In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Master Gardeners are doing great things in our state, here is an example.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Some people are interested in what a CRM can do, but are curious how it really works. Here are some practical examples.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Diversity & Cultural Engagement Welcome Week events: These events on the Corvallis campus include the Ettihad Welcome, Black Connect and more! Take advantage of these great opportunities to get to know your cultural resource centers during the week of 9/23-9/27.

Bend Language Institute Grand Opening: Friday, September 27 from 5-8. This is an opportunity to meet the Bend Language Institute team and other members of the Central Oregon community who are interested in different languages. Check out our their classroom space just inside the Mactek building at 416 NE Greenwood Ave, while enjoying tasty food and drinks.

Hood River Veterans Support Group: This group meets monthly on Fourth Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30pm at the Hood River Elks Lodge #1507. Gorge area Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel are invited to join, free of charge – no registration required – come as you are. You need not be an Elks member to attend.

Making Waves Podcast: “Making Waves” is a podcast created by OSU students Audrey Kadoya, Erica Suh, and Sophia Kea, that explores topics of identity, race, and the Asian and Pacific Islander experience. Listen to this podcast (and others!) on OSU’s KBRV radio station webpage.

DEI In the News

SNAP moved 3.1 million people out of poverty in 2018 (
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced poverty by just over 1 percentage point for the three-year period from 2016 to 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American History (Smithsonian)
A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous culture.

Canadian workplaces: The most welcoming in the world (CNBC)
The results, published Tuesday, detailed that Canada’s strength stemmed from female representation at senior levels, as well as the majority of Canadians believing their employers were actively pursuing a more diverse and open workplace.

Extension in the News

A great collaborative’: Event puts poverty in the foreground with goal to reduce it
Argus Observer
The Poverty Simulation is sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in Malheur County, TVCC, Malheur Education Service District and Four Rivers Healthy Community and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Lessons in the woods: Sixth-graders participate in 56th annual Klamath County Forestry Tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell, an Oregon State University forestry professor who works with the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing.

Horneck events benefit 4-H programs, Funland Park rebuild
East Oregonian
In addition to donating proceeds to Umatilla County 4-H, money also will go to Hermiston’s Funland Park rebuild project.

Oregon wine continues to rise in sales, production
Capital Press
Steve Renquist, extension agent for Oregon State University in Douglas County, said the bulk of newly planted acres in the Umpqua Valley do not appear to be coming from new growers, but rather existing businesses that are expanding their capacity.

After school program teaches elementary, middle school students skills in the kitchen
The News-Review
Oregon State University Extension Service and the Mercy Foundation have teamed up to teach cooking skills to students in schools where more than half of the students qualify for reduced cost or free lunches.