In this week’s issue:

Annual Conference: Send us your Proposals!

Extension Annual Conference: Proposals and Session Information Due August 27
It’s time to submit your proposals for Extension Annual Conference (December 3-6, 2018). The website has been updated with proposal information.

Elevate Extension Keynote Talks – NEW! We’re going to hear amazing stories and ideas from our own ranks this year. We are looking for 5-8 people to present seven minute talks. The topic and content must involve one or more of these themes and be of interest to a broad Extension audience:
• Innovation in Extension Programs (either through new efforts or by making programs/processes better, more efficient, or wider-reaching)
• Working together to solve “wicked” problems
• Building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• An inspirational case study about the transformative power of Extension

Additionally, we would be interested in seeing proposals on the following specific ideas: civil discourse, public health and well being, OSU strategic initiatives, convening communities, extension leadership to build community, the future of Extension services, societal trends, and storytelling.
Apply for keynote talks here!

Peer Reviewed Workshops and Posters – This worked so well last year, we’re doing it again! OSUEA will review the proposals. The Request for Proposals includes descriptions of each type of presentation:
Workshops: Teach a new skill or share a program
Summits: Convene a session to bring out new ideas and best practices (see World Café for a suggested format)
Refereed Posters: Share your display about a new program or research findings
Poster to Share With Peers: Show off your favorite educational or promotional display
– Apply for workshops and posters here!

For everything else that needs to be scheduled – Planning a meeting? Admin sponsored session? HR training? Applications are subject to approval and schedule constraints. Use the Invited Application.

COARC name change

The name of the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) in Madras has been updated to the Central Oregon Agriculture Research and Extension Center (COAREC), effective immediately.

This change reflects the strong Extension work that faculty and staff assigned to the Madras location are involved in. The name change was approved through Oregon State’s unit name change process and has the support of local stakeholders.

Carol Tollefson continues her role as director and all faculty and staff assignments and work locations will remain the same.

Over the coming weeks, Carol will facilitate the logistical aspects of this name change, including updating signage, logos, and other materials as needed.

In Memoriam

Wayne D. Mosher, long time Extension specialist from Douglas County has passed away. He specialized in forage management and animal nutrition. During his career he traveled the world sharing his expertise and retired from OSU as a Professor Emeritus. He co-authored several papers, worked on many research projects, and started the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

To honor his wishes there will not be a service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight of Oregon:, Providence Benedictine Hospice of Mt Angel or the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

Extension Web Update

Websites work because the people behind it are focused on better ways to making it function. This doesn’t only include technical pieces, but also the people who make the content happen. In this week’s web upgrade blog post How to Guide your Content Team Forward, EESC links to a new instructional guide and shares advice from content teams that have completed entering their priority content into the new Extension website.

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

2nd Annual Pan African Festival: The festival will host live music, dance, food and entertainment. Along with talks and discussion around health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community. August 11th in Portland form 12:00pm to 8:30pm, for more info visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians: Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? September 6th 12:00 pm, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Camp at OSU combines mariachi music and science 

This week, 30 eighth- through 12th-grade students from Portland, Hillsboro and Forest Grove are participating in the third annual Mariachi STEAM Camp at Oregon State University. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.)

Naming project aims to remind visitors that Marys Peak is still sacred to tribes 

Settlers and their descendants have historically ignored — even disrespected — these sacred spaces, said Oregon State University professor Natchee Barnd. He hopes the project inspires visitors to go beyond understanding the past — to ask what else can be done in the future.

Diversifying Lake Oswego School District’s staff ‘a matter of urgency’

Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion continues to be a primary focus as the Lake Oswego School District approaches a new school year.

PSU offers Oregon’s first major in Indigenous Nations Studies

Portland State University is offering the state’s first major in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies.

What are you reading?

Book: The Blood of Emmett Till (2017) by Timothy Tyson

Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American youth from Chicago. In the summer of 1955 he went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. There is a strong connection between African-American families from this part of Mississippi and the South side of Chicago. The industrialization of the north (creating a pull) and Jim Crow Law (creating a push) influenced migration from Mississippi to Chicago after the Civil War. While visiting that summer, Emmett was accused of flirting with a white store clerk named Carolyn Bryant. Later that night he was pulled from his bed in the by two white men, the clerk’s husband and brother. Emmett was brutally murdered and dumped in the Tallahatchie River. His mother requested his body be brought back to Chicago for an open-casket funeral. The funeral was attended by thousands, was well-covered in the media, and sparked a new energy in the civil rights movement for a young generation of African Americans. Spoiler alert – both white men were acquitted.

Best quote in the book “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him” – Carolyn Bryant.

August 28th marks 63 years since is brutal murder. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the news

More farms, ranches embracing agritourism
Capital Press
Mary Stewart, an agritourism specialist for the Oregon State University Extension, along with other experts, is trying to get USDA to adopt a wider view of agritourism.

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