In this week’s issue:

Tips for strengthening a face covering culture

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Oregon, science tells us that wearing face coverings is important to help protect ourselves and others. OSU Extension can encourage the use of face coverings in our offices and our communities.

Share additional ideas for encouraging the use of face coverings with Ann Marie Murphy.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, July 22 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Whether you are writing an online article or a publication for the Extension Catalog, the title you craft goes a long way toward helping readers find your content. Read more about good online titles in today’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution
On July 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Join Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, Regional Director, Urban West Regional Office, University of Missouri Extension, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist, Tuskegee University, and Krystle J. Allen, Extension Associate (Emergency Preparedness & Special Programs), Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution).

Leading While Black, Food Share Zoom panel
Join Food Share Toronto on July 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m., for a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders. This conversation, will speak with Black leaders working and organizing in predominantly white spaces, who have taken the time – and in some cases, the risk – in their lives and careers to advocate on behalf of the Black community. We will explore the work that the panelists are engaged in, discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of Black leadership, and celebrate the successes they have realized in their work

OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom! Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity, and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Without clean water, Warm Springs struggles to curb coronavirus spread (Oregon Live)
Thousands of people on the Warm Springs reservation haven’t had clean water in their homes for weeks — a recurring symptom of aging infrastructure that tribal members fear could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

Charles R. Drew U of Medicine and Science Trains Doctors to Tackle Healthcare Disparities
Across Los Angeles County, in more affluent communities, COVID-19 testing centers were plentiful. But none existed in the predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in South Los Angeles until the historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science partnered with county officials to open a free testing center on its campus in early April.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for the season
As the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver program turns 40, its hotline is once again ready to take calls.

At Our Best
Lebanon Express
More than 40 Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers were recently recognized for service to their counties.

Farm Fresh
Oregon Business
Amanda Jean Gladics, assistant professor at the Oregon State University’s Coastal Fisheries Extension, says that although a local seafood system is not a new concept, the Oregon Sea Grant is trying to expand a regional market for Oregon-caught seafood.

Hemp goes to college
The Mail Tribune
“Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much waste, specifically plastic waste?” asked Richard Roseberg, director of the 84-acre Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center facility on Hanley Road.

Controlling Pacific Flathead Borer in Agricultural Crops
Organic Farmer
According to Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman, PFB tend to target the graft union.

OSU Extension: Demand for culinary resources soars during pandemic
Clackamas Review
COVID-19 has changed the way we eat, including more time spent in the kitchen and more meals eaten at home, said Kelly Streit, a registered dietitian with Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County.

County Fairs In Oregon Try To Adapt In A Pandemic
Alli Dixson is in both the Future Farmers of America and 4-H, which are groups that help young people develop skills in a variety of areas including leadership, entrepreneurship, agriculture and more.

2020 Jackson County Fair begins to wind down, swine auction wraps up
“We still wanted to be able to have something. We know that some counties couldn’t. So what was our fair gonna look like? Is it gonna be a virtual fair or are we gonna do it in-person?” Said 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Jackson County, Lena Hosking.

Despite health and economic concerns, Extension helps deliver successful cherry harvest in Wasco County
The Dalles Chronicle
The coronavirus pandemic hit just as Oregon State University Extension Service tree fruit expert Ashley Thompson was preparing for the upcoming cherry harvest.

Where We Live: Marionberries, the ‘Cabernet of Blackberries’
Oregon’s berry industry is worth well over $100 million. For OSU’s Javier Fernadez-Salvador, the industry’s connection to the university has been critical as has its connection to the state’s farmers through the OSU Extension.

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