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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.
- O&E Diversity Action Plan (PDF)
- Diversity Recruitment Policy Update, January 2015
- OSU Domestic Partner Policy (Word doc)
- OSU Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability (Word doc)
- OSU Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Religion (Word doc)
- OSU Policy on Sexual Sexual Harassment and Violence (Office of Equity and Inclusion)
- OSU Policy on Veteran Status (Word doc)
Recruitment, Retention & Exit Interview Resources
- Hispanic Serving Institutions Offering Doctoral Degrees (PDF)
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Offering Doctorate Degrees (PDF)
- Recruitment and Retention Promising Practices (PDF)
- Websites for Recruiting Faculty of Color and Women (PDF)
- What is an Exit Interview? (Word doc)
- Example Exit Interview Questions (Word doc)
- Mentor Handbook OSU Extension (PDF)
- OSU 4-H Mentoring Checklist (PDF)
- How to Mentor Diverse Students (PDF)
- Mentoring Bibliography (PDF)
- The Changing West 2008 Regional Overview (PDF)
- Oregon 2008 Regional Overview (PDF)
- Education 2008 Regional Overview (PDF)
- Health 2008 Regional Overview (PDF)
- Land Use 2008 Regional Overview (PDF)
- The Aging of the West 2004 (PDF)
- The Western Rural Development Center (Word doc)
Change Agent States for Diversity Project
- Overview of the Change Agent States for Diversity Project (PDF)
- Framework for Change (PDF)
- Leadership Development (PDF)
- Workplace Climate Assessment (PDF)
- Diversity Coordinator (PDF)
- Diversity Catalyst Team (PDF)
- Diversity Awards Program (PDF)
- View Extension's Diversity Catalyst Team Members
Readings on Diversity
- Privilege, Power and Difference; An Interview with Allan Johnson
A Conversation with author Allan Johnson on the concepts expressed in the latest version of his book, "Privilege, Power, and Difference." Johnson is also author of the book, "The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy." Join host Scott Fedale for a stimulating discussion with author Allan Johnson about his theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference in today's society and how we can affect these systems.
Interview date: 1/2006
- OSU Difference, Privilege, and Discrimination (DPD) Program for Teachers (Word doc)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (PDF)
Professional Development Related to Honoring Diversity
OSU Diversity Resources
- Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI)
The Office of Equity and Inclusion 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)
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 Development
Responsible for the oversight of the Cultural Resource Centers at OSU: the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural César Chávez, the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, the SOL: LGBT Multicultural Support Network, the Pride Center, the Women's Center, and the Ettihad Cultural Community.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Services (LGBT)
Supports OSU in meeting the specific academic, social, and cultural needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Allied (LGBTQQIA) OSU faculty, staff and students, prospective and current.
- 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
- Asian and Pacific Islander American Student Services (APIA Student Services)
Assist Asian/Pacific American OSU faculty, staff and students at OSU with their academic, professional, and personal growth through educational and cultural programs.
- CASA Latina/o de OSU
Provides OSU faculty, staff and students with a viable support system and advocacy 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.
- Ujima Education Office
The purpose of the Ujima Education Office is to assist African/African American students with their development culturally, educationally, and socially. Retention is the heart of Ujima and recruitment is the natural extension.
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.
- 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.
- SOL: LGBT Multicultural Spport Network
Student initiated collaborative effort to support and improve campus climate for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied (LGBTQQIA) persons of color through counseling, educational programming, advocacy, and ally building among undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff of OSU.
- 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.
- 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.
Please contact Deborah Maddy, Associate Provost University Outreach and Engagement/Associate Director of Extension with questions, comments, etc.