Student of Color: Photovoice Project
May 9, 2017

Student of Color: Photovoice Project

Hello students of color at OSU. I would like to invite you to participate in a photovoice project that aims to give a voice to students of color and their experiences in the classroom and on the OSU campus. The estimated overall time spent on this project will be around 1hr. The project is a conversation about your experiences as a person of color and your other identities and their impact in this community. We will also take a picture of you or of something that represents your identities. If you are interested in participating please fill out this online survey by clicking here or send an email to

Pride Week 2017
April 24, 2017

Pride Week, April 24–29

April 24 – April 29 is Pride Week!  Join our Pride Center in fun programs & events throughout the week that anyone can attend.

Pride Week Movie Night: Moonlight
April 24, 6 PM @ Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Consent is Asexy and Required
April 25, 6 PM @ Native American Longhouse

CeCe McDonald Workshop
April 26, 2 PM @ Centro Cultural César Chávez

CeCe McDonald Keynote
April 26, 6 PM @ The LaSells Stewart Center

OSU Spring Drag Show 2017
April 29, 7 PM @ The LaSells Stewart Center

For updates and more information, follow the Pride Center Facebook page by click here.

ECC Festival
April 21, 2017

ECC Festival 2017 photo

The Ettihad Cultural Center is hosting the fifth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival on May 14th 2017 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Memorial Union Quad. This is the biggest annual cultural event on campus with 2500+ attendees. It is a great opportunity for the both OSU and Corvallis communities to experience the dynamic and diverse cultures of the region of South, Southwestern, and Central Asia, as well as Northern Africa. There will be educational and interactive booths dedicated to each country or culture within the region, as well as music, live performances, catered food, henna body art, and much more. For more information please contact us at

Learn more and get involved with the ECC festival by visiting the ECC Facebook or web page

Outstanding Dissertation Awardee: Dr. Erich Pitcher
April 20, 2017

Photo of Dr. Erich Pitcher: AERA 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Awardee

DCE’s Associate Director of Research and Communication, Dr. Erich Pitcher, will receive the award of Most Outstanding Dissertation of 2017 by Division J of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on April 29 during the AERA Annual Meeting. This high honor will recognize Dr. Pitcher groundbreaking research on trans* academics, the first systematic study on the subject. Dr. Pitcher’s pioneering work will also be published in a forthcoming book, entitled, “Being and Becoming Professionally Other: Understanding How Organizations Shape Trans* Academics’ Experiences.” We would like to thank Dr. Pitcher for all their hard work, and recognize that we very fortunate to have such talented individuals like Dr. Pitcher, here at Oregon State.

-by Audrey Ali, DCE Student Ambassador

Introducing the International Student Community Team
April 18, 2017

Global Diversity Initiatives: Introducing the ISCTeam 

As part of the Global Diversity Initiatives (GDI), the International Community Team contributes to the development of an intentional and comprehensive plan of engagement that supports and enhances the Global Diversity efforts of DCE. Four student leaders with exceptional passion and commitment to cross-cultural communication are selected to serve as ISCT team members. Click the link here to read more about the ISCT leaders.

To get involved with international community efforts and becoming a global citizen, follow the ISCT Facebook page for programs/events or contact Dr. Amarah Khan at for more opportunities.

Tribute Month 2017
April 14, 2017

Tribute Month (4Cs) cover

April is Tribute Month at the Centro Cultural César Chávez (4C). There are plenty of events and programs happening throughout April:

Las Cafeteras (Kalmekak)
April 19th, TBD @Centro Cultural César Chávez

Menstruation Sensation
April 20th, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM @Centro Cultural César Chávez

I'm not a Stereotype (M.E.Ch.A.)
April 21st, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM @ Student Experience Center

Movimiento Latino (MASA)
April 21st, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM @ Multipurpose Room in the Memorial Union

Faculty Panel
April 25th, 6:00 PM– 7:30 PM @ Centro Cultural César Chávez

Anti-Blackness (Kalmekak)
April 26th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ Centro Cultural César Chávez
Food provided

Tribute Month Dinner & Dance
April 28th, 5:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ the Memorial Union Ballroom

Pachuco Dance (M.E.Ch.A.)
April 29th, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Centro Cultural César Chávez

Click here to visit the 4C Facebook page for updates and more information.

Where Are They Now: Ay Saechao
March 21, 2017OSU Alum, Where are they now: Ay Saechao

Now the Associate Dean for Student Development & Retention and the TRiO Director for Highline College, Ay Saechao was as an undergraduate at Oregon State University. Initially studying geology, Ay switched his studies to cultural anthropology.  During his time at OSU, he was involved in the Asian Pacific American Education office working in the Minority Education office. Ay Saechao continues to work in the community to address the educational issues of Mienh and Southeastern Asian communities. 

Click here to learn more about Ay Saechao in a feature by the Federal Way Mirror.

PROMISE Internship Program: Internship Applications
March 17, 2017

PROMISE internship applications are now available via

The PROMISE application process is now open for OSU undergraduate students who have completed 90 credits.  Applications are due on Friday, April 21.

Interested in applying for a summer internship?  Here are the steps you will need to complete:

  1. Review the projects here.
  2. Begin the application (some components you can begin now, e.g. the resume and cover letter).
  3. RSVP and attend Mentor Connection Day, where you will meet the mentors and learn more about the various internship opportunities
  4. Between April 7-21, contact and meet mentors. If you mutually find a match, obtain the mentor’s signature on the mentor match form.  
  5. Apply by April 21, and include mentor match forms. Applications will not be complete without signed forms.

Project/ Mentor Info
We have selected 13 mentors who have crafted great projects for you all. To learn more about the mentors and projects click here. We recommend looking this over before Mentor Connection Day. Project content and internship possibilities are subject to change.

Mentor Connection Day
April 7th | 2-5pm | LeSalles Stewart Center
Mentors will present short overviews of their projects, and then you will have the opportunity to meet with prospective mentors. RSVP here.


To learn more about the PROMISE program, visit:

If you have any questions, please e-mail Charlene Martinez at

Academic Coaching Online Reservations
March 6, 2017

Academic Success Center: Academic Coaching, Reserve online today

The Academic Success Center is now offering students the opportunity to reserve a time with an academic coach online:

Academic Coaching is a series of conversations designed to enhance your well-being and your academic performance. Coaching provides a partnership between students and peer coaches who are trained to listen and ask thought-provoking questions. Coaching appointments last 50 minutes and provide space for active reflection and self-evaluation. Students find it to be most helpful when they have recurring coaching appointments with the same coach as it allows for accountability and to see what works and what doesn't about different strategies.

Click here to reserve a spot today

Now Hiring–Student Ambassadors
March 3, 2017

Now hiring leadership liaisons

The central office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement is now hiring several Student Ambassador positions for the 2017–2018 academic year. Student Ambassadors serve as student leaders for the central Diversity & Cultural Engagement office. Alongside working in specialized programs & initiatives within DCE, they will perform general office duties. Applications are opened until April 3, 2017. For more information about the position, please visit

"Combating Islamophobia"
February 28, 2017

"Combating Islamophobia", by The Daily Barometer

Read the story and experience of two Muslim-identified OSU students and how they are affected by the current national issues. Covered by the Daily Barometer, the article details the hardships faced by our two student leaders in DCE: Roa'a Albish and Safi Ahmad–both student employees at the Ettihad Cultural Resource Center.

The Daily Barometer article

PROMISE Info Session
February 21, 2017

PROMISE Internship info session March 1 and 2 
Students have the opportunity this upcoming summer to participate in a paid eight-week PROMISE internship program. The sites that accept students vary each year (ranging from Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, to the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology). Two info. sessions will be offered to provide students the space to address questions or to learn more about the program:

March 1, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Room 112
Student Experience Center

March 2, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Gathering Hall
Asian & Pacific Cultural Center

Internships are available to all OSU undergraduate students who are or will be enrolled for Spring term, who have completed at least 90 undergraduate credits, and who have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.

Learn more about different projects and the PROMISE internship program by visiting

Local Scholarship Opportunities
February 15, 2017

local scholarship opportunities graphic

The local Benton Community Foundation is offering scholarships for current and upcoming OSU students. 

  • Application materials for College Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year are now available. 
  • Application deadline for OSU Scholarships is February 28, 2017. Application deadline for high school scholarship is March 6, 2017.
  • Completed applications should be emailed to You will receive an email confirming receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please follow-up.
  • All scholarship applications meeting the criteria applied for are reviewed by the Grants Committee or appropriate subcommittee. Those recommended for approval are presented to the Board of Directors for final approval.

To view more information on available scholarships and deadlines, click here

PROMISE Internship Program: Mentor Applications
February 14, 2017

PROMISE program internship mentor application graphic

The PROMISE internship program invites you to apply to be a mentor for a 2017 summer intern.

Mentors serve as guides by facilitating learning and providing direction for the PROMISE intern. The mentor-mentee relationship helps to build rapport, trust, and shared power allowing the team to co-create a robust, transformative learning, eight-week summer experience from June 26 – August 18, 2017.

The PROMISE program has undergone several revisions throughout the last year to better fit the needs of mentors and students while providing a valuable experience. Review new 2017 changes to the program. These revisions include changes to the application process and timeline, as well as an emphasis on forming mentoring relationships that guide students in their personal development and professional growth.

More information about becoming a mentor can be found on the promise/mentorPROMISE program mentor page here

The mentor application is due Tuesday, March 7 at 4:00 PM.

The student application process will follow during April and requires mentor participation in presenting potential projects, meeting with students to discuss projects, and signing mentor approval forms for student applications. PROMISE internships are important for OSU and Oregon communities because many PROMISE alumni become leaders in Oregon and beyond. This is also a powerful way we continue to build OSU’s great community and network of professionals. Many of our previous mentors have developed long-term working relationships with their interns, and even continued interns on for hire post-internship. PROMISE is administered and supported by Diversity & Cultural Engagement within the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information about the PROMISE program or updates visit the PROMISE page here

For questions or more information contact:

Campus Inclusivity Survey
February 13, 2017

campus inclusivity graphic

Were you invited to take 2017 OSU Campus Inclusivity Survey? Check your OSU email for your invitation to participate in this research!

Sharing your perspective will help OSU…

  • To understand what elements of community lead to your success as a student
  • To understand more about how the OSU community supports all students
  • To learn more about what questions we should ask in future surveys like this one

For more information about the 2017 Campus Inclusivity Survey visit:

If you did not receive an invitation to take the 2017 Campus Inclusivity Survey and would like to add your voice, please contact Dr. Daniel Newhart at

From the Office of the President
January 30, 2017

Presidential Executive Order: US Immigration Policy

A message from Oregon State University's President, Edward J. Ray:

Dear members of the Oregon State University community,

I am angry and disappointed over the Presidential Executive Orders issued last week regarding US immigration policy changes and the ability to travel abroad. These orders lack detail, are being unevenly implemented, and have created anxiety, uncertainty and hardship among thoroughly vetted refugees, immigrants, those with green cards, and their families and friends.

Questions remain regarding the future treatment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and other undocumented students and families and the extent to which future federal policy changes will affect funding to public research institutions, like Oregon State University.

I am deeply saddened for everyone caught up in these circumstances and my heart goes out to those affected. At this time, each of us must reaffirm our compassion and commitment to one another as a community regardless of immigration status, background or identity and declare our enduring commitment to free and open inquiry, which are fundamental to our democracy.

Since 1868, Oregon State University has existed to provide educational opportunities and improve the lives of all people through our teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

Going forward, our pledge of service to others will never change. This university will remain unwavering in its commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, diversity of all kinds and the safety of all people. These commitments are the foundation upon which we build excellence in everything we do. As your university’s president, I assure you that Oregon State University is fully committed to support students’ pursuit of their education and faculty’s work in teaching and research.

University leaders – along with partners such as the Association of Public Land Grant Universities and others – are actively monitoring executive orders and federal announcements and seeking to interpret their implications.

We will share what we learn with the university community on an ongoing basis as quickly as possible, such as in recent communications to research and academic faculty and to international students and visiting faculty. We know, for example, that there are many students, faculty, and staff at the university from the seven countries named in the Presidential Executive Order on travel. Each of these students and employees is a valued member of our university community. To our knowledge, none of these individuals is presently engaged in international travel and we deeply regret the fear and anxiety they are experiencing.

I also am writing to assure you that OSU will remain a sanctuary university for its students.

OSU’s Sanctuary University status is not subject to recent presidential executive orders since the university complies with all federal laws. The United States Constitution provides for states' rights that effectively allow state entities such as OSU to decline to participate in an enforcement role in carrying out deportation actions. As a sanctuary university, OSU does not hinder or prevent the federal government’s deportation activities, but OSU has chosen not to participate in those actions nor will it provide information to the federal government to aid in those actions, unless required in specific instances by court order or an emergency health or safety situation.  As well, the OSU Department of Public Safety will not voluntarily seek, collect or provide immigration status information to federal immigration enforcement officials.

OSU will remain in compliance with other federal laws associated with the business of the university, such as requirements related to international student visas, employee hiring, and student applications for federal financial aid.

Going forward, the university will continue to issue public statements on our policies, and the university – along with national educational associations – will advocate at the federal level for OSU’s interests on immigration policy and civil rights. This will include our steadfast support of the BRIDGE Act – Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy Act – a bipartisan Congressional bill that makes the DACA program a federal law.

We also will advocate at the federal level for transparency, timely access to information on administration policy actions, including immigration, civil rights, and research; and clarification on federal law and policy developments.

In the next few weeks, the university will announce and hold community education and information sessions on topics, such as:

  • Know Your Rights – An educational session to inform community members on their civil liberties in the immigration arena and provide knowledge and resources regarding immigration issues.
  • Understanding Executive Orders – A session on how Presidential Executive Orders work and interact with federal and state law.
  • Immigration Basics, Updates and Planning – A session on topics including international travel, documentation, visa renewals and other areas affected by current and potential policy changes.
  • Advising on DACA and More – A session on understanding and navigating current and potential federal policy changes affecting DACA recipients, undocumented students, and students with undocumented family members.

As you may know, as a university, OSU’s attorneys represent OSU and cannot provide legal advice to OSU students. However, free legal services are available to students through ASOSU legal services.

If you are in need of personal assistance, and are a Corvallis student, please visit the offices of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, Institutional Diversity or the Division ofInternational Programs. The Student Affairs Student Resources website also provides detailed information about support services. OSU-Cascades, students should visit their campus’ student resources website for assistance.

Employees needing assistance may utilize the OSU Employee Assistance Program by confidentially calling 1-800-433-2320 at any time, or by calling the Human Resources Department at 541-737-3103.

In the coming days and weeks, we will provide updates through communications such as this and by updating the OSU Sanctuary University FAQ web page found on the website for the Office of Institutional Diversity. This website will include expanded links to other community resources, as well as updates.

As we go forward, we must remain strong and supportive of each other and our community. We remain guided by the values upon which this university was founded and under which we still operate today.


Edward J. Ray

January 17, 2017

ISCTime graphic and listing of times for the ISCTime

Starting Week 2, the International Student Community Team (ISCT) is hosting their weekly ISCTime. Students and the OSU community are encouraged to gather and meet the many faces that contribute to the diversity at OSU. ISCT hopes to provide a space for intentional connections between students and the community. Participate in ISCTime every week at various locations and times listed below:

  • Week 2– Involvement Lounge, Student Experience Center (Mon. 3:00 PM–4:30 PM)
  • Week 3– Involvement Lounge, Student Experience Center (Tue. 4:00 PM–5:30 PM)
  • Week 4– Women's Center (Mon. 3:00 PM–4:30 PM)
  • Week 5– Pride Center (Tue. 3:30 PM–5:00 PM)
  • Week 6– Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (Mon. 3:00 PM–4:30 PM)
  • Week 7– Native American Longhouse Eena Haws (Tue. 4:00 PM–5:30 PM)
  • Week 8– Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center (Tue. 3:30 PM–5:00 PM)
  • Week 9– Centro Cultural César Chávez (Mon. 3:30 PM–5:00 PM)

Gender Inclusive Housing Study
January 11, 2017

Gender inclusive housing study graphic

If you identify as trans* or gender-queer, and live in gender inclusive housing (or have in the past) we are interested in learning about your experiences. One goal of gender inclusive housing is to make OSU a better place for trans* students, so we want to know if this is happening, and if so, how and why. We hope you will talk with us in a 45-60 minute interview, confidentially, about what you think-- your voice matters to us and to improving practice in higher education. 

Please review the attached project information sheet and consent form before agreeing to participate. If you are interested in participating, please visit this Google Form to indicate interest, and we will follow up with you to schedule a time convenient for you during our visit.

All reporting of your experiences and insights will be made completely anonymous, with all identifying information (including your name) completely removed from our data. All participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for their time spent taking part in our study.

Many thanks for considering participation in this study. We look forward to hearing from you!

Project information sheet

Consent form

Survey can be found here

Speaking Justice feat. TOO BLACK
January 10, 2017

Speaking Justice web flyer

TOO BLACK, a spoken word artist and educator, aims to challenge the public’s perception of what it means to be black in America. He mixes his love of knowledge, hip hop and a bit of ‘militant sarcasm’ to create a poetic dialogue that has allowed him to tour throughout the United States and around the world, performing at poetry venues and colleges such as The Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, UCLA, NYU, University of Cape town and Joberg (Johannesburg) Theater. In addition to releasing a chapbook called 'Target Practice,' TOO BLACK has been featured in online magazines such as AfroPunk.

Come check out the performance & workshop featuring TOO BLACK on January 18, 2017. Free and open to students, OSU community, and faculty/staff. Click here for more information.

Reagan Le, 'Our Hero'
December 9, 2016

Photo of Reagan Le, receiving a "Our Hero" award from the PFLA

Reagan Le currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. As an OSU alumnus, Reagan returned to Corvallis and joined the Diversity & Cultural Engagement team in March 2014. Reagan was recently recognized as the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s ‘Our Hero’ for his outstanding work within DCE. We are grateful to have Reagan Le on our team; may his work as a professional, educator, and mentor continue to inspire us all.

Read more about Reagan Le from an article by LIFE@OSU.

Sanctuary Campus

December 8, 2016

"Oregon State University, Sanctuary University"

Through student and OSU community efforts, Oregon State University will now be recognized as a sanctuary university. A recent e-mail from Oregon State University President, Edward J. Ray states:

As an institution, let me be clear: Oregon State University is fully committed to diversity of all kinds, and we stand united for inclusivity and the safety of all people. Oregon State will be a sanctuary university for its students. As your president, I assure you:

  • OSU does not and will not enforce federal immigration laws.
  •  The university will not facilitate federal immigration enforcement activities -- nor will it honor federal immigration information requests -- unless required by warrant, court order or emergency health and safety concerns. If OSU is ever so ordered, the university’s General Counsel will review any such order to confirm its validity and ability to be enforced.
  • Oregon State University will vehemently oppose any federal effort to create a registry based on protected characteristics, such as national origin, religion, sexual orientation, race, or other identities.
  • The university will only release student confidential information to federal agencies as required by law.

Click here to view the frequently asked questions about the sanctuary status of OSU.

2017 Healthy Masculinities Conference
December 6, 2016

Healthy Masculinities Conference flyer, "Modern Masculinities: Are we making progress?" Feb. 11, 2017, MU

We are pleased to announce the 5th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference.

Join us in a collective examination of the histories and legacies that shape present day masculinities. Through a day of presentations, workshops, panels, and artistic expression, learn how to engage systems of power.
The conference will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Oregon State University Memorial Union from 9:30am - 4:00pm. Registration is FREE for all attendees, and is open until February 1, 2017. 

We are now accepting proposals for conference sessions. Possible session formats include: panels, presentations, performances, and workshops. Proposals are due by January 13, 2017 at 5pm.

For more information, please visit the Men's Development & Engagement page.

The Final Countdown
November 21, 2016

The Final Countdown, week 10 graphic

After indulging the four-day weekend, how can you best prepare yourself for finals?

Students often associate week 10 with long nights of cramming, highly-caffeinated drinks, junk food, and ineffective study habits. Self-care is an important aspect between study sessions. Easy ways to quick-start your mood and restore yourself can be as simple as going on a brisk walk, sleep, or visiting Dixon. Improve your scores and mindset with some of the resources around campus:

Native Survey
November 15, 2016

Native Students survey assessment graphic

DCE is collecting information about your needs. If you identify as Black and/or African-American, please fill out a short survey so that we can learn about your needs and respond accordingly. Click here to access the survey.

Native American Heritage Month
November 10, 2016

Heritage Month flyer header

Throughout the nation, November is a month to recognize Native American heritage and history. The student staff and faculty at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws have organized programs that celebrate the diverse history and culture of Native people.

Visit the Native American Longhouse Facebook page to view the programs and events or click here to view the Heritage Month flyer.

Black & African-American Survey
November 7, 2016

Black & African-American needs assessment survey graphic

DCE is collecting information about your needs. If you identify as Black and/or African-American, please fill out a short survey so that we can learn about your needs and respond accordingly. Click here to access the survey.

Tutoring at the CRCs
November 3, 2016

Tutoring at the Cultural Resource Centers on Mon.–Thurs. from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Academic support through tutoring will be offered in four Cultural Resource Centers this term. Monday through Thursday between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, students can drop by if they need additional support in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Physics, Math, Biology, Anatomy, Writing, Statistics, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Spanish. We are excited to add Human Development & Family Sciences, Nutrition, Psychology, and WGSS to our capabilities this year!  The tutoring will take place in the following CRCs during:

  • Monday: Centro Cultural César Chávez
  • Tuesday: Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws
  • Wednesday: Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center
  • Thursday: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center

LGBTQ+ Survey
November 2, 2016

LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment Survey graphic

DCE is collecting information about your needs. If you identify as LGBTQ+, please fill out a short survey so that we can learn about your needs and respond accordingly. Click here to access the survey.

Recap: Celebrating the Life of Oscar Montemayor
November 1, 2016

Celebrating the life of Oscar Montemayor

Students, faculty, staff, and the OSU community gathered yesterday at Reser Stadium to celebrate the legacy of Oscar Montemayor. As a mariachi band played, a slideshow of Oscar’s old photos were rotated on large screens and food was catered. The club level of Reser Stadium filled upon capacity as the community

Angelo Gomez from Community Diversity Relations served as the MC and started the program once people were settled in. Stories of appreciation and remembrance were given from various staff/faculty, family, and students that Oscar served throughout his career at OSU. Oscar’s legacy will continue to inspire work for the betterment of the community across the nation.

Thank you to everyone that was in attendance at yesterday’s program. The photos of the program will be available later today via Facebook

Student Stories: Lorena Ambriz, KeyBank Scholarship Recipient
October 31, 2016

Student stories: Lorena Ambriz, KeyBank scholarship recipient

Originally from Echo, Oregon, Lorena Ambriz is pursuing a degree in sociology–with an option in crime & justice–and a minor in philosophy and social justice. Lorena is committed to being involved at OSU: she holds a position as a senior advisor with MEChA, she is the communication liaison at the MEChA regional level, she is a leadership liaison at the Centro Cultural César Chávez, and she is involved in the Agents of Change through Law program. Lorena has been involved in the College Assistant Migrant Program, and her positions held at OSU have resonated with helping students with similar backgrounds.

With a partnership with Unitos Bridging program, KeyBank developed a scholarship to recognize community involvement and academic success to students. KeyBank has done great work trying to understanding the Latinx community, immigration issues, and encouraging voter turnout. Congratulations to Lorena for being the recipient for the KeyBank Scholarship.

My Culture is not a Costume
October 21, 2016

My culture is not a costume: cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation

As Halloween costumes are moving closer around the corner, sparks of cultural appropriation discussions are heard across campus. Sacred and significant cultural traidtions are depicted by provocative costumes sold at various party stores across the nation. But what exactly is cultural appropriation and is there a line between appropriation and appreciation?

Recognizing intention and impact is important to distinguishing appropriation and appreciation. Someone’s intent of dressing up as a Geisha for novelty and fun may have the impact of offense to someone else. Stripping culture and significance for the sake of novelty reduces the represented group’s culture to a costume. While it may be a costume for one night for you, it has been an identity for another person their whole life.

Learn more about this from:

Everyday Feminism, “The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation”

The Odyssey Online, “Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation”

Details: Did you check the deets yet?
October 17, 2016

DCE Newsletter cover: "Details: Did you check the deets yet?", a publication by Diversity & Cultural Engagement

Stay up to date with the latest news and events by subscribing to our bimonthly newsletter "Details". Simply sign up here and never miss the deets:

Student Stories: Cheyla Moranchel, PROMISE Intern
October 14, 2016
Photo of Cheyla Moranchel, a PROMISE intern

Cheyla Moranchel is a double major in Public Health and Human Development & Family Sciences. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Moranchel was involved as a Student Success Peer Facilitator at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. As an intern with the PROMISE program over the summer, Moranchel partnered with the School of Social & Behavioral Health Sciences to examine child poverty in Oregon. Moranchel analyzes the family structure and compares them to rural and urban communities. The internship experience gave Moranchel a hands-on experience and a better understanding of the potential areas she could work with in the future.

One of the many goals of PROMISE is to engage students in meaningful projects and work with supervisors/mentors, which develops professional capacities and allow students to take a glimpse of potential post-graduation work. The 10 week program allows students to work 40 hours on varying projects depending on their department. Get involved as a mentor or an intern by visiting the PROMISE page.

Recap: Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 12, 2016
group photo of the DCE/CRC staff present during the resigning of Indigenous People's Day

October 10, 2016 marked the second annual Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. The event included traditional singing and speakers talking about the Indigenous Peoples’ Day movement, a movement that strives to correct the injustice that is done to Indigenous People in the traditional Christopher Columbus Day narrative. The event concluded with Corvallis Mayor, Biff Traber, signing the Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation. For the second year in a row, the proclamation was signed in a hope that it is a concrete step towards promoting the well-being and understanding of indigenous communities. 

By Audrey Ali, DCE Student Ambassador

Social Justice Retreats
October 7, 2016
Social justice retreat cover page that says: "Race is hard to talk about, lets do it anyway"

We are in need of your support and interest in advancing social justice education on our campus through four social justice retreats for OSU students: Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, International Student Social Justice Retreat, and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World. As a partnership between Counseling and Psychological Services, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, Student Leadership and Involvement, and University Housing and Dining Services, these weekend long retreats promote a campus dialogue about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. Below is a brief summary of the experiences and the web address to forward to OSU students who may be interested. We would like to receive all student participant applications by December 2, 2016.

For faculty and staff who are interested in facilitating these retreats, we are seeking applications. The OSU Social Justice Retreat Facilitators work on planning the individual retreats. They help with and conduct the curriculum and also help with logistics during the retreat weekend. Facilitators must be available for the entire weekend of the retreat. We would like to receive all facilitator applications by October 21, 2016.

For more information about the retreats, please visit our page.

Student Affairs is dedicated to principles of equity and social justice, and as such, all of our events and programs are inclusive to all who are committed to transformative learning. 

Resolution to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
October 5, 2016
White text: Through community partnerships & solidarity, we made it.

"Last month the NAL was contacted to provide feedback on a resolution draft for the City of Corvallis in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. The NAL provided space for the students to meet with community members to provide feedback and they were invited to testify to the Corvallis City Council meeting that was held last night. I am happy to share with you that the resolution (attached) passed unanimously. The resolution is not only a statement of support from the City of Corvallis, it is a call to action to cities, community organizations, and campuses nationwide to show their support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. On that note, the students were not representing OSU in this effort, rather their position as students at OSU.

A special thank you to NAL Advisory Council member Ken Runningcrane for helping connect 350Corvallis, the Corvallis SURJ chapter, and the NAL students as well as Indigenous Policy Liaison William Miller for facilitating continued conversation in preparation for the city council meeting. Another special thank you to students Bobby Sensenbach and Denbigh Perry for testifying along with all the other students who were present in support. This is an amazing example of how partnerships are formed and solidarity can be expressed. While the Gazette Times did not cover this, 350Corvallis issued a statement on their webpage."

–Luhui Whitebear-Cupp
  Assistant Director
  Native American Longhouse Eena Haws
  Diversity & Cultural Engagement

Introducing our 2016–2017 DCE Staff
October 4, 2016
Group photo of our DCE students, faculty, and staff

Diversity & Cultural Engagement houses student leaders involved in eight different Cultural Resource Centers and six programs/initiatives. Last month, the students completed an intensive weeklong training on campus. Alongside social justice training and professional development, students were able to visit the Siletz Dance House and spent an afternoon at the Oregon Coast for team building. We are fortunate to have these amazing student leaders be a part of our #DCELife and we look forward to their work in bridging differences and building community.

Fall Group Therapy
October 3, 2016

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are offering many weekly process-orientated groups and psychoeducational group therapy. Prior to a session, individuals are to meet with a facilitator to help determine the “best fit” group for them. Group therapy is available for all registered students at no cost. For more information about group therapy and other services provided by CAPS, please visit their website. Click here to see some of the fall group therapy sessions.

A Home Away From Home
September 29, 2016
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“For me, success at OSU is not just about academics, it is about finding a home away from home. I hope that students find their community here, have fun, grow, and learn beyond academics." -Santiago Garfias-Miranda

“A Home Away From Home” project revolved around the promotion of opportunities for students to get involved. Garfias-Miranda hopes students can receive the same opportunities he did which enriched his college experience and personal growth. Visit the page to read more about the different organizations on campus, the students involved, and to find a community.

Coffee Hour
September 27, 2016

Cup of coffee with a text on the left side: Coffee Hour hosted by Men's Development & Engagement. Every Friday. 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Involvement Lounge, Student Experience Center

The Coffee Hour hosted by Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) will take place in the Involvement Lounge on the first floor of the Student Experience Center every Friday between the times of 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. MDE hopes to foster a space on campus for students to connect and hold dialogue over a cup of coffee or tea.

For more information about MDE, please visit the MDE webpage or contact Allen Dean at

Luhui Whitebear-Cupp
September 23, 2016

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Currently serving as the assistant director at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Luhui Whitebear-Cupp is a PhD student in the College of Liberal Arts studying in the multidisciplinary Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Recently, Whitebear-Cupp’s paper, “The Murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash: The American Indian Movement, Internalized Colonization and a ‘Rhetoric Tradition’”, was accepted for the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Portland, OR. The CCCC is the largest national professional organization for researching and writing composition. Congratulations to Luhui Whitebear-Cupp for her accomplishment and we are proud she is a part of the DCE family.

Back to School: Top 7 Tips
September 23, 2016

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1). Be patient with yourself

Everything does not happen at once–this can apply to school work, hobbies, or even relationships. Recognize your own frustrations and that everyone has a moment in their lives where things are going by slower than we expect. Understanding your own abilities can allow you to grow past your expectations.

2). Prioritize your needs & goals

Whether you are a full-time student or balancing between school and work, have a clear-cut plan-of-action of what needs to be done first when the road gets rough. List out what needs to be done in the short-term to achieve your long-term goals.

3). Meet with faculty & advisors

Get comfortable asking questions. The syllabus is a great platform to start as the instructor provides the class’s goals and their office hours.  Check out the feel of the office hours, some professors have a room for students to stop in and ask questions. Generally, meeting with your academic advisor every term to schedule out the best classes that are fit for you and your degree. Schedule an appointment with your advisor today!

4). Be involved in study groups

Get together with your peers and study. It helps to listen to other’s perspectives of the material and see how they understand the work. The Collaborative Learning Center is on the second floor of the library. You can also reserve a study room at the library to better fit your needs.

5). Meet with an academic coach

For a more individualized conversation and experience, undergraduates and graduates can make a 45-minute appointment with an academic coach for free. The coaches can provide valuable insight and strategies that you can implement into your schoolwork.

6). Be proactive about self-care

Know when you have done the most you can for a given day or even week. If you see that you are getting too overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe and relax so you can be the most productive when you get back. Go for a walk outside, take a quick 15-minute nap, have a cup of coffee/tea, listen to your favorite song, or make art.

7). Sleep!

As it may vary from person to person, your perfect amount of sleep may be between seven to nine hours a night.

Imagining: Oregon State University in 2036
September 23, 2016

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A group of dedicated faculty and students have developed a creative outlook on campus to imagine equity and belongingness at OSU in the year 2036. Led by Charlene Martinez–Associate Director of the Integrated Learning for Social Change–the experiential gathering held Spring 2016 challenged paradigms, building hope, and dreaming a future grounded in the power of collective creativity. An exhibit will be held to the left of the main floor of the Valley Library for all to see the collective imagination of our community. For more information or involvement, please contact Charlene Martinez. Below is a video for “Imagining” across the nation led by the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture: