In this week’s issue:

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 16, 2018)

Peter Bloome Memorial Service

The memorial service for Peter Bloome will be Saturday, September 1 at 2:30 PM. The service will be at St. Mary’s Church, 501 NW 25th Street, Corvallis. The family wishes to express that anyone is welcome to attend but they don’t want anyone to feel obligated. They also want to say thanks for the many years of meaning and support that OSU extension has provided to their dad.

New statewide map now available

The new statewide map has been updated and is now ready to use. The updated map is available from the photo archive or the Bridges to Prosperity site.

Extension Web Update

With any big website transition, the amount of content to sort through is a big task, leaving people to ask “Who is going to enter all this content?” This week’s blog post for the Extension web upgrade project looks at who has taken on the responsibilities of entering content, and ways to reduce the effort through taking a closer look at the content being considered for inclusion.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People & Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a demonstrable need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now:

Images and Voices of the Queer Diaspora: An exhibition about queer displacement what is it like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming—and, in most cases, a person of color in the West. September, 2nd from 12:00 pm to  8:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

Everyday Leaders Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority

Lois Ruskai Melina will lead a conversation exploring questions such as, how are leadership, power, and authority different? What do every day acts of leadership look like? August, 30 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

Serbian Fest 2018

12th Annual Serbian Festival on September 8th & 9th. This is a celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people. For more info visit the event page.

Multicultural Day at the Capitol

This is the first Multicultural Day at the Capitol that celebrates the contributions of all cultures to the state of Oregon. Learn more about the diversity within our state at this four-hour family-friendly event, complete with activities, exhibits, performances. September 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Salem, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Strengthening native roots with higher education

Accepting comfort was not enough of a challenge for Gustavo Ramos Nuñez, whose decision to enroll in the Spanish bachelor’s degree program online through Oregon State Ecampus arose from honoring his Peruvian roots and a desire for self-improvement.

National Park Service Awards $1.5 Million in Grants for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

The National Park Service today announced more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants. The money will fund preservation, restoration, and education projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II.

Nature through a cultural lens

A class of roughly 50 Native American students gathered at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area last week for a day of hiking, outdoor exploration and learning.

Record $3.02 Million in Grants Awarded To 137 Oregon Cultural Organizations

As a testament to Oregonians’ steadfast and growing commitment to supporting culture, the Oregon Cultural Trust will award a record $3.02 million in grants to 137 cultural nonprofits in fiscal year 2019, a 3 percent increase over 2018 and the first time grants have exceeded $3 million. The increase is the direct result of another record year of fundraising and a 55 percent uptick in new donors.

Japanese musician recreates YInMn blue to help the children of Fukushima

It is fitting then that YInMn blue—the pigment discovered in 2009 by Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian—has become a part of new beginnings in northeastern Japan that was rocked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Theater’s other diversity problem: Me

Whether you call it diversity, inclusion, representation or equity, the quest to make more room for women and people of color has been the debate of the decade in the theater world.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Oregon agencies push for more prescribed burns
“The one-hour threshold does not align with national standards for air quality,” Nicole Strong of the Oregon State University Extension Service said. “It’s putting an undue burden and restriction on the amount of prescribed burning and forest restoration, wildfire mitigation that we can do in the area.”

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America (Associated Press)
Urban and suburban communities have their own health needs, says Wiley Thompson, a regional director for Oregon State University Extension.

Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor
Hermiston Herald
After Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old 4-H student from Echo, showed him at the Umatilla County Fair his sale brought in $23,200 — totaling about $162 per pound at an auction where lambs were averaging $7 per pound.