In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

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)

Extension Web Update

Starting in September the EESC web team will be ending the Friday office hours due to low use, but will continue to have the Web Support service desk available to answer questions. Individualized meetings and trainings will also be happening this fall. Stay tuned for details.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.


Gender and Racial Disparities in a Youth Urban Agriculture Workshop Urban youth participation in agricultural activities has been linked to positive educational outcomes. This article explores the gender and racial differences in perceived knowledge gain and intended behavior change among youths participating in a youth urban agriculture workshop in 2015.

Latinos Living Well—A Diabetes Education Program for Rural-Residing Latinos Diabetes is a health issue for many Latinos. Extension can help provide diabetes self-management education for rural-residing Latinos. In a pilot study, we evaluated the Extension-delivered diabetes program Latinos Living Well (LLW), as provided to 76 rural-residing Latino adults in a midwestern state.

RELAX to Relajarse: A Framework for Culturally Adapting Educational Programming in Extension Family life and Extension family and consumer science educators are encouraged to adapt existing curricula to effectively use with ethnically diverse audiences. Scholars have described different methods for culturally adapting programming; however, few have documented the process by which Extension educators may tackle this endeavor. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework and step-by-step example for how one Extension program was translated and culturally adapted for U.S. Latino participants. Lessons learned and recommendations are provided.

Strategies for 4-H Program Planning and Recruitment Relative to African American Male Youths

Extension educators often seek new strategies for engaging minority youths in 4-H programs, especially young Black males. These strategies require programming developed in response to the context of this population. We offer insights into the social context of Black males and offer suggestions that will help educators develop identity and integrative site-based programs for this population.

Events & Resources

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People & Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a demonstrable need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now: 

2018 Basic Rights Statewide Leadership Summit: As a hub for our statewide LGBTQ community, our 3rd annual summit is the place to be to build your personal skills, make connections, and join the movement for LGBTQ justice across Oregon. September 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

Latino Fest: The Latino Community Association (LCA) invites the community to the Latino Fest on September 15th, 2018 at Madras’s Sahalee Park from 10am-6pm. For more information visit the event page.

Aging our Way: 2018 Gay and Grey Expo: The country’s largest gathering for LGBT older adults and allies. September 22nd from 9:00am to 3:30pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page. 

In the News

Area high schools get glimpse of tribal ways

Dozens of area high school students got a peek at life from the view of local American Indian tribes in an effort to bridge cultural divides

Strong Women: OSU Extension program provides strength in numbers
Strong Women and its counterpart, Strong Bones, are programs of the Oregon State University Extension Office.

Ginew Releases a Stunning Lookbook Shot on the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Ginew’s story sounds like the beginning of a superhero tale. Married duo Erik Brodt and Amanda Bruegl spend their days helping sick patients—as a family medicine doctor and women’s oncology doctor, respectively. But on nights and weekends they design and run the country’s only Native-owned, premium denim collection.

Everyday Heroes: Salem teen spearheads effort to create homeless youth shelter
We meet Raul Marquez, who as a senior at McKay High School in Salem convinced the board of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to provide a grant for $100,000 to create a homeless youth shelter.

Daunting but dreamt-of: New Portland school aims to change the narrative for children of color

Butler has spent the past year in preparation for the revival of Harriet Tubman, the middle school that black Portlanders created in the 1980s through protests but the district closed in 2012 citing low enrollment.

What are you reading?

Book: Boys in the Boat (2013) by Daniel James Brown

Gives a gut wrenching journey through the brutal conditions people lived through during the Great Depression.  Very uplifting in the end.  An inspiration for all. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

Sept. 1 is Chip Bubl Day, county proclaims
St. Helens Chronicle
Chip Bubl has served as Columbia County’s OSU extension agent for 40 years and is an OSU associate professor of horticulture; and whereas, during his tenure, Chip Bubl has contributed immensely to the education…

Fall Into the Fall Garden
The Source Weekly
“Some of the main factors that contribute to these difficulties include temperature, precipitation, soil types, elevation, USDA hardiness zones and microclimates,” wrote Amy Jo Detweiler, an associate professor in home and commercial horticulture at Oregon State University, in an article about gardening in Central Oregon.

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