In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Quiet week this week for many, with lots of vacations. Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

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: August 16, 2019)

Hey, did you see this?

A handful of EESC communicators attended the Association for Communication Excellence Annual Conference last week and heard teacher, author, coach, speaker Ali Goljahmofrad. Here’s his TEDx-Idaho Falls talk about happiness:

Extension Web Update

This week’s Navigator blog post looks at “8 ways to freshen up your newsletters” with ideas from a sampling of the Extension newsletters produced across the state.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

REGISTER TODAY: Search Advocate Workshop: July 9 & 10

The OSU Search Advocate program prepares employees to serve as external process-focused representatives on OSU search committees. The advocate asks questions and suggests practices that interrupt implicit bias and advance equity, validity, and diversity/inclusive excellence in our OSU employee searches. Initial preparation consists of a two-day workshop series and there are still openings for next week’s workshop! Register at ; registration for next week closes on Wednesday July 3.

Statewide Events & Resources

Native Seed Collection at Rogue River Preserve
Wednesday, July 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Join Rogue Native Plant Partnership and Southern Oregon Land Conservancy for a seed collection volunteer work party at Rogue River Preserve outside of Eagle Point, OR.

2019 Marcellus Norwest Memorial Veterans Powwow
Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds. Hosted by the The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

OSU International Faculty and Scholar Coffee Social
Friday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Sponsored by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, and OSU Office of International Services.

100 & Change funding opportunity from the MacArthur Foundation
100 & Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. A 100&Change Organization Readiness Tool is available here: Questions, email

In the News

New learning center opens the door to industry child care in Boardman (East Oregonian)
According to a study out of Oregon State University earlier this year, just 16% of children between the ages of 3 and 5 have access to regulated care in Morrow County.

Deschutes County sees rise in minimum wage (Bend Bulletin)
In Deschutes County, the minimum wage will rise from $10.75 per hour to $11.25 per hour. In the Portland metro area, the minimum wage will be $12.50 per hour. In rural counties, including Crook and Jefferson, it will be $11 per hour.

Diversity Is Central to This Research Program. How Does Yours Compare? (Chronicle of Higher Edu)
Beyond ensuring fairness in scientific work force representation, recruiting and retaining a diverse set of minds and approaches is vital to harnessing the complete intellectual capital of the nation.

Extension in the News

4-H instructor gives out free chain covers for fire season
Ruth Dixon, Curry County 4-H Educational Assistant under Oregon State University’s extension program, received covers for chains at a training she went to. The covers are used for chains you may use to attach to your vehicle to haul different things.

New PE program helps schools meet state standards
Clackamas Review
Kathy Gunter, associate professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, stepped in to create a classroom-based physical activity program called, “Be Physically Active 2DAY!” or BEPA. BEPA aligns with Oregon health and physical education standards.

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