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)

      Revised OSU Model Releases for photos, etc.

      University Relations and Marketing made a couple of updates to OSU’s Model Release Forms. Beginning now, please use the new forms located with the OSU Brand materials. Instructions and link to forms are at:

      Extension Web Update

      With the changing of seasons, this can be a good time to review, update, and create content that web audiences may be interested in this time of year. In the process, take a moment to assess not only if the writing is accurate but readable. This week’s website upgrade blog post looks at how “articles” (rather than downloadable documents) are the most widely read type of content on the Extension website, and how simple formatting can make articles easier to read online.

      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 Annoucement

      OSU launches We Have Work To Do campaign: This student focused, year-long campaign celebrates the strides OSU has made to create a more diverse and equitable university, while recognizing that there is still much work to be done. For more information, visit the website:

      Events & Resources

      Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People and Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a 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:

      3 Doors: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? Find out September 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      Queer History Month BBQ: A social get together for the LGBTQIA+ community at OSU and around Corvallis for good food and a good time. October 4 from 4:00 om to 6:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

      2nd Annual My Hair, My Health PDX!: My Hair My Health PDX! is an award winning, one-day community celebration adapted from San Bernadino Department of Public Health’s program designed for African-American women. October 6 from 1:30 to 5:00 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      In the News

      Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens at higher risk of substance abuse, study finds 

      According to a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Oregon State University found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths are at a higher risk of substance use compared to their heterosexual peers.

      First-generation students construct their own path

      Oregon State University is home to almost 32,000 students on its Corvallis campus, some who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation student and President of Oregon State University Ed Ray is an example of what success can look like after a higher education.

      Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

      Oregon State University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

      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?

      What’s the difference between green, orange and red peppers?
      Oregon State University Extension Service explains that “all pepper fruits are ripened ovaries containing seeds formed after pollination.”

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