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University of Oregon

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1585 E 13th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Phone
(541) 346-1000
Email address
admissions@uoregon.edu
School Information
"Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching...Our students are smart, creative, and increasingly diverse. We support and celebrate their successes, and we work hard to provide inspiring educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Not so small that everyone knows you. Not so large that you feel lost." The university enrolls over 22,600 students, has a 16:1 student-teacher ratio, and offers over 325 degree and certificate programs. (Source: https://www.uoregon.edu/about)
General Information
The University of Oregon has taken multiple concrete steps to affirm its support for anti-racism initiatives. In a symbolic move, the University took actions to cover murals which contained "racist" imagery. Additionally, the university is considering an endorsement of Black Lives Matter, as well as defunding the police. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • University launched a new black studies minor.
  • The University of Oregon Student Government is working with administrators in the university to implement Critical Race Theory curriculum to become a graduation requirement for undergraduate students and all bachelors degrees.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
Program and Research Funding
  • The university received a $4.52 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to create a new institute dedicated to research on racial and climate justice.
  • The university will be creating an $11 million research and policy center focused on racial disparities and resilience.
Re-Imagining Policing
Resources
  • The University’s Division of Equity and Inclusion outlined various steps it took to offer courses, training programs, and resources for DEI.
  • The University’s Division of Equity and Inclusion supports the school’s “five strategies groups: Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander Strategies Group, Black Strategies Group, Latinx Strategies Group, Native American Strategies Group, and the Deconstructing Whiteness Working Group” which advocate for equity and inclusion throughout the campus.
Symbolic Actions
  • Name of Matthew Deady, first president of the UO Board of Regents, may be removed from campus building.
  • The University will be spending $31,940 to cover four murals which contain “racist, exclusionary language and imagery.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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