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: May 17, 2019)

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.

Extension Web Update

Did you know an article can stay published on the website, while hidden behind-the-scenes you can work on changes and then replace the original when ready? Maybe you want to pull an article from public view immediately, make a note of the reason, and then have the author review and update it later on. This week’s digital strategy blog post looks at how to manage “Updating your content and keeping track of revisions”.

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

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History: Walidah Imarisha will lead a discussion. Imarisha spent six years with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project as a public scholar facilitating programs across Oregon about Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. February 27 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Eugene. For more information, visit the event page.

March Lunch & Learn: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: At the March 8th Lunch & Learn, Kelley Burnett will be discussing the various ways that AllCare is working with the LGBTQ+ community to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive healthcare environment for all people in our area, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. March 8 from 11:30 am to 1:30pm in Medford. For more information, visit the event page.

Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea – Lecture by Mae Ngai 2018-19 U of O, Wayne Morse Chair: Ngai is a professor of Asian American Studies and history at Columbia University and will lead a discussion. Her research focuses on immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. March 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Corvallis. For more info, visit the event page.

TEDxBend Salon: Gender Equity 2.0: In this Salon, participants will explore and discuss the next steps in how to ensure fairness in the treatment of men and women. March 11 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Bend. For more info, visit the event page.

In the News

Racism, discrimination, bullying and intimidation will not go away if we ignore it

A group of boys walked into the stadium waving a white nationalist flag and yelling slurs at the Woodburn girls. It was deeply disturbing and frightening to witness.

Ninth annual EOU diversity conference to more than 200 attendees

“Now in its ninth year, the CEAD Conference is expecting approximately 210 attendees at the day-long event Saturday, including an estimated 170 students and representatives from Oregon Humanities, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Portland and Blue Mountain Community College.”

A new funding model improves equity in the arts

On a rainy Tuesday, the Portland Art Museum gradually fills with school groups, vacationing couples and bespectacled, gray-haired patrons. Exhibits honor First Nations women and showcase Native American art, but a large portion of the collection remains devoted to European painting and sculpture. The visitors are nearly all white.

Oregon’s Racist Past: A History

Oregon entered statehood as a free state 160 years ago on Feb. 14, 1859. However, its origin is steeped in racial discrimination. A clause of the state’s constitution that was set in place upon its entry in the Union of the United States stated, “No free negro, or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall come, reside, or be within this state, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein.”

Eugene’s Minority Voices Theatre Continues Efforts To Increase Diversity On Stage

Minority Voices Theatre, in collaboration with the U of O and the Very Little Theatre, will produce its first full production this month. The play is a part of an ongoing effort to increase theatre involvement among marginalized communities.

OSU President emphasizes diversity in ‘State of the University’ address 

In a Feb. 7 address at the Oregon Convention Center, Oregon State University President Ed Ray emphasized the importance of improving diversity at the school – and called on state government to provide more funding for higher education.

Pioneering black scientist to win Nobel Prize of climate change

In grade school, Washington read books about George Washington Carver and other black Americans “doing interesting science.” By high school, he had decided on a career in physics. But the racism his parents encountered was still alive at Oregon State University. “My freshman advisor told me I shouldn’t stay in physics because it was probably too hard for me,” he says. Ignoring the advice, he graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He then earned a master’s in meteorology in 1960, also from OSU, and finally a doctorate in atmospheric science in 1964 from Penn State. (see also Gazette-Times)

What are you reading or what’s new?

For the past year, we’ve asked “What are you reading?” Books are great, but so are many other things. Ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere. So beginning this week, we’ll ask a different question weekly. Get to know your colleagues by responding to the weekly prompt—or by suggesting one. You can also simply share something interesting you’ve read or seen lately—a gadget, an experience, an article, a new trend, or yes, even a book.

We also need your help to re-title this section of our newsletter. Instead of “What are you reading”, let’s call it [your awesome idea here]. Send suggestions to Sandy

Extension in the News

Plan your garden with pollinators in mind
Bend Bulletin
Garden Ecology Lab,, contains postings under the direction of Gail Langellotto, Oregon State Master Gardener Statewide Coordinator, reporting on ecology lab studies being done by graduate students.

Deschutes County OSU-Extension to break ground on new building
REDMOND, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service in Deschutes County will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building on  Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.

Beaverton teen named one of Oregon’s top volunteers
Jasmine White shows how she makes pet toys from recycled materials she learned in a 4-H class.

Local OSU office leads healthy eating effort
The World
The Oregon State University Extension Coos and Curry office is leading the local Healthy Eating, Active Living committee to be designated a Blue Zones community.

Conference focuses on pollinators
Capital Press
“These aren’t just members of the public,” said Andony Melathopoulos, pollinator health extension agent for OSU, who helped organize the summit. “These are people with skin in the game. These are people with active, ongoing programming.”

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