|Submission Date||March 4, 2016|
Oregon State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:
Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) is the place where we bridge differences and build community. We provide opportunities for Oregon State University students to engage in shaping a better self and a better world.
The DCE mission: As a cornerstone of OSU's student diversity efforts, DCE is committed to the overall development of under-served students. We create and advocate 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.
Additionally for students, OSU Counseling and Psychological Services provides free counseling services.
Financial support for underrepresented groups is provided by the Diversity Achievement Award. It is a competitive award offered to entering undergraduate freshman and transfer students aimed at building upon the diversity and educational goals of the university. Evaluation of award application and financial need are also factored into selection process. http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/sites/default/files/AcademicScholarships.pdf
At Oregon State University, clinicians from Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services work together to provide multi-disciplinary, student-centered care to our students. OSU's Transgender Care website includes links to a variety of resources: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/clinical-services/transgender-care
The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:
All members of the university community may raise complaints of discrimination, harassment, and bullying with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Individuals who feel they are being treated unfairly because of a protected status or in retaliation for engaging in a protected activity, or individuals who believe they are subjected to behavior that rises to the level of bullying should feel free to come to the Office of Equity and Inclusion to talk through the situation and may do so without entering into the complaint process.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides several options for responding to such complaints:
Informal: The process of gathering information either to help establish a suspicion of discrimination or retaliation or to attempt to resolve a disagreement without following a formal complaint process.
Formal: The process of investigating a case of alleged discrimination or retaliation and making a determination as to whether or not either has occurred and, where appropriate, providing a resolution to the complaint.
These options are available to all members of the university community; however some of the specific policies and procedures may vary based on your relationship to the university. For a detailed description of these options, please visit the link below.
The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Although there are not fields for it below, the following information pertains to the last two parameters for this credit: housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students and inventory of gender neutral bathrooms.
Gender Inclusive Housing Options:
Inventories of gender neutral bathrooms:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.