In this week’s issue:

Upcoming Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Workshops

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) will be hosting workshops in early December 2019 about how to apply to the 2020 grant year. These workshops will take place in nearly twenty different locations across the state. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Find the nearest workshop. Questions? Contact Gabrielle Redhead (503-968-6473) at Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Communication and connection opportunity

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 ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Read some feedback left by visitors to the Extension website and learn how to use this feedback to improve your content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

“Sparkshop” workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning now offers “Sparkshops.” There are three categories of Sparkshops topics: assessment, active learning and inclusive teaching. This is a 15-minute workshop on an evidence-based instructional practice that can be presented to faculty during a department meeting or other teaching-related meetings. Contact Funmi Amobi to schedule one of these Sparkshops in your office, program or department.

Communities of Color Talk: “The Prevention of Underage and High-Risk Drinking in Underrepresented Minority Communities” (Corvallis)
Let’s Talk About It!” High-risk drinking creates health and safety concerns for all and reducing its prevalence is a shared responsibility. Listen to a panel of student leaders speak about how they are affected by the drinking culture and their perspectives on what can be done. This candid talk will encourage inclusive excellence to promote a climate that supports the retention and success of all students. Nov. 19, SEC lounge, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided. For info, contact Nikia Braxton-Franklin, 541-737-7266.

DEI In the News

Bend brewery, partner spotlight individuals with disabilities (KTVZ)
Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing and Oregon Adaptive Sports have teamed up to diversify craft beer media by highlighting individuals with disabilities. You can access their FREE photo archive at the bottom of the article.

Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month with Literature (Insight Into Diversity)
A book list celebrating a variety of Native authors and stories.

Oregon State named top school for veterans in the Pacific Northwest (OSU Today)
“It’s great to see that the hard work of our university partners and our student veterans is taking us in the right direction,” said William Elfering, military and veteran resources advisor at Oregon State University. He oversees many of the programs that serve military students on campus.

Extension in the News

Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive
Capital Press
Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive … said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with Oregon State University.

Hemp, A New Old Crop in Oregon: Reflections from the 2019 growing season and looking forward.
Capital Press
The featured presenter is Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D. with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Her presentation includes research data from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Global Hemp Innovation Center.

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