In this week’s issue:

New! Model Release Forms in Spanish

University Relations and Marketing has uploaded the OSU Model Release form in Spanish. Find English and Spanish, short forms and long (group) forms on the download page.

Thank you to Glenda Hyde for asking the question many of you may have: She wondered why we don’t include the Extension non-discrimination statement on these model releases.

To paraphrase our Office of General Counsel,

  1. This is an OSU form and not an Extension form. Though, of course, OSU is committed to non-discrimination, it is part of overarching policies and practices and does not legally need to be listed.
  2. This form is about the person giving US permission to use their photo, not us providing a service.
  3. Though it’s not illegal to include the statement, generally the more words on a contract, the more hesitant a person is to sign it.

New Course offers help for online courses

To help educators facilitate a better digital learning experience for students, the College of Education created a convenient and thoughtfully-designed program that focuses on the new field of learning experience design (LX Design).

The Learning Experience Design Certificate starts January 7, 2019 and it’s designed for current educators looking to move their courses online, as well as anyone who is already invested in e-learning and is looking to hone their skills.

You can read more about the Learning Experience Design Certificate here.

Extension Web Update

Join the web team at the Extension Annual Conference on Tuesday, December 4 at 2:15  for our session “Ask the Experts about the New Extension website” in Corvallis. The whole web team will be on hand to listen and walk through your questions.

Diversity Highlights

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

Video of the Week:

Is This Doctor Racist??? | Diversity in Healthcare | Wednesday Checkup | Doctor Mike

Welcome to a new episode of Wednesday Checkup and today we are covering the recent viral video from Twitter. Many people are accusing the doctor in the video of racism and discrimination.

Events & Resources

Dandiya Night 2018: Dandiya is a traditional Indian dance that is originated from Gujarat, India, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to dance to upbeat Indian music. November 16 from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua Prior to European Contact: Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from one of Cape Perpetua’s exceptional volunteers, Dick Mason. November 25 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm in Lincoln, for more info visit the event page.

History Pub – Notable Women of Portland: The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. This presentation offers a reframing of Portland’s history– including information on 10,000 years of Native American women, pioneer women, women of the Progressive Era, WWI, WWII, and post-war women, with additional tales of women in the arts and women in politics. November 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

OSU-Cascades is younger, more diverse due to largest-ever first-year class 

Oregon State University-­Cascades’ current first-year and transfer student populations are officially the young university’s largest to date, and the former group is making the campus both younger and more diverse. (see also KTVZ)

Congress will have more Latino members than ever before

More Latinos will serve in Congress next year than ever before — at least 42, with one House race to be decided.

First Native American women elected to Congress: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland

Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN has projected.

Mark Lakeman helps tackle the housing crisis with creativity, compassion

America is short some 7 million affordable apartments for those living in poverty, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2018 report. With conventional approaches falling behind the pace, artists and visionaries are stepping up to the plate, creating paradigm-busting solutions that challenge traditional ideas of housing.

Most Decorated Unit In U.S. History Fought For A Country That Didn’t Accept Them

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was made up of Japanese-Americans, many of whom served when their families were imprisoned behind barbed wire.

Lines for Life launches new military helpline for veterans struggling with mental health

More than a dozen veterans die of suicide every day, according to the Veterans Association. It’s a problem a local non-profit is trying to fix.

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

New Spray Film for Grapes Cuts Water Need
Wines & Vines
Those strategies focused on managing supply, but work by Clive Kaiser, an extension horticulturist with the Umatilla County Extension Service and Oregon State University professor attached to the Oregon Wine Research Institute is looking at things from the vine’s point of view.

Dairy Goat Day challenges beginners, experts
Capital Press
“It made sense to combine our efforts,” Melisa Fery, OSU Small Farms Extension Program agent, said. “(The program) is all about community education and helping landowners or small acreage owners meet their goals.”

Why I’m in: Helping our community deal with tough health-related issues
Tillamook Headlight Herald
“Why I’m in” interview with Dusti (Jessica) Linnell, Oregon State University, Family and Community Health.