In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to our award winners, pictures will be available soon. Sea Grant would like to especially acknowledge Amanda Gladics for her Newer Faculty award and Jaimie Doyle for her team award for Master Naturalist Program.

Revised Statewide Locations Map available

A revised “statewide locations” map, showing Extension, Ag Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory sites is available.

You can always find the current version of the map on the Our Impact website and in the EESC photo archive . We recommend you do not save a copy locally, as this increases the chance of accidentally using an older version.

EESC maintains the master copy of this map and requests review twice a year for updates and corrections. We also make time-sensitive updates between review cycles as needed.

OSU Board to Consider Appointment of New President

The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 13, to consider the board’s appointment of OSU’s next president for a term starting July 1, 2020. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Following the board meeting, trustees will host an OSU community and public reception in the main lounge of the Memorial Union at 10:45 a.m. to welcome our next president.

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda and details are available at The meeting will be livestreamed

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In case you missed us at annual conference here are our sessions to download. The team really enjoyed meeting so many of you, keep the questions coming.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

2020 OSU MLK Celebration
Free tickets for the 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. peace breakfast are now available at the link above to OSU faculty, staff and students. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom on Monday, Jan. 20, and seating is limited. After the breakfast, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist, writer and the executive editor of Out Magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration lecture at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week runs Jan. 18 through 24.
Volunteers needed for Jan. 20 MLK Peace March: contact Mealoha McFadden at 541-737-6522 or

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for spring 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, Feb. 7, 2020, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

The Statewide Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI):
The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey.

EXTENSION OFFICES TAKE NOTE: Host this workshop in your county by putting together a group of just 12 people and providing meals (no workshop or additional costs apply). Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:, or the Extension Diversity, Equity and Inclusion unit at

 DEI In the News

What is the CROWN Act? (CBS)
This year, California became the first state to ban discrimination against black students and employees over their natural hairstyles with New York and other states looking to follow suit.  A recent study by Dove says that black women are 80% more likely to change their natural hair to conform to social norms or expectations at work.

A Portland boy fell in his wheelchair at school, fracturing 2 bones. Nobody told his mom for days, $2.8M suit says (Oregon Live)
The mother of an Portland middle schooler is suing the district after her son fell in his wheelchair and fractured both his thigh bones, an incident she says school staff didn’t tell her about until three days after it happened.

How to Be a Radically Open Department Head (The Chronicle)
Administrators talk a lot about “transparency.” But for that word to be more than jargon, you have to live by it and actively promote it.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair set to open for 46th year
East Oregonian
“It’s a large-scale opportunity for growers to learn more about the new resources and technology that are available to them,” said Angie Treadwell, who works at the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension center (OSU-HAREC) and is a moderator for the fair. “You don’t always get that in Eastern Oregon.”

Renewed research in the Rogue Valley
Good Fruit Grower
Oregon State University Extension plants new vineyards for studies as region’s wine grape acreage continues to grow.

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