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)

Extension Web Update

Find out a bit about Mark Kindred, the new O & E Salesforce programmer. Read our blog for more details.

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

Disability Training…with a Twist!: Clackamas Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Equity Council and Oregon Commission for the Blind are happy to partner for this exciting, free event, Disability Awareness Training. March 22 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in Milwaukie. For more information, visit the event page.

Diversity & Leadership: Respect in the Workplace: Attendees will understand and recognize the need to remember most employees have good intentions but there is a lack of awareness when your group is in dominance. March 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 in Bend. For more information, visit the event page.

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice: Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui. The son of Japanese immigrant parents, Yasui was born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps.  March 28 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Family Acceptance Project: Family Support for LGBTQ Youth: This training is designed for teachers, behavioral health providers, peer support providers, faith leaders, doctors, and community members who want to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. April 5 from from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Eugene. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

Corvallis food deserts make finding nutritious, affordable meals difficult

Although there are dining centers and food markets on almost every street on Oregon State University’s campus, the rest of Corvallis has areas struggling to find affordable sources of sustenance.

Womxn’s March Returns to Downtown Portland, Seeking Diversity and Solidarity After Two Years of Tensions

Handmaids in red costumes were asked to pose for photos. Grandmothers walked arm-in-arm with their granddaughters.

Everyday Heroes: Oregon clinicians and Portland nonprofit provide free services to vets

Two Gresham doctors are providing free medical care for post-9/11 military veterans through a nonprofit organization called the Returning Veterans Project.

Walmart Chief Responds To Furor Over Treatment Of Greeters With Disabilities

Walmart’s U.S. CEO Greg Foran is telling all store managers that they should make “every effort” to provide new job options for greeters with disabilities. Many of these front-door workers remain in limbo as the company plans to eliminate its trademark greeter position in about 1,000 stores in coming months.

Nearly 2 in 3 US kids lives in ‘asset poverty’

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) found that more than 63 percent of American children and 55 percent of Americans live in “asset” poverty, meaning they have few or no assets to rely on in the event of a financial shock such as a job loss, natural disaster or medical crisis.

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Extension in the news

Conference to focus on agritourism, ecotourism
Capital Press
Local experts and national leaders will speak at a conference hosted by Oregon State University Extension Service focused on developing agritourism and ecotourism.

Jumping worms may pose threat in Nebraska
Rapid City Journal
Oregon State University Extension professor Samuel Chan, who’s studied the worms, said it’s difficult to determine what financial impact the worms could have on Nebraska’s agriculture, given that they would be a relatively new invasive species in the state.

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