In this week’s issue:

Extension website trainings in Eastern Oregon

Bryan Major from EESC (Extension & Experiment Station Communications) and Victor Villegas from ECTU (Extension Computing & Technology Unit) will be holding the following Extension website trainings in Eastern Oregon this week:

Malheur County Extension office
Wednesday, April 24, 10am-noon and 1-3pm

Union County Extension Office
Thursday, April 25, 10am-noon and 1-3pm

NOTE: General website overview and basic instruction will be from 10am-noon. The 1-3pm sessions are for those needing more specific, hands on training, such as – Content Teams, Program Groups, and/or County Office Groups. Bring your laptops if you need assistance working on your specific content.

Extension Out There image video

OSU Extension now has an image video ready for you to share on county social media throughout the state! It features five story arcs around the Extension themes of youth outreach and career readiness; agriculture and food systems; resilient and productive ecosystems; and healthy living. From the video, we will soon have 30-second clips of Shop at the Dock (a story that appeared in the original version of the video that was introduced at the 2018 Extension Annual Conference), Youth Voices in Action (4-H), Camp Tamarack (Outdoor School), aviation training in Malheur County, volunteer led Strong Women strength training (Hood River County), and small farms and Family Community Health (Clackamas County).

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 ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 17, 2019)

OSU Giving Day

The OSU Foundation, in collaboration with the university, is launching its first annual day of giving on April 30. OSU Giving Day is a university-wide, 24-hour event driven by social media sharing. The primary goal for this first giving day is to raise awareness of the impact of philanthropy at OSU and to build community among OSU friends and alumni, not necessarily to raise a lot of money. The target is to obtain 1,000 gifts during the day. OSU Extension Service is proudly participating in OSU Giving Day with the hope that this event will encourage stakeholders, friends, and family to support the work of Extension. Social media will be utilized by the various Extension funds and EESC to raise awareness and encourage engagement.

Extension Web Update

Learn about:
Tips to get you started with local focus areas
– In person trainings in Eastern Oregon this week

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

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Facilitator Surabhi Majahan will lead us in a conversation to explore cultural appropriation beyond who’s “allowed” to wear certain clothing or cook particular foods. April 29 starting at 6:00 pm. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project – Bias and Kids: During the conversation led by Verónika Nuñez and Kyrié Kellett, we will reflect on how our biases—conscious and unconscious—related to gender, race, class, culture, and other traits, shape everything from our subtle interactions with the kids we care for to the way we make political decisions that influence children in our society. May 2 starting at 6:00 pm in Prineville. For more information, visit the event page.

Pacific Islander Indigeneity and Education Conference: This year’s theme takes us back  into history and to present day, as voyaging is still practiced by various Pacific Islander associations across the oceans. We are challenging all of the participants in this years program to analyze how their cultural identity will intersect with their career field and both influence the decisions made in both the personal and professional settings in each individuals life. May 3  from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Ashland. Fore more information, visit the event page.

FACT’s Klamath Falls Regional Conference: Join FACT Oregon for a day of learning covering topics like: special education, behavior, transition to adulthood, assistive technology, and much more. May 4 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm  in Klamath Falls. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

C.O. partners launch early Spanish literacy program
Juntos Aprendemos, a Spanish language program focused on preparing Latinx children and families for kindergarten, launched in two elementary schools in Deschutes County last week, Bend’s Jewell Elementary School and the Redmond Early Learning Center.

Oregon’s Japanese Americans Beyond The Wire
Chances are if you live in Portland, you know — and have visited — Old Town. But what you might not know is that right up to World War II, this part of the city was once home to a vibrant Japanese American community. A second Japantown also formed along Portland’s southwest waterfront.

Womxn of color support group forms on campus
Counseling and Psychological Services and AYA, a resource group for women of color, are co-facilitating a new student support group called Womxn of Color. This bi-weekly drop-in group strives to provide a supportive space for students who identify as womxn of color.

Diversity and inclusion progress report: Incomplete
Advocates applaud progress, point out areas for improvement

Harvard professor Cornel West to discuss race and quality of life
The increase of racist incidents in Baltimore, Ferguson, Charlottesville and nationwide, alongside movements such as Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock, has made the need for conversations on race in the United States today one of continued urgency.

Portland’s Most Acclaimed Korean Chef Took us Shopping at the Brand New H Mart on Southeast Belmont. Here’s What Ended up in His Cart.
Though the Portland H Mart’s pared-down inventory doesn’t make it an ideal place for an upscale restaurant to source ingredients, Cho has no desire to quash the hype around the store’s opening.

Hey, did you see this?

Our own Dio Morales was nominated for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction but who was Sarah Winnemucca?

Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891) left her native Nevada when the federal government relocated the Paiute to a reservation in Malheur, Oregon. The daughter of a Paiute tribal leader, she became an official interpreter to the U.S. military and an outspoken supporter of Native American rights in Washington, D.C. Her influential book, Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, remains a significant historical and political account.

Extension in the news

Cooking Matters expands classes to seniors
East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell, the class’ instructor, usually teaches Cooking Matters classes to parents and children as part of a partnership between Umatilla Morrow County Head Start, Oregon State University Extension and area school districts.

Juntos: Local schools work to raise Latino graduation rate
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The program started in 2007 and made its way to Oregon in 2012 through Oregon State University Open Campus. According to interim Juntos statewide director Jose Garcia, it’s helping connect parents to their students’ experience and opening their eyes to possibilities beyond high school.

Phil Hamm, soon to retire, reflects on 45-year career
As the director of Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Phil Hamm has been at the forefront of potato research for decades.

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