In this week’s issue:

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: November 16, 2018)

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download.  Topics of the conversation included a leadership update by Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley, including a re-introduction of the PACE team, and a presentation about Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer by Vince Adams.

In Memoriam

Charles M. Fischer, Extension Poultry Specialist Emeritus, passed away on Saturday August 11, 2018 at the age of 96.  Charlie Began at Oregon State in the mid 1950’s as Extension Marketing Specialist for Poultry and moved to the Department of Poultry Science in 1971 as Extension Poultry Specialist, retiring in 1985.  Charlie was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon Fryer Commission and the Oregon Broiler Growers Association in the late 1950’s, and the development of the Oregon Broiler Growers BBQ salt which is still sold by the industry today.  In the early 1990’s the Oregon Fryer Commission established an endowed scholarship in Charlie’s name to support undergraduate students in Animal Science interested in poultry. Here is Charlie’s obituary.

Extension Web Update

Since the web launch, visitors have viewed more pages (increased 67%) compared to before the launch and new visitors are attracted by the educational content on the various topics. This week’s blog post looks at the top visited topics and also how to request changes to the topic menu. Returning visitors spend more time looking at ways to get involved with programs and county office events, so EESC is available to talk about how subpages can assist with what these visitors may be looking to find.

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

Hood River Latino Festival: Latin entertainment for the whole family. Food, music and a lot of local information. We will have a a special presentation from Mariachi Juvenil de Colotlan along with local artist. August 22nd in Hood River from 3:00 pm to 9:00pm, for more info visit event page.

Conversation Project: Everyday Leaders – Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority: The notion of “leadership” often conjures up individuals with titles reflecting positions of power and authority—those who control resources and make important decisions that affect large groups of people. Many of our ideas about leadership are also influenced by race, gender, age, and other identities. August 30th from 3:30 pm tp 4:30 pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

The Arab Festival: Join the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon as they celebrate their Arab heritage with live music featuring Raid Alasmar and other musicians from the Arab world, dabka, a Souq (Bazaar), Middle Eastern cuisine, henna, games, dance, poetry, networking opportunities. September 1st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Superintendents of color bring rich experience to schools
There are only a handful of school superintendents of color in Oregon and roughly half of them head school districts in East Multnomah County, one of the most diverse areas in the state.

Bilingual program becomes Oregon City district magnet school
What began as a small program embedded in a traditional school for the Jennings Lodge neighborhood will this year become a magnet program serving elementary-age students across the Oregon City School District.

Dove Spector and the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
Dove Spector is a senior research assistant with the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Her role is to support tribal engagement and help Native American youth envision a future in advanced education and beyond.

Oregon ranks first for homeless youth

Oregon ranks first in the nation for the rate of homeless children and youth and 10th in the percentage of foster care placements, according to a new report by WalletHub.

Survey: People think Native Americans don’t exist/aren’t discriminated against
Where are Native Americans? For many Americans, tribes are relegated to history books. A recent survey found 40 percent of respondents didn’t think Native Americans still exist.

Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates.

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 City Farmers Market offers tours, recipe demos
Clackamas Review
The Oregon State University Extension Service, Clackamas County and the Oregon City Farmers Market have solved that dilemma by teaming up to offer market tours and food demonstrations on the second Saturday of the month through October.

East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell of the Oregon State University extension program and SNAP-ed coordinator promotes healthy living, but she said life is all about balance.
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