In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

The news and public issues team in EESC functions as part of the “public relations” arm of OSU Extension, producing news releases and impact stories, handling media requests, monitoring media coverage, and providing media training/consulting.

Last fall, our team tried something new. In addition to news releases, we began producing news stories that are published first to the news section of the Extension website. These stories are shared on social media and pitched to specific media outlets that are likely to cover the story.

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past two weeks:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Welcome Erika

In April, Extension welcomed the following employee:

  • Erika Peterson, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek 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. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:
Wednesday, May 6 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, May 7 @ 10:00 am: Making Excel Your Happy Place
Friday, May 8 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity
Friday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm: Lights! Camera! Action! Gain confidence in video production

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How do RFI forms differ from newsletter opt-in? This week’s blog explores the issue.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Series and May 6 webinar (AAPF)
Throughout the Under the Blacklight series, host Kimberlé Crenshaw has engaged scholars, activists, and thought leaders in dialogue about how we can contextualize this time, both historically and theoretically, and how an intersectional frame shows us the particular vulnerabilities that COVID-19 puts in sharp relief. This week, the discussion turns to unpacking ways that an ideology of whiteness has become central to the American response to COVID-19.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Free Webinar

Part 1:  Will Diversity Suffer After the Budget Crisis, 10:00-10:45am
Part 2:  Remaining Unanswered Big Diversity Questions, 10:45-11:30am
Thursday, May 7, 10:00-11:30 AM. The first part of this webcast will delve into how institutions can maintain and preserve existing diversity and inclusion efforts during this crisis. Part 2 will explore the impact on diversity professionals.

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now!
See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Expansion: The Missing Link To Sustainable Diversity And Inclusion (Forbes)
Part of the struggle to embrace inclusion is that we human beings are not hardwired for it. We instinctively seek safety, stability, and similarity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives shake things up, asking people to recognize biases and become vulnerable.

MI Governor Proposes Free College For Frontline Workers (Diverse Edu)
The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on Wednesday proposed “Futures for Frontliners,” a program that if approved by lawmakers will be available to “essential workers” without a college degree. The program is intended to ensure “a tuition-free pathway to college.”

Extension in the News

Clatsop County Face Mask Makers delivers over 1,300 masks
Cannon Beach Gazette
After the first week, a friend of Fauver’s, Sandra Carlson, called her and asked how she could help. Carlson works for the Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Office in Astoria. She and two other women from the office came on board.

New OSU Extension Fire Program to host fire preparedness webinars
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

OSU Extension launches Lincoln County Local Food Guide
The News Times
The Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension launched a new site last week, in an effort to connect Lincoln County residents directly with local food producers: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/lincoln-county-local-food.

Klamath libraries take gardening lecture series online
The Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season! We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to grow fruit trees in the Klamath Basin on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active
Tillamook Headlight Herald
Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople – two Oregon State University (OSU) Family and Community Health Extension Service programs for adults – continue to help keep Oregonians staying active during the state’s stay at home order.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
The most common calls we receive in the Extension office concern ants, either the tiny “sugar” ants, harvester ants, or carpenter ants.

For 4-H members, the show goes on
Argus Observer
Marilyn K. Lesmeister, associate professor and Oregon 4-H Program Leader, said currently 4-H activities are being conducted at home, and club members are being creative at how they conduct meetings and interact with their leaders and work with their projects.

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