In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Eastern Oregon parents are helped by Food Hero. Read about it here:

https://www.eastoregonian.com/eoparent/food-hero-recipes-offer-un-beet-able-kitchen-fun/article_873f1746-cc78-11ea-a9a6-b3454ae2a0c9.html

Share a Photo

We want to see you in your favorite face covering! Wearing a face covering shows that we care for others and ourselves. Email Ann Marie Murphy a photo of you in your favorite face covering by August 10. We will share a montage of the photos during the Quarterly Conversation on August 21.

New Gardening Newsletter from Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education

OSU Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education are joining forces on a new gardening newsletter. This newsletter contains the latest information from OSU to help your garden grow. It features helpful monthly gardening calendars, upcoming trainings and workshops, timely horticulture articles, and more. Launched in June, the newsletter is being sent to more than 80,000 on the west coast and beyond resulting in hundreds of Extension publication downloads and clicks on calls to action. Help us spread the word. Be sure to subscribe and grow your best garden throughout the year!

Extension News Stories

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.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, July 29 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

COVID-19 resources for the pandemic and beyond: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/07/27/covid-19-resources-for-the-pandemic-and-beyond/

A look back at resources developed to support faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these resources can serve us going forward: Virtual Extension, professional development webinars, public health and wellness resources, and innovative web and digital strategies.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gobierno de Oregon ofrece línea de atención a comunidades indígenas afectadas por el COVID-19 (Vive NW) El COVID-19 está afectando a la comunidad hispana a niveles desproporcionados por diversas razones: muchos son trabajadores esenciales; otros no tienen acceso a beneficios de desempleo o tiempo libre debido a su estado migratorio; y también porque es común que los hogares de gente hispana estén compuestos por múltiples miembros familiares. Oregon Government Offers Hotline to Communities Affected by COVID-19.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes July 31 for the Aug. 3-5 session, and on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

Author Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” (On Demand Until August 20, 2020)

Listen to 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. This event was presented by the Prince George County Memorial Library System.

DEI In the News

A ‘Final Crossing’ For John Lewis Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge (NPR)

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on Sunday in what organizers described as “The Final Crossing,” part of a multiday celebration of the life of the civil rights icon. In March 1965, a 25-year-old Lewis and hundreds of other civil rights advocates planned to march from Selma to Montgomery to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, which was infamous for denying African Americans the right to vote.

Higher Ed Institutions Rethink Relationships With Police Amid Nationwide Protests (Diverse Edu) Student movements are urging universities to separate from metro police and reform campus policing practices — or abolish university police departments altogether.

Extension in the News

A Portland farm seeks to restore Black people to the land

OPB

Eventually he took the Master Gardener course at Oregon State University, before helping found the Black Futures Farm.

Re-creating the home garden tour experience

The Bulletin

This would normally be the week of the Oregon State University-Extension High Desert Garden Tour. Our minds would be exploding with new design ideas and a plant list that would challenge the national budget.

Three from Yamhill County win Master Gardener honors

News-Register

Three Yamhill County residents are among more than 40 Oregon State University Extension master gardener volunteers who have been recognized for their service.

Cluster-thinning grapes can achieve quality goals

Western Farm Press

On the West Coast, Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, notes that shoot thinning is done early season while cluster thinning happens about lag phase.

Scientists tracking bacterium that causes crown gall disease

Western Farm Press

“Agrobacterium causes crown gall, growths or galls on affected plants – plant tissue that grows in an unorganized manner disrupting water and nutrient flow,” says Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic.

Oregon cherry growers weather rain, COVID-19 during harvest

Capital Press

This year, Ashley Thompson added the role of agriculture emergency response coordinator for Wasco County, surveying growers and communicating their needs to state agencies and local health departments.

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

Fruit Growers News

OSU Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

4-H court ready for Wallowa County Fair

Wallowa County Chieftain

“The girls go to various events in the county to represent 4-H and the fair,” said Debbie Warnock, who oversees 4-H for Oregon State University Extension. “We always have a lot of fun.”

‘Master Gardeners’ finally allowed back into their garden

East PDX

In their “new” Demonstration Garden – in a location hidden away in the northwest part of the property, and no longer visible from SE 60th Avenue –16 raised beds are used for edible crops, as well as blueberries, grapes, and an herb bed.

Tillamook County 4-H 2020 Horse Fair show results

North Coast Citizen

The 2020 Tillamook County 4-H Horse Fair was held July 9-10.

In this week’s issue:

Tips for strengthening a face covering culture

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Oregon, science tells us that wearing face coverings is important to help protect ourselves and others. OSU Extension can encourage the use of face coverings in our offices and our communities.

Share additional ideas for encouraging the use of face coverings with Ann Marie Murphy.

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, July 22 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Whether you are writing an online article or a publication for the Extension Catalog, the title you craft goes a long way toward helping readers find your content. Read more about good online titles in today’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution
On July 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Join Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, Regional Director, Urban West Regional Office, University of Missouri Extension, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist, Tuskegee University, and Krystle J. Allen, Extension Associate (Emergency Preparedness & Special Programs), Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution).

Leading While Black, Food Share Zoom panel
Join Food Share Toronto on July 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m., for a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders. This conversation, will speak with Black leaders working and organizing in predominantly white spaces, who have taken the time – and in some cases, the risk – in their lives and careers to advocate on behalf of the Black community. We will explore the work that the panelists are engaged in, discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of Black leadership, and celebrate the successes they have realized in their work

OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom! Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity, and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Without clean water, Warm Springs struggles to curb coronavirus spread (Oregon Live)
Thousands of people on the Warm Springs reservation haven’t had clean water in their homes for weeks — a recurring symptom of aging infrastructure that tribal members fear could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

Charles R. Drew U of Medicine and Science Trains Doctors to Tackle Healthcare Disparities
Across Los Angeles County, in more affluent communities, COVID-19 testing centers were plentiful. But none existed in the predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in South Los Angeles until the historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science partnered with county officials to open a free testing center on its campus in early April.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for the season
KTVZ
As the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver program turns 40, its hotline is once again ready to take calls.

At Our Best
Lebanon Express
More than 40 Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers were recently recognized for service to their counties.

Farm Fresh
Oregon Business
Amanda Jean Gladics, assistant professor at the Oregon State University’s Coastal Fisheries Extension, says that although a local seafood system is not a new concept, the Oregon Sea Grant is trying to expand a regional market for Oregon-caught seafood.

Hemp goes to college
The Mail Tribune
“Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much waste, specifically plastic waste?” asked Richard Roseberg, director of the 84-acre Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center facility on Hanley Road.

Controlling Pacific Flathead Borer in Agricultural Crops
Organic Farmer
According to Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman, PFB tend to target the graft union.

OSU Extension: Demand for culinary resources soars during pandemic
Clackamas Review
COVID-19 has changed the way we eat, including more time spent in the kitchen and more meals eaten at home, said Kelly Streit, a registered dietitian with Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County.

County Fairs In Oregon Try To Adapt In A Pandemic
OPB
Alli Dixson is in both the Future Farmers of America and 4-H, which are groups that help young people develop skills in a variety of areas including leadership, entrepreneurship, agriculture and more.

2020 Jackson County Fair begins to wind down, swine auction wraps up
KOBI
“We still wanted to be able to have something. We know that some counties couldn’t. So what was our fair gonna look like? Is it gonna be a virtual fair or are we gonna do it in-person?” Said 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Jackson County, Lena Hosking.

Despite health and economic concerns, Extension helps deliver successful cherry harvest in Wasco County
The Dalles Chronicle
The coronavirus pandemic hit just as Oregon State University Extension Service tree fruit expert Ashley Thompson was preparing for the upcoming cherry harvest.

Where We Live: Marionberries, the ‘Cabernet of Blackberries’
KOIN
Oregon’s berry industry is worth well over $100 million. For OSU’s Javier Fernadez-Salvador, the industry’s connection to the university has been critical as has its connection to the state’s farmers through the OSU Extension.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Spanish Resumption Signage now available

Many of the resumptions signs are now translated into Spanish and available in the Resumption Planning Toolkit in the OSU brand guide Download tab (the link is at the top of the page). Look for the Spanish Signage folder. Log into Box to access the files.

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include how-to tips for delivering virtual and programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned.

New Extension Out There videos available

Three new 30-second Extension Out There videos are available for sharing via social media, newsletters or other communication channels. The videos showcase the diverse programming offered by OSU Extension Service.

  • My Hair My Health PDX
  • Steens Mountain mule deer research
  • 4-H Wagon Train

You will find these along with the video featuring five Extension programs and six other 30-second videos from 2019 in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder (go to the Employee Intranet website and click on the second bullet under Popular Links). Look for the Out There Video folder. All videos are in English with English captioning and Spanish with Spanish captioning.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is 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 in the last week:

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.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, July 14 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Extension Vocabulary and Phrases
Friday, July 17 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Tips on creating an engaging topic page, two great examples and some kudos. This post is helpful for topic committees and anyone who wants to learn more about topic pages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

UW Accessibility Resources
The UW accessibility website provides a growing number of free how-to pages and guides with steps for making particular types of content accessible to a broad audience. Resources include, Creating accessible documents, Developing accessible websites and Creating accessible videos. (For OSU’s accessibility resources and policies, visit accessibility.oregonstate.edu.)

Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty Panel (FoodShare Toronto)
This conversation features four Black women leading the call for Black food sovereignty in Canada, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom. Through the panelists’ uniquely valuable perspectives and experiences, we explore what Black food sovereignty means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work to advance it. The event recording includes ASL translation.

Inclusion in Remote Work Environments: The recent pandemic has caused a massive, sudden shift to remote work for many companies. This shift impacts efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, both in positive and potentially challenging ways. The OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership created this short (15 minute), self-paced training directed at managers, employee resource group members, HR professionals, and anyone invested in DEI work in their organization. It provides an overview of remote work and DEI, ways in which remote work can promote and challenge DEI efforts, and a series of practical strategies designed especially for promoting inclusion in remote workplaces. Register for the training.

DEI In the News

Local universities support legal action against new ‘xenophobic’ ICE rules (OSU Today/Register-Guard)
Oregon State University has about 3,500 international students, said spokesman Steve Clark, and data shows its international student population has for the most part increased over the years. (see also Corvallis Advocate)

7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face (NY Times)
Women are living in a world that’s made for men. Whether it’s the cars they drive or the medicines they take, they’ve almost all been developed with men in mind. And that can have life-threatening consequences for women.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: A Wine Scientist
The Jefferson Exchange
There’s a lot of human knowledge accumulated from making wine over millennia; Dr. Alec Levin has a handle on a lot of it. He is a viticulturalist with the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, the Rogue Valley branch of Oregon State University Extension.

Haines Stampede Rodeo bucks trend of COVID-19 cancellations
La Grande Observer
“I’d never been to a rodeo before so this was exciting,” said Katie Hauser, who is the 4-H program coordinator at the Oregon State University Extension office in Baker City.

In Migrant Worker Camps, Wifi Is a Basic Utility
Daily Yonder
In April, Ashley Thompson, Fruit Horticulturalist at Oregon State University Extension Service in Wasco County, administered a survey to local orchardists to gauge interest in wifi hot spots.

Help is found at the Lincoln County Call Center
The News Guard
Shifting her attention from her work as program manager at Lincoln County Maternal Child Health, Paeth initially launched the call center with help from her staff and volunteers from the Newport Public Library, Lincoln County Behavioral Health, the Toledo Police Department and Oregon State University Extension.

Brianna Micka takes virtual grand championship showmanship title
Wallowa County Chieftain
The 4-H event would normally be held at the Eastern Oregon Stock Show in Union. But this year it was held via submitted video clips.

Study raises new honeybee concern
Western Farmer-Stockman
Bees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, according to study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist at OSU.

All About Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Hobby Farms
“A robust IPM program starts with good knowledge of the crop,” says Nicole Sanchez, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Find a link to the paper-based COVID-19 awareness training under the “COVID-19 training” heading.

The following article outlines new communication resources available.

New resumption communication tools

As Extension’s phased resumption continues, new communications tools and templates are added to COVID-19 resources for Extension. This week several new resources are available:

  • Communication tips for conversations with mask-less community members in OSU locations is a tool for Extension offices and volunteers. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section. As you have success reinforcing the value of wearing a face covering or see businesses in your community offering a positive approach, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy. We’ll keep the document updated with new and positive approaches.
  • In response to a request by the local health authority, OSU Extension in Hood River County developed a “Stay Safe” flyer and social media graphics in English and Spanish. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share it on your social media channels. Thank you Lauren Kraemer and intern Daniela Valle for being responsive to your community and sharing your good work with us!
  • The Spanish version of the modified access office sign is now available. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings, several toolkits are available through the CDC (English and Spanish) and #MaskUpOR, the State of Oregon’s social media campaign, which offers a wide range of images, themes and tones. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share on your social media channels.

Welcome New Employees

New People welcomed in July

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H,
Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology
Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

New People welcomed in June

Avery Pheil, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Marion County
Karen Willis, Instructional Designer, PACE
Yasmeen Hossain, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Coordinator, Forestry
Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County

New Extension PowerPoint presentation templates

The Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration folder in Box offers Extension templates and examples for flyers, brochures, posters, Out There videos, Take Five for Extension presentation and more. Now two new templates for PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Extension Presentation Templates folder: a streamlined twist relying on branded icons for visual interest and a more traditional—but updated—Out There collection of slide templates that rely on photographic imagery. Both templates are offered in systems fonts and branded fonts (preferred). Build your slides using the slide templates and delete the slides templates you choose not to use. Helpful how-to’s and resources are also offered as an introduction to each file and on individual slide templates. If you have questions about how to use or access the templates, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

OSU Extension Internship Blog

The inaugural OSU Extension Service Internship Program is off and running, with about a dozen interns working in offices throughout the state and on the OSU campus – at least virtually. The goals of the program are for the interns to have a community-based learning opportunity, learn about the Extension Service and the land grant mission, and to have the opportunity to be a valued team member.

Throughout the summer, OSU Extension’s interns will be sharing their experiences on this blog, providing a window into their work with our Extension professionals and the communities they serve.

We’ll be promoting their stories by sharing posts on OSU Extension’s Facebook account throughout the summer.

Please help support the interns by commenting on their blog posts and sharing the social media posts on your Extension accounts and with your networks, and check back as they post about their experiences over the next couple months.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is 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 in the last week:

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.

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9250, Wildlife Habitat: Nurturing a Diverse Mix of Flora and Fauna
Rachel Werling, Cat Kizer
New.Property owners can play key roles in wildlife habitat. Learn how to manage your land to promote a diverse native habitat and support ecological systems. One of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Add to calendar
Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Faculty and staff that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom
Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Open Campus shares Antiracist Resources

Open Campus has assembled an amazing list of Antiacist resources including trainings, films, books, online news articles and podcasts discussing race issues in America.  Here they are: (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/m2l5ritnsi1qnmhnzucnwjcc0xjnsznt)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The topic menu is often the first place that web visitors click on the Extension website. The topic pages provide opportunities to engage new visitors and to organize information in one place. Recently, we’ve added new features and identified point people in Extension program areas that can help faculty better organize topic pages that relate to their work. Find out how you can improve a topic page in this week’s blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Department of Justice Community Conversations
Help open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon by joining sessions throughout the month of July to discuss your experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, as well as Oregon’s new hate crime law, and how Oregon DOJ can engage with your community. Sessions are intended for participation and input from folks who identify in the specified population.  All are invited to attend, but please reserve input and speaking time for those folks who identify in the specified population. Session list/dates and connection information available here.

Remote delivery of (new!) Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI 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.

Search Advocate Workshops available by Zoom!
The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Why Latinx people are hospitalized from COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites (NPR)
Daniel López-Cevallos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies how health disparities affect Latinx communities, told NPR that another reason Latinx people are more at risk is that they’re less likely to trust the government.

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace (Washington Post)
What will come of the gathering call for action? The civil rights movement produced landmark legislation, but black people continue to face discrimination in virtually all aspects of life. Economic gains for many black Americans are undeniable, yet huge disparities in jobs, housing, income and wealth still exist.

Extension in the News

Luisa Santamaria: A scholar of passion and drive
Capital Press
OSU Extension plant pathologist Luisa Santamaria: “I like to keep myself busy in some way, and I put my heart in everything I do.”

Shelby Filley: Love of animals feeds her career
Capital Press
Shelby Filley is an Extension livestock and forage specialist who provides information on those topics, but in her spare time she enjoys working with cows and their calves.

Barb Iverson: All-consuming passion for farming
Capital Press
“I loved growing up on the farm and enjoy the outdoors,” Iverson said. “I was active in 4-H entomology and would hunt insects all summer as well as ride Thistle, the horse I trained — of course, after all the work was done.”

Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
Malheur Enterprise
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.

Beyond Factory Farms: ‘Big Meat’ Comes At High Cost
Natural Awakenings
“Our bodies are designed to be omnivores, and animal products are part of a diverse, real food diet,” says Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

When you can’t turn off the rain
Progressive Dairy
An article co-written by David Hannaway, professor and Extension forage specialist.

Summer lunches to-go
Herald and News
IYS hosted the distribution in conjunction with several community partners, including the city of Klamath Falls, Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes Foundation, Oregon State University Extension, Klamath Falls City Schools, and Klamath County School District.

The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards
Popular Mechanics
Surface area is the key to a hotter fire,” says Daniel Leavell, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.