In this week’s issue:

Recording available: East regional director presentation

The recording of candidate Natalie Kinion’s presentation is available. Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

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.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
    • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • 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

County teams can now begin adding announcements, events, sub-pages, and social media links to the website! View our Friday county webinar for the details and also refer to the managing county content guide for specifics on entering content. The OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project blog this week also shares a few reminders for entering content, highlights from the website, also an example of a well-formatted article.

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

Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar: This event is FREE and open to the public! Join the Muslim Student Association at OSU during a Ramadan Iftar dinner to learn more about the historic legacy of Malcolm X and his messages of solidarity and social justice. Executive Director of the Council of Islamic American Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, will discuss Islam, social justice, the legacy of Malcolm X, and the importance of Black Muslim voices in our communities. For more information visit the event page here.

SJEI workshops: Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs. Additional spring term Tier One dates and new Tier Two workshops are now open for registration at Join your colleagues and peers to begin, or continue your social justice journey in this well-reviewed program. Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

 In the News

Juntos program reaches to community (Daily Astorian)

Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Where college students can find emergency money and housing

The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

County wrestles with ADUs

Nicole Hindes, who works with low-income students at Oregon State University, said a survey showed that a significant number are in desperate need of affordable housing.

America is more diverse thanever — but still segregated

The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044. But census data show most of our neighbors are the same race.

What are you reading?

Book: Lincoln in the Bardo (2017) by George Saunders. This story of Abraham Lincoln’s loss of a child (and his process of letting go) is unlike anything I have ever read – I understand now that death, like life, is beautiful, painful, confusing, and transformative….favorite book this year! Anne Hoisington

Book: Homing Instincts  (2018) by Dionisia Morales. Our OSU Extension colleague Dio Morales shows her talent for weaving stories in this collection of essays, exploring the concept of “home,” that follows her and her family as they migrate to Oregon. Fellow Extension professionals will appreciate the sciences Dio cleverly covers: lots of geography, some geology, hydrology, apiculture, agriculture, family & community health (both here and in her native New York City), and even a little forestry (as she paints the picture of her husband’s hometown at the edge of the Black Forest). An easy, fun, touching, and thought-provoking read.  Karen Zimmermann

Extension in the news

Capital Press
Ashley Thompson joined Oregon State University as the Mid-Columbia Extension horticulturist on April 30, serving Wasco and Hood River counties.

Keep Cats Out of Your Garden
Brooke Edmunds, PhD, OSU Extension Service Community Horticulturist, joined us to share some ways to keep curious cats from invading your outdoor spaces.

Oregon Diet
OSU project directors Siew Sun Wong, an assistant professor of nutrition and a specialist with the Extension Service, and Melinda Manore, a professor of nutrition, were awarded $4.7 million to start the program awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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