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)

OSU Women’s Giving Circle now accepting grant proposals

OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2019. The applications are due by Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, please visit Questions contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or

Extension Web Update

New improvements to events, search, and navigation are shared in this week’s web upgrade blog post. Also, check out a new video and instructional guide on how to display and organize content that appears on the Extension website’s topic menu pages. If you have any other needs or questions, please feel free to contact the web support team.

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

MUNBINIKAN? Stories From Mali & U.S.: Stories from a workshop series led by Malian Baba Wague Diakite, artist and founder of Ko-Falen Cultural. November 3 from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Tillamook, for more information visit the event page.

Feed The Movement, Workout for Hunger: Workout for hunger is just that, a workout to build awareness of childhood hunger. This event will feature four different types of workouts: Cardio Dance, High Fitness, Pound and Energy Explosion.  November  from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz: 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow: The Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon Inivtes you to celebrate with them at their 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow held at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. November 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm in Lincoln City, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

OSU supports transgender community members

Recently, the New York Times has reported that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo proposes restricting the definition of gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This is very concerning. In addition, yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses could discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law.

OSU celebrates Queer History Month

Queer History Month is nationally recognized in the month of October, and the OSU community will mark this month with a series of events devoted to growth and celebration.

OHSU Transgender Health Program strongly refutes discriminatory statements by national leaders

The OHSU Transgender Health Program, a program of the Partnership Project, stands in solidarity with transgender communities in opposition to any suggestion that gender is an unchangeable binary construct.

Not just a feel-good step: Businesses are increasingly hiring people with disabilities, and it’s helping the bottom line

When Glynis Harvey and Mark Cagley opened Hidden Manna Cafe four years ago, the couple did not set out to hire people with disabilities. But then a social service agency asked: Might the Matteson restaurant employ a woman with cerebral palsy? How about a man with mild blindness? A customer asked for an application for her sister, who has an intellectual disability.

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

Onion quality ‘excellent’ as harvest crosses finish line
Capital Press
Recent rain and frost likely did not reduce onion quality or yield, said Oregon State University Extension Malheur County Crop Agent Stuart Reitz.
OSU Extension’s poultry specialist sees 31 years of change
Capital Press
When James Hermes came to Oregon State University’s poultry department 31 years ago, big company buyouts, cage-free egg production and stringent antibiotic restrictions were not issues. Today, as enters his last full academic year as Oregon State University Extension’s poultry specialist, Hermes is dealing with all three.

Local partnership sends surplus potatoes to food banks
Capital Press
In the past, the spuds would have gone to waste, tilled over after they served their purpose as a test plot at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center. But four years ago the experiment station decided to start partnering with local producers and the nonprofit Farmers Ending Hunger to put them to good use in food boxes for families in need.

Findley says sage grouse impact local decisions
The Argus Observer
Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University Extension Agent, said he has been working on a project to help develop mapping of ecosystems and sage grouse habitat which will allow people to develop rangeland management plans and objectives.