In this week’s issue:

Call for nominations – 2019 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

The Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence encourage and reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, healthy planet and a healthy economy through outreach and engagement efforts. Deadline for nominations is February 28. To learn more about award criteria and to complete the nomination form, click here. You are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate others. Award event will be held in the MU Ballroom, Thursday, May 2, 3:30 until 5 p.m., followed by a reception. Registration for the event opens February 1.

Extension OUT THERE video

A (soundless) OUT THERE video about Extension is now available for you to use at events to showcase a few of the many different ways OSU Extension serves Oregon. This two-minute fifty-six second version is too long and too quiet for posting on social media; instead, use it for when you want a visual display showing the work of Extension, e.g., at career and county fairs, tradeshows, and other events. You will find the video in the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” Box folder under Popular Links on the Employee Intranet website (it is in the “Ready to Use” sub-folder).

We are refining the 90-second OUT THERE video (with voiceover and music) originally launched at the Extension Annual Conference. The next step is to add a story that emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). If you have plans before April 2019 to offer a program or workshop that reflects DEI and that would make a good video/visual story, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Call for proposals

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2019 conference, Deepening Our Roots: Advancing Community Engagement in Higher Education. The conference will be held October 8 and 9, 2019 (Pre-Conference: October 6-7, 2019) in Denver, Colorado.

The conference will take a retrospective look at the driving forces behind public higher education institutions’ “return to their roots” of public trust; share insights into current engagement theories and practices; and provide perspectives on the future and next level of higher education’s engagement with communities.

Keynote speaker will be E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, and one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders. President Gee served on the original Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities which, in its final report “Returning to our Roots,” called upon public higher education institutions to renew their partnership with society.

Proposals for presentations are due Friday, March 15, 2019. For detailed submission guidelines, visit the conference website.

Watch the 2019 Conference Video!

Extension Web Update

No new blog this week but we are here if you have any questions or concerns. Here is our contact page.

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

Conversation Project: Race and Place – Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future: Facilitators Traci Price and Anita Yap will lead participants in a conversation that looks at how Oregon’s history of racism influences our present and asks, How can understanding Oregon’s historic and current impacts of racism contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? February 4 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 in Bend, for more information visit the event page.

Feminism, Internationalism, State Power: The University Oregon invited you to reflect on how black feminists have historically mobilized theory and praxis to expose and interrupt asymmetrical power relations within and beyond the academy. February 7 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

Chinese New Year at Lan Su: Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural per- formances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more. February 5 – 17 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching: Join The Oregon Coast STEM Hub’s FREE Community of Practice, where we will collaboratively support one another in increasing dialogue and skills for equitable STEM Teaching on the Oregon Coast. February 9 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Newport, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

City Club of Eugene: Decoding Language: Keeping MLK’s Dream Alive [Audio]

On Friday, January 18th, four panelists spoke to the City Club of Eugene about some of the subtle ways a community with a reputation for being progressive may set up obstacles to full inclusion.

A passionate educator helps build success for migrant youth

Greg Contreras, an Ontario High School alum, spearheaded a summer educational program to help migrant youth in eastern Oregon get help they need to succeed in school and prepare for college .

When Portland had the largest Japantown in Oregon

Portland’s Old Town is well known as Chinatown, but in the late 1800s through 1942, a number of blocks made up Nihonmachi, or Japantown

New tech school tackles diversity challenge head on

It is a perennial issue facing higher ed and the business community: how to diversify the mostly white male tech workforce.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration honors diversity, inclusion

Medford residents gathered for a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Through song and speeches, a large crowd spent the day honoring King at the Medford school district auditorium.

Race and culture discussed at MLK Jr. breakfast in Moscow

Making connections with others can be one of the most effective ways to curb racism and prejudice, according to the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Breakfast on Saturday at Moscow Middle School

HR launches harassment and discrimination prevention training

Human resources is launching a new initiative to reinforce the university’s commitment to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment and promoting a respectful workplace.

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

Resources available for better eating
East Oregonian
For people planning to increase or decrease certain foods in their diets, there are plenty of resources. Oregon State University’s Food Hero website, for example, features a large collection of healthy recipes searchable by ingredient. And Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston just put together a new cookbook called “Shepherd’s Pie.”

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