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.

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