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Oregon State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
104 Kerr Admin Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2106
Phone
(541) 737-1000
Email address
osuadmit@oregonstate.edu
School Information
"Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so. "2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, Extension programs in all 36 counties, 200+ academic programs — COUNTLESS IMPACTS." The university enrolls over 32,200 students. (Source: https://oregonstate.edu/about) (Source: https://oregonstate.edu/)
General Information
Oregon State has not yet implemented a university-wide program for anti-racist training or education. However, it has taken steps to embed diversity in its hiring practices. The university recently hired a therapist exclusively for its students of color, due to "white supremacy cultural norms". It is also considering changes to its curriculum. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • One of the "key goals" of OSU's 2018-2023 Diversity Strategic Plan is to "Improve recruitment of students and employees from underrepresented communities." Additionally, the Plan's stated goal (by 2023), is to "raise $250,000 in new commitments to support institutional efforts to recruit students from underrepresented communities."
  • OSU's 2024-2030 Diversity Action Plan states that it would "[d]evelop recruitment strategies responding to [the] needs of minoritized and underserved communities to Corvallis, Cascades and Ecampus."
  • On June 29, 2023, OSU's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action that reads in part as follows: "Oregon State University joins with higher education institutions across the nation in its disappointment with two U.S. Supreme Court decisions...Even with this ruling, let me make clear: OSU will continue to admit every qualified Oregon student who applies. This is a foundational part of the university's commitment to access, inclusivity and excellence. We also will continue to increase the diversity of the university's student body by admitting talented and promising students from across the nation and the world. While OSU does not consider an applicant's race or ethnicity in making admission decisions, the university strongly affirms the importance of a diverse student body to advance the university's teaching, research and engagement mission."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • OSU offers numerous "Social Justice Retreats," including "Examining White Identity" and "Mixed Beavs @ OSU." "Beavs is an umbrella term we use to include and uplift the diverse experiences of Multiracial/ethnic, Biracial, Multitribal, Transracial Adoptee, or mixed heritage people."
  • OSU offers a variety of diversity training and education courses for faculty and staff including the "Social Justice Education Initiative" which "consists of an interactive, workshop-based curriculum that invites all OSU faculty and staff members (including GTAs and GRAs) to begin, or continue, their learning regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The "Difference, Power, and Discrimination" program "works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at Oregon State University to develop inclusive curricula that address institutionalized systems of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States."
  • All students at OSU "fulfill" the Baccalaureate Core curriculum "as part of their baccalaureate degree." Students must take one course from the "Difference, Power, and Discrimination" category as part of the Baccalaureate Core.
  • One of the initiatives of OSU's 2024-2030 Diversity Action Plan is described as follows: "Integration of equity in curriculum and instructional design utilizing existing partners in [the] Center for Teaching and Learning, Difference Power and Oppression Program, Faculty Affairs, etc."
Disciplinary Measures
  • OSU's Office of Institutional Diversity outlines its "Reported Bias Incident Response Protocol" which "provides a process to comprehensively, collaboratively and consistently address bias incidents that affect Oregon State University students, faculty and staff."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • OSU's Search Advocate Program is comprised of "faculty, staff, and students who are trained as search and selection process advisors." The training includes a "16-hour workshop series addressing current research about implicit bias, diversity, the changing legal landscape in hiring, inclusive employment principles, practical strategies for each stage of the search process..." Search Advocates are required to participate in any Provost's Hiring Initiative or Tenured Faculty Diversity Initiative search.
  • OSU's 2018-2023 Diversity Strategic Plan states that it would "Require affirmative action and implicit/cognitive bias training for all search committee members."
Program and Research Funding
  • The University-Wide DEI (The Office of Institutional Diversity) accepts donations for program funding.
  • OSU's 2018-2023 Diversity Strategic Plan states that it would "Increase support for college or university-based faculty fellows to engage in diversity research, grant writing and development of inclusive pedagogy" and "Recognize and reward integration of diversity, equity and inclusion principles into research programs."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity at OSU created a document titled "Advancing Access, Belonging and Success - DEI Guidance for Research."
  • As part of OSU's 2024-2025 Scholarships, the Diversity Achievement Scholarship is "awarded to new first-year students who are actively working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice." Students are selected based on "their potential to contribute toward building a more diverse campus community at OSU."
Resources
  • The university hired a therapist exclusively for its students of color, due to "white supremacy cultural norms".
  • The university's faculty senate is looking at the university's core curriculum and may add new courses.
  • In June 2022, there will be the "State of Diversity at Oregon State University Reception" as well as the celebration of the launch of the State of Diversity website.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity provides resources for campus initiatives and faculty diversity recruitment tips.
  • On February 8, 2023, OSU's College of Education hosted an event titled "Mindfulness in Social Justice Education: Critical Race Feminist Perspectives," which discussed the following topic: "Incorporating mindfulness into the curriculum of undergraduate social justice courses."
  • Goal four of OSU's 2018-2023 Diversity Strategic Plan states that "All students and employees must have opportunities to develop a deep and practical understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice."
  • OSU's College of Science has outlined its "five key strategic goals" from the college's Diversity Action Plan which includes the following: "Embed, integrate and advance inclusive excellence within all aspects of the College of Science."
  • OSU's 2024-2030 Diversity Action Plan states that it would "Incentivize excellence in teaching for instructors with [a] focus on equalizing outcomes for minoritized and underserved students."
  • On February 24, 2022, OSU held an event titled "Black Lives Matter in Academic Spaces: Three Lessons in Critical Literacy" where Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young "describe[d] the ways that teachers and the public in both Canada and the U.S. have misappropriated the linguistic concept of code-switching as it applies to both Black language and standard language speakers."
Symbolic Actions
  • OSU compiled a list of links to all the various departments and organizations' statements in support of BLM.
  • The 2022 Faculty and Staff Community Climate Survey will be open from May 10 to June 3, 2022.
  • On May 25, 2022, the OSU President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs sponsored a day-long symposium called, the "State of Black Affairs Summit 2022."
  • As part of its Diversity Statement, the College of Liberal Arts at OSU states that it "recognize[s] the social barriers that have systematically marginalized and excluded people and communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin and religion."
  • The College of Education Assistant Professor job posting is described in part as follows: "We are deeply engaged with equity and anti-racism work in our research, teaching, and service. The College is fully committed to serving the needs of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our communities."
Last updated April 24th, 2024
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