In this week’s issue:

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

REGISTER NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! On September 5, join leaders, researchers, colleagues and community members as we kick off an important conversation about community food resilience and food equity at the Portland Art Museum, or at any one of the 13 livestream locations. The Communities, Food, Resilience event takes place 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. with a reception following at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Register today!

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 or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Tiffany Gillis wins F & A All Star Award

Tiffany Gillis, our Finance and Accounting Manager in the University Administrative Business Center, was recently honored as the recipient of the Division of Finance and Administration’s All Star Award. This is the highest award across a large organization that includes Budget and Fiscal Planning, Business Affairs, Human Resources, OSU Shared Services (Business Centers), Public Safety, Risk Management, and University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations. As Scott Reed indicated in his letter supporting the nomination:
Tiffany is a valued colleague to Extension Service and Division administrators. I cannot imagine a more deserving nominee for this award. Tiffany Gillis represents the best qualities in an employee, and goes well beyond expectations. She does all of this with a smile and attitude that convinces those around her to excel.
Congratulations Tiffany! We are all very proud of you.

Extension Web Update

Have you ever received a call with someone asking “Where do I find ____ on the website?” Since the Extension website looks different than in the past, our volunteers, partners, and the public may need guidance to find where information they use is now located online. This week’s web upgrade blog post looks at how faculty and staff can give a quick tour as needed to help others to navigate the new Extension site.

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 Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA? 

(1) DACA renewals continue to be accepted, (2) new DACA applications are not currently being accepted, and (3) in the near term, pending rulings could quickly change the landscape for DACA in either direction.

  • DC District Court. On August 3, Judge Bates ruled in the NAACP and Princeton cases that the entire DACA program must be restored and all qualified persons must be permitted to file new DACA applications and renewals.  Judge Bates stayed his order until August 23 to provide the government the opportunity to appeal and seek a stay. This means the order is not effective until August 23, at which time the government may be required to accept new DACA applications, in addition to DACA renewals, unless the government appeals the order.
  • Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit has not yet issued its decision in the five related DACA cases, Regents of University of California and four others, that the government appealed and for which oral arguments took place on May 15, 2018.  The preliminary injunction is still in place in these cases, requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications.
  • Second Circuit. The preliminary injunction requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications is also currently in place in the New York DACA cases. Batalla Vidal and New York v. Trump are on appeal. No hearing has yet been scheduled.
  • Southern District Court in Texas. Texas and six other states have sought to terminate the entire DACA program, and that case is currently before Judge Hanen in the Southern District Court in Texas.  A hearing on the government’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt DACA was scheduled for August 8. Hanen did not issue an immediate ruling Wednesday.

With the uncertainty surrounding DACA, we encourage you to please remind all undocumented students and employees with DACA of on-campus resources available them:

  • ASOSU Student Legal Services provides no-cost attorney consultations directly to any OSU student, regardless of immigration status and where the student is located. These attorneys are not OSU employees and have a direct attorney-client relationship and privilege/confidentiality with OSU students. Students may visit ASOSU Student Legal Services on the third floor of the Student Experience Center or call 541-737-4165 to make an appointment. If students have questions about their DACA status or renewal, please encourage them to make an appointment with ASOSU Student Legal Services as soon as possible.
  • The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is available to provide advising and support to DACA and undocumented students. Students may contact Janet Nishihara  or Courtney Garcia  for more information.
  • Any employee with DACA may contact Jennifer Short  in Human Resources with questions related to employment, or the Office of Institutional Diversity ( with general questions.

Events & Resources

Conversations About Dementia: When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Our Dementia Conversations class is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. August 15th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

2018 Corvallis Pride Pageant: Haus of Dharma invites you join them for the first annual Corvallis Pride Pageant! Hosted by Miss Dharma Prada MacPherson & Lucielle S. Balls. Three tittles will be awarded Miss Corvallis Pride 2018, Mr. Corvallis Pride 2018, and Mx. Corvallis Pride 2018! August 17th at 10:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information vist the event page.

JADE International Night Market 2018: Portland Community College Southeast Campus ainvites the public to enjoy authentic international cuisine, cultural performances, and celebrate the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland.  For more information check out the event page.

Fiesta en el Parque: Fiesta en el Parque is a free community-wide event celebrating Latino culture and diversity in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. August 19th from 2:00 to 6:00pm in Beaverton, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

OSU changing building names to promote inclusivity 

After a two-year process, Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday that he has chosen new monikers for three university buildings whose previous namesakes have ties to historical racist positions or beliefs. (see also KEZI, Register-GuardKXL)

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 Outdoor School
Chris Elliott, OSU Extension Office in Corvallis and Mark Mulvihill, Intermountain ESD Superintendent discuss Outdoor School with host Butch Thurman.
Topics include how Outdoor School is funded, Measure 99, adding State funded staffing to the mix, impact of the program and best practices for student success.

Yellowjackets ruining your picnic? Here’s what the buzz is all about
Western Oregon residents are seeing more yellowjackets than usual in their yards and gardens this year, according to Gail Langellotto, an Oregon Sate University Extension entomologist.

Pesticide ruling impacts local ag producers
Ontario Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension Agent Stuart Reitz confirmed in an email that chlorpyrifos is commonly used in the area and one of the products it appears in is Lorsban.

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