Honoring Diversity

In the Oregon State University Extension Service, we seek to understand each other and move beyond simple tolerance to embrace and celebrate the diversity within each of us.  This can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  To do this, we need to provide a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

OSU Extension Diversity Goal

Our goal is twofold: Help OSU Extension become a healthy, thriving, learning organization that meets the changing needs of the diverse population in Oregon and help our clientele operate effectively and successfully in a multicultural world.

Diversity Action Plans, Policies & Resources

Recruitment, Retention & Exit Interview Resources

Mentoring Resources

Demographic Data

Change Agent States for Diversity Project

Readings on Diversity

Professional Development Related to Honoring Diversity

OSU Diversity Resources

  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA)
    The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is committed to success for the entire university community through equality, fairness, and understanding.  Their work is guided by thre principles: Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.
  • Difference, Privilege, and Discrimination Program
    Works to create a more inclusive curriculum that addresses issues of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and other institutionalized systems of inequality.
  • Disability Access Services
    DAS builds and maintains partnerships within the university community. The DAS serves as a university resource to engage in building a strong community where university constituents with disabilities are fully integrated and have equal access. DAS advances the abilities of people with disabilities to meet their individual life goals through the use of information technologies.
  • Diversity & Cultural Engagement
    The DCE create and advocate for inclusive and purposeful initiatives that enhance deep academic learning, cross-cultural fluency and self-efficacy by fostering a climate that supports social equality, community engagement and global membership. The DCE bridge differences and build community.
  • President's Commission on the Status of Women
    Actively helps women faculty to succeed professionally and personally, and seeks to foster community awareness of women's issues.

International and Intercultural OSU Services

  • Office of American Indian Initiatives
    Charged with the central goal of building the capacity and potential of American Indian students and American Indian communities.
  • International Programs
    Composed of five integrated and supportive units - International Education and Outreach, International Student and Faculty Services, English Language Institute, OUS International Programs and the Administrative Services Unit.

Cultural and Resource Centers

  • Asian & Pacific Cultural Center
    Established to provide a fun, safe and welcoming facility for the retention of faculty, staff, and students and to educate the community about our various cultures.
  • Centro Cultural César Chávez
    Established to provide a location and facility for programming various, academic, cultural, recreational and social events related to the Chicano/ Latino/ Hispanic culture and heritage.
  • Ettihad Cultural Community
    Aims to represent the people and cultures of the countries from South West Asia through North West Africa. It caters to the specific and unique needs of the international and domestic students of OSU who identify with the region.
  • Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center
    Committed to the retention of African and African American OSU faculty, staff and students as well as all OSU faculty, staff and students of color at OSU.
  • Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws
    As a public service center of OSU, the Native American Longhouse exists to provide services and hospitality to students, faculty, staff, the college and, the surrounding community.
  • Pride Center
    Provides programs and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the OSU communities and their allies.
  • Women's Center
    Offers learning experiences that help women transform themselves and society. Its educational programs reflect the diverse views of women from all walks of life.

Contact Us

Please contact Lindsey Shirley, Associate Provost University Outreach and Engagement/Associate Director of Extension with questions, comments, etc.