In this week’s issue:

Wasco 4-H Robotics advances to VEX World Finals

System Overload: Ian Castaneda, Hayden Jacobsen, and Jack McCallister

Congratulations to Wasco 4-H Robotics team System Overload for advancing to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, April 24-27.

Students Ian Castaneda, Hayden Jacobsen, and Jack McAllister won the Middle School Robotics excellence award at the Oregon VEX Robotics State Championship March 9 earning a seat in the upcoming VEX World Finals Competition.

The competition is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest robotics competition on earth with more than 11,500 of the best VEX Competition teams, leading technology companies, and volunteers at the competition.

Congratulations on your win over 66 other teams at State, and we wish you well in your fundraising stage before your competition next month.

4-H update meeting recordings available

Links to the recordings from the recent 4-H update Zoom meetings are now available.

Over the past several months, a comprehensive review of the OSU Extension 4-H program has been conducted involving OSU leaders, representatives of the Association of Oregon Counties, and 4-H stakeholders. That review identified priority 4-H outcomes. Going forward, OSU is committed to implement a 4-H programming and staffing framework that will serve those outcomes. On March 14, OSU Extension Director Scott Reed and 4-H Program Leader Pamela Rose held two web meetings to share updates and next steps. Links to the recordings from those meetings are now available.

Zoom meeting for 4-H faculty and staff (March 14, 1:30 p.m.)

Zoom meeting for OSU Extension faculty and staff (March 14, 4 p.m.)

Do do DUO

If you haven’t attended a DUO (two-step login to protect your OSU account) webinar yet, please join a 30 minute webinar – What is DUO? Why is it being implemented? Who will be required to use it, and how?

Here is a schedule of upcoming DUO webinars to choose from:

  • Wednesday, March 20 at 10am
  • Thursday, March 21 at 2pm

The WebEx link to join any of the webinar sessions is the same:

For more information about DUO, visit:

Two College of Education speaker events this week

Dr. Vasti Torres will be speaking Thursday, March 21, on the link between identity and learning for Latino Students, see details. Later in the day, she will speak on organizing for student success in higher education, details.

Lindsey Davis presents at JCEP

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Check out Lindsey’s presentation on office culture at the Extension Leadership Conference.  JCEP ELC Session – Extension UNCENSORED by Lindsey Davis


Extension Web Update

Instead of a blog post this week, the web team continues its work on: getting the county page focus area designs ready, finalizing the instructional training guide, and revising the roles and responsibilities. We will be reaching out to Extension faculty and staff to view and review these soon. Stay tuned!

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

The Chinese in Astoria: ENCORE, in conjunction with the Clatsop County Historical Society (CCHS), presents a public program on the subject of the Chinese in Astoria. The program will start with an overview by Erhard Gross on the history of Chinese immigrants in Oregon. March 24th from 2:30pm to 4:00 in Astoria, for more information visit the event page.

Power, Privilege & Racial Diversity in OR: Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Join Dr. Emily Drew, as they lead a disccusion about power, privilege and race in Oregon. April 3rd from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Corvallis. For more information, visit the event page.

Queer Coffee House at the Library: Queer Coffee House at the Library is a community group for LGBTQ+ identified people and their allies that meets on the first Saturday of every month. This is an open group that gathers to share coffee, snacks, news, LGBTQ+ books, and discussion. April 6th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Ashland. For more information visit the event page.

13th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference: This conference will promote positive youth development in African/African American youth and multicultural youth of African descent by: raising awareness on how to achieve personal goals, emphasizing the value of education, empowering future leadership (responsibility), establishing a sense of community , increasing personal self-esteem and affirm cultural awareness. April 9th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in Albany. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Excitement Grows For Culturally Inclusive Indigenous Curriculum For Oregon Schools
Oregon educators and tribes are excited about new state mandated curriculum as its being developed. It fulfills Senate Bill 13, which requires the state’s department of education to create course material that’s culturally inclusive and relevant to Oregon’s 9 federally recognized tribes.

NW Parents Challenge Schools’ Handling Of Students With Disabilities
Thousands of times a year, Oregon and Washington students have been physically restrained or isolated from peers. Parents say what’s meant as a last resort happens too often, without their knowledge.

Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It
Pollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States.

How Ethnic Studies Connects Learning With Students’ Identities
In Jr Arimboanga’s ninth-grade classroom, students learn about critical consciousness: how to read the word, but also the world. It’s a concept popularized by a Brazilian educational theorist named Paulo Freire in his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

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Have you seen or read something that would be of interest to your Extension colleagues? Let us know and we’ll share in ConnEXTion.

Extension in the news

Identify the problem before treating a struggling plant
Newport News Times
… giving it enough water or putting a sun-loving plant in the shade, said Neil Bell, horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Winchester Elementary Gets Blue Zones Project Approval
KQEN News Radio
Integrating Nutrition Education into daily lesson plans with help from the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Self-Preservation: Preservation ideas for rhubarb lovers
The Philomath Express
You can find more details in “Preserving Rhubarb” SP 50-882 published by OSU Extension Service and found at

Hazelnut growers hustle to repair orchards after Willamette Valley snowstorm
The Register-Guard
Throughout Lane County, “the trees look like a bomb went off” where the storm hit hardest, said Melissa Fery, who advises small farm operators for the OSU Extension in Lane County.

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