In this week’s issue:

Sustainable swag

According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, 73% of respondents said they would either definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment. With this in mind, we are adding items to the mix of Extension swag that are reusable and have longer life spans. One such item is the Extension mesh bag. Priced at $4/bag, it encourages users to reduce reliance on plastic produce bags (and they see the Extension name each time they shop). Another example is the $1 Extension healthy living tote. It is reusable, washable and made from 100% recycled materials (except the web handles). You can order these and other Extension promotional items by using the “Marketing/Promo Item” link on the OSU Extension Employee Intranet.

What do you think about adding a reusable straw kit and/or a reusable utensil kit to the Extension swag mix? Share your feedback and ideas for other eco-friendly items with Ann Marie Murphy.

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)

Agri-tourism Coordinator (Internal Employment Opportunity)

The Extension Service Marion County office is seeking an Agritourism Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This position will be assigned to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties in the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Western Region. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Director. Posting# P03249UF. Closes August 22. Contact Mark Chien, search chair, with any questions.

Extension Web Update

Now that focus areas have been live for a few months, we took a look at analytics in this week’s blog to see how effective they have been in meeting the goals we had for them.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

2019 POC Bridge-Building Mixer
The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ BIPOC on staff at Oregon Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Latino Partnership Program, want to get to know you better! BIPOC/LGBT+ BIPOC who wish to network, connect, share stories and create links to foundation resources are highly encouraged to attend this event. Wednesday, August 14 at 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Venezuelan Arts & Culture Festival, PDX
Venezuelan artists, performers, and crafters (displays and vendors). Authentic Venezuelan cuisine from La Arepa. Sunday, August 18 at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion in Portland. Sponsored by the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

All of Us Exhibit
The All of Us exhibit will be on OSU’ Corvallis campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-23 on the brick mall off the northeast corner of the MU. The goal of the research, education and enrollment center is to advance health care that is based on you as an individual. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, All of Us aims to sign up 1 million or more people who will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data to improve health for generations to come. It’s hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Benton County, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

The 1619 Project: An Evening of Conversation on August 13
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In August, The New York Times Magazine will observe this anniversary with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States. Register to watch the livestream here.

In the News

Requesting accommodations: Another challenge for older workers (Forbes)
Other research has shown that people with disabilities refrain from requesting accommodations if they think coworkers would find the request “normatively inappropriate” — meaning not in keeping with the office culture. Research by David C. Baldridge and Michele L. Swift of OSU’s College of Business, published in Human Resources Management, studied the effect of age on such requests. Workers’ fear of seeming old, they found, may trump their fear of seeming to have a disability.

OSU-Cascades presents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Employee Award (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University – Cascades  has given its 2019 Employee Awards to five faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff engagement and support; scholarship and creative activity; and teaching excellence.

’Squad’ is creating a safe space for teenage girls online (Tech Crunch)
Led by Crawford, a graduate of Oregon State University, Squad’s compelling founding story and organic growth helped them close a $5 million seed round led by First Round Capital general partner Hayley Barna, the only female partner at the historically all-male early-stage investment fund known for being the first institutional check in Uber.

Extension in the news

Bend 4-H pig’s hefty fair price goes to worthy cause
Cooper, a 10-year-old 4-H student from Bend, sold Guss at $100 a pound ,which totaled $26,400 at the Deschutes County Fair. He decided to donate all of the money to charity.

OSU brings back mechanical cultivation field day
Capital Press
This year, OSU Extension Service is partnering with Washington State University Extension to offer two events — the first on Aug. 27 at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center, and the second on Aug. 29 at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Ore.

Garden tour draws crowds
The Madras Pioneer
The event, presented by Oregon State University Extension and the Central Oregon chapter of OSU Master Gardeners, provided gardening enthusiasts with an opportunity to learn from other gardeners.

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