In this week’s issue:

Open Streets Classroom

A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good Forum is Feb 27th, 12-4pm, at the Corvallis Public Library Main Meeting Room. Please share in your units with faculty, staff, and students. Posters available in English and Spanish. Register here. Please contact Susan Rowe with any questions.

Teaching Network monthly meet up

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom February 13th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Hoping to avoid accessibility mistakes? Check out our top 10 things to avoid in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

 PFLAG Networking Event: Love is Love (Pendleton)
Join the Pendleton PFLAG community for an evening of networking, education and Support. Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery (511 SE Court Ave, Pendleton) Sunday, February 9th, 4:00-7:00PM

 Portland Social Service Fair
Free social service fair hosted by the PDX Community Services Network. Offerings include health screenings, chiropractic, haircuts, fresh produce and more with over 25 social service non-profits participating. Feb. 7, 10am – 2pm at the Salvation Army Moore Street Corps and Community Center.

 Intersectionality at Work lecture (Corvallis)
Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will give the Corvallis 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on “Intersectionality at Work.” Rosette will explore ways in which intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality and other social categories make different women experience the workplace in very different ways. Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium (FREE).

 DEI In the News

OSU-Cascades’ elementary education bachelor’s program tries to combat teacher shortage, train diverse workforce (Bend Bulletin)
The OSU-Cascades program, which started in September, takes advantage of an Oregon law that allows college graduates to become teachers without having a master’s degree.

Acknowledging Native Land is a Step Against Indigenous Erasure (INSIGHT Into Diversity)
Like many American organizations, colleges and universities in the U.S. often occupy land that was once home to Native American communities. While modern Americans typically take for granted the fact that they reside on territory stolen from indigenous people, there is a growing trend in higher ed to remember and honor the tribes and people to whom this land originally belonged through official land acknowledgement statements.

What It’s Like to Study Immigration in the Trump Era (Chronicle of Higher Edu)
President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program opened opportunities for more than 800,000 undocumented young people to pursue degrees and careers without fear of deportation. For the sociologist Roberto G. Gonzales, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the initiative, known as DACA, presented a different kind of opportunity: what he calls a “natural experiment.”

Extension in the News

OSU Extension: Megan Wickersham new coordinator of Master Gardeners
Hood River News
Megan Wickersham began her new position as education program assistant for Hood River County Extension and coordinator of its Master Gardeners Program on Nov. 25.

Science of Soil: KBREC welcomes new agronomist
Herald and News
Soil health is a big part of Biswanath Dari’s educational background and what he’ll continue to research in his role as agronomist and assistant professor at Oregon State University, stationed at KBREC in Klamath Falls.

Dani Annala new OSU Extension 4-H coordinator
Hood River News
Dani Annala has been hired as the new Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H program coordinator in Hood River County.

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