In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Lauren Tobey, Assistant Professor of Practice and Food Hero Social Marketing Coordinator, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, was recognized as a “Best Collaborator” (one of only four such awards) by the OSU Foundation in recognition of her work promoting Food Hero for Dam Proud Day. As a result of her enthusiasm and efforts, Food Hero (and Family and Community Health Extension) had the third highest number of donors for the campaign.

October 15, 2019 — Application Deadline for the Following Programs/Awards

The Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA) website is updated related to 2019 awards. For complete information go to: and check in the RECOGNITION section in the black bar at the top of the page.

Included you will find information on the following programs/awards:

  • Search for Excellence Program
  • OSUEA Cooperator Awards Program
  • ESP Friend of Extension Program
  • Alberta Johnston Awards Program
  • Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants Program
  • Oscar Hagg Extension Communications Award
  • OSUEA Staff Awards Program (this includes):
  • Newer Faculty Awards
  • Experienced Faculty Awards
  • Classified Staff Awards
  • Educational Program Assistant Awards
  • Professional Faculty (administrative) Awards
  • Team Award

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2019

The next deadline for Extension Professional Development Fund is August 1. Applications must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

“Growing the Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fundpays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at:
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Extension Web Update

It’s not just about the expert information we provide to Extension audiences, but also how it is presented that makes it helpful and usable. In this week’s blog post we look at insights into how to catch people’s attention and keep it in the online world of written content.

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?: Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians? June 10 starting at 4:00 pm in Lincoln City. For more information, visit the event page.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –  What, Why & How: Nonprofits increasingly have staff and assist clients from diverse cultures, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and genders. After completing this workshop, you will understand the challenges and strengths that diversity brings to nonprofit operations and be familiar with tools and techniques to incorporate equity concerns and to create an inclusive environment. June 11 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: How Do We Create Equitable Spaces Within Our Public Lands?: In the last 200 years, the landscape has changed drastically. What does the past and present mean for the future of our natural lands? And for those who have been removed from these areas? Educator Gabe Sheoships leads a discussion about what a relationship with nature means, how we can provide inclusive and equitable spaces within our public lands and natural areas, and how we can begin to work toward healing relationships with our land. June 14 in Port Orford.  For more information visit the event page.

Pride at the Museum:  Pride at the Museum welcomes visitors of all ages for a night of Pride-inspired science demos, guest scientists, drag performances, aerial dancers, music, and complimentary admission to our featured exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar. June 14 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

The impact of the walkout, 50 years later

OSU celebrates 50th anniversary of historic 1969 Black Student Union walkout.

Reclaiming tribal histories, one page at a time

Oregon State professor is out to open students’ eyes to the lost histories of Indigenous peoples

Marginalized Groups Team Up To Build Momentum – And Money — In Portland

For many nonprofits, spring is fundraising season. The events usually follow the same pattern: wine and beer at a silent auction cocktail hour, a seated dinner followed by a paddle raise auction. But organizers of TASTE: United For Equity, an event this Friday at the Portland Art Museum, decided to throw a different type of party.

Oregon schools will be required to teach about the Holocaust. A 14-year-old helped make it happen.

Public schools in Oregon will be required to teach students about the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, born from a meeting between two unlikely partners.

Farewell Frybread, Hello Camas; First Nations Revisit Traditional Foods

The modern American diet – with its on-the-shelf processed foods in grocery stores, Big Macs and Doritos Locos Tacos at drive-through eateries – has sparked super-sized health problems. That’s bad in itself, but data shows Native Americans suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than the general population, and diet is a factor.

Extension in the news

Researchers ask growers’ help in ergot monitoring
East Oregonian
Oregon State University Extension plant pathologist Jeremiah Dung hopes to engage growers in a citizen-science approach to monitor for ergot in grass seed crops

Fire suppression, drought increasing mortality among Central Oregon trees
The Register-Guard
Nicole Strong, a forestry and natural resources extension agent for OSU, described an increased amount of tree mortality — including junipers — in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.

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