In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Klamath County School District, in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research & Extension Service, has been awarded a competitive $96,538 USDA implementation grant for its Farm-to-School program. Read more here.

Livestream the Ruby Lecture by OSU’s Patricia Dawson

For more than 33 years, Patricia Dawson has devoted her Extension career to delivering high quality educational programs and resources that met the needs of colleagues and constituents at the local, state and national level. Recognized nationwide for her visionary leadership, she has served in countless roles including National ESP President, National Editor for the Journal of Youth Development – 12 years, NAE4-HA Board of Directors, JCEP Board Secretary and JOE Board of Directors. A prolific writer/researcher, Patricia’s youth development curriculum has been showcased at over 100 refereed state and national presentations. Recently retired from Oregon State University, Patricia maintains an active role with Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Presentation is scheduled for approximately 11:45 pm (Pacific), Tuesday, October 15. As this is a live event, streaming could start early.

The presentation will be taped and made available on the ESP website after the conference

Live link:

Transport translations tool available

OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities.

As part of our overall language access strategy, OSU Extension has contracted with to provide a tool called Transport. It is an online translations platform you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. Transport:

  • Is accessible via OSU ONID single-sign on
  • Routes for OSU budget authority approval
  • Saves historical information so we have better data on translation needs and costs across our organization

A Transport login link, user guide, and additional information are available on our language access resource page.

A brief demo and Q&A session will be offered (and recorded) on Friday, October 18 from 10am – 10:45am via Zoom video conference. Join here:

Learn more about language access and see a preview of the Transport tool in the August Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Questions? Please contact

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What we love about Clackamas County 4-H
We share what is working so well.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching: Join Jeff Kenney to explore the theory and practice of culturally responsive teaching. +Tech Talk: Learn about polling options for small group and/or non-course settings for gathering informal feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in OSU Corvallis Milam Hall, Rm 215 Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Sense of Place: Traditional First Foods & The Creation Story
Each year, tribes in the Columbia River Basin celebrate the return of the salmon. It is part of an annual First Foods ceremony that honors the tribes’ Creation Story and their unique connection to the Pacific Northwest. This relationship has spanned thousands of years and hundreds of generations and their traditional First Foods give insight into how this coexistence between people and place has endured. Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. $10 suggested donation. More information here.

WIC at NAYA (Portland): Receive information about Women, Infant and Children (WIC) services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1-4pm. Appointments, breastfeeding support, food package changes, answers to your questions and more. Call (503) 988-3503 to schedule an appointment; WALK-INS WELCOME and will be seen as time allows.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for winter term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 1 (week 5), with notification two weeks later (week 7). Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

DEI In the News

New ACT Test Options Could Help Disadvantaged Students (Insight Into Diversity)
The ACT exam will begin offering new options in September 2020 in an effort to make the standardized college admissions test more flexible for students, the nonprofit testing service announced on Tuesday.

New Role: Taking an Unblinking Look at a University’s Past (The Chronicle)
As colleges in several states struggle to reconcile their current values with their historic ties to slavery, one in Virginia took the unusual step of hiring a historian to explore that past.

Program gives underrepresented STEM undergraduates a boost (LIFE@OSU)
OSU STEM Leaders provides students with mentors, lab time.

Extension in the News

Tourism conference sparks conversation
The Astorian
The story helped kick off the biennial Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted by Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Argus Observer
Some of these were presented during the Fall Cover Crops Tour hosted by Christy Tanner, Oregon State University Extension agent, on Monday, beginning with some crop trials she is conducting at the Malheur Experiment Station.
Ashland Tidings
“I didn’t hear any really big negatives. Some folks said the yield was light, others said the yield looked good,” said Rick Hilton, entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Central Point.
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