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)

Shorten URLs with

Ever have a Web URL that seems way too long to communicate? Now you can shorten your URLs with Oregon State University’s own URL shortener at You must have signed up to use DUO 2-step login before using this feature. Much like popular shortener, you log in, paste your long URL, and click “Shrink it!” The result will give you a short URL beginning with OSU’s signature “” You can track clicks as well.

Short URLs may be most useful to promote events, or on posters, flyers, other printed communications, and in email and social media posts.

Extension Web Update

In this week’s digital strategy blog post, the web team did a quick roundup of tips we’ve shared since the new year. Skim through these 10 tips to see if there’s some you can use when managing content in the coming months.

Registration open for annual OSU Brand Symposium

University Relations and Marketing has announced registration is open for the annual OSU Brand Symposium to be held on Tuesday, April 16, at The LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis. National leaders will discuss topics such as trends in digital marketing, using marketing and communications to interrupt systems of oppression and leveraging thought leadership to gain visibility. Anyone in Outreach and Engagement that would like to learn more about marketing, branding, and become more fluent in the OSU brand is welcome to attend. Cost is $30 (includes lunch and light refreshments).

Your Faculty Senate

Sergio Arispe, elected Faculty Senate representative, asks what issues you would like to see addressed in future Faculty Senate meetings. Please take the time to note any issues by logging into the spreadsheet in Box, by April 4th. Contact Sergio with any questions.

Engagement Approaches webinar April 10th

Engaged Program Development Approaches for Cooperative Extension webinar, presented by eXtension, April 10, 2019, 11 a.m. PDT. We talk about engagement, but what does it mean when we think about how we conduct our work in Extension? How should we approach program planning in an engaged manner? Who should we include in our work? And how does our work change? During this interactive session we will explore answers to these questions based on ongoing research and experiences in this area. Register here.

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

Different Strokes: A Panel on Hidden Pan-African Histories: Join PSU Pan-African for a conversation with community activists to center significant contributions, movements, and culture that isn’t widely considered in Black history. April 3rd in Portland from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, visit the event page.

April Lunch & Learn: The Race Tool Kit: This presentation is an overview of the REC’s Race Tool Kit. The Racial Equity Coalition (REC) understands how difficult it is to have honest conversations about race. The Race Tool Kit Project was created to offer folks an opportunity to host race conversations with neighbors and friends.  April 5th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Medford. 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. Learn about the Family Acceptance Project, the world’s first research, intervention, education and policy initiative that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children to prevent serious health risks and promote well-being. April 5th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Eugene. For more information, visit the event page.

2019 Lane Community College Annual Pow Wow: LCC Native American Student Association is pleased to bring back the Annual Pow Wow which  is a free family-friendly event and is open to the public. April 6th from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm in Eugene. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Diversity Is Central to This Research Program. How Does Yours Compare?
“Through intense, hands-on, carefully mentored training that demonstrates what a diversity program can do.”

Nepalese Cultural Night
Live music, mouthwatering food and boisterous conversation beckoned people from all walks of life to come celebrate Nepalese art and tradition at Portland State. Every winter term, the Nepalese Student Association (NSA), one of the many student organizations at PSU, hosts the Nepalese Cultural Night.

The Feminist of Pleasure Tech
A woman in business. A woman in tech. A woman in sex tech. If Lora Haddock was looking to confront institutionalized sexism, she could not have found a more direct route than the one she has walked this year.

North Bend High School completes mandatory training required by settlement
The settlement from May of 2018 was the result of former North Bend High School Principal Bill Lucero using the Bible as punishment on a student, as well as other allegations surrounding inaction to support LGBTQ students.

United Airlines becomes first airline to add non-binary gender booking options
Welcome aboard, Mx! United Airlines announced Friday that it is now offering new gender options to accommodate non-binary passengers during the booking process. It is the first airline to do so.

Hey, did you see this?

Master knitter and spinner Janet Donnelly, from EESC, says Extension folks may like this book from OSU Press:

Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, by Stephany Wilkes
We’ve all heard about people who give up office jobs to farm vegetables, but Stephany Wilkes has a different story. She was a knitter who simply wanted to buy locally sourced skeins of yarn. Fast forward a few years and hundreds of back-breaking ruminant wrestling matches later, and Wilkes abandons her job in high tech to become a certified sheep shearer. Her book includes some eye-opening discussions of trade, infrastructure, and carbon farming, along with profiles of the people working to revive an old way of life.

Extension in the news

Klamath County Extension Service District details plans for new building
Herald and News
The Klamath County Extension Service District plans to build and move into a new location near Klamath Community College by fall 2020.

Garden Plots: Time to prep vegetable beds for Spring
The Chronicle Online
Chip Bubl talks frost, moonlight, sun, water and vegetables.

Alpenrose’s future uncertain, could impact dairy industry
Capital Press
Lisbeth Goddik, a dairy processing specialist at Oregon State University Extension Service, said that diversity is unique in Oregon, with so many mid-size dairy processors such as Alpenrose in Portland, Umpqua Dairy in Roseburg, Lochmead Dairy near Eugene and Eberhard’s Dairy in Redmond.

Grandin to take part in grazing conference
Capital Press
The same day includes a demonstration of low-stress livestock handling, led by Chris Schnachtschneider, livestock and rangeland specialist at Oregon State University Extension, with comments from Grandin.

Gardening Q&A: Best to prune blueberry bush while dormant
The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot
See this Oregon State University Extension video on mulching and fertilizing blueberries.

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