In this week’s issue:
- Quarterly Conversation Recording
- Communication and connection opportunity
- Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members
- Navigator Digital Strategy Update
- Diversity Highlights
- Extension in the News
Quarterly Conversation Recording
Look for the link to the November 15 Quarterly Conversation recording in the November 26 ConnEXTion.
Scholarship of Engagement was mentioned several times during the Quarterly Conversation. For those interested in learning more about engagement scholarship, check out the Scholarship of Engagement Summary written by Sam Angima and posted on the O&E blog in March 2016. Here’s a teaser to encourage you to explore more: “Scholarship of engagement (also known as engaged scholarship) is as rigorous as traditional academic work, but it cuts across the categories of academic scholarship and outreach in a reciprocal, collaborative relationship with the public or a specific interest group or community. The scholarship of engagement incorporates reciprocal practices of civic engagement into the production of knowledge. Through instruction, discovery, and outreach, educators communicate and work with communities. This approach encourages public participation in the production of scholarship and creates scholarship that addresses public issues.”
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 email@example.com directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.
Navigator Digital Strategy Update
A fly over of the regional trainings that have taken place across the state.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.
Statewide Events & Resources
TODAY: Transgender Resource Fair (Corvallis)
This program is centered around providing resources and support for folx within the queer and trans community on how to navigate through health-oriented spaces. Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., OSU’s Student Experience Center in Corvallis.
Men’s Mini- Gathering of Native Americans (Pendleton)
Join the third Men’s Mini-GONA on November 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Pendleton. Dinner will be provided. Transportation is available if requested by Tuesday, November 19 before 4 p.m. All males are encouraged and welcome to attend! Contact 541-966-9830 for more information.
Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities (Webinar)
Tues. Dec. 3, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (PST). In this webinar, we’ll learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Following this introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative will discuss their partnership designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course. Register here for FREE.
DEI In the News
The Daily Podcast: Because of Sex
Aimee Stephens was fired after coming out as transgender. Now, she is the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that will determine the employment rights of gay and transgender workers across the nation.
Finding My Voice (Saturday Evening Post)
For a stutterer, even the simplest communication is fraught with difficulty. “Aside from the speech impediment, I haven’t encountered a lot of struggle in my life. But my stutter has taught me about bias and marginalization. It has taught me how easy it is to overlook someone’s talent because of a trait irrelevant to job performance: disability, race, family status, religion, physical appearance.”
Connecting Without Social Capital: How Underserved Students Network Despite Barriers (Insight Into Diversity)
For students from underserved backgrounds networking can be especially difficult. Social capital and other less obvious factors — such as having the financial freedom to accept an unpaid internship — can put them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to making professional connections.
Extension in the News
Leading the way: OSU Extension fire program to prioritize fire education across state
Herald and News
A statewide fire program created by the Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Forestry is building on examples set by organizations like the Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership by expanding those efforts across the state and introducing even more education and outreach resources.
The community’s childcare shortage: Hood River County among ‘childcare deserts’ in Oregon
Hood River News
Lauren Kraemer, Assistant Professor of Practice with OSU Extension Service, estimates there are 11 infants and toddlers waiting for each available slot in Hood River County, a number she said doesn’t take into account the families who work in Hood River but live in The Dalles or White Salmon and are also looking for placement.
The Bazaar: 50th anniversary for Brookings Community Christmas Bazaar
Curry Coastal Pilot
The bazaar began at the Brookings Catholic School half a century ago as a way to combine various holiday bazaars in one location, and also to promote the Oregon State University Extension Office and its various activities.