的 death of George Floyd in May 2020 sparked outrage and concern in communities everywhere. 的 葡京手机客户端 community rededicated our efforts to strengthen the way we fight systemic racism — on campus and beyond.
的 一起前进 Initiative was created to achieve the vision of an antiracist institution, and to empower and elevate all students, 有色人种的教职员工, particularly those from Black and Indigenous communities who are historically underrepresented at Oregon State.
Developed under the guidance of the President and Provost’s Leadership Council on Equity, Inclusion and 社会正义, the initiative includes action items in eight categories — 工作人员 and faculty, 公共安全, 移民, 教学和学习, 学生服务, 领导, marketing and communications and bias response — to build a more equitable university.
Because the United States has a deep-rooted history of marginalization, it’s more important than ever to begin to change the tide. That involves difficult conversations, education and empowerment to ensure that every member of our community knows they are seen, 在俄亥俄州立大学很受欢迎. While work on the initiative is just beginning, progress is already being made in multiple areas:
的 Office of Institutional Diversity supports two education programs centered around social justice. Offered every fall and spring term, Leading Change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 是一个24小时, research-based curriculum that aims to build capacity among 学术 and administrative leaders to facilitate organizational change. 的 对话促进实验室, 始于2018年, is designed to prepare faculty, 工作人员, post-docs and graduate students to start critical conversations in learning and working environments. It is offered every winter and summer term.
Retention of Black 工作人员 and faculty
的 President’s Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs, led by Terrance Harris, director of the Lonnie B. 哈里斯黑人文化中心, 和Tenisha Tevis, assistant professor in the College of 教育, was recently developed to ensure Black-identifying Oregon State employees have access to personal and 学术 support, 进步的机会, mentoring and professional development.
Strengthening partnerships with tribal communities
Memorandums of understanding are being reviewed and revised to ensure they meet the needs of Indigenous people and create more opportunities for Oregon State and local tribal communities to work together. 此外, 部落社区倡议 — a partnership between Oregon State Ecampus and the Office of Institutional Diversity —continues to help Indigenous students navigate college life. By assigning each student to an Ecampus success coach, 他们能够设定目标, maintain work-life balance and build connections with fellow Indigenous students.
的 university is considering a 公共安全 model in which 911 calls can be routed to mental health professionals rather than armed police where appropriate. This approach is modeled on CAHOOTS, Crisis Assistance Helping Out On 的 Streets, a mental health intervention program launched in Eugene in 1989 that is now being replicated nationwide.
俄勒冈州的 Division of Student Affairs has collaborated with the 葡京手机客户端 Foundation to increase funding for the Dreaming Beyond Borders Resource Center, where undocumented students and students from mixed-status families can gain access to student advocacy groups, 学术, legal and health resources and other services.
俄勒冈州的 偏见反应小组 reviews incident reports regarding discrimination toward a person’s background or identity, and it provides campus resources that can support those who are negatively affected. To better serve Black and Indigenous communities, the 偏见反应小组 is gathering feedback to determine how it can better respond to issues related to racism on campus.
Charlene亚历山大, Oregon State vice president and chief diversity officer, says none of this work would be possible without the willingness and participation of Oregon State departments and 领导.
“We have multiple partners who are doing this work every day, on the ground. Whether it’s in housing and residential life, in all of our cultural centers in Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the 教育al Opportunities Program, the 葡京手机客户端 Alumni Association or the 葡京手机客户端 Foundation,”她说. “的y are the real heroes behind this effort.”