of Business brings the Portland business community together for short discussions and networking around ideas and strategies on how we can work together to advance women in business. Check out the registration page for the list of panelists. Register here. Event is Tuesday, May 15.

The OSU 1st Annual Amazing Race. Inspired by the TV show “Amazing Race”, the Corvallis Maker Fair, The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, and the Student SACNAS Chapter presents the 1st Diversity Amazing Race event at OSU campus. In collaboration with various OSU and Corvallis Community partners, this event invites you to join in a fun, fast paced (but accommodating) race across campus where teams (families are welcome) will try to complete as many challenges as possible during the race time. Everyone is welcome to participate, watch, cheer. Come join us in celebrating diversity! Register a team or volunteer here.

In the News

#DamWorthIt earns national award
This year’s recipient of the Civic Leaders Award is Oregon State’s #DamWorthIt campaign, led by current men’s soccer student-athlete Nathan Braaten and former gymnast Taylor Ricci. #DamWorthIt is a campaign designed by Braaten and Ricci for student-athletes in order to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health through education and awareness.

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights
Astronomers have a term for three celestial bodies coming into alignment: a syzygy. It’s the most appropriate term we could think of for the onstage confluence in Oregon this month: three of the state’s biggest professional theaters are staging works by contemporary indigenous playwrights — all of them women.

Extension Juntos Program Works to Strengthen Families and Increase Graduation Rates in Local Schools
Local OSU Extension educator, Anna Browne, has introduced a new program to Umatilla and Morrow Counties. The program, called Juntos, means “together” in Spanish and works to unite OSU and our partners in providing culturally relevant programming for Latino 6-12th graders and their parents.

There’s no easy tech fix for online hate speech (Slate)
To understand the depth of the challenge Zuckerberg has taken up, I called Dan Faltesek, a researcher at Oregon State University and author of Selling Social Media: The Political Economy of Social Networking. His assessment was blunt: “It won’t do what they say it’s going to do, so I think right now they’re overpromising and they’re going to underdeliver, as a lot of these folks do.”

What are you reading?

Book: Catching Fire: how cooking made us human (2009) by Richard Wrangham. This Harvard professor of Biological Anthropology employs his field, to discuss cultural trends, such as the raw food diet in relationship to the developing science of nutrition, calling for an updated measurement for human nutrient intake. He illuminates how cooking formed social norms and the resulting gender norm of female hearth tending. He writes that women’s role as cook is both empowering and has contributed to the repression and abuse of women. And based on his expertise, from reading this book, I learned a lot about primates as Wrangham looks for evidence of early hominoids behavior. Shara Anslow

Book: Evidence of Things Unseen  (2004) by Marianne Wiggins. This novel takes place in Tennessee, post WWI and through WWII. The author’s magic in using nature and science to illuminate the characters personalities, relationships and her kind commentary on human nature makes this a must read. While telling about these decades, she gently tucks-in poignant episodes of this nation’s history, like the Dustbowl Migration. It’s a book that inspires contemplation. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

New Items on Oregon School Lunch Menus
The trainings use Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA school nutrition requirements and emphasize using locally produced foods and ingredients.

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers
The Washington Post via AP
Honeybees are among the first of the bee species to become active each year, said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Oregon school begins each day with food, fitness
East Oregonian 
Students at an Oregon elementary school receive 15 minutes of recess and then breakfast in the classroom at the beginning of each school day. The school recently received statewide recognition for its breakfast program. Angie Treadwell, the nutrition education coordinator for OSU Extension Service, nominated McNary Heights for the award.

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Registration

Support your colleagues! Register today for the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Ten projects (many of which are Extension projects) will be
showcased on Monday, May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom (Corvallis) as outstanding examples of outreach and engagement work. The awards portion of the event will be followed by a poster session and reception. The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is hosting the event; there is no cost to attend. Space is limited so please register early. Last day to register is May 4.


Notecards and Thank You cards

Notecards and generic thank you cards can be ordered online through Printing and Mailing. Click on the Design Online link, register or sign in, then click on the Catalog tab. Notecards can be customized with companion logos (front) and contact information (back). Consider
adding OSU Extension’s elevator speech statement to the back panel: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon. Envelopes also can be ordered online (note: only the OSU institutional logo appears on envelopes).

Extension Web Update

Based on feedback from content teams, we’ve added a few new ways to enter content and some new tools, see: New and updated guidelines for content entry. Please review before adding additional content to the website.

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack:
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Earth Day of Service materials and website

Please share the Earth Day of Service marketing materials which includes printable posters and social media images, and the Beyond Earth Day website, which features the many great events in addition to the Day of Service that will be taking place at OSU.

Earth Day of Service marketing:

Beyond Earth Day website:

Sensory Evaluation of Wine

If you live in Oregon, you probably know about the amazing wine we make in the region, and Oregon State University has been deeply involved with this industry for years. Our Sensory Evaluation of Wine course benefits from this industry knowledge and offers you insights about the types of grapes produced in Oregon and Washington and beyond.

Led by Oregon State’s renowned wine expert, Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, you will get to experience a range of wines and wine styles from around the world, including Australia Shiraz, New Zealand Pinot noir, French Rosé and much more!

In this four-day course in Corvallis, you’ll gain:

  • A detailed introduction to the many nuances of wine tasting
  • Knowledge to evaluate and describe taste, smell and mouthfeel of wine
  • The ability to communicate your newfound expertise to others

Due to popular demand, we are offering this course in the evening in order to accommodate your busy schedule. Secure your seat today as spaces are limited!

Robotics team secure World Finals competition spot: bring home state championship banner

Students from Wasco County 4-H entered the Oregon State VEX Robotics finals as underdogs but walked out with the championship banner and a ticket to the world championship later this spring.

“This is the first time any robotics team from The Dalles has advanced to the world finals level and displays a tremendous amount of work from the students and a high quality program,” said Wasco County 4-H coach Lu Seapy.

With the three team alliance of Binary Kaos, Flip N’ Awesome of Sandy, and Flavor Town of Salem, the trio was able to easily sweep the finals and bring home the champions banner. Now the team faces an added challenge: making it to the World Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Getting our team to Worlds is a huge honor, and it will be expensive,” said coach Ajay Rundell. The team will need to raise approximately $8,000 for plane tickets and travel costs. Individuals wishing to contribute can contact Ajay Rundell at or call Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494.

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 & Resources

Community Dialogue on Safety and Justice: Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Join us in exploring multiple perspectives on strategies to realize community safety and racial justice. April 30, 6-8 p.m. MU Multipurpose Room 13. More information on the Community Dialogues website.

Dessert & Documentaries: Sexual Assault in Latinx Communities:  A showing of two films on the topic of rape in the Field on April 19 at 7:00 p.m, the second film is on the topic of rape in the night shift and the showing for that time will be April 24 at 7:00 pm. The location for both films will be at the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Transgender Lives of People in Argentina and Mexico: Photographer Kike Arnal comes to talk about his experience documenting the lives of Trans people in Mexico and Argentina. April 18, 5-7 p.m. Memorial Union Ballroom. More information on the visit the event page.

Siembra la Cena Gradening Series: In collaboration with OSU Extension and FISH Food Bank, The Next Door hosts a ‘Siembra la Cena’ gardening series. The classes, delivered in Spanish, will cover topics such as soil preparation, how to grow pesticide-free fruits and veggies, proper watering, and more. For information and registration, call Jody at 541-436-0313. To see when the next class is going to be, check out the event page.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Early Stage: This class is free and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit April 20 from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm at 1651 Lexington Ave, Astoria, OR.

WU Hawaiʻi Club’s 29th Annual Lūʻau: Join Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club is celebrating the culture and history of Hawai’i through food, music, and dance. April 21, 5:50 pm- 9:30 pm. At Cone Fieldhouse Willamette University. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

Bend parents talk inclusion, standing against hate
The presenters were Central Oregon Community College Director of Diversity and Inclusion Karen Roth and the college’s Program Director of Early Childhood Education Amy Howell. When parents were asked why they came to the meeting, one said she wants her kids to truly understand the meaning of the word “hate”.

Navigating Challenges: A PCC Student Story
It is an institutional strategy aimed at increasing student success through building guided pathways, enhancing support services, implementing diversity, equity and inclusion tactics, … And as a result of his tireless work, Truong was honored with the Student Activism Honor Award by Oregon Open Educational Resources.

Why we need emoji representing people with disabilities
‘Having accessibility and inclusion of all types be a priority in tech is a huge issue.’

The Arts Center and OSU seek art for mental health exhibition
The Arts Center and Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are seeking artwork for “Art Saves Lives,” a pop-up show in May directed at furthering the dialogue on mental health.

Photo Model Releases

The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students. As a general guide, if you’re taking a picture of a single person or a small group and they’re the main focus of your shot, have them complete and sign a model release form.

For large groups, workshops or events, there’s a model release long form for multiple names.

The most up to date model release forms can be found on the OSU Brand Guidelines website. Everyone should use these online forms.

There is not yet a Spanish-language version, but University Marketing is working on it.

What are you reading?

Book: Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom (2009) by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius.
Mindfulness is a hot topic for mental health, ACE and Trauma informed outreach. This book is a good lay-reference to brain function and the positive neural response of meditation and mindfulness. Plus, great tips for bringing mindful practice into your own life. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Researchers focus on helping hazelnut boom
Capital Press
Oregon State Extension Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman updates growers on brown marmorated stink bug research. … It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State University that are resistant to eastern filbert blight.Bankruptcies point to tougher organic potato market
Capital Press
“I wonder if we just got too many acres too quickly,” said Brian Charlton, cropping systems specialist at Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. The Klamath Basin’s high elevation and low winter temperatures help suppress fungus and insect problems in potatoes.

In this week’s issue:

Follow-up: OSU Extension Town Hall

The recording of the April 3 Town Hall is available on our redesign resource page.

A reminder that Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley welcome the opportunity to schedule conversations with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this change means in the context of your work.

Reminder: Feedback on East regional director candidates

Links to recordings of the East regional director candidates’ presentations are available on our redesign resource page. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

Changes: Communication and connection opportunities

Beginning last fall, we tried two new connection opportunities: a weekly open phone line with your leadership team, and an online question/comment form. We agreed to keep these going through March and then evaluate. As you heard during the Town Hall, use of these forums has been modest. Our sense, based on your feedback, is that these haven’t provided the type of personal connection and dialogue that you prefer or would find helpful.


  • We will discontinue the weekly open phone line, effective now.
  • We will keep the online question/comment form going through June, and then re-evaluate. We have added a field for “name” so we can ensure you receive a personal response.

We are also adding a new opportunity: Slack

  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack.
  • Here is a quick intro to Slack(courtesy of OSU’s web community, who also uses Slack for this purpose).
  • Why Slack? There are a number of chat tools available to OSU employees. Slack was one of the first good persistent chat tools, and other communities at OSU have adopted it, notably the web community and OSU communicators network.
  • Tips:
    • DO Download the Slack app for your desktop for the best experience. Also available for mobile devices.
    • DO watch for Slack tips in future ConnEXTions issues.
    • DO NOT use Slack to share data or information that’s classified as sensitive or confidential.

Reminder: Ongoing communication opportunities

  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension Web Update

See the two recent blog posts for an update on the content strategist hire and project timeline, plus a few updated resources and tips for content teams.

OSU Brand Symposium

If your work responsibilities include communication and marketing, please consider registering for the OSU Brand Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Come hear from an exciting lineup of guest speakers that are sure to inspire and ignite creativity in the areas of diversity and inclusion, graphic design, media and film. We’ll also provide updates on the OSU brand system and launch an awards program!

Registration for faculty and staff is $30 and includes lunch and light refreshments. Please register by April 16.

Social Media Resources

Social media can be confusing, especially with all the changes coming at you constantly. If you’re new to social media or just want a brush up, take advantage of OSU’s resources for Brand-related policies, Overall policy, Tips, and Best practices.

For additional questions, contact EESC social media specialists Kym Pokorny (541-737-3380) or Chris Branam (541-737-2940).

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 & Resources

Sisters Supporting Survivors: Join us for a group conversation on how to respond to and support survivors of sexual assault and other traumas. This is brought to you by the Women’s Center, Panhellenic Council, and Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. Tuesday, April 10, 4-6 p.m., Kappa Delta Sorority, 305 N.W. 25th St.

Bridging Cultures: Our Neighbors’ Stories: Join Ethel Marquez, Viktoria Haas, Luis Dominguez, Neiko Bronson and Ubaldo Hernandez as they tell their fascinating stories of “bridging cultures”’ where they have faced challenges and discovered delights. You don’t have to be an immigrant to “bridge cultures”. The event will be at the Hood River Library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information visit the event page.

Sexual Assault Awareness: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This month features many opportunities to learn about sexual violence in various communities, ways to support survivors, and commitments we can all make to end rape culture. Events are happening all month; please join our campus community and attend some of these important programs. View the full calendar of events here: SAAM Calendar

In the News

American History Through a Multi-perspective Lens: Oregon’s Teacher of the Year

Matt Bacon-Brenes, Oregon State Teacher of the Year 2018, cares about creating an environment that is conducive to learning for children from all backgrounds. Being Teacher of the Year is much more than a title; Bacon-Brenes and his fellow TOYs will meet up throughout the year to discuss the impact they want to have on the education environment in America.

Hunger at school does not end at college admission
The College and University Food Bank Alliance, co-founded by the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry, provides support, training, and resources for campus food banks and pantries that primarily serve students. Federal policy could make a difference too.

Anthropology student sheds light on Islam
At Bazaar International Market in Corvallis, a variety of food products from across the Middle East line the shelves, cuts of fresh halal meat are available daily and a collection of teas invite curious customers. This is where anthropology major Elliot Paulson spends a good portion of his time gathering research and information for his senior thesis titled “Mainstreaming Halal: A Growing Niche Market in an Oregon University Town.”

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Oregon’s Growing Olives
Oregon Wine Press
The growers’ association also has a strong ally in the Oregon State University Extension Service. A four-person research team, headed by Javier Fernandez-Salvador of the Marion-Polk County Extension Service, is studying olive trees at locations in Aurora and Alpine.

Business Oregon awards $45,000 to Partners for Rural Innovation
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The funding will be used for three programs: relaunching the Recipe to Market classes conducted by Oregon State University Extension and Small Business Development Center; creating a Tillamook County brand or co-brand of foods to enhance marketing efforts; and a feasibility study on the creation of a food hub to improve distribution of foods, such as fish, meat and produce, between local and regional buyers and sellers.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update
Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3
Extension Web Update
Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the news

Branding Update

Extension elevator speeches – Talking about Extension just got a little easier. Out of the Extension sub-brand work, we now have three short elevator speeches. Whether you are speaking with someone in person, making a community presentation, communicating over email, or composing a tweet, you are encouraged to use these to describe OSU Extension (they also can be found in the Extension Style Guide on page 21):

140-character statement: Oregon State University Extension provides information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

10-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon.

30-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians. As a land, sun, space and sea grant institution, we’re committed to nurturing our great state’s communities, economies and ecosystems. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes brief updates on project timeline, content strategist recruitment, and resource revisions.

Remember: Office hours/open labs are available for content teams to work through questions and examples with the project team.


EESC has some exciting news! We have three award winners from the Association for Communications Excellence’s Critique and Awards program.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Results from the February 2018 Funding Cycle
During the February funding cycle 31 applications were received and $5,449 was awarded through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The faculty and staff receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

“Growing the Fund”
Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region

Due to the Regional Director interviews for East Region candidates there will be no open phone line with the executive team this Thursday, 4/5, 2pm.

Presentation: Candidates will have 30 minutes to give their presentations with 15 minutes of Q & A to follow.
Thursday, April 5
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Timothy Kock
Kidder 202 or at

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Paul Hill
Kidder 202 or at

Friday, April 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Peter Schreder
Kidder 202 or at

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Joaquina Kankam
Kidder 202 or at

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 & Resources

Radical Imagination: ​ This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizer. The conference will take place at Oregon State University the dates are April 6-8, register for free here.

Storytime – Celebrating Diversity: April is our month for international storytimes! The culture and language change each week. Join the Canby Public Library and  learn about people from all around the world.  This event will take place the 6th and 7th of april from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Location: 220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, Oregon 97013. For more information check out the event page.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LInC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from southern, southwestern and central Asia and northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances and clothes of this culturally diverse region, all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Transgender Inclusion 101: This workshop is designed as a first step for attendees to become allies to the transgender community. We do this by exploring concepts of sex and gender through narrative, breaking down our deeply held assumptions and language, creating space for transgender and gender non-conforming folks in our conversations. The workshop will be the 25th of April from 8:30 to 11:30. Location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. Register here.

 In the News

Salem residents want diversity, bikes, coffee reflected in police HQ designs
A coffee stand. Bike racks for cyclists. Art that represents diversity and culture. Those were among residents’ top requests for amenities at the Salem police headquarters.

Bald Hill field trip offered in Spanish
Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog. “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.

Eugene Emeralds join MiLBs “Copa de la Diversion” to welcome Latino fans
When the Eugene Emeralds opened last season at PK Park, they had a Venezuelan playing first base, third base, shortstop and right field. The starting pitcher from Mexico threw to a catcher from Panama. The second baseman was a native of the Dominican Republic. Twenty of the 29 players on Eugene’s Opening Day roster were from Latin American countries.

What are you reading?

Books: The War that Saved My Life (2015) and The War I Finally Won (2017) by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
When Haley, my granddaughter, recommends a book, I read it! Haley said, “You will love these [Young Reader] books and they will make you cry!”  Set in WWII, the protagonist is 10 year Ada, abused and neglected, she flees London as an evacuee. Ada is bold and intelligent, though completely uneducated. The author writes such a moving story, illustrating the challenges for children who have experienced abuse to accept kindness and feel safe. And bonus, if you grew up riding as I did, Ada gets a pony. The author revels the healing power of horses! I highly recommend that you share these books with the wonderful tween girls in your life.  Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Head start on better berries
Good Fruit Grower
Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University Extension berry specialist, inspects organic blueberries in a test plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Strik has completed a 10-year organic blueberry study published in September in the journal HortScience.

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.