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Portland State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97201
Phone
(800) 547-8887
Email address
admissions@pdx.edu
School Information
"Portland State University is more than Portland’s public research university. It’s a place to test ideas and projects that show the world how different is done. Our innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact. With more than 200 degree programs to choose from, PSU is Oregon’s most diverse, innovative and affordable research university." The university enrolls over 26,000 students and has over 1,700 faculty across its 200 degree programs. (Source: https://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state-university) (Source: https://www.pdx.edu/portland-state-university-facts)
General Information
Portland State University has taken steps to reform its relations with law enforcement. The university announced that it will disarm its campus safety officers. In May 2021, a group of faculty referred a proposed requirement of two courses on anti-racism for all students to the Faculty Senate. The vote on the proposal was tabled until the June 2021 meeting. During the June 2021 meeting, the motion and two amendments passed. A multi-year effort has been undertaken to radically change the core curricular requirements, as well as faculty and staff training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Faculty in May 2021 proposed a two course requirement for all students in race and ethnic studies. The motion and two amendments passed at the June 2021 Faculty Senate meeting.
  • The university's Transportation Research and Education Center will, "Change university curricula and experiences, so that future professionals understand the roles of racism, equity, and justice in transportation and have the tools to make change."
  • The university's Transportation Research and Education Center will, "Incorporate racial justice into TREC’s K-12 programs and professional development events."
  • The university said, "PSU will center racial equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness in student learning experiences...We will commit to anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and transformative experiences for all students at PSU...It is recommended that a group of students lead this work."
  • As part of its "Plan for Equity & Racial Justice," the university said, "Funding allocated for the development of a Race and Ethnic Studies requirement for all PSU undergraduate students."
  • As part of its "Plan for Equity & Racial Justice," the university said, "In spring 2021, the Faculty Senate approved a new Racial and Ethnic Studies Requirement (RESR) as part of the general education curriculum. All new first-year students will be required to take 6 credits, and transfer students will be required to take 3 credits."
Program and Research Funding
  • The PSU School of Public Health announced its first anti-racism faculty fellowships.
  • The university's Transportation Research and Education Center will, "Support research that addresses racism and supports racial justice in transportation, and prioritize implementation of that research."
  • As part of its "Plan for Equity & Racial Justice," the university said, "Anti-Racism Faculty Fellowship Grants: Scholars were awarded between $100,000 and $120,000 each to advance social justice and support change."
Re-Imagining Policing
Resources
  • The university's Transportation Research and Education Center offers resources and programs, such as Friday Transportation Seminars ("multiple events each term focused on recent research and practices at the intersection of transportation and equity"), racial equity resources, and the Equity in Transportation Book Club.
  • The OSHU and PSU School of Public Health hosted an event titled, "External Event: Exploring Anti-Racism in Health Professions Education."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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