Dear Friends–

Welcome to Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE). If we have not yet had the chance to welcome you to DCE and Oregon State University in person, welcome! DCE is many places, spaces, and moments across Oregon State University. Whether you find yourself in one of our seven cultural resource centers, in our central office in the Student Experience Center (Room 306), at a retreat off-campus, at a workshop, or listening to a speaker, we sincerely hope you feel the warmth of our welcome.  

At DCE, we are a hub of culturally diverse student engagement and success. We support students’ abilities to fashion a better self and world. Whether you hail from right here in Oregon, one of the sovereign nations contained within the state, another state in the US, or from Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, or one of many other places across the globe, DCE strives to ensure that your Oregon State experience is an enriching one.

Together we aspire to create an inclusive community, where all individuals can fully engage their gifts and talents, and where we can dream of a more just future. We hope you will join us in sharing your hopes, cultural traditions, intellectual passions, ideas, curiosities, and successes. We also hope you find us when you need support, have a problem to work through, or just need someone to listen to you.

We have four core outcomes: critical inquiry, equalized academic success, community engagement, and transformative learning. We accomplish this through mentoring student leaders, developing educational programs, and engaging in dialogues that help us clarify our values and commitments. All of our work is rooted in love, as author bell hooks described it, “To be loving we willingly hear each other's truth and, most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love.” We hope you will share your truth with us and ours with you.

In Love and Solidarity,

The DCE Team

OUR MISSION

Diversity & Cultural Engagement is a hub for students to co-design equity-centered opportunities to engage in identity development and explorations, to elevate their sense of mattering, and to advocate for community(ies) needs.


To contextualize our mission:
  • As a hub we’re a resource and not the resource, and the work takes a collective effort across campus.
  • To design is to be generative, intentional, and to recognize the need.
  • Opportunities are found in physical spaces and programs. This is where identity affirming community and belonging happens.
  • Feeling mattered should be beyond a designated space. Mattering is anywhere and everywhere through interdependent ways. Feeling mattered in different spaces in different ways.
  • Cultural engagement is both self-reflection (inner work) and collective action (outer work).  As a collective we can elevate one’s voice for the greater good.

 

OUR VISION

We envision a campus where possibilities are transformed into realities, where curiosities have no end, and where we are the designers of our future


To contextualize our vision:
  • The cultural resource centers were once an idea. Then a possibility. And now a reality.
  • Curiosity incites learning. Growth. Change. Repeat.
  • The future is not a linear path. Problems arise in all aspects of life. Designers seeks to do better and design a better way.

 

 

OUR GOALS

  • Students will experience a sense of interdependence within and across communities
  • Students will co-design spaces and programs for generative curiosities and inquiries
    • Aligns with 2024 SEE Goal: Social change as our compass & Innovation creates more possibilities
  • Students will learn and develop wayfinding skills towards being future ready

OUR FOCUS AREAS

As a result of focus groups with student staff members, DCE identified the following six focus areas of our work:

  • Academic Success 

  • Community & Sense of Belonging 

  • Identity Development 

  • Leadership 

  • Social Justice 

  • Well Being 

Our physical spaces and the programs we create all contribute to these focus areas. Through collaboration with campus resources, we are committed to enhancing our support of students in each area.


    LOCATION & HOURS

    306 Student Experience Center
    2251 SW Jefferson Way
    Corvallis, OR 97331
    (541) 737–9030

    Operating Hours
    Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM