In this week’s issue:

OSU Women’s Giving Circle Grant Proposals

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is now accepting proposals from the OSU community for grant funding to be awarded in May 2021. Please check our website for complete information and an application. Applications may be submitted that are relevant to Oregon State University including the OSU Cascades Campus, 4-H, and Extension.
Applications are due by Monday, January 11, 2021.

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:

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

Everything you want to know about creating video but were afraid to ask is covered in this week’s blog post. Have you ever shot a video with your phone or hosted a virtual meeting and wondered if there was anything you could do to make it look better? Or perhaps even more importantly – have you ever felt intimidated to start? If yes, then this essential guide on video is for you!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Are You IN(clusive) Read, Reflect, Reform: The Center for Teaching & Learning holds it’s final “book club” session on Nov. 20 at 11:30, with a special guest speaker: Cyndi Kernahan, author of “Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom – Notes from a White Professor” via Zoom Webinar. The session will be followed by a group discussion of Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria.” All are welcome, and it is recommended you view her recording about her book and/or her interview on YouTube. Please register to attend.

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops happening now, including new Tier Two workshops: The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information:

Search Advocate Workshops: 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. 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

Native American Studies Programs Focus on Leadership Development, Community Building (Diverse Edu)
Native American studies departments and programs in higher education do more than just teach about the oppression of Native Americans in U.S. history. They are working to preserve indigenous cultures by introducing and expanding coursework that offers strong ties to community building.

Latino voters turned out in huge numbers this election. But we shouldn’t generalize the ‘Latino vote’ (KGW)
“It’s important to challenge a little bit what I’m hearing as this national narrative and take this ‘Latinos as single voting bloc’ and let’s try to make sure we keep poking holes in that,” said Oregon State University Assistant Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos.

Extension in the News

NW youth to explore agriculture through virtual reality, online activities
Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE Program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to lead the effort to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.

Needs met through OSU Extension Service
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Invasive Asian jumping worms have been found in Indiana
Tribune Star
Asian jumping worms have been in North America for a while, having first been recognized as a problem about a decade ago when they were discovered in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University.

Yes, Christmas Tree Bugs Are Real—Here’s How to Get Rid of Them
The Pioneer Woman
Chal Landgren, resident Christmas tree specialist at the Oregon State University Extension Service, agrees: “It’s a very minor problem.”

OSU study: Tiny insect that liquifies slugs may be key to control invasive pest
In Oregon, at least half of the 20 top agricultural commodities suffer from slug damage, including the important grass seed industry with an estimated $60 million in losses annually, according to Rory Mc Donnell, associate professor in crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and slug specialist for OSU Extension Service.

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