In this week’s issue:

New Outdoor School online course – Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education

This course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. While outdoor school programs in Oregon serve 5th and 6th grade students, this course’s content applies broadly to all outdoor and experiential education.

It is open-access, on-demand, and self-paced.

Co-created and facilitated by Drs. Spirit Brooks (OSU Extension Outdoor School) and Leilani Sabzalian (Asst. Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education, University of Oregon).

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:

Friday, November 6 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

Also, this story was published and distributed by our colleagues in the OSU News and Research Communications office:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader,

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

At the beginning of the pandemic when we left our offices and began quarantining, PACE’s gardening newsletter audience tripled due to the free Master Gardener Vegetable Gardening promotion. Find out how they joined forces with folks in Extension to revitalize the content and deliver helpful information in stressful times. This week’s digital strategy blog post tells the story “From grain to gain: Growing a gardening newsletter.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Where do we go from here: Battle ground or sacred ground?
Join an intergenerational conversation and collective reflection with justice and equity leaders of the Oregon State University community. The virtual panel discussion is intended as a moment to gather and reflect, allow for critical conversations to emerge, and center care as we make meaning of the election amidst multiple pandemics. Thursday, Nov. 5 4-5:30 PM. The event is a Collaboration among colleagues in Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and more.

Move Beyond “Veteran Friendly” Rhetoric: “Implement Systemic Initiatives to Embrace Military Culture and Foster A Supportive Community for Veterans and Military-affiliated Students” Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. An interactive webinar where expert presenters share the support strategies and initiatives — such as the successful Green Zone — they have implemented on their campus. These programs have moved them beyond talking the talk to walking the talk. They are meeting and exceeding the unique academic, social and career goals of their veterans and military-affiliated students — and so can you. To register: For instructions on how to log in and receive materials, contact William Elfering at

Emotional Intelligence 2020 webinar recording: Diversity Leadership and Emotions
This panel conversation, led by Dr. Heidi Brooks from the Yale School of Management, explored how leaders can bring authenticity and awareness to their roles to foster environments of equity and inclusion.

DEI In the News

COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years (Brookings Institute)
Since the mid-1980s, low-income parents have greatly increased the time they spend on their children’s learning activities, including reading to them, telling them stories, and taking them to the library. Now, the ongoing economic and health crisis is threatening to undo decades of progress. Rebecca Ryan, Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, and Rohen Shah shed light on the problem and highlight several ways to support low-income families amid COVID-19.

Native American Agriculture Fund Releases Vision for the Future of Native Agriculture Infrastructure
Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) released a report entitled Reimagining Native Food Systems: A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery that calls for a minimum of $3.4 billion investment to support Native food and agriculture.

Extension in the News

Planning for College in Covid time
Columbia Gorge News
Great article by Ann Harris for high school seniors.

Two Oregon Schools And CTCLUSI Team Up To Steer More Native Students Into Higher Ed
Jeff Sherman, OSU’s principal investigator on the USDA grant, says this initiative will open up more pathways to college for Indigenous people.

Crunch time! Students crunch – and munch — local greens
Klamath Falls news
A second community Zoom Crunch, hosted by OSU Extension, Blue Zones Project, the district, and KFOM, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Master Gardeners Recognize Members
The Douglas County Master Gardeners program recently recognized a number of members for their efforts.

Garden Plots: Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Year in Review
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Drone imagery focus of Extension bulletin
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University has published a new UAS bulletin and offers a guide to finding the right system for an Oregon farm. For anyone in the West, the tips offered provide some insight on how best to deploy these airships on the farm.

New OSU program improves rural outreach to promote mental health, well-being
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The program, Coast to Forest Oregon, recently received a $1.1 million, two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train both OSU Extension educators and community members throughout the state.

Land restoration, one paddock at a time
The Bulletin
The benefits of regenerative grazing include increased diversity of plant, animal, and microbial life, said Scott Duggan, an assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Researcher finds pesticide label discrepancies, could hurt honey bees
Capital Press
More than 30% of pesticide labels fail to follow Environmental Protection Agency recommendations and provide incorrect information about their toxicity to pollinators, according to a study by Oregon State University Extension Service.

OR hay donation efforts for those affected by wildfires
Western Livestock Journal
In counties throughout the state, semi-trucks stacked with hay bales pull into Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service facilities. They unload much of it by hand for ranchers who lost feed in the devastating wildfires in September.

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