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.

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