In this week’s issue:

4-H program update

From Scott Reed, OSU Extension Director:

Last month, state 4-H program leader Pamela Rose and I shared the outcomes of our 4-H program review, including our priorities going forward and the actions we will take to support those. We committed to provide frequent updates as we work together through this process over the next 90 to 120 days.

The review committee’s work has concluded. I thank them for their time, thoughtfulness, and commitment. Going forward, I have established a steering and implementation team consisting of our six regional directors, who will advise and support Pamela.

  • Pamela, with this team, will develop the plan and implementation strategies, prioritize decisions related to filling county 4-H vacancies, and ensure consistency of the plan and implementation strategies with the priority outcomes and actions we shared with you on March 14.
  • They will consult with Extension’s regional operations coordinator (Marcia Dickson); fiscal officer (Tiffany Gillis), and office of diversity, equity, and inclusion (Ana Lu Fonseca) as well as other OSU individuals and offices as needed.
  • Javier Nieto, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and I jointly will approve the plan and implementation strategies.

I also would like to share that another positive outcome of the 4-H program review was identification of best practices we are beginning to apply across other Extension programs. These include establishing an “essential and auxiliary” budget model for Extension administration and programs and re-confirming the value and importance of having a program leader/regional director team working together to support our Extension field faculty and staff.

Please contact me, Pamela, or your regional director at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions that you may have.

Chicks are hatching

The OSU LIVE Chick-Cam is streaming and chicks are beginning to hatch!  Broadcasting LIVE from the OSU Extension office in Astoria, watch the eggs shake, rattle and roll all week on our live feed!  Yesterday, April 8  the baby chicks began to hatch and you can watch it all happen in real time!  We have three incubators and two cameras catching all of the action!  The cam will be on live all week while we provide lessons on the hatching and brooding of baby chicks.  You can tune in at or embed the LIVE feed by tuning in to our YouTube channel:

Open Data and Ag Data Commons Webinar

Open data is increasingly becoming a priority and requirement of federal agencies. The National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a catalog and data repository for all REE funded research through Ag Data Commons.

Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) and Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) are pleased to host Ms. Erin Antognoli, Metadata Librarian and Ag Data Commons curator, and Dr. Cynthia Parr, Data Management Officer, both with the NAL. In the webinar, they will describe:

    • Ag Data Commons, its purpose, policies, and features
    • Basics of using the repository and catalog to find open research data
    • Specifics of submitting research data as catalog entries
    • Process of uploading REE funded research data
    • Data management planning guidance and
    • support for REE funded projects Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions about the webinar, feel free to email Anne Mims Adrian, PhD, PUSH Open Data Project Manager,

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

Knowing what everyone’s role is related to Extension’s digital strategy and new Extension website can give confidence in figuring out how best to contribute, and where to find support. Read this week’s blog post to learn where you fit in.

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

27th Annual Powwow- Southern Oregon University: The Native American Student Union will host the 27th annual powwow April 13 and 14  in Ashland. For more information, visit the event page.

NW Filipino American Student Alliance Conference 2019: -Celebrating 25 Years of Tulay: The NW Filipino American Student Alliance (NWFASA) invites you to their 24 annual conference hosted by Isang Bansang Pilipino at Oregon State University, celebrating a true milestone as NWFASA enters its 25th year anniversary as an organization. April 12 – 14 in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

Redefining Masculinity – A Panel Discussion: Join the PSU Women’s Resource Center as they cultivate conversation, connection, and understanding around definitions of masculinity and how they interact with masculinity socially, personally, and systemically every day. This panel discussion stemmed from the viewing of “The Mask You Live In” & expanded to a need for a community dialogue. April 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Portland. 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: Our brains receive millions of pieces of information about our surroundings every moment. To cope, we take mental shortcuts based on social norms, life experiences and stereotypes. While such shortcuts can keep us safe, they can also lead to unintended harm. 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 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Parks and Nature puts Equity Action Plan into action

Earlier this month Metro’s Parks and Nature Department approved its Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and posted it to Metro’s website.

Science has to do better for its queer, trans and non-binary students 

I came out as non-binary in the second year of my Ph.D. program at Oregon State University, and began using they/them pronouns in professional settings. Despite the fact that, at face value, I “fit in” as part of the small university town with mostly white, middle class, progressive and highly educated citizens, I still felt isolated.

3 Companies Trying to Solve the Workplace Diversity Gap

When it comes to building a strong workforce, filling open positions is really only the first step.

Woodburn leader joins board for diversity

Collins Foundation appoints CAPACES Leadership Institute of Woodburn’s executive director to its board

Helping the Vulnerable and the Marginalized 

When the mysterious illness HIV first emerged as a public health threat, scientists and health officials knew they had work to do. Researchers in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences have established a Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity Consortium to continue the mission.

New Media Center Open House

The Faculty Media Center soft-launch Open House will debut our new faculty media support resources. It will be a great opportunity to meet other folks on campus who are using media in their teaching/training and to grab a few appetizers! Stop by to meet our support team, learn about our studio spaces, instructional consulting services and ways media can be used to engage your learners. We look forward to seeing you at the Faculty Media Center – Kidder Hall 100! *If you can’t make the Open House, we’d love to setup a private tour with you and share what we’re up to.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Student Multimedia Studio in the Valley Library 2035, too!  SMS will be showcasing support services for students producing & presenting academic media assignments and research. Learn about their peer-to-peer support model and check out the collaborative media studio, equipment loan and printing resources.

Extension in the news

Daylong session for teachers focuses on getting ready for outdoor school
The Argus Observer
The two-day event was hosted by Malheur Education Service District and Oregon State University Extension Service, which presented the Outdoor School program.

Tree School Clackamas teaches love for the land
Clackamas Review
This event marked the 29th annual Tree School Clackamas since its inception in 1991 by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clackamas County.

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