In this week’s issue:

First Disaster Module Ready

Last week we marked a milestone! Module 1: The Evidence, of the online
course, “Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event” has been uploaded!
Each session is a narrated PowerPoint with an accompanying notes-version for download. Sessions were developed by Extension Disaster Preparedness experts, Lynette Black and Patrick Corcoran.

Session 1.1 features the scientific and cultural evidence of past Cascadia
earthquakes and tsunamis with supporting videos and print media resources. Session 1.2 helps Oregon residents and guests understand how to make plans by showing them what they should expect across Oregon. Six supporting regional sessions show localized hazards with expected damage. The Coast Region session features NVS Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps and special guidance for coast residents and visitors.

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

University Leadership Update and Recognition – Anita shared a search update for the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement and Bright Spots and Director’s Coin recognition (0:00)
Data Science for Public Good – Lindsey Shirley and Brett Tyler (18:10)
Introduction to Employee and Labor Relations – Heather Horn (40:38)
What’s New in Human Resources – Carolyn Warfield (1:00)
A PDF of the presentation slides are available for download.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Aiming to increase newsletter subscribers? We have a plan for that!

Discover how to use a special web form called an RFI form to increase access to your newsletters. Read all about it here.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Black Celebration Month: Black Arts Festival (Portland)
Come celebrate festival-style during our 3rd annual Black Arts Festival presented by the Reed College Multicultural Resource Center and JOOP JOOP Creative. The event will be Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00pm to 9:00pm at the Kaul Auditorium.

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis)
Womxn of Color Fest (WOC Fest) is an all-day event on March 12th, 2020 that celebrates femmes of color in the community. This year we have a schedule of events that range from performances, vendors, dance, and more! The event will be from 11am – 8:30pm at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

 “HOW” to Apply Racial Equity to Policies, Advocacy, Programs, and Service Provision to End Hunger (Webinar, Why Hunger)
This webinar was co-hosted by Closing the Hunger Gap and Bread for the World, featuring Marlysa D. Gambin. Ms. Gambin, lead author on the report, Appling Racial Equity to U.S. Federal nutrition Assistance Programs: SNAP, WIC and Child Nutrition by Bread for the World, who walked attendees through how structural racism makes people of color more likely to experience hunger or poverty. She also talked about how anti-hunger organizations can apply a racial equity lens to begin to dismantle embedded structures of racial inequity.

  DEI In the News

 How to Help Minority Students Feel That They Belong (The Chronicle)
College students from underrepresented ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups do not want “safe spaces” so they can hide away from challenging ideas. On the contrary, many of them relish exposure to stimulating new ideas. But they also need “counterspaces” in which they can recover from harm they experience on their campuses.

Report: Diminishing Financial Aid for Low-Income Students (Diverse Education)
As public institutions become less and less affordable for low-income students, a new report says that, as universities chase high rankings and future donors, financial aid money is too often allocated to students who don’t really need it.

Extension in the News

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations
Associated Press
Homeowners should avoid using pesticides in backyards and instead use nontoxic methods such as soapy water to get rid of pests such as aphids,” said Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor-apiculture and Extension faculty.

How a Portland Food Bank is Making Gardening Accessible for All
Next City
That’s why, in 2012, the Oregon Food Bank teamed up with Oregon State University’s Extension Service to develop Seed to Supper, a six-week gardening education course designed to empower adults to “grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.”

Trellising and training tips for pears
Good Fruit Grower
“There is increasing interest in trellising and training pears in the Hood River area,” said Ashley Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and a member of the OSU Extension fruit tree faculty for Wasco and Hood River counties.

In this week’s issue:

ESC Calls for Nominations for Excellence Awards

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) — the premier resource for higher education institutions and community partners focused on promoting excellence in the scholarship and practice of engaged scholarship locally and globally — is accepting nominations for its 2020 Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes exemplary engagement scholarship. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 20, 2020. For more info on nomination procedures and submission, visit https://engagementscholarship.org/grants-awards/esc-awards-program.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Intensive

The Division of Outreach and Engagement has five travel awards of $1,000 each to support five OSU participants at the June 1-5, MSU Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. The support is for early career tenure-track and professor of practice faculty. For consideration, please send an email to Jacki Russell by Feb. 28 with the following: 1) name, 2) unit, 3) position title/rank, 4) how you intend to use skills gained in community-engaged scholarship.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Interested in using video to reach your audience? This week’s blog gives some strategic insights on what makes a video successful

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

 Reed College Black Celebration Month: Algorithms of Oppression (Portland)
Safiya Umoja Noble is an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the departments of information studies and African American studies. She is also co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and the author of a best-selling book on algorithmic discrimination by internet platforms, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. This event is FREE and open to the public. Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Vollum College Center Lecture hall.

Examining and Exploring Black Queer History in Social Activism  (Corvallis)
Come and be in community while learning queer black folx that played important roles in black history that are unrecognized. We will do a collaborative poster in honor those important figures Thursday, February 20th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the Pride Center.

 Drag Makeup Night (Corvallis)
Join us for a drag makeup workshop! Bring your own makeup and prepare to get your blend on. For accommodations related to disability, please contact 541 -737-9036 or luhui.whitebear@oregonstate.edu. Feb. 24, 6pm – 9pm at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

 DEI In the News

Left Out? Can the Completion Movement Reach Students with Intellectual Disabilities (Diverse Education)
Discouraged by data showing that nearly 42 percent of college students failed to earn degrees within six years, policymakers, institutional leaders, and practitioners are turning their attention to closing completion gaps that impact nearly every facet of higher education.

New Report Reveals Financial Barriers for Student Parents  (Diverse Education)
Across the country, there are 3.8 million student parents enrolled in higher ed institutions, while in California, there are 486,454 students parents.

Johns Hopkins Ditched Legacy Admissions to Boost Diversity – And It Worked (Diverse Education)
In 2014, Johns Hopkins got rid of legacy as a factor in admissions, hoping to increase its student diversity. Six years later, its president, Ronald J. Daniels, wrote about the decision in The Atlantic. In sum, it worked.

Extension in the News

Camp Tadmor hosts how-to for outdoor schools
The New Era
Outdoor School providers from across Oregon converged at Camp Tadmor in late January to build opportunities for improvement of Outdoor School programs through the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program.

Prune hard for better blueberries
Good Fruit Grower
When winter pruning, growers should look beyond just the next summer crop and envision what wood will give them good growth — key to having flower buds and high-quality fruit the following summer. That’s the recommendation from Bernadine Strik, OSU horticulture professor and berry crop specialist at North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: The Rogue Valley 4-H Story
4-H in the Rogue Valley is the subject of this month’s edition of Stories of Southern OR, which focuses on people who live on and/or work on the land.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Two Crook County teen 4-H members attended the Western National Roundup in early January, placing in several different competitions. Read about it here.

Teaching Network monthly meet up

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom February 13th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

One of the guiding criteria for the Navigator digital strategy was to give space for Extension faculty and staff to focus on content development versus website design. In this week’s blog post we dispel some design myths and take a look at some content strategies that can help in better engaging our online communities.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Indigenous Poetry Night: A Tribute to John Trudell (Corvallis)
Join us to honor activist-poet John Trudell through Indigenous centered poetry. Come with original work, with another’s piece to read, or just to listen! Please not that this even is intended to center the voices of Indigenous poets. Materials by Indigenous poets will be available for folk to read should they not have work of their own to share, or hold these identities. Feb. 13th, 5:00pm-6:30pm at the NAL Eena Haws.

Film Screening-100 Years: One Women’s Fight for Justice (Corvallis)
 Join us for a FREE screening of 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice on Tuesday, February 18 from 4pm-5:30pm at the NAL Eena Haws. We’ll also have FREE pizza, popcorn, and non-alcoholic drinks available for attendees. Hosted by the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Initiative Student Club and Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

DEI In the News

Unequal Spaces: How College Is Portrayed in Film (The Chronicle)
Throughout its history, Hollywood has overtly or tacitly advocated white supremacy in ways that have thwarted progress toward diversity on college campuses. And it has done so with academe’s complicity.

Lunch and Learn tackles the American dream (Hood River News)
Hood River Library hosted its fourth Lunch and Learn conversation Jan 30. Titled “Mi Sueño Americano/My American Dream.” About 20 gathered in the downstairs meeting room for the presentation by Nubia Contreras, whose parents immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago. She was born and raised in Hood River, attending Hood River County public schools. She is a certified prevention specialist with Hood River County, a DJ and board member at Radio Tierra and the new community liaison for Columbia Center for the Arts.

Morrow County Launches Internship Program (East Oregonian)
Businesses are brewing a new plan to recruit and retain young talent in Morrow County this summer. It’s called the Columbia Summer Works Summer Internship Program, and applications went live last month. The program was recently developed in collaboration with the Port of Morrow and Morrow County chambers of commerce. It serves as a hub for businesses in Morrow County that are interested in providing paid internships, or that might already have those opportunities.

Ontario community raised nearly $4,000 to help the victim of an alleged hate crime (The Oregonian)
An Ontario business is raising money to help an African-American man stabbed on December 21 in what police called a racially motivated attack inside a fast-food restaurant. The Idaho State Journal newspaper reported that Mackey’s Steakhouse & Pub has helped raise nearly $4,000 to help Hughes with medical bills.

Extension in the News

Students release tiny salmon into Willamette, at Sellwood
The Bee
“This project is important, because it gives students a meaningful way to understand their ability to be stewards of wildlife and of the planet, by connecting what they learned from raising salmon eggs to ‘fry’, to releasing these fish into the river,” said Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H coordinator Courtney Lobo.

The Workers, Farmers And Researchers Left In The Wake Of NORPAC’s Sale
OPB
In the early 2000s, OSU Extension specialist Ed Peachey used commission money to investigate root rot attacking sweet corn in the valley. He found that reducing irrigation during the crop’s first six to eight weeks greatly diminished the impact of root rot later in the season.

Pear conditioning helps sales, experts say
Capital Press
“We’re in a want-it-now society,” Moffitt told growers Feb. 4 at the Oregon State University Extension winter horticulture meeting in Hood River, Ore.

Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants
Associated Press
No plant is fireproof, but many are fire-resistant. These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.

Irrigating vineyards requires different expertise
Capital Press
OSU Extension viticulturist Alexander Levin said irrigation is a critical part of the winery business, especially in the Willamette Valley, but farmers may not need to apply all of the water they think they need.

In this week’s issue:

Open Streets Classroom

A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good Forum is Feb 27th, 12-4pm, at the Corvallis Public Library Main Meeting Room. Please share in your units with faculty, staff, and students. Posters available in English and Spanish. Register here. Please contact Susan Rowe with any questions.

Teaching Network monthly meet up

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom February 13th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Hoping to avoid accessibility mistakes? Check out our top 10 things to avoid in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

 PFLAG Networking Event: Love is Love (Pendleton)
Join the Pendleton PFLAG community for an evening of networking, education and Support. Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery (511 SE Court Ave, Pendleton) Sunday, February 9th, 4:00-7:00PM

 Portland Social Service Fair
Free social service fair hosted by the PDX Community Services Network. Offerings include health screenings, chiropractic, haircuts, fresh produce and more with over 25 social service non-profits participating. Feb. 7, 10am – 2pm at the Salvation Army Moore Street Corps and Community Center.

 Intersectionality at Work lecture (Corvallis)
Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will give the Corvallis 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on “Intersectionality at Work.” Rosette will explore ways in which intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality and other social categories make different women experience the workplace in very different ways. Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium (FREE).

 DEI In the News

OSU-Cascades’ elementary education bachelor’s program tries to combat teacher shortage, train diverse workforce (Bend Bulletin)
The OSU-Cascades program, which started in September, takes advantage of an Oregon law that allows college graduates to become teachers without having a master’s degree.

Acknowledging Native Land is a Step Against Indigenous Erasure (INSIGHT Into Diversity)
Like many American organizations, colleges and universities in the U.S. often occupy land that was once home to Native American communities. While modern Americans typically take for granted the fact that they reside on territory stolen from indigenous people, there is a growing trend in higher ed to remember and honor the tribes and people to whom this land originally belonged through official land acknowledgement statements.

What It’s Like to Study Immigration in the Trump Era (Chronicle of Higher Edu)
President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program opened opportunities for more than 800,000 undocumented young people to pursue degrees and careers without fear of deportation. For the sociologist Roberto G. Gonzales, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the initiative, known as DACA, presented a different kind of opportunity: what he calls a “natural experiment.”

Extension in the News

OSU Extension: Megan Wickersham new coordinator of Master Gardeners
Hood River News
Megan Wickersham began her new position as education program assistant for Hood River County Extension and coordinator of its Master Gardeners Program on Nov. 25.

Science of Soil: KBREC welcomes new agronomist
Herald and News
Soil health is a big part of Biswanath Dari’s educational background and what he’ll continue to research in his role as agronomist and assistant professor at Oregon State University, stationed at KBREC in Klamath Falls.

Dani Annala new OSU Extension 4-H coordinator
Hood River News
Dani Annala has been hired as the new Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H program coordinator in Hood River County.