In this week’s issue:

New Extension name badge

New OSU Extension name badge – To adopt the new OSU branding and provide consistency across the Division, Extension Administration will pay for one replacement name badge for all faculty and staff through December 31, 2018 (this does not include name badges for students or temporary employees; these are the responsibility of the county/department).

Supervisors or office managers should contact R3 Engraving at to order the replacement name badges. Please contact Kaylyn Hymes in Extension Administration to obtain an index and activity code to charge.

Example of the new OSU Extension name badge:

2017-18 Academic Report for University Outreach and Engagement

The annual academic report on the Division of University Outreach and Engagement is now available online. The report attempts to provide the Provost and other readers with a snapshot of the wide project and geographic scope of work that is done within the Division by our dedicated faculty and staff and the positive impact your work has on individuals, families, industry, and communities.

Benny at the Fair Advertising Templates

Fair season has arrived! To promote Benny the Beaver’s appearance at your fair, three ad templates are available for your use. Access them in Box. Here’s how:

Access Box via the Employee Intranet site. Click on the first bullet, which takes you to all the Extension and AES folders. Search for the “Marketing, Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder. Click on Templates and then on the “Benny at the Fairs Advertising” folder. If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the files, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (541-737-1327).

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Peter Bloome, retired Extension Associate Director, who passed away at his home on June 30 with family by his side. Peter held the position of Extension Associate Director from October 1, 1997 and served in this role until he retired December 31, 2002. Starting July 1, 2003, Peter held an Emeritus Appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Biological & Ecological Engineering Department.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Extension Web Update

Many teams are working hard to add content to the new Extension website, but need just a little more time. The decision to move the deadline from August 1 to November 1 for accessing the archived Extension content gives more time for content teams to review and assess what is needed before the old content goes completely offline. Other changes this week include the EESC web team reducing our office hours, since the number of people attending has tapered off post-launch. People can still inquire during office hours on Fridays 2-4 pm, or contact us to set up an individual meeting time during the week. Learn more about this and other updates in the recent web upgrade project blog post.

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

UPDATE! Diversity & Inclusion Summer School 101

Register now for sessions next week starting Monday:

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?

Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians? July 25th, at 6:30 pm in Portland. More information.

Priced Out: Gentrification

A screening of the documentary film Priced Out, which chronicles the journey of one black, single mother as she decides to sell her home and move to Texas amidst the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood that she grew up in. We’ll have time for a discussion of the film’s themes after the screening. Free and open to all! July 29th, at 7:30pm to 9:30pm, in Portland. For more information.

¡Festival Latino de Albany 2018!

Festival Latino 2018 is just around the corner! This free event includes cultural performances, children’s activities, food for purchase, and a Health & Community Resource Fair. You can’t miss it! July 29th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in Albany. More information.

In the News

What work does a street sign do?

Natchee Blu Barnd is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and Native American studies at Oregon State University. Barnd’s recent work focuses on how place-naming shapes perspectives of history related to Indigenous peoples in the United States. In the conversation below, we look at what this does or does not do to benefit different interest groups.

Hip hop forestry: Thomas Rashad Easley of F&ES

Thomas Rashad Easley, assistant dean of community and inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, describes how he learned to love people and share his truth from hip hop and how to respect the earth through forestry. Bringing them together, he says, has allowed him to connect people who have been unnaturally kept apart to create a better world.

NEOEDD offering more DEI Sessions

Do you wonder what people mean by “DEI” –– diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

OSU-Cascades honors faculty, staff achievements

Oregon State University–Cascades recently recognized six recipients of the 2018 Employee Awards.  The awards recognize faculty and staff in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff; scholarship and creative activity; sustainability; and teaching excellence.

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

Net some knowledge
Oregon Coast Today
Experts from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service will run the free tours, connecting seafood lovers with commercial fishermen.

Research station fights back against rose stem girdler
Capital Press
A new pest has burst on the scene at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Sharing equipment benefits small-scale farmers
Capital Press
Historically, many farmers of all scales have shared equipment. However, the idea is gaining in popularity among new farmers — especially those looking for a collaborative group, said Melissa Fery, an Oregon State University Small Farms Extension agent.

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