In this week’s issue:

Nancy Kershaw retiring

Nancy Kershaw is retiring after 34 years of service. Her reception will be Friday, December 14, 12:00-2:30 in Tillamook. Plan to attend and wish her well.

Larry Lutcher gets Distinguished Service Award

Larry Lutcher, agronomist with Oregon State University and Morrow County Extension, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Wheat Growers League at the annual Tri-State Conference this past week in Portland. This was to honor all of Larry’s dedicated work and expertise to crop development in the county. Larry is pictured with Oregon State Wheat Grower President, Brent Cheyne.

Extension Web Update

Visit the conference sessions this week and ask questions.

Diversity Highlights

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


For more Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion event across Oregon, visit our event calendar page.

Events & Resources

Examining White Identity: Participant Application : Faculty facilitators of the EWI in a Multicultural World retreat facilitate similar curriculum for faculty and staff at Oregon State University. Administered as a workshop through the Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI), EWI for faculty and staff provides a focused learning opportunity to explore issues of power, privilege, and oppression related to white identity.  Dates are from 01/11/19 – 01/13/19, for more information and or updates check out the website.

The Second Gathering: Her Story: Join us for an evening of celebrating our stories through food, conversation and writing. December 9 from 6:00pm to 8:00 in Portland. For more informtaion visit the event page.

Equity Innovation Lab: Transformational Women: This powerful program advances female leadership using physical challenges and encouragement to takeselves and their leadership seriously to counteract the impacts of sexism. December 12 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

Raising Respectful Kids in a Diverse World: Part 2: Join in a conversation to improve parentsand adults’ skills to address these harms with kids early on in their development. December 16 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Eugene. Fore more information visit the event page.

Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua Prior to European Contact: Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from one of Cape Per-petua’s exceptional volunteers, Dick Mason. December 23 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm in Lincoln, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Fourth National Climate Assessment- Chapter 15: Tribes and Indigenous Peoples

“Indigenous peoples in the United States are diverse and distinct political and cultural groups and populations. Though they may be affected by climate change in ways that are similar to others in the United States, Indigenous peoples can also be affected uniquely and disproportionately.”

Studies Provide Further Proof that African American Students Benefit from Having Black Teachers

“African American students who have even just one or two black teachers in elementary school are significantly more likely to enroll in college, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and American University.”

Pacific Northwest History and Cultures: Why Do the Foods We Eat Matter?

This online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, images, objects, and other sources to help students and teachers understand the important connections between foods and cultures for Native People of the Pacific Northwest

Molalla 4-H alumna performs special duties at national event

Each state has the opportunity to nominate one current or college-aged 4-H member to perform at the national ceremony every year. It is a great honor to be nominated, according Wendy Hein, 4-H Youth Development faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clackamas County.

We Have Work To Do

As a slogan, “We Have Work To Do” evokes images of a campus rolling up its sleeves and getting down to business. That is exactly what the Office of Institutional Diversity intends with its new campaign, which takes a look at where Oregon State University stands on its path to create a more inclusive community.

New Campaign Aims to End the Problematic Way Physical Differences Are Shown in Movies
It’s common for movies to make a villain look “evil.” Unfortunately, this is often done through facial differences like scars or burns. A new campaign,  “I am not your villain,” is a call for people in the film industry “to stop using scars, burns or marks as shorthand for villainy.”

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