Welcome to Global Diversity Initiatives

Global Diversity Initiatives within the Division of  student affairs at OSU are designed to provide leadership, administration, and management for institution wide objectives related to global learning. The focus is on supporting underrepresented student populations; both domestic and international, through programs that fall within the purview of Diversity and Cultural Engagement (DCE).

Dr. Amarah Khan serves as the subject matter expert on global diversity within the department and provides information, strategies and ideas on how best to enhance global learning, advance discourse related to global citizenship, and international engagement efforts within Diversity and Cultural Engagement. The aim is to align these efforts with institutional needs in such a manner that domestic minorities feel encouraged to expand their horizons globally while International students at OSU feel supported and integrated. GDI also advises the Ettihad Cultural Center (ECC) which serves as a cross-cultural resource for all Oregon State students aiming to represent the unique cultures of central and southwestern Asia as well as northern Africa.

What is GDI

Diversity & Cultural Engagement offers Global Diversity Initiatives for the campus community to help cultivate global citizenship through enhanced interaction and collaboration between domestic and international student groups. Working through a social justice lense, GDI develops programming to enhance student experience, wellbeing, community building and success for all minorities at OSU.

GDI Initiatives

Supported by the International Student Community Team, we look for ways to cultivate a culturally competent, globally knowledgeable, inclusive and socially responsible student body. GDI currently offers the following initiatives:

Global Beavers Team

The Global Beavers Team contributes to the development of an intentional and comprehensive plan of engagement that supports and enhances the Global Diversity efforts of DCE. As the functional arm of GDI; GBT has four operational goals:

  • Acknowledge global diversity at OSU
  • Recognize each unique segment of our population
  • Educate the campus about this diversity
  • Celebrate the richness of culture/knowledge

GBT Membership Drive

The mission of GBT is to facilitate cross-cultural learning. By joining GBT as a member, you can sign up to enjoy culturally diverse experiences while also receiving rewards for your engagement. Your membership card will be stamped for every global diversity event you attend–making you eligible for three levels of rewards:

  • First five stamps– You win a smartphone wallet
  • Second five stamps– You win a water bottle
  • Final five stamps–Your free entry to the Global Diversity Gala--an end of year celebration for the globally minded beavers filled with food and culture.

 

 

 

DCE 

Provide students with opportunities to critically explore the world and engage in transformative learning experiences.

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GDI

Cultivate global citizenship through enhanced interaction and collaboration between domestic and international student groups.

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GBT

Design events that bring ‘Globally minded, Diversity Driven’ domestic and international students together.

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GBT Goal

Continuously offer mingling of ideas/cultures/skills at all the CRCs and facilitating all OSU students who want to be active in diversity related activism.

Global Forums

  • OSU Global Forums are an open and customized platform for International and Domestic students to engage in conversations/debates around issues of cross-cultural and global significance. This platform is created with student’s need for expression in mind. If you have a topic that interests you; if you have research to present; if there is a talent you wish to showcase--Global Forums is for you.
  • OSU Global Forums are held throughout the year to allow OSU students a chance to voice their opinions. The topic and nature of the forum is determined by student leadership organizations on a rotational basis. DCE, in partnership with MU, INTO OSU and ISAS, provides a toolkit that is customized for each event.

What does it entail

The forum is structured around one of the following 3 frameworks. For each kind of event envisioned by the students, DCE fulfills specific needs and provides customized recourses.

  • Public event
  • Semi-private event
  • Very-private event

For example, for a very-private student led event; students may ask for a closed space, opportunity for anonymous submissions, the presence of a CAPS counselor, or all of the above.

Four forums were held in the academic year 2015–'16

  • Issues of profiling foreign Students/students of color (a conversation with law enforcement)
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis (Personal story of loss/grief)
  • Paris attacks & implications for our community
  • Interfaith dialogue at OSU (part of the Spiritual Week)

Cultural Competency Training

As our campus makes unprecedented strides towards internationalization and diversification, we aspire to help you be prepared. This session helps you understand some basic guidelines for cross-cultural interaction and sensitivity.

Who should attend?

It's useful for those wanting to understand the nuances of working with and supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds.

If you're interested, we ask that you fill out the request form below at least one (1) week prior to the date of your request for the best response. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill requests sent without proper advanced notice.

Click here to access the form to register a session.

International Student Social Justice Retreat

The International Students’ Social Justice Retreat or ISSJR was launched in February 2016 as a collaboration between various units on campus who support international student communities. The retreat was developed in the spirit of initiating dialogue on issues of diversity, ethnicity, race, and nationality among international students. The pilot project has now been fully integrated into the social justice retreat program within the Division of Student Affairs. This retreat helps international students understand the American socio-historical narrative on race and ethnicity, and offers skills to manage and disrupt discrimination based on student’s perceived identities. Significant amount of discussion is focused on students rights, responsibilities and the resources they can use for success--all in a relaxing atmosphere, away from the busy routine of campus life. ISSJR 2016 took place at the Marine Science Center, Newport OR. This year, the retreat is going to be on ISSJR was launched in February 2016 as a collaboration between various units on campus who support international student communities. The retreat was developed in the spirit of initiating dialogue on issues of diversity, ethnicity, race, and nationality among international students. The pilot project has now been fully integrated into the social justice retreat program within the Division of Student Affairs. This retreat helps international students understand the American socio-historical narrative on race and ethnicity, and offers skills to manage and disrupt discrimination based on student’s perceived identities. Significant amount of discussion is focused on students rights, responsibilities and the resources they can use for success--all in a relaxing atmosphere, away from the busy routine of campus life. ISSJR 2016 took place at the Marine Science Center, Newport OR. This year, the retreat is going to be on January 27-18, 2017 at Aldersgate Camp in Salem OR.

Facilitators

The retreat is facilitated by OSU faculty members that share the immigrant experience with international students and can relate to their stories at an in-depth level. The first ISSJR was facilitated by faculty members coming from India, Pakistan and Somalia.ISSJR was facilitated by faculty members coming from India, Pakistan and Somalia.

ISSJR Learning Outcomes

  1. Students are able to express ideas, identify behaviors, and actualize practices that promote social justice and equity.
  2. Students are able to articulate ideas and exhibit behaviors that cultivate teamwork, critical thought, and communication skills needed to function in a diverse workforce and global community.
  3. Students are able to demonstrate techniques and utilize tools to interrupt micro-aggressions and bias behaviors that adversely impact under-represented communities.

International Peer Mentoring Program

Upon arriving at OSU in Corvallis, OR, international students may experience many cultural and social adjustment issues that can impact their success. Making friends, getting used to the food, social structure, academic system, and way of life can be difficult in a new place. To help students navigate these challenges, Oregon State University offered its first peer to peer mentoring initiative for international students in the Fall of 2015. Developed as a cross-divisional support structure for OSU’s global community; IPMP is co-managed by GDI (Student Affairs) and OIS (International Programs). The program is structured in such a manner that from recruitment of mentoring families to their weekly engagement; each participant can find a reliable support system and community for fostering cross-cultural connections.The program aims to facilitate peer-to-peer interactions that may help with student development as well as cultural, academic, and social adjustment at OSU and in the US.

Connect with our Facebook group and network with mentors, mentees, and others at OSU who are invested in your success and engagement with the International Peer Mentoring Program.

The IPMP Team

Since the program resides in two units, the management of the program is also shared. Caitlin McVay, an International Student Advisor offers support from the Office of International Services. Dr. Amarah Khan manages the program for Diversity and Cultural Engagement. Program activities and outreach are designed by student leader and program coordinator, Honoka Mitsuishi.

If you're interested in the program as either a mentor or mentee, follow the links below on how to get involved.

How it works

  1. Participation: voluntary for a minimum of one term*
  2. Communication: via email, telephone, social media or face-to-face
  3. Hours: up to three hours
  4. Safety: meet in public areas such as the university campus, at the ECC or in a café
  5. Respect: personal information shared in confidence during mentoring relationship should be respected and kept private**
  6. Accountability: Those having trouble communicating with their peers are encouraged to let the program team know. It is assumed that after 2 weeks of no return communication, peers have dropped out of the program. There will be no expectation to continue the mentoring relationship after that point.

The supervisory team will assist with any difficult issues that arise with program events, matching, or other situations if necessary. Please contact the Program Coordinator and inform them if you are unable to carry on being a peer or if there is a difficulty in the relationship.

*You may choose to withdraw at any time by contacting the IPMP team.
**Certain safety-related issues (related to sexual assault, violence, child abuse, or suicide) may be part of required reporting for the university. Mentors and mentees should be aware of this rule and should they choose to discuss safety-related issues in a peer mentoring meeting, they agree to report them to the Program Coordinator.

Learning Objectives for Mentors & Mentees

After serving as mentees in the International Peer Mentoring Program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Connect with a mentor who will be able to assist them in navigating the cultural, academic, and social adjustment issues that arise when first entering the United States and coming to Oregon State University.
  • Establish a support network through participating in the International Peer Mentoring Program.
  • Utilize resources on and off campus that support students’ specific cultural, academic, and social adjustment needs.

After serving as peer mentors in the International Peer Mentoring Program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Develop leadership skills that they can apply to their future careers and educational pursuits.
  • Identify cultural, academic, and social adjustment needs of the students they mentor.
  • Analyze mentees’ needs and connect others to resources on and off campus to assist with transitions.

Apply as an IPMP Member Now 

  • Are you a new student looking to get involved in the program? Please consider participating as a mentee in the program before you serve as a mentor!
  • Apply online here to be a mentee.
  • Have you participated in the IPMP before as a mentee and now want to give back to the program as a mentor for other students? Fill out our application to become a mentor!
  • Apply online here to be a mentor.

Clinton Global Initiative- University 2017

President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Oregon State University is a proud member of the CGIU network and has been sending student entrepreneurs to the event since 2015.

President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton hosted CGI U 2017 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 1-3. OSU’s delegation at the event comprised of 10 exceptional students from across disciplines who presented projects related to Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Participating teams received awards and encouragement from innovation leaders at the event.

The office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement at OSU is committed to supporting the next cohort of OSU students presenting and succeeding at CGIU 2017. If your department is interested in developing student’s ‘commitments to action’ please fill out the following information sheet so we can invite your students to the OSU Shark Tank Competition (to be announced in Fall 2017). All academic units are encouraged to participate, only the most innovative ideas will be advanced to submit applications on OSU’s behalf.

Focus Areas

CGI U's five focus areas guide conversations within the CGI U community and allow CGI U students to form strategic networks around common issues. While concerns in Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health are cross-cutting and often inextricably linked, CGI U asks commitment-makers to select the focus area most relevant to their work. Visit the link here to access more information.

How Does It Work at OSU?

  • Individual departments share information with their graduate and undergraduate students about the Clinton Global Initiative project (an effective tool is to hold a department wide Brainstorming session to develop only the best ideas that fit within CGIU’s 5 focus areas)
  • Students develop ideas in consultation with academic advisors/faculty. Departments share their list of participating student groups/individuals with DCE at Amarah.Khan@oregonstate.edu
  • DCE holds the OSU Shark Tank Event in October 2017. All participating departments are invited. A selection committee reviews proposals and advances the most innovative projects to the application phase.
  • CGIU accepts applications before the end of November. The application review process is several weeks long and is held independently from OSU.
  • Invitations to attend the annual event are extended by early January. Selected teams are notified and asked to refine their proposals (including budgets/presentations/marketing materials and any 3D models if necessary) for the annual event.
  • DCE pays for all travel and logistical arrangements for the teams representing OSU. Delegations are always accompanied by a faculty member.

Those interested in submitting an application should work with their academic advisor and apply here.

Diversity & Cultural Engagement is in no in affiliation with or endorsement of any political party.