In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Jasmine White, a Washington County 4-Her, was interviewed about her Spirit of Community award. She learned how to make dog and cat toys from recycled materials from a 4-H workshop and is very active in the 4-H PetPALS club. Read the interview.

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2020: Envisioning Engaged Scholarship

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for our upcoming conference on September 15 and 16, 2020, in historic Philadelphia, PA.

The conference will feature panels, presentations, posters, and workshops on best practices for transforming higher education through publicly engaged scholarship, teaching, and policy. This year’s theme, “Envisioning Engaged Scholarship,” is an opportunity to think deeply about the many diverse futures ahead for community engagement and engaged scholarship. Submit proposals  by March 13, 2020 for consideration.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Doing Extension work well happens when we understand our constituents. The goal is to grasp how our constituents find us, what encounters they have with our team, plus how they felt about that experience. Find out why those experiences were less than the “excellent” you hoped for, and you can turn it around! Does your team have a shared vision of that constituent experience? Use a journey map to create a view of your program from their perspective. Mark Kindred from Extension’s Navigator team describes how.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.
Statewide Events & Resources
MLK Jr. Celebration and Day of Service (Corvallis) 
Free tickets for the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. peace breakfast are now available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the 9 a.m. event on Monday, Jan. 20 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom. The celebration week runs Jan. 18-24. 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 keynote session is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. To register for the breakfast and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.
Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year on Saturday, Jan. 18. Projects will take place at various times with most projects starting in the morning. They include indoor and outdoor service activities with the City of Corvallis, Parks and Rec and Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information, contact To register for a project, visit:
The Social Justice Education Initiative (Statewide)
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. Interested in this work for your County Extension Office? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:
OSU Online Resources: Working with Students in Distress
Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.
DEI In the News
The USA TODAY Network is launching a series on the Latino community in the U.S. called Hecho en USA, or Made in America. Roughly 80% of all Latinos living in the U.S. are American citizens. But media coverage of Hispanics tends to focus on immigration and crime, instead of how Latino families live, work and learn in their hometowns.
Inclusion Issues Explored at MLA Convention (Diverse Issues in Higher Edu)
Humanities faculty discussed practical techniques for boosting academic diversity alongside broader national conversations about race and White supremacy as the four-day Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention drew to a close.
Some students didn’t want to be seen walking into the campus office for lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues. So they’d come in through a second entrance, pretending they were seeking out different campus administrators. Or they’d meet Doug Bauder at a local bagel shop, in an effort to keep their identities hidden. That was then, 25 years ago, when Indiana University at Bloomington first offered support services for LGBTQ students.

Extension in the News

A better you in 2020: Earth-care
The Register-Guard
Water is our most precious resource — humans don’t survive long without it — and it’s not too hard to conserve in the garden. “Little things like that can go a long way,” said Erica Chernoh, horticulture specialist for Oregon State University Extension Services in Lane County.

Local producers get little help from new spending bill
Wallowa County Chieftain
Pete Schreder, the Oregon State University Extension livestock, range and natural resources agent for Wallowa County, said the county’s organic market is rather small and without knowing the strings attached to the funding he couldn’t be sure of the effects.

As agritourism grows, research universities urge farmers to take survey
Capital Press
Oregon State University’s Extension Service urges farmers to take a brief agritourism survey to help researchers measure the industry’s nationwide impact.

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