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Oregon State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
104 Kerr Admin Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2106
(541) 737-1000
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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: (Source:
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."
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 university's faculty senate is looking at the university's core curriculum and may add new courses.
  • 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.
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."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • 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.
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 university hired a therapist exclusively for its students of color, due to "white supremacy cultural norms".
  • 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."
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."
Last updated August 14th, 2023
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