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)

Diversity Webinar

An exciting webinar is being offered Tuesday, October 23 at 10 AM. It is:   “California 4-H Embracing Diversity & Fostering Inclusion – Not an easy task!” California 4-H leads the largest 4-H Latino Youth initiative in the nation. The initiative started in 2015 when the California 4-H team set high total enrollment expectations and achieve parity for Latino, Black and Asian youth.  In 2016, we started a pilot program in seven counties, focused in the Latino community and hired bilingual and bicultural program representatives in an effort to introduce 4-H to the Latino community, our initial goal was getting to know the community and offered new and innovative 4-H delivery modes, like afterschool programs and day camps. After two years, California 4-H has increase total enrollment by 38.7%, the participation of the Latino youth in California 4-H by 89.3% and the number of counties which achieved parity by 70%. During our presentation we will share our challenges and opportunities during our journey in an effort to motivate the audience to embrace diversity and foster inclusion in their 4-H programs.

Update: 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.

“Growing the Fund”
Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to the following fund:

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)

Extension Web Update

Extension faculty and staff can stay on top of web updates and share your input through events this month. EESC is gearing up for web trainings, and giving web status and strategy reports to different groups throughout October. Read this week’s web upgrade blog post for who will be involved and the upcoming dates, times, and places.

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

Diversity and Inclusion—What, Why, and ROI: Creating A LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff, Clients, and Students— The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting Mike Chaddock from Michigan State University on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Magruder Hall M 102. This presentation will include basic information on diversity and inclusion and the business case for diversity and inclusion, and provide take-home ideas and tips on how to create a LGBTQ+ friendly environment. This is a free lecture open to students, staff and faculty. For questions or accommodations contact or 541-737-6779.

How to Identify Culturally Diverse and LGBTQ+ Friendly Educational and Employment Opportunities AND How to Make the Environment LGBTQ+ Friendly”: Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 12:00 pm in the MagruderHall Room 2012.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity—What and Why. Creating a LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff and Clients”
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 5:30 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

Mental Health Outcomes and Stressors in LGBTQ+ DVM Workforce and the Classroom
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 9 at 12:00 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

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:

(In)Visible Series: Living in Albany: A series of events meant to improve community relationships in Albany. This series is intended to improve the collective understanding of what intersectionality is, what actions Albany residents can take in their community, and what changes they want to see in how they interact with each other in their daily lives.  Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church 432 S.W. Ferry St, Albany. This event was funded through a Health Equity grant written by OSU Extension Linn County.

In the News

Inspiring Future Leaders

When you think of scientists, what comes to mind? Lab coats and microscopes? Beakers and goggles? These images are how science is often portrayed through media, but for many youth—especially in underserved communities—it might be the only impression they have.

LatinX Heritage Month: A festival of culture, history and tradition

From art exhibits to film screenings to operas to a celebration of life and death, this year’s UO LatinX Heritage Month honors the diverse LatinX community.

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

Class in the woods: Klamath County sixth-graders participate in forestry tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell is an assistant forestry professor with the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, which organized the event. He said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing. “We use products from the forest all the time,” he said.

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