In this week’s issue:

Event Check Out Items

EESC has Extension-themed razor flags, hanging banners, backdrops, table covers and more for you to use at your next public outreach event. Visit the Extension Checkout Items page here.

The Checkout Items page is updated frequently, so be sure and check back often. Some items that we have (TVs, table covers and backdrops) have not been added to the page yet, but they are available. Borrowable items can be shipped if you provide us with an index to bill. However, the TVs cannot be shipped. They must be picked up and returned at the EESC office in 422 Kerr.

Please contact EESC at 541-737-3311 if you have questions about items and availability.

Using inclusive pronouns in your writing

OSU wants everyone to feel welcome. If you have ever wondered how to make your writing more inclusive, University Marketing shares tips on how to use inclusive pronouns (they/them/theirs).

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out our blog this week for tips on how to reach underserved audiences.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Inspiring Girls Expeditions (Alaska/Colorado/Washington)
Inspiring Girls Expeditions is a tuition-free wilderness science education program for high school girls that includes mountaineering in Alaska and Washington, kayaking in Alaska, and rock climbing in Colorado. All expeditions run between June and August 2020. The last day to start your application for 2020 is January 31, 2020.

Culture Night at the NAL Eena Haws (Corvallis, OR)
Cultural Night will be on January 30th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Come be in community with us for an evening of fun activities! There will be coloring pages, a language scavenger hunt, a station on how to make corn husk dolls, and beaded bracelets! Light refreshments are provided. Free and open to the community.

Inclusive Entrepreneurship – What Does it Mean (Corvallis, OR)
Learn about our new Women’s Entrepreneurship Workshop Series presented by Mary Phillips on Monday, February 3 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Corvallis Foundry.

The Mental Health of Our Youth (Pendleton, OR)
This event will be take place on February 11th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Science & Technology Building at Blue Mountain Community College. Chris Bettineski and Micaela Cathey will be discussing the mental health challenges facing children today. Pay at the door: $5 per person, students are FREE!

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis, OR)
Womxn of Color Fest (WOC Fest) is an all-day event on March 12th, 2020 that celebrates femmes of color in the community. This year we have a schedule of events that range from performances, vendors, dance, and more! See the schedule below for an in-depth look at the day.

DEI In the News

Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gain (The Oregonian)
Oregon schools raised the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019 to 80%, slightly narrowed racial and economic inequities and registered improvement with every single group of students, according to figures made public early Thursday.

High school teacher hopes to open food truck for people with dietary restriction (East Idaho News)
A high school mathematics teacher understands that for people with dietary restrictions, finding certain food can be a challenge. So he’s putting his chef’s hat on.

DEI Podcasts to listen to 

‘Just Mercy’ Lawyer Asks America to Reckon With Its Racist Past & Present (Apple Podcast)
Public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice initiative, which represents people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons.

Extension in the News

Western Innovator: Helping farmers grow agritourism
Capital Press
Comerford now works as the agritourism coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service, serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Extending Help To Agriculture
Jefferson Public Radio
Rich Roseberg, director of the Southern Oregon research and Extension Center, focuses on SOREC’s history and future in this radio interview.

Now is the time to prune your trees before Spring, and OSU Extension Service wants to help
From cutting off damaged branches to figuring out which tools work best for pruning your fruit tree, OSU Extension in Lane County has the answers to your tree pruning questions.

OSU hires extension beef specialist
Capital Press
OSU has hired Juliana Ranches as its new extension beef specialist in Burns.

What to do with the wrong rootstocks
Good Fruit Grower
Gisela 6 is vigorous, but it can be pruned heavily, said Lynn Long, a semiretired tree fruit extension specialist for Oregon State University. Each year, prune hard to keep trees in their space.

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