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)

Register for Awards for Excellence event

Celebrate the outreach and engagement work of Oregon State University at the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence on May 2, 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a hosted reception 5 to 6:30 p.m. (there is no cost to attend). Ten exceptional projects will receive recognition including several from Extension, College of Agricultural Sciences, and other colleges and units. The event is in the Memorial Union (MU) Ballroom. Outreach and engagement is essential to OSU’s land grant mission. You are encouraged to attend. Last day to register for the event is April 22.

Extension Web Update

A complete, searchable guide to the Extension Website is now available online.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Special Announcements

2019 Grand Ronde Education Summit

Regsiter for this summit for the opportunity to learn about Grand Ronde history, newly developed K-12 Native based curriculum from Grand Ronde and other Oregon tribes, Senate Bill 13, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Sovereignty, Native languages in the classroom,  and equity. The summit will be a full day on the 24th and a half day on the 25th. Teachers can earn PDU’s, recieve materials and resources for their classrooms and walk away with a new found knowledge of tribal history and the confidence to teach native curriculum in their classrooms. Fo rmore information, visit the registration page.

Events & Resources

The Native Perspective Missing from Design: As much as Native and Native-influenced imagery turns up in apparel, graphic design, product design, and elsewhere, most of these images and themes are been appropriated. There’s a chronic dearth of Native designers or influencers involved in creation. We’re unpacking the systems that made these images possible… April 10 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Portland. For more info visit the event page.

April Nature Night: Recreation for Everyone: Join Dr. Ashley D’Antonio in a discussion about who is recreating on our public lands, who is missing from these outdoor spaces, and what science can, and can’t, tell us about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor recreation. April 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Bend. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are Queer People Welcome?: Join facilitator Jill Winsor in a discussion that explores how the complexity of the queer community intersects with the spaces and communities that surround us. April 18 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm in Coos Bay. For more information, visit the event page.

Secrets of the brain: The science of implicit bias and its impact on health: Dr. Guise shares research about how recognizing and managing our implicit biases is key to positive relationships, professional effectiveness and good health. April 18 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: What Are You? Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon’s Past and Future: Dmae Roberts, who has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon, leads a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on US Census forms. April 19 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Woodburn. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Encouraging Latino leadership
Grant money will help CAPACES Leadership Institute develop and sustain more public service from area Latinos.

Female CEOs proliferate in Oregon tech, though industry remains overwhelmingly male
“I didn’t feel that being a female should hold me back from moving up in my career and so I’ve always approached situations that way.”

Two Eugene Area Women Provide Medical Care At The Border
A team of medical providers from Oregon and Washington recently returned from McAllen, Texas where they volunteered at a respite center administered by Catholic Charities. The center, which serves about 300 refugees per day, provides shelter and basic services, including medical care, to migrants who’ve been detained at the U.S. Mexico border.

For The First Time, U.S. Census To Collect Responses In Arabic Among 13 Languages
Speakers of Arabic — one of the fastest-growing languages in the U.S. — will have one fewer barrier to participating in the upcoming 2020 census.

On Cesar Chavez Day, a look at the labor leader’s complex legacy
Though strong unionization among farm workers in the U.S. has not lasted, Chavez changed farmers’ lives and created a model for mobilization.

Hey, did you see this?

EESC’s publications team recently switched allegiances from Chicago Manual of Style to Associated Press Style, which puts us in line with university guidelines. But even with thousands of entries, these two books can leave us wanting when it comes to some important issues. Here are three resources that fill in the gaps:

The Diversity Style Guide: More than 700 inclusive entries offering “guidance, context, and nuance for media professionals.”

Conscious Style Guide: In-depth discussions on ability, age, appearance, gender, and more.

Editors of Color: We like the Database of Diverse Databases

Extension in the news

OSU Extension partners with growers to bring hands-on wheat education to 4-H members
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension Service partnered with Oregon Wheat Growers League members from Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties to create a unit on producing and processing wheat for more than 100 OSU Extension 4-H members at Metolius Elementary School in Jefferson County in 2017 and 2018.

Column | On the Farm: Garden Starts, Oregon Legislature
Gales Creek Journal
Here’s an excerpt (slightly edited) from my written testimony. I am putting it into my column to share with readers the incredible value of Oregon State University Extension and the other public service programs of Oregon Universities.

Are You Throwing Money on Your Vineyard Floor?
Growing Produce
An Associate Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University (OSU), Patty Skinkis realizes the value of crop management. But growers can overdo it.

Time left to plant trees in southern Willamette Valley before spring bloom
The Register-Guard
“We are at the tail end of planting season,” said Lauren Grand, forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County. ”… In western Oregon, plant trees between November and April. This gives trees a better fighting chance. You want to plant trees before they bud out and start pulling resources from their roots. This decreases the stress they experience from being planted.”

‘We want this to grow’
The Argus Observer
The event was a cooperative effort of the Oregon State University Extension Service and Treasure Valley Community College Agriculture Department.

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