Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.21
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2017
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Oregon State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Oregon State University, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices.

Oregon State University policy prohibits any act that either in form or operation, and whether intended or unintended, unreasonably differentiates among persons on the basis of a protected status. This definition reserves to the University, in furtherance of its educational mission, the right to address conduct that would not necessarily be unlawful. It is not intended to create individual or group rights, whether contractual or otherwise, that do not exist under existing law.

http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/discrimination-and-harassment-policies#protected status

Additionally, OSU Extension services have their own statement which can be found here: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/employees/employee-resources/marketing/statements/nondiscrimination

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) 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 protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

The process of reporting incidents of bias begins with submitting a bias incident report. After submitting a bias incident report, the Bias Response Team will evaluate the report and work collaboratively to develop an appropriate responses. Responses include providing care and support to community members negatively affected, learning more about the incident, engaging in educational conversations and interventions, providing access and referrals to campus resources and coordinating efforts to restore individuals and groups negatively affected.

A bias incident report may submit an incident report anonymously. The Bias Incident Team takes seriously all reports of bias incidents, however, its ability to investigate and respond to an incident may be limited if it is reported anonymously.


In response to a "Speak Out" even in November of 2015, President Ed Ray announced the creation of the Office of Institutional Diversity, which launched on February 1st, 2016. This began the process of overhauling OSU's incident reporting system, developed throughout FY16.

Additionally, the new Office of Institutional Diversity runs Community Town Halls once per term, beginning Winter FY16. Community Town Halls provide an opportunity for Oregon State leaders to present updates regarding diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and a venue for community members to share questions, comments and concerns.

Many new initiates have been, and will continue to be rolled out during FY17.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at Oregon State, funded by the National Science Foundation, is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs. Programming includes a residential bridge program for incoming freshman and the Second-year & Transfer Experience Program, focusing on increasing the retention rate of these students and getting them engaged in their academics at OSU. The program also offers financial scholarships to make college more attainable for low income and minority groups.

The College of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering offers a one-week summer program, Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY). The program targets high school girls and minorities with an aptitude for math and science, allowing them to gain experience in the world of engineering. It takes place at Oregon State University, exposing high school students to the opportunities they may have at OSU.

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.

The university’s Tenured Faculty Diversity Initiative is designed to help build a diverse faculty. The initiative is housed within Academic Affairs and a committee, including representatives from the Office of Equity and Inclusion, consider proposals to fund tenure-track/tenured faculty hires.

Initiated in 2007, OSU’s Search Advocate program enhances integrity, effectiveness, and diversity in the university’s hiring practices. Search advocates are OSU employees trained as process experts in search and selection. They complete a series of workshops addressing current research about diversity and cognitive bias, the changing legal landscape in hiring, inclusive employment principles, specific steps to strengthen each stage of the search process, and effective approaches to participation on search committees in the advocate role.

Advocates promote diversity by:
- Sharing current information
- Recommending inclusive/affirmative strategies
- Supporting full committee and stakeholder participation
- Consulting with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access as needed.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) consists of several programs and seven Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) which provide students, staff and faculty with opportunities to critically explore the world we live in, engage in transformative learning experiences, and advance scholarly research and personal goals. Though primarily geared towards students, many of the services and programs are available for staff and faculty as well. http://dce.oregonstate.edu/

The CRCs provide support services to students, as well as opportunities for all members of the OSU community to learn about different cultures and communities in a safer environment. Events and activities at the centers include national history and heritage month programs, social justice workshops (retreats), cultural holiday celebrations, cooking demonstrations, craft nights, and many other programs. Several of the social justice retreats are targeted towards faculty and staff, while others are aimed for students. Current retreats can be found at the link provided below. Retreats last year centered around similar topics. http://dce.oregonstate.edu/retreat

At Oregon State University, Counseling and Psychological Services provides mental health counseling to students, and consultation, outreach and education to all OSU community members. They do this in order to (1) facilitate student’s academic success, mental health, and personal development and (2) promote a culture of positive mental health at OSU. http://counseling.oregonstate.edu/

OSU's Transgender Care website includes links to a variety of resources: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/clinical-services/transgender-care

PROMISE is an annual, 10-week program that has been part of the Oregon State University community since 1992. PROMISE is a developmental internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience and mentoring in state and local government agencies for Oregon State University juniors and seniors. The program's purpose is to increase the potential pool of applicants currently underrepresented in state and local government agencies. Interested students from historically underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. It is expected that interns will emerge from the program ready to navigate the employment process, be well connected and be confident in the workplace. http://eop.oregonstate.edu/internship-and-job-search

Campus Coalition Builders are a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty committed to work together to make a positive difference in the community, and to eliminate the negative effects of oppression for all people. By listening to every voice, seeking to understand others, and engaging in transformational learning and teaching, we will build strong relationships and lasting alliances with those with whom we work and live. The group is available to facilitate conversations or can work with you to design a workshop or session to fit the needs and time restraints of a small staff or large group of people. The sessions are designed to build community which celebrates diversity for various groups of people, including co-workers, conference attendees, program participants, classes of students etc. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/campus-coalition-builders

The President's Commission on the Status of Women actively advocates for and promotes a positive climate for all university women including students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Now in its fourth decade, PCOSW gives voice to women's experiences and perspectives by advocating for gender parity at our university. Rooted in feminist principles, the Commission works to identify and address the changing needs of all women in our university community. By building partnerships and collaborating with others from historically underrepresented groups, PCOSW now seeks to improve the collective status of all who have been silenced or excluded by unexamined norms, beliefs, and practices of the OSU community. http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/

For faculty, OSU offers ADVANCE Faculty Fellowships. OREGON STATE ADVANCE is part of the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program, which is aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby developing a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Oregon State is the recipient of an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) award, which is intended to produce large-scale comprehensive change within our university. The primary goal of OREGON STATE ADVANCE is to serve as a catalyst for advancing the study and practice of equity, inclusion, and justice for women and others from historically underrepresented groups in the academy. The purpose of the one-year ADVANCE Faculty Fellowships is to support the work of tenure-line faculty to embed our commitments to equity, inclusion, and justice throughout the university. http://advance.oregonstate.edu/faculty-fellows

For staff and faculty, the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) works to recruit, retain, build community, and provide support (nourishment, enrichment, and inspiration) for faculty and staff of color, and indigenous, and mixed-heritage identities at Oregon State University. The group provides a climate of acceptance and promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion. AFAPC strives to be a community of committed individuals who support and sustain each other professionally and personally, who affirm and hold close shared identities, who embrace and bridge the unique identities within each of us, and who affirm the importance of building and maintaining a robust community to positively influence the entire Oregon State University community. http://afapc.oregonstate.edu/

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The Graduate School at OSU offers several scholarships targeted towards typically underrepresented groups to encourage them to pursue graduate programs, which may allow for a career as a faculty member.

The Diversity Scholar Recruitment Award is designed to support inclusiveness in graduate programs, to recruit and retain students from divergent and non-traditional backgrounds, and to enrich the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives.

The Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus is designed to augment recruitment-based assistantship and fellowship offers to incoming graduate students with meritorious records and demonstrated potential for graduate study by offering bonuses to students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds.

The Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship is intended to create support opportunities which enhance campus efforts to recruit and retain meritorious domestic graduate students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds who have an expressed interest in a career in university teaching and/or research.

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Because there is not a specific field for a link in the Optional Fields section below, the following link is provided here.

Inventories of gender neutral bathrooms:

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