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.

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