Welcome to Kalmekak

About Us

The Kalmekak Community Outreach office serves as a liaison between Oregon State University (OSU) and pre-college students in the Corvallis and surrounding communities, with an emphasis on the Latinx community. In efforts to recruit a more diverse population into higher education, we build relationships with community leaders who serve our target population. By fostering the importance of community initiative and engagement, we encourage OSU students to become involved in their community.

Our Mission

Kalmekak Community Outreach strives to empower and engage traditionally underrepresented communities and current OSU students in the pursuit of higher education and/or other educational endeavors. Through culturally competent educational, and informational opportunities, we work diligently to broaden the diversity in higher education institutions while focusing on the development of a socially just community.

Our Vision

  • Continue to serve and advocate for underrepresented communities
  • Empower the Latinx community through workshops and events dealing with the current climate of our nation
  • Pre-college
  • Continue tutoring, mentoring, offer bilingual (Spanish and English) OSU tours, provide workshops regarding education, and cultural awareness.
  • College
    • Continue to provide a study space with computers and printing resources
  • Safe Space
    • Act as a space where individuals can freely express their identities and progressive conversations can take place.
    • Community change

Kalmekak Staff

From left to right:
  • Lizbeth Meza: DCE Leadership Liaison
  • Viviana Castañeda: Office assistant  
  • Cynthia Carvajal: Leadership Liaison
  • Alicia Osorio: Office Assistant
  • Diana Rojas: Leadership Liaison
  • Oscar Montemayor: Associate Director of Academic Success and Engagement
  • Alin Lazaro-Ortiz: Office Assistant
  • Yurissa Flores: Leadership Liaison
  • Marisol Cervantes-Guzman: Office Assistant
  • Erica Morales: Office Assistant

Kalmekak staff photo

    Our History

    In an effort to increase participation of students from Latinx and Chicanx background on the Oregon State campus, at the end of April 1995, leaders from the Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A), the Hispanic Student Union, student senators and other individual met with OSU administrators to acknowledge the problems related with OSU's lack of cultural competency. In addition, they demanded the provision of assistance and support to all minority students. Initially, the program was staffed and directed by students on a voluntary basis, until they solidified a group of student workers.

    Our Programs

    Festivalito

    Festivalito is an event which aims to build and foster community with an emphasis on higher education. It is used as a tool to recruit, retain, and inform underserved populations, particularly those who identify with the Latinx community, in a university setting.

    Kalmekak Kick-Off

    Our kick off is used as an event that allows us to start off the year and inform individuals about our office initiative and the resources that we offer. It’s also used as a networking event that students get the chance to know other individuals that are part of the Diversity Cultural Engagement and know what they offer as well.

    Mexican Revolution

    The Mexican Revolution event is geared towards honoring an important historical event in Mexico’s history. This is an interactive event where we inform students about Mexico’s history and have a discussion how it plays out in our culture today. During our event we enjoy a traditional Mexican dish as a way of immersing and connecting our audience even more into the Mexican culture.

    Agents of Change Through Law

    Agents of Change Through Law (ACTL) is a program for Oregon State University (OSU) students, Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) students, high school students, and community members to help them prepare for and pursue careers in law field. The mission is to diversify the legal profession by empowering underrepresented students with the proper tools to be successful in the law school application process while fostering the importance of community initiative and engagement.

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    Our Location & Hours

    Kalmekak
    Snell Hall
    Room 233
    2150 SW Jefferson Way
    Corvallis, OR 97331
    (541) 737–6712

    Operating Hours
    Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM