We're Stronger Together

Every Beaver has a different path, experience and story to share. Together with Oregon State University, the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association are committed to building a more equitable and diverse university: a place where all Beavers can be successful, have a strong sense of belonging and where your engagement makes a meaningful difference.

Today’s world faces social, economic and environmental challenges of unprecedented complexity and scale. To solve these urgent problems, we must draw fully on the power of human imagination, experience and creativity from our Beaver community. Explore and engage with us as we work together to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Oregon State University and beyond.

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Alumni Engagement

Alumni-Led Affinity and Identity Networks and Groups

Our alumni networks and groups include several affinity and identity-based groups, networks for select colleges, as well as international and regional groups that are reflective of the diverse alumni of OSU. Visit a network webpage and learn about the opportunities to participate, volunteer or help lead their efforts:

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Give

You can make a difference by contributing to university programs that support all OSU students as well as faculty, staff and all members of the Beaver community. Gifts of all sizes help break down barriers to success in higher education so that every student can thrive; for examples of some of the programs that advance diversity, equity and inclusion at OSU, see the ‘University Programs’ section below. Thank you!

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University Programs

 

The Office of Institutional Diversity's mission is to plan, lead and implement, in collaboration with university partners, institutional change actions and initiatives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout all facets of Oregon State University. The work of the office advances more rapid progress towards Oregon State’s highest aspirations for inclusive excellence.

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) supports the academic, personal, and professional development of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education by providing a welcoming environment which includes smaller classes, academic counseling, and innovative programs & services designed to enhance retention and persistence.

Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) is committed to the overall development of under-served students. DCE creates and advocates for inclusive and educationally purposeful initiatives that enhance deep learning, academic success, cross-cultural fluency and self-efficacy by fostering a climate that supports social equality, community engagement and global membership, including through the Cultural Resource Centers. Learn more about each of the Cultural Resource Centers, which serve all Beavers including students, faculty, staff and alumni.


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News and Resources

2021 State of Diversity at Oregon State Address

Given the unprecedented events that shaped the most recent year – including the pandemic and calls for racial justice – the Office of Institutional Diversity took a different approach to this year's State of Diversity at Oregon State Address. This year's address is comprised of in-depth conversations with faculty, staff and student leaders within the OSU community discussing their vision, challenges and progress in building a more equitable and welcoming university. Through these conversations, we hope to amplify the incredible efforts and accomplishments of community members across the university who have steadfastly advanced equity under trying circumstances. Hear from our community.

Oregon State part of national consortium of universities that has outpaced its graduation goals

As part of a national consortium focused on increasing the number of low-income college graduates, Oregon State University graduated 45% more students in 2020 than in 2013, with low-income graduates increasing 17% during those years and the number of students of color graduating increasing 117%. That national consortium, the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), announced this week that it has outpaced goals it set eight years ago to increase the number of graduates, particularly low-income students and students of color, at its 10 member institutions. Read more.

Oregon State names new vice provost for extension and engagement, director of OSU Extension Service

Ivory W. Lyles, who prioritized the needs and challenges of the residents of Nevada as associate dean for engagement and director of extension for the University of Nevada, Reno, has been named Oregon State University’s new vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service. Read more.


 

Serving tribal communities through online education

Adult and online students have always been considered a diverse group of learners, primarily based on age, gender and life circumstances. However, new trends are emerging in online education that require both our attention and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more.

OSU professor joins call for broader, more equitable recognition of scholarship in academia

The current metrics for success in science perpetuate inequity by disproportionately penalizing women and people of color, whose broader contributions to the field often go unrecognized, argues a new paper written by a team of scientists, including an Oregon State University professor. Read more.

Oregon State’s Pride Center offers safe spaces, skill development

Community.It’s a versatile word, simultaneously a thing and a feeling. It’s a group of people with common interests and also a sense of fellowship with others because of those shared interests.The Pride Center at Oregon State University is a community where that dual nature is on display. It provides programs and services to members of the LGBTQIA+ community while fostering safe environments where those same students — learning on campus and online through Oregon State Ecampus — feel a sense of belonging. Read more.

OSU student turns climate research into bilingual children's books, receives $100,000 scholarship

Christopher Cousins, a PhD candidate from Oregon State University, has received a $100,000 scholarship to further his work of researching habitat refugia and turning his findings into a bilingual children’s book for Latino youth.The Bullitt Environmental Prize recognizes young people who have overcome adversity to become powerful environmental leaders. Read more.