In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

  • The Pendleton Farmers Market was recently recognized for excellence — receiving the 2020 Oregon Farmers Market Association award as the outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year. Read more….
  • Ruth Jones, the Open Campus education coordinator in Deschutes County, won the community hero award at the 2020 Women of the Year Awards hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lauren Grand, Lane County’s Extension forester, narrates and stars in the newest Oregon Forest Resource Institute’s video: Forest Team GOThe video explains the sustainable cycle of forestry while introducing students to the forestry professionals. It was developed for fourth- through sixth-grade students, to show them the range of careers in the forest sector and how these professionals work together to manage our forests. Lauren also peer-reviewed the script and found the locations. The OFRI team  wrote, directed, produced, edited, filmed, etc. For more details, visit the OFRI blog post about the video.
  • The first of the new OSU Extension sessions in Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event will be launching later this week! Look for a special email with course link so you can learn about the 10,000 year history of the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami and probable impacts in your area. With this knowledge, you can determine your level and type of preparedness through future sessions.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Thank you for your efforts during this rapidly changing situation. OSU and OSU Extension continue to monitor the situation and prepare for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

Please continue to read all messages from OSU, and regularly review information on OSU’s COVID-19 resource page. This information is updated each day.

Please contact your supervisory team (regional director, program leader, department head) with any questions or concerns. These teams are here to support you and assist in providing prompt responses and guidance, including decisions about local events and operations.

We will host an OSU Extension-wide Zoom call on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM to share updates and answer questions that you may have. A calendar invite will be shared soon with further details.

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and follow good handwashing and other illness prevention practices. If you are ill, stay home and contact your personal health provider.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom March 12th 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

Oregon Master Naturalist is an excellent example of a statewide program using the website layout. These are some of the things we love. This post is helpful for program groups who are considering how to display their content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Funding Opportunity: Project AWARE
The federal government appropriated nearly $23 million in federal funding for Mental Health First Aid-related projects in FY 2020. Grant applications are now available at the link above! The Project AWARE state education agency (SEA) grants will help get young people the mental health and substance use support they need.

BMCC Pow Wow  (Pendleton)
Join us at the BMCC Pow Wow in the MAC Activity Center on the Pendleton Campus for singing and dancing! The first 20 singers will receive a $20 Arrowhead gift card. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm- 9:00pm at Blue Mountain Community College. For more information, contact Annie Smith at 541-278-5935 or

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis)
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! The event will be from 11am – 8:30pm at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

DEI In the News

Gender Equity Is Useless Without Racial Equity (Forbes)
“Any person that calls themselves a feminist must understand the concept of intersectionality and how different types of discrimination can interact to create unique experiences for women.”

A Push To Get More Women On Corporate Boards Gains Momentum (KLCC)
California requires their publicly traded companies to have at least one female board director or face a $100,000 fine.

Why This ‘Diversity Librarian’ Wants to Make Her Job Obsolete (The Chronicle)
Twanna Hodge always felt seen in libraries growing up on her native St. Thomas. So when she decided in middle school to become a librarian, she didn’t realize she was going to be rarity in her profession.

Extension in the News

OSU program helps those in need turn food pantry staples into delicious dinners
Central Oregon Daily
OSU Extension’s Nutrition Education Volunteer program leads healthy recipe demonstrations in Deschutes County food pantries.

Oil of Olea: Researchers aim to kick-start Oregon olive industry
Capital Press
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, a berry and olive specialist for the OSU Extension Service, led a small tour of the project on Feb. 7 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center south of Portland.

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