In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

On March 19, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released additional details about the vaccine rollout in Oregon. According to OHA, about 58% of Oregonians age 65 and older have been vaccinated. The state is on a trajectory to vaccinate more than seven out of 10 older adults by March 29, which is the next date that new groups become eligible statewide.

According to OHA, some counties are ready to move on to the next eligibility groups. OHA doesn’t want appointment slots to go unfilled if areas have reached critical mass on currently eligible people. This week, counties will have the opportunity to confirm that they are ready to move on to Phase 1B, Group 6 to ensure available vaccine doses are reaching Oregonians. In addition, this week vaccinations will begin for migrant and seasonal farmworkers who are currently out in the fields working.

March 29 remains the statewide date for Phase 1B, Group 6, which includes:

  • Adults 45-64 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk
  • Migrant and seasonal farmworkers
  • Seafood and agricultural workers
  • Food processing workers
  • People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living
  • Individuals experiencing houselessness (sheltered and unsheltered)
  • People currently displaced by wildfires
  • Wildland firefighters Pregnant people 16 and older

On April 19, Group 7 will become eligible:

  • Frontline workers as defined by the CDC
  • Multigenerational household members
  • Adults 16-44 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk

If the state receives the promised 250,000 or more prime doses per week, vaccinations will become available to everyone 16 and older in Oregon by May 1.

Reminders from previous weeks’ updates:

  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points. This document is updated and distributed regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays with occasional updates on other days as needed.
  • From the CDC Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign, Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence:
    • Encourage leaders in your family, community, or organizations to be vaccine champions.
    • Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
    • S hare key messages through multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
    • Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
    • L earn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
    • When vaccine is offered to you, make visible your decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!

Recently we encouraged that you can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations.  You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.

  • Know your audience
  • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips
  • Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.” For examples, refer to this resource. 

‘Trees to Know’ book launch party and book sales

For the first time, Extension Communications is launching a paid Facebook ad campaign to promote “Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington,” a book published by OSU Extension! This 70th anniversary edition of the book features updated maps, easy-to-follow identification keys for native trees (and 50+ ornamental trees) and a new chapter on how a changing climate may affect Northwest forests.

Information and registration about the upcoming book launch Zoom (and YouTube Live) party at 6 to 7 p.m. on March 30, can be found on the campaign landing page. The launch party will be recorded and available on the campaign landing page for future viewing. Books also can be purchased on the site. All profits from book sales help fund OSU Extension.

Facebook ads for the webinar were launched on March 17. Ads to promote book sales will begin appearing the week of March 22 and are anticipated to run for four weeks. Organic posts on the OSU Extension Facebook page also will promote books sales. You are encouraged to share the posts on county and program social media. If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Programs Webinar

Join higher education and youth development professionals from throughout the United States for a free webinar on April 9. Expert panelists from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA USA, American Camp Association and The Salvation Army will address challenges they faced in 2020 related to child safety and youth protection, and lessons learned for 2021 programming and beyond.  Oregon State University is proud to be a member institution of Higher Education Protection Network (HEPNet), an international association that seeks to advance the interactions of higher education institutions with children and youth. For questions, contact Eric Cardella, OSU director of youth safety and compliance.

Symposium on emergency preparedness and response

Extension professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the May 7 virtual symposium on emergency preparedness and response. The fee to attend the daylong symposium sponsored by the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Mayors Association is $75 for Extension employees (the government employee rate). To elevate awareness of OSU Extension’s emergency preparedness training and resources, we will be a session sponsor of the event. Mayors, city councilors, city managers, city administrators, public safety leaders, emergency managers, and more will be in attendance.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Digital Marketing Series – Logistics of Instagram and Facebook Stories

University Marketing is hosting a series on Digital Marketing that is free and open to anyone. The next one will be March 26 at 2 p.m. and will do a deep dive into the logistics of Instagram and Facebook Stories. Tanya Randhawa and Tiffany Cochran, from University Marketing and Ecampus Marketing, respectively, will discuss how Stories can be utilized on both platforms, talk about the elements of what makes a good Story and how to get engagement, as well as go over some of the fun features. You don’t need to register in advance and can find the link to the zoom session, at any time, on the series page.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8203, 2021 Pest Management Guide for Tree Fruits: Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, Rogue Valley
Ashley Thompson, Rick Hilton, Achala KC, Marcelo Moretti, Jay W. Pscheidt, Nik Wiman, Chris Adams, Andony Melathopoulos
Revised. This guide provides tree fruit growers with the latest information on pesticides and herbicides for fruit trees. People who grow apples, pears and cherries can learn application rates and recommendations for each stage of tree growth.

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How to get better search results for your web content

If we don’t fill out metadata on our web content – such as tagging and descriptions – search engines won’t know what our content is about and won’t provide good results.

What you need to do as content authors:

1) Describe what people will find by creating short, unique, and meaningful page titles.

  • For example, Trunk diseases for grapes in Oregon. Or, Apply now for 4-H Ambassador Scholarships.

2) Remember to add a teaser description in concise, plain language.

  • If you don’t write teasers, then a search engine looks at the web content and makes guesses at what it’s about.

3) Use headings in your content and add alterative descriptions for your images.

  • Accessibility and search engine optimization go together – the more accessible you make your content the better it is for search engines.

The Extension website also does work to help search engines find your content, such as creating human readable URLs, submitting sitemaps and adding additional metatags.

Learn more in the recent 30-minute professional development webinar.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Asian Pacific Network of Oregon (APANO) Resilience Series
The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice using collective strength to advance equity through empowering communities.

DisOrient 2021 Film Festival (March 19-28)
DisOrient is the premiere Asian American independent film festival of Oregon, celebrating films with authentic Asian Pacific American voices, histories and stories, and highlighting social justice themes that translate to universal human experiences and broaden the narrative of who is American.

Crucial Conversations: The Learning & Organizational Development team, in University Human Resources office, offers open enrollment for University employees interested in Crucial Conversations courses. Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement — by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics — at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. April 15 through May 13. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register here.

DEI In the News

Lynette de Silva looks at the Vanport disaster through a new lens (OSU CEOAS)
Those familiar with Oregon history are likely to cringe when they hear the word “Vanport.” The story of this Multnomah County housing development, once the second-largest “city” in the state, and the epic flood that washed it away in 1948, is central to understanding the Black experience in Oregon. Lynette de Silva, co-director of the CEOAS program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, is taking a new look at this historic event through the lens of transformative conflict analysis.

Disproportionate: The impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon’s Latino community (Gazette Times)
“In Oregon, one group has continued to bear the brunt of COVID-19 regardless of gender, socioeconomic standing or employment status. Oregon’s Latino community makes up about 13% of the state’s population but, for the last year, has accounted for anywhere from 25% to 30% or more of the state’s virus cases.”

Social justice for toddlers: These new books and programs start the conversation early (Washington Post)
Children must use cues from their parents to interact with the world around them, says Shauna Tominey, an assistant professor at Oregon State University and the author of “Creating Compassionate Kids.”

Extension in the News

Growing a Green Thumb
Eugene Weekly
So I reached out to Oregon State University’s Erica Chernoh, an assistant professor of practice with the Department of Horticulture and Master Gardener coordinator in Lane County.

Oregon wildfires leave smaller landowners scrambling for seedlings as demand spikes
The Register-Guard
While large-scale logging companies can and are moving operations to focus on burned timber while it’s still usable, including replanting with seedlings already on hand, Oregon State University Extension Service Forester Glenn Ahrens said smaller landowners are having a harder time adapting to the needs of an unexpected, wildfire-caused harvest.

Proponents revise Oregon forest eminent domain bill
Capital Press
Roughly half the forested watersheds that community water systems rely on are owned by private landowners who are subject to the state’s forest practices regulations, said Jon Souder, an Oregon State University forestry extension agent, speaking on behalf of himself.

Free Web Series Emphasizes Wildfire Safety
OSU Extension Fire Program Manager Carrie Berger said she’s offered these workshops before.

Researcher uses electricity to zap weeds
Capital Press
With support from a USDA grant, Marcelo Moretti, OSU assistant professor of horticulture and Extension specialist, is starting experiments this month as part of a three-year project to evaluate the effectiveness of electric weed control in Oregon.

OSU Extension develops publication to identify, report Asian giant hornet
Capital Press
Andony Melathopoulos, pollinator health specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service, said he fielded 30 inquiries about possible Asian giant hornet sightings — 10 times as many reports as he gets for other invasive species.

Water Under the Bridge
The Astorian
For the past few weeks, 4-H members prepared speeches and practiced delivering information on a particular subject.

It’s about health and wellness: Gardening is an activity with multiple benefits
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

StrongPeople Program resumes after hiatus
Lake County Examiner
Oregon State University Lake County Extension Office and Lake County Senior Center will soon be starting the next session of the Lakeview StrongPeople Program.

Are Coffee Grounds Good for Plants?
Compost specialists at the Oregon State University Extension Service concluded that coffee grounds help sustain ideal temperatures in a compost pile in order to accelerate decomposition.

In this week’s issue:

Extension participates in virtual expo at University Day

University Day on September 15 is virtual this year, which offers everyone around the state an opportunity to participate. OSU Extension is one of the event’s virtual exhibitors. Thanks to Victor Villegas and Nicole Strong, Extension is sharing several short PowerPoint presentations about its digital resources, statewide educational and outreach response to COVID-19, and a quick Take 2 (minutes) for Extension targeted to OSU employees and students. You will also find the Extension Out There video. A PowerPoint recording about the Extension internship program is also planned thanks to KJ  Knight and Chris Branam. Register for the September 15 event (10 to 11:30 a.m.) to hear the keynote speaker or visit the University Day virtual expo to learn about other units across the University. Here is a sneak peek at Extension’s presentations:

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 636, Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops
Dan Sullivan, Nick Andrews, Linda Brewer
Revised. This publication assists western Oregon farmers and agricultural professionals in determining the nitrogen fertilizer replacement value of winter cover crops. Includes information on plant-available nitrogen (PAN) basics; a site-specific, step-by-step method to estimate PAN; Willamette Valley case studies; and appendices summarizing Willamette Valley cover crop research that supports these PAN estimates.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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,

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:

Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska).

Friday, September 11 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Solve the credibility problem with science writing that makes sense. This week’s blog post provides writing tools to help solve the communication gap.

Diversity Highlights

For questions and to submit content for Diversity Highlights, please contact

Statewide Events & Resources

MANRRS Webinar: How Social Justice Protests Represent a Momentous Opportunity for Students
Register through the link above to join this September 15 webinar and hear from student activists about their roles pushing for change within agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

Webinar recording: Racial Equity in Food Hubs (MSU)
This webinar from MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. 

DEI In the News

To Be BIPOC, Disabled and Fighting for Justice (Colorlines)
Last month, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th anniversary since becoming law on July 26, 1990. The ADA made it illegal to discriminate against anyone who is disabled, and much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which it was modeled after, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which says that the disabled cannot be denied federal funding, the ADA was a result of a long- and hard-fought battle.

College Promise, ETS Report Identifies the Needs of Five Student Populations
The College Promise and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have published the results of a multi-year study intended to identify and understand the “supports and services” essential to student success in five different student populations:  traditional students (high school to college – predominantly first generation); new and returning adult studentsDREAMersstudent veterans; and justice-impacted students.

Extension in the News

Farms prepare for damage as strong winds move into C.O.
Meyer said Clare Sullivan, an assistant professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, uses some of her farmland to plant blackberries and other crops.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Watching The Timber Industry Transform
Jefferson Public Radio
But the social, ecological, and economic framing for the industry has changed tremendously. Max Bennett can tell you, and will. Max works for the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) of Oregon State University, with a focus on forestry and natural resources.

Pressing Forward: Oregon’s budding olive industry
The Newberg Graphic
To address those roadblocks, a few of these early olive growers, including owner of Durant Olive Mill, Paul Durant, approached Javier Fernandez-Salvador in 2017. Fernandez-Salvador is a berry, and now olive, specialist in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Virtual 4-H Clackamas County fair a success
Pamplin Media Group
“This is a tough time for young people,” said Wendy Hein, 4-H Faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “They feel lonely and lost without their usual activities. We were able to create a positive activity that challenged them and kept them engaged with their 4-H friends.”

Clatskanie Grows: Carrots and potatoes
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Oregon 4-H leaders adapt to restrictions
Western Farmer-Stockman
In all of Dusty Shelden’s years of showing livestock for 4-H — as a youth, parent and club leader — this was a season of livestock shows unlike any other.

Local chefs support Oregon seafood initiative
Our Coast Magazine
Oregon-caught seafood is consumed at restaurants more than in homes, according to Amanda Gladics, an Oregon State University professor and fisheries extension agent at Oregon Sea Grant.

OSU seed, cereal crop meetings go virtual; others canceled
Oregon State University Extension’s fall seed and cereal crop production meetings are going virtual and the Oregon Seed League’s annual meeting has been canceled.

OSU offers canning expertise
Herald and News
“Preserving food is such a meaningful activity. I encourage families to participate in the process together — much learning and memories are created and shared,” says Patty Case, OSU Klamath Extension Educator.

Coastal woodland management webinar series starts in September
Cannon Beach Gazette
This is a free series brought to you by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Food preservation resources help save COVID Victory Garden produce
Hood River News
A column by Lauren Kraemer.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to the following list of Oregon ESP Members selected to present at the ESP National Conference Monday, October 5, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Rochester, New York

Concurrent Sessions
Shana Withee The 100 BEST Travel Tips
Sam Angima USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange
Susan Busler Taking That 1st STEP to Get Involved in 4-H

Poster Presentations
Katie Ahern Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity
Susan Busler Can you DYG it? Dallas Youth Garden
Shana Withee Be Prepared, Reduce Risk – Extension First Aid Kit
Deb Warnock Productive Communication in the Workplace

Re-opening Signage

Re-opening signage created by University Marketing for OSU and Extension offices is now available. Spanish versions of the signage are being created and will be available soon.

Signs include:

  • Stay safe poster (which also can be made into a pull-up banner)
  • Enter and exit only signs and maximum occupancy posters for classrooms and conference rooms
  • Bathroom mirror hand washing reminder (which can be made into a mirror cling)
  • Floor sticker and window safe distance poster/window cling reminders

Use the PDF  to print items with office printers, share with local print companies, and/or order from OSU Printing and Mailing (P&M). P&M is ready to respond quickly to fulfill orders for posters, window and mirror clings and banners.

Face Coverings for Extension Employees

In support of the university’s efforts to keep employees, learners and communities safe and healthy, Extension administration is providing two reusable face coverings to each Extension employee. Distribution logistics are still being worked out, but we anticipate that OSU-branded face coverings will be shipped to Extension locations the week of June 22. (Some offices ordered additional face coverings for volunteers and others; we anticipate these will be included in the same shipment as the employee face coverings.)

EESC is coordinating with office managers on this initiative. If additional supplies are needed, work with your office manager. As a reminder, here is OSU’s face covering policy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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,

2019-2020 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2020! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty. Honorees are highlighted on the Faculty Excellence website.

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:
Tim Stock, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture

Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II:
Michaella Sektnan, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor of Practice:
Brooke Edmunds, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Amy Garrett, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Daniel Leavell, College of Forestry, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:
Sergio Arispe, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Jeremiah Dung, College of Agricultural Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology
Rory McDonnell, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Amber Moore, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Leigh Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife

Promoted to Professor:
Sam Angima, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Guillermo Giannico, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife
Andrew Hulting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Patricia Case, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
David White, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8418, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Apples: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in apple orchards.

EM 9289, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
Andony Melathopoulos, Neil Bell, Signe Danler, Amy Jo Detweiler, Iris Kormann, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Nicole Sanchez, Heather Stoven, Dave Smitley
New. The way we garden and manage the landscapes of the Northwest can help promote the health of bees, butterflies and other insects. Homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and volunteer groups all can work to attract a wide range of pollinators to their properties. This guide offers detailed plant lists, garden designs and advice on creating pollinator habitat. Once plants are in the ground, learn to keep them healthy without exposing pollinating insects to pesticides that are toxic to them.

PNW 660, Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, and Joan M. Campbell
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low- and intermediate-rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho. This publication describes the plant and provides recommendations for its management in winter wheat. Color photographs are included to facilitate identification.

Thank you Experts!

Due to the pandemic, we have had record volume in our Ask an Expert system. Only Colorado and Texas get more questions than we do. With our great success we want to make sure no one is getting overwhelmed or stressed. First, check your tags. If you are getting questions out of the geographic area you want, there is a tag for that. If you are getting strange questions that you have no clue about, check your tags. Finally, if you aren’t sure why you are being assigned certain questions drop Kym Pokorny or Sandy Reichhuber a line and we will be glad to look at your settings. Please know that if you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and mark yourself out for a few days. We appreciate all of you and how you have stepped up to the plate with all the stay-at-home, first-time gardeners, as well as all the usual seasonal questions.

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:

Tuesday, June 9 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Spanish Practice
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)
Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

No new resource this week but review our top three:

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Extension Implicit Bias Conversation: June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE to receive connection information

The COVID 19 pandemic positions OSU’s Extension as leaders while communities navigate persistent and complex changes, often with attending negative impacts. How do we inform and prepare as faculty to respond most effectively to these challenges?

If we pay attention to the research, we know that implicit bias is real and that it can most readily be seen in vulnerable decision points, such as when we are especially pressed or when the options are ambiguous. As a follow up to an Extension leadership team’s reading of Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased and Jane’s recent Life@OSU interview, join SJEI Director Jane Waite and Extension Leaders for a robust interactive discussion on implicit bias, why mitigation is important and strategies for achieving best outcomes. The event will be an open discussion format, where questions from participants will drive the conversation. Contact with any questions prior to the event.

Habla Español – Zoom Spanish Practice
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Join this 30 minute session to learn or brush up on your Spanish speaking skills by practicing with others. Hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator. Join via Zoom or Add to calendar

Racial Equity Challenge Resources (Food Systems New England)
A wide variety of resources (general and specifically related to Food Systems), including curriculum materials, media/reading reccomendations for adults and children, and toolkits for outreach and implementation.

DEI In the News

Report: To Ensure Equity, Prioritize CARES Act Aid for Public Colleges (Diverse Edu)
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout higher education, a report from the Center for American Progress advocates that public colleges and universities deserve the largest allotment of aid to ensure that racial and economic inequalities don’t deepen.

Along With COVID, Racial Trauma Takes Extra Mental Toll on African Americans (NBC NY)
The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.

Extension in the News

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kristopher Elliott, Outdoor School Program Leader for Oregon State University Extension, said school closures and cancellation of school trips meant that about 14,000 sixth-graders were unable to attend Outdoor School.

Oregon Garden Challenge: Free seeds and ongoing information to grow healthy food at home
The Oregonian
What’s the challenge? To plant different seeds, either ones you have or you receive from OSU Extension’s Food Hero team, and improve Oregon’s healthy food supply.

OSU Extension, Tillamook County Family YMCA hold Essentials Drive
Tillamook Headlight herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook and the Tillamook County Family YMCA are excited to announce a countywide effort to collect and distribute household essentials to food pantries and other sites June 1-19.

Food distribution event a trial run for future events
Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension participated in the event.

U-pick farms reopening with safety features
Capital Press
Experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say the additional practices will look different on each farm.

OSU Extension’s Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge
The News-Review
The Food Hero team at Oregon State University Extension Service is offering Oregonians a unique opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits at home.

Smart scouting for little cherry disease
Good Fruit Grower
New training materials are now available from WSU and OSU Extension, including fliers and booklets of symptoms.

How a break in the nation’s food supply caused regional food companies to soar
PBS News Hour
This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots: National Recognition for Juntos and EESC

Congrats to the Juntos team, Jeff Sherman, Gina Galaviz-Yap, Nicole Strong, Andrea Flores, Anna Browne, Amy Young, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Jose Garcia, and Monse Alegria for receiving the Western Region Directors Award for Excellence.

Members of Extension and Experiment Station Communications received several awards from the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for work done on behalf of OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The awards will be presented at the June virtual ACE Conference.

  • Gold award in Media Relations, News Release: Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows. Chris Branam
  • Gold award in Electronic Media, Video for Promotional, Recruitment, and Fundraising Products: Out There Video. Ann Marie Murphy, David Baker and Darryl Lai
  • Silver award in the Interactive Multimedia & Web Graphics: OPEnSampler – an interactive water-sampling instrument. Alan Dennis
  • Silver award in Marketing : OSU Extension Service Grocery Tote. Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons and Pete Petryszak
  • Bronze award in Media Relations, News Release: Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows. Chris Branam

Quarterly Conversation

The May Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

A PDF of the presentation slides  and details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download.

OSU Extension Reopening Plans

As part of OSU’s resumption planning, OSU Extension is developing plans to resume in-person programming and enable a gradual restart of on-site work and activities statewide over the summer.

    • See OSU Extension’s reopening plan, including a county status map.
    • Find county office signage templates for baseline and phase 1 on the OSU Extension COVID-19 resource page, in the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
    • EESC will manage county website alerts (top banner) centrally as offices are approved to move to a different phase.
    • University Marketing is working on a university-wide toolkit that will include safe distancing floor stickers and more. The kit is expected to be available in early June.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is wildfire preparedness month and there are several online opportunities for people to start thinking about the upcoming fire season across eastern Oregon agricultural lands. There is a free online Agricultural Wildfire Course at: The course covers how to develop emergency action plans, powerline and fireline safety, defensible space, fire control, and fire behavior. This course provides training that meets the new annual Ag Wildfire refresher requirement from Oregon OSHA for producers with employees who may need to suppress wildfires on their operation.

In addition, there is an upcoming webinar that will be also be recorded and available via YouTube at

      • May 21st, 5-6:30 pm, An Evening of Fire Preparedness for Eastern Oregon Agriculture Producers. Join OSU Professionals Jacob Powell, Chris Schachtschneider, Jordan Maley, and Dustin Johnson online as they discuss fire preparedness in crops, CRP, and rangelands. In addition, the current fuel outlook, the use of livestock, and how to map and inventory fire resources will be covered. Register at:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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,

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8328, 2020 Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Learn how to control insects, weeds and disease during each stage of hazelnut growth.

EM 8329, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Cherries: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in cherry orchards of the Willamette Valley.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here. Please let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

      • Tuesday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm: ¿Hablas Español? – Learn basic Spanish
      • Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
      • Thursday, May 21 @ 11:00 am: CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!
      • Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Many persistent myths about how visitors use websites have sprung up since the web’s inception. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few and use research and data from the field and the Extension website to determine whether or not they have a basis in reality.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVD 19
May 20, 2020 10:00 AM. The current research on underserved students in community colleges identifies acute basic needs insecurities as persistent barriers that threaten their health, wellbeing, and likelihood of success. In this webinar, the presenters will highlight patterns of acute basic needs insecurities that emerged from data collected via the Community College Success Measure and focus groups with community college students.

Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund Under IRS Code Section 139: In collaboration with the OSU Foundation, Oregon State University is offering emergency financial assistance grants through the OSU Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to help regular classified and unclassified employees in our university community with unexpected needs during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classified staff, professional faculty and academic/research faculty are eligible regardless of service time or FTE. An individual must be actively employed on the date of grant distribution. Read more about the details of the program here. Student hourly employees, graduate assistants, and stipend recipients (e.g., fellows) are not eligible. There are separate programs for students located here:

DEI In the News

Missouri’s 4-H youth provide company to seniors (Missourian)
Missouri 4-H youth volunteers have launched a pilot program to provide comfort to elderly members of their communities who are experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts Provide Mental Health Tips Amid Pandemic-Related Stressors (Diverse Edu)
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people around the world. With social distancing policies and stay at home orders in place across the country, schools and businesses have transitioned to remote learning and work. The changes and uncertainties of the pandemic have negatively affected the mental health of young people and adults in the United States.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension creates youth education web page for families and educators
The youth education resources page on Extension’s website provides research-based lessons and activities for Oregon’s families, said Anita Azarenko, OSU’s interim vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

Oregon 4-H, FFA members stay busy despite fairs closing
Capital Press
Marilyn Lesmeister, 4-H program leader for Oregon State University Extension Service, said counties are exploring their options. Virtual livestock shows and auctions are nothing new, but can be expensive to hire production crews and judges willing to evaluate animals on screens, rather than in person.

Harvest will bring unique challenges
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University Extension Agent Ashley Thompson said somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 people will come to Wasco County for cherry harvest, expected to begin June 6.

Oregon hasn’t seen Asian giant hornets yet
The Madras Pioneer
The Asian giant hornet should not be confused with either the Pacific cicada killer, Sphecius convallis, or the Western cicada killer, Sphecius grandis, wasps that are native to the western United States. There were many sightings in Jefferson and Crook counties that were reported to the local Oregon State University Extension offices and the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras.

A Practical Guide to Starting a Pandemic Garden
Willamette Week
“Don’t lose heart,” says Weston Miller, a faculty member for Oregon State University’s Extension Service who runs the master gardener program for the Portland metro area. “Even people who are experienced vegetable gardeners run into problems, too, because we’re at the whims of weather and pests.”

UVAA uses art kits, social media to stay connected with the community during pandemic
The News-Review
The fourth week brought an opportunity to partner with Oregon State University Extension Program and Douglas County School Garden Hub for art and gardening lessons.

Prepare for preserving
The Oregon State University Extension Service is your best starting point for up to date, reliable and safe information.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.

‘The Fire Within’: North Bend library to host health webinar online
“Stephanie Polizzi of the Oregon State University Extension Service will show how we can fight chronic inflammation and disease with simple food choices,” the Library said in a news release.

High-tech, gardening go online: Wasco Extension 4-H STEM classes go online, sewing and gardening added
Hood River News
Lu Seapy, Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H youth development STEM educator in Wasco County, tends to stay busy.

Texts, College Talk Tuesdays keep Juntos families informed
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
When the COVID-19 pandemic forces mass cancellations of large gatherings in Oregon, the folks who run Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service’s Juntos program knew they had to act fast and shift their strategy.

Coos County Fair, 4-H uncertain with continued suspension of social gatherings
4-H Youth Development Coordinator Elissa Wells says they’re keeping health and safety in mind and finding ways to continue the educational program, such as through Zoom call presentations and judging.

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA feel impacts of fair cancellation
Candi Bothum, Oregon State Extension 4-H statewide animal science coordinator, said planning is for 4-H youth to display their animals virtually.

In this week’s issue:

Time-saving tips for promoting content

Did you miss the May 4 professional development webinar about Time-saving tips for promoting your content, or haven’t had an opportunity to view the recording? Take note of these top three tips and tools highlights.

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content. The new content bank (log in at bottom of the page) provide ready-made blurbs and images to use.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time.  Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature on Extension webpages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page.  

New Extension youth education resources webpage, flyer

Extension now has two new tools at their fingertips to share the breadth and depth of our programming for children. For the first time, all of Extension’s educational resources for youth can be found on one webpage on the Extension website. The “youth portal” is the result of a partnership between EESC and Extension youth faculty and staff to provide a single stop for families and educators who are seeking research-based, hands-on education for children. The materials are organized by subject areas and grade levels, in addition to links to Extension’s youth programs, the 4-H Central Weekly Booklet (Folleto Semanal) and a fitness program, among other things.

All of Extension’s youth programming is also featured in a flyer that can be shared with schools and stakeholders.  English and Spanish versions of the flyer are being finalized and will be available this week in the Extension COVID-19 communication toolkit. We encourage all faculty and staff to promote these resources on their social media accounts and in their newsletters.

Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 214-S, La congelación de frutas y verduras
Tonya Johnson, Jeanne Brandt
Revised. La congelación es un método sencillo y rápido para conservar los alimentos. Con las condiciones óptimas, se conservan bien los nutrientes, el sabor y la textura de los alimentos.

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

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 May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek 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. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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,

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:
Tuesday, May 12 @ 1:00 pm: Local Media Relations
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Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tracy Tracy, Klamath County; and Kym Hamann, Tillamook County. Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 9:00 am: Digital Measures: Reporting Isolated program Delivery
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Presented by: Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant. Session Audience: Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
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Presented by: Lindsey Shirley, University Extension & Engagement Associate Provost
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Thursday, May 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network
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Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs
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Friday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm: Social media: OSU best practices and policies
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Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tanya Randhawa, social media coordinator, University Relations and Marketing
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

STEP AWAY FROM THE CAPS-LOCK KEY: Five questions to ask yourself before you use that acronym in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Open Educational Resources online workshops
The OSU Open Educational Resources Unit is hosting a series of virtual workshops this month on how to find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials. Topics include implementing affordable learning materials to save students money (May 12 and 14); reviewing and becoming familiar with open textbooks (May 19); and the Creative Commons licensing process (May 22). Learn more about each workshop and register today.

Virtual event: Valuing Diversity in Teams
Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Register now.

Access At Home Conference: May 27-29
Struggling with the shift to virtual environments? You’re not alone. ACCESS at Home will provide professionals with tools to navigate virtual accessibility confidently during uncertain times. Learn from accessibility professionals in a variety of industries about how to make your websites, communications, and videos accessible. View the agenda and register here.

DEI In the News

How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur (Diverse Edu)
Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in awareness among educators and the public about racial microaggressions. Coined by Chester Pierce in the 1970’s, racial microaggressions are the subtle forms of racism that are communicated to people of color through messages that degrade and demean them.

3 Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-Pandemic (The Chronicle)
“Well-resourced schools should really step up and do everything they can to help the larger ecosystem, not only their own institutions.”

For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity (NY Times)
Public health experts say Latinos may be more vulnerable to the virus as a result of the same factors that have put minorities at risk across the country.

Extension in the News

Asian Giant Hornets unlikely this season, beekeepers remain on alert
Risa Halpin, president of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, spoke with her contacts at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis to find out more about what they’re dealing with. The public is asked to keep an eye out and report any potential sightings to the local OSU Extension office as well.

HAREC research could boost blueberry production in Eastern Oregon
Hermiston Herald
Scott Lukas is one of many researchers at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center who help area growers refine their craft.

Pear growers beat some COVID-19 impacts
Mail Tribune
Many orchards rely on the federal H2A program that brings out-of-country workers to the valley, houses them and then returns them home, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Stay Home, Get Dirty
Eugene Weekly
During the COVID-19 crisis, people are worried about having access to food, says Erica Chernoh, a horticulture specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Kids, adults learn to grow vegetables at home with free online OSU courses
The Oregonian
How’s this for convenient learning: Oregon State University Extension Service has free, online gardening courses that adults and interested older kids can access anytime.

NW Hazelnut grower seminars applaud OSU varieties, need for stinkbug research
Capital Press
The seminars applauded Oregon State University’s Hazelnut Breeding Program in establishing new varieties and OSU Hazelnut Extension’s efforts at battling the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB).

Before heading to the beach, make sure it’s open – and help keep it clean
Angee Doerr, Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty, says we may see some changes to certain ecosystems like sand dunes, but the change depends on tourism as the months follow.

Learn how to care for, propagate houseplants through online library presentation
Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season. We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to nurture houseplants on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension to host fire prevention, awareness series
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

In this week’s issue:

Resource roundup

As we work together to support each other, our communities and our own well-being through the COVID-19 situation and beyond, there are many resources available. Some of these have also been shared in OSU Today, in email and other ways—but they are easy to miss among the dozens of other emails we get each day. Rather than fill email inboxes with one-off sharing, we are hoping to curate these resources in a couple of central places, including this “roundup” list and our new OSU Extension Teams platform. Have something to add? Please share with Sandy Reichhuber to include in next week’s list.

eXtension virtual Extension
eXtension has established a website that provides a place for Extension professionals to share with colleagues nationwide various resources and guides for teaching and working virtually. Several upcoming and recently recorded webinars are available.

Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, How to Embrace the Virtual Culture In Your Team
March 24th, 3 – 4 PM ET

From eXtension, Link to register:

Connect Extension: A Hub For Learning, Professional Development, and Collaboration, a new resource from eXtension. Register here:

eXtension Social Café
Every Thursday from March 26th – April 30th
1 PM – 2 PM ET
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
The eXtension Social Café will provide a weekly opportunity for informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work.

To participate, please create your Connect Extension account. This event is listed on the main calendar.

ESC Calls for Grant Applications

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) has announced the call for Research/Creative Activities Grants applications for 2020.

The goals of the grants program are 1) to increase faculty involvement in engaged scholarship, 2) to increase awareness of the wealth of engaged research/creative activities occurring at member universities, 3) to enhance the level and amount of engaged research/creative activities that occur at member universities and 4) to enhance the ability of ESC member faculty to conduct engaged interdisciplinary research/creative activities within and between member universities.

Deadlines for the 2020 funding cycle are:

  • Applications due: May 15, 2020
  • Notifications: May 29, 2020
  • Grant Period: August 1, 2020 — July 31, 2021
  • Presentation: All grant awardees will present plans/findings at the next ESC Conference
  • Final report due no later than one month following the conclusion of the grant program

Faculty at ESC Member Institutions (OSU is a member) may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Collaborative projects among faculty from more than one discipline and/or at more than one university are encouraged. Funds may be used for faculty, graduate, undergraduate, community partner, and administrative stipends; supplies and expenses; and/or project-related travel. Preference will be given to tenure-line assistant or associate professors. Fixed-term professors of practice may also apply. No indirect costs will be associated with this seed award. Funds may not be used for travel to conferences.

ESC Board President Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for community affairs at The University of Alabama, emphasized the importance of the grants program. “Through these grants, or seed funds, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium is providing financial support that helps facilitate positive outcomes for both scholars and communities,” Pruitt said. “Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for both university scholars and communities is the very foundation of engaged scholarship.”

Recipients will be recognized during ESC’s 2020 annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Faculty Scholars panel on Sept. 15.

For more information, visit

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn what content has been working well when shared on social media. This can help you make your social media posts more effective. See our blog on data driven suggestions for social media.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

You’re invited! April 7 Diversity Champions meeting with OSU Institutional Diversity

Extension faculty and staff are invited to join the April 7 meeting from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a conversation with Jeff Kenney from OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). OID has developed guidance for diversity, equity, and inclusion learning to support the development of all OSU faculty, staff and students. Jeff will present this framework and engage in discussion as to how this guidance may have utility to faculty and staff in Extension. Click here to add this Zoom meeting to your calendar or email with any questions.

Inclusive Excellence@OSU Fellowship: Inclusive Excellence@OSU is seeking applications for the 2020 cohort of fellows. IE@OSU is a program for STEM faculty to develop their teaching practice around equity and inclusion. Please apply if you teach in a STEM discipline and are interested in exploring your own understanding of inclusion and equity and engaging in student-centered inclusive pedagogy. Click here for more information and to apply (by April 30).

DEI In the News

Hey, U.S. sports – your misogyny is showing (Ms. Magazine)
A piece by OSU’s Susan Shaw: The United States Soccer Federation thinks men are superior players, and so members of the U.S. women’s national team should not earn as much as their counterparts. At least, that’s what the Federation’s lawyers argued as the women have filed for relief under the Equal Pay Act—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

‘I Feel Like I Have Five Jobs’: Parents Navigate the Pandemic (NY Times)
Families are scrambling to balance work and child care in a society where women still do most of the domestic tasks. Will a worldwide emergency change anything?

Extension in the News

Video workshops help small farmers sell produce year-round
Clackamas Review
The Oregon State University Extension Service has released four new Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law (OFDML) video workshops to the public.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

The next module in the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event course will be released on Wednesday, March 18. Module 2 The Experience is all about getting ready to experience the Cascadia Earthquake. You will learn how to stay safe and what you need to do immediately after this mega-quake. If you are on the coast you will find additional recommendations.

Following the preview of the Cascadia Simulation at the Extension Annual Conference, Alan Dennis, our talented designer at EESC, has put on some polishing touches to the project. When you open Session 2.1 Cascadia Simulation you find the video tour of a house experiencing a M9.0 earthquake playing. If you click on the play arrow, you can start an interactive experience. If you have access to virtual reality goggles, this session might feel more like a carnival ride. We recommend that you be seated during this option! Set a timer for 5 to 7 minutes and help your brain adjust and increase your resiliency for the real Cascadia earthquake. Session 2.2 has important tips to stay safe. Session 2.3 links you to the Oregon Field Guide Unprepared documentary comparing the recent tsunami in Japan to what can happen in Oregon through the eyes of our experts. Finally, condition yourself to what you might expect in Session 2.4. You can read a thrilling imagined-account of the earthquake and the weeks following set in a Bellingham, WA neighborhood.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and attend to your health and your family.

Following Oregon State University’s guidance, OSU Extension is taking these steps to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

  • Effective immediately, all Extension programming will be provided virtually, postponed or cancelled. Exceptions must be approved by the supervisory team (regional director/program leader) and associate provost Lindsey Shirley.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, county offices closed to the public for physical visitors. We will continue to take calls, return emails and meet via Zoom video appointments.
  • All employees are encouraged to work remotely where work responsibilities and duties allow. Employees may continue working at a work site but should practice maximum social distancing.

These steps were outlined in Friday’s COVID-19 OSU Extension update webinar.

All employees should continue to contact your supervisor with any questions or concerns and to coordinate decisions about local operations and activities. Supervisors are coordinating with Extension and OSU leadership as needed.

As we transition to remote and virtual Extension work, we encourage you to be aware of these resources:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Today’s blog post gives a status update on what’s new on the website. As you think about ways to engage the public from a distance, there’s new visual features on the website to try out. If you need quick ideas to fill out your newsletters, then a tool coming soon will give you ready-to-go content teasers and photos to use. Finally, we give a few tips about sharing coronavirus updates and content on the website.

Diversity Highlights

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 DEI In the News

Here’s where Portland Public Schools will serve kids free meals during coronavirus closure(Oregon Live)
Franklin High School is one of 14 meal sites for children aged 1-18 who typically rely on free breakfast and lunches as Portland Public Schools cancel classes as part of an order by Gov. Kate Brown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Is the Diversity of Your School Accurately Reflected in Its Promotional Materials? (NY Times)
The video was just two minutes long: a sunny montage of life at the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in Madison. “Home is where we grow together,” a voice-over said. “It’s where the hills are. It’s eating our favorite foods. It’s where we can all harmonize as one. Home is Wisconsin cheese curds. It’s welcoming everyone into our home.”

HBCUs Face An Additional Set of Coronavirus Concerns (Diverse Education)
Campuses across the country are temporarily closing in response to the coronavirus, encouraging students to go home and offering online classes to prevent the virus from spreading. Historically Black colleges and universities – and other minority serving institutions – are no exception. But these schools face an extra set of concerns as they try to keep underrepresented students safe on tighter budgets than predominantly White institutions.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Small Farmer Helper
Jefferson Public Radio
Maud Powell, assistant profession and Extension specialist in the OSU Small Farms Program, discusses small-acreage farming in the latest episode of Stories of Southern Oregon on the Jefferson Exchange.

Managing Nutrition for Organic Vegetables
Organic Grower
But managing soil nitrogen levels with organic matter is tricky, according to Nick Andrews, Oregon State University (OSU) organic extension agent.

Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide
If you’re keeping mason bees rather than honey bees, Oregon State University’s Extension Service has some guidance in their handy fact sheet.

Cabin Fever offers family fun
East Oregonian
The event also featured an educational component with booths from the Oregon State University Extension Office, including James “Snake Guy” McKnight and a 5-foot python, as well as information about entomology and agriculture.

In this week’s issue:

Government Relations director candidate open forums

Government Relations director candidate open forums will take place on November 5, 6 and 8. This is a critical role for the OSU Extension Service. Please attend as you are able (these will also be livestreamed on OSU Live). Information will be posted online, which will include bios and candidate evaluation forms as soon as they are available.

Elevate the student success impact of OSU Extension

Extension plays an important role in contributing to the success of OSU students who continue their journey from Extension programs into on campus, online, or Workspace (PACE) coursework. Elevate the awareness of Extension within the OSU community by responding to a call for proposals. Possible topic areas include interactive engagement and cooperative learning, DEI, easing students’ navigation of the university and maximizing the opportunities available at OSU, and many more. Learn more and/or submit a proposal.

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Communication and connection opportunity

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

A year ago, the majority of archived county and program sites on Drupal 6 went away for good. The flurry in putting content on the new Extension website meant some content didn’t get thoroughly reviewed. Others got left in Box unless someone asked for it. Do you have content that needs a second look? Some low hanging tasks are covered in this week’s blog post “How keeping your content fresh makes for happy visitors.”

Diversity Highlights

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Statewide Events & Resources

Health Equity Benefit Dinner: Transforming Trauma into Truth (Portland)
November 7, 2019 at the World Forestry Center in support of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition. This event will introduce their newest program, the Latino Emotional Health Collaborative, which aims to shift traditional thinking away from the cultural stigmas associated with mental illness. For more information, contact or call 971-229-0482. Tickets available at

Womxn of Color Student Support Group (Corvallis)
Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at the CAPs office in Snell Hall. Contact: Shaznin Daruwalla at or CAPS at 541-737-2131.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open
ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office. Submit your application today.

DEI In the News

UC Berkeley Students Create a Class for ‘Coming Out’ (Insight Into Diversity)
“I remember wishing for some sort of guidance, some way of knowing how to move forward in accepting myself and coming out to my parents, friends, and everyone else,” Kamkar, now a senior, says. “I knew that I probably wasn’t the only closeted student who might be wishing for this, and I could help [others] by bringing students in the LGBTQ+ community in communication with each other.”

Getting girls interested in STEM (Diversity Global)
How can we break the stereotypes around STEM education and career pathways? Can we raise girls’ interest in STEM by enhancing the STEM curriculum in education from early age? Microsoft and UNESCO presented their findings during the event ‘Changing the FACE of STEM’.

College Athletes Push for More Mental-Health Care, Fighting ‘Tough It Out’ Culture (The Chronicle)
Students from Oregon State University’s group, Dam Worth It, recently got a grant from the Pac-12 Conference to spread its model across the West Coast.

Extension in the News

Researchers dig into vineyard science
Western Farmer-Stockman
“In a widely spaced vineyard,” explains Patty Skinkis, an Oregon State University horticulture professor and viticulture Extension specialist, “two-and-a-half tons of fruit would be all they could yield per acre before crop thinning. But on the high-density plantings, which became more popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, crop thinning to two-and-a-half tons per acre cuts more than 50% of the fruit off the vine.”

OSU hires new wheat extension agent for Wasco, Sherman counties
Capital Press
Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties.

OSU Extension building partnerships in new fire program
In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service said Friday it has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.