In this week’s issue:

Director’s Coin Recipients

The Director’s Coin for Excellence is presented to Extension personnel, partners, collaborators, community members, and others who have displayed excellence in support of the Outreach and Engagement and Extension missions or have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner.

The first Director’s Coins were awarded at the Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation on Nov. 16.

Since then, Director’s Coins have been awarded to:

  • Vince Adams, director, Rural Communities Explorer, OSU campus
  • Alisha Atha, office manager and county leader, Polk County
  • Nicole Anderson, associate professor and Extension field crops agent, North Willamette Research and Extension Center
  • Julie Baker, administrative program specialist, Morrow County
  • Lisa Bogosian (Gillis), buyer, OSU campus
  • Candi Bothum, 4-H youth development educator and county leader, Deschutes County
  • Hal and Elin Hagglund, stakeholders/partners, Yamhill County
  • Ruth Jones, OSU Open Campus education coordinator, Deschutes County
  • Lillian Larwood, 4-H youth specialist emeritus, OSU campus
  • Andrea Leao, 4-H outreach program coordinator, Linn County
  • Maggie Livesay, 4-H natural resources outreach and county leader, Benton County
  • Lauri Michaels, 4-H education program assistant, Douglas County
  • Carol Roy, stakeholder/partner, Yamhill County
  • Sheila Smith, office specialist, Tillamook County Extension
  • Brian Tuck, professor emeritus, Hood River and Wasco counties

Any employee in the Division of Outreach and Engagement can nominate an individual for a Director’s Coin. The brief nomination statement will contain at a minimum:

  • Name and affiliation of the individual being nominated
  • Nomination statement including the action of the individual nominated and the impact of the action on the OSU or Extension mission
  • Proposed date and location of presentation

A well-worded nomination statement is critical as the nomination statement will become the wording used for the citation. Please be concise as we are using a 100-word limit.

The web form for nomination can be found at on the OSU Extension employees page under forms at:

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.

In Memoriam

Jim Moore, former Extension Ag Engineering Specialist and Department Head of Bioresource Engineering, passed away January 17. Read about his very full life in his obituary.

Extension Web Update

EESC continues work on finalizing design and support tools for the Extension website, and recent changes made adding program resources, peer reviewed content, and online events easier. Here’s a look at what is new and what is on the way in this week’s progress update.

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

Internalizing and Applying an Equity Lens – Benton County: Through simulation, interactive exercises and group discussion, participants will gain insight into the ways they communicate, including the messages they send and how they respond to others. February 11 from noon to 4:30 in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: We invite you to participate in a unique opportunity for the entire university community – the Oregon State University Human Library. A human library functions similarly to a regular library; however, the books are real human beings who teach others about themselves and their experiences through interpersonal dialogue. February 13 from 10:00am to 3:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

E&D Colloquium: “Portlandia Meets Italia: The International Fight for Adoption & LGBTQIA+ Rights: Fifth lecture in the Exploration & Discovery 2018-2019 Colloquium Series:  Civic Engagement and the Common Good. Frebruary 20 from 11:30pm to 2:30pm, for more information visit the event page.

Subjects in Passing: Central-American-Americans, Latinidad, and the Politics of Dislocation: Proffessor Maritza Cardenas to present on passing, subjectivity, and Latin-American identity. February 20 from 12:30pm to 2:00 pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History: Walidah Imarisha will deliver a keynote interactive talk on the hidden history of black people in Oregon. February 27 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Cascade Festival of African Films centers on hope and change in 29th season

The Cascade Festival of African Films turns 29 this winter and is bringing a world-renowned director to Portland.

New NAACP president ready for challenges

Angel Harris grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, moved to Oregon when she was in middle school, went to college at Oregon State University and Linfield and works in a nursing home in Albany.

International students face increasingly difficult admissions, immigration process

Dropping national and local rates of international students that apply to U.S. colleges may reflect the difficulties these students go through to come here.

Oregon needs 13 more years to get sidewalk ramps to comply with disabilities act

Across Oregon, thousands of pedestrian ramps along the state’s highway system are intended to help disabled people navigate curbs safely.

Racial slurs at high school basketball game prompts change

Students from Parkrose High School told KATU on Friday what they think about the racial taunts hurled at their girls basketball team at a game in St. Helens.

Creative Communities Are Addressing Social Isolation

Social connections are not just nice to have—they can significantly affect our health and well-being. Inspired by creative approaches abroad, communities across the United States are taking steps to reduce social isolation and increase residents’ sense of belonging.

Comic-activist Kamau Bell wows audiences at OSU

W. Kamau Bell made his first visit to Corvallis on Thursday and dazzled a capacity crowd at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University with a comic sermon on race, culture, life in the Trump era and why all of this matters.

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

Weather woes across the nation, Mexico help to boost onion prices
Malheur Enterprise
Stuart Reitz, county extension agent, said the 2018 onion crop was good. “It went in in a timely manner and growing conditions were good. Overall, I think the yields were up,” said Reitz.

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