Diversity & Cultural Engagement - Oregon State University

Diversity & Cultural Engagement - Oregon State University We encourage students to become dynamic role models. Through our cultural resource centers and program that provide community, celebration, and traditions.
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Recognizing we live in unjust societies, we actively work to deconstruct systems of oppression. Our seven cultural resource centers provide community, celebration, and traditions that encourage students to become dynamic role models with innovative approaches to create social change. Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) at Oregon State University include: - Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Centro Cultural César Chávez - Ettihad Cultural Center - Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center - Native American Longhouse Eena Haws - Pride Center - SOL: LGBT Multicultural Support Network - Women's Center SUPPORT SERVICES & PROGRAMS Our staff provides access to cultural, social, academic and career resources through information sharing and event planning. The staff sponsors tutoring groups, as well as support groups to address issues concerning their individual communities. We provide opportunities for members of the University to learn about different cultures. CRC CORE VALUES: Teamwork Equity Inclusion Innovation INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT: Diversity & Cultural Engagement 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.

Join our team! Our student position applications are now open! Please head to our website at: dce.oregonstate.edu/hire t...
05/13/2019

Join our team! Our student position applications are now open! Please head to our website at: dce.oregonstate.edu/hire to apply!

02/14/2019
A Drop A Day: Holly Duvall and Marceline Bamba

Here is our second video highlighting Marcy Bamba from CAPS sharing her experiences with self-care.

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Here is our second video highlighting Marcy Bamba from CAPS sharing her experiences with self-care.

01/30/2019
Student Leadership Liaison Position

You still have time to apply for our Student Leadership Liaison positions at our cultural resource centers!

Here's a video to give you a better idea of what its like to be a part of our team!

To apply visit: oregonstate.edu/hire

01/28/2019
A Drop A Day: Tamara Lash and Sahana Prasad

Check out this week's video where we interview Sahana Prasad. Sahana works as the Interpersonal Violence Services Coordinator at CAPs. We wanted to highlight her because the work she does is extremely important and a campus resource we wanted people to know was available to them. We also wanted to show that self-care doesn’t stop after you’ve graduated from college and we should continue to practice self-care into our professional lives. As you’ll learn in this video baking is Sahana’s way to engage in self-care.

Check out this weeks video where we interview Sahana Prasad. Sahana works as the Interpersonal Violence Services Coordinator at CAPs. We wanted to highlight ...

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01/15/2019

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01/14/2019
A Drop A Day: Introduction Video

Hello everyone! We would like to introduce you to our YouTube video series: A Drop A Day, where we will be talking about self-care and exploring what it means to take care of our mental, physical, and emotional health. We are looking forward to sharing our discoveries about self-care with you, as well as featuring some incredible folks from our community. Stay tuned for the rest of our video series and thank you for joining us on this venture!

This is a collaboration between Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Dixon Recreational Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Hello everyone! We would like to introduce you to our YouTube video series: A Drop A Day, where we will be talking about self-care and exploring what it mean...

WE ARE HIRING! If you are still looking for a student job, check our our openings and head to our website at dce.oregons...
08/23/2018

WE ARE HIRING! If you are still looking for a student job, check our our openings and head to our website at dce.oregonstate.edu/hire to apply! Or visit the links directly!

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08/23/2018

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Diversity & Cultural Engagement is now hiring for next year's student staff positions at all of OSU's Cultural Resource ...
03/07/2018

Diversity & Cultural Engagement is now hiring for next year's student staff positions at all of OSU's Cultural Resource Centers. Positions include Student Success Peer Facilitators, Graphic Designers, and Communications Representatives.

Applications are due Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Read the position descriptions and apply at the links below:

Student success peer facilitators: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/56489

Graphic designer: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/56491

Communications representative: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/56481

Join us this Thursday to discuss climate choices and what we should do to meet the challenges of a warming planet 🌎. Che...
02/12/2018

Join us this Thursday to discuss climate choices and what we should do to meet the challenges of a warming planet 🌎. Check our website for more info!

dce.oregonstate.edu/community-dialogues

Happy week six folks! Don’t forget to join us this Thursday at our Black Cinema Discussion and movie premiere of Black P...
02/12/2018

Happy week six folks! Don’t forget to join us this Thursday at our Black Cinema Discussion and movie premiere of Black Panther. It all starts at 9:30pm. See you there! 🎬

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center
01/25/2018

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Check out our upcoming events at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center!

Happy Wednesday! Make sure you stop by the MU Basement on Friday, Jan 26th for some cosmic bowling!
01/17/2018

Happy Wednesday! Make sure you stop by the MU Basement on Friday, Jan 26th for some cosmic bowling!

Happy Friday everyone!It is not too late to sign up for the MLK Day Of Service event. Check out the link below for more ...
01/12/2018

Happy Friday everyone!

It is not too late to sign up for the MLK Day Of Service event. Check out the link below for more information and how to register!

https://goo.gl/JYRyFf

Happy Wednesday everyone!Don't forget to join us this Friday for our Winter Re-connect event. There will be pizza. See y...
01/10/2018

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Don't forget to join us this Friday for our Winter Re-connect event. There will be pizza. See you all there!

Attention students!The clinic to get your vaccines for Meningococcal B will be running from 1/9 to 1/13 from 10AM until ...
01/08/2018

Attention students!

The clinic to get your vaccines for Meningococcal B will be running from 1/9 to 1/13 from 10AM until 6PM each day. The clinic will be located right outside the MU, in the SEC Plaza. Make sure to come by and get your vaccines. For more information please visit: http://getthevax.oregonstate.edu/

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS! Diversity & Cultural Engagement is hiring for the upcoming academic year! Our 2018-2019 SLL appl...
01/03/2018

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!

Diversity & Cultural Engagement is hiring for the upcoming academic year!

Our 2018-2019 SLL application is now open. The deadline to apply is January 21st at 11:59PM. To read more about DCE and a description of our open positions visit our website at http://dce.oregonstate.edu/hire.

To apply visit the main OSU job site at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu. To find the job listings and applications click “students” then for appointment type select “student employee” and finally, for department choose “Diversity/Cultural Engag (MSA)”.

P.S. Our positions for Student Success Peer Facilitators, Graphic Designer, Communication Representatives and Ambassadors will be posted towards the end of winter term so stay tuned!

Happy Holidays everyone!
12/24/2017

Happy Holidays everyone!

12/16/2017

Dear OSU Community,

The office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement will host an informational meeting for students who wish to learn more about the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) 36th national conference and the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 32nd Annual Conference.

The informational meeting to discuss these two amazing leadership opportunities will take place at the Centro Cultural César Chávez on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 4pm-5:15pm.
Here we will answer any questions that students may have.

What: USHLI 36th annual national conference
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Date: February 15- February 18.
Cost: Students will be required to pay the $250 registration fee in advance

REQUIREMENT BY ALL STUDENTS WANTING TO ATTEND:
Students will be required to submit an essay addressing what they hope to learn by attending the conference and how they will incorporate the information learned at the national conference at OSU and in their communities. The essay should be submitted to [email protected] no later than 7:00PM on Friday, January 12, 2018. Students selected to attend the conference will be notify by the USHLI selection committee no later than 7:00PM on Monday, January 15, 2018.


Kevin Santos Flores
Director
Centro Cultural César Chávez
Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Oregon State University

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12/11/2017

Friends, be sure to follow our brand new Instagram account @OSUDCE for regular updates on everything related to Diversity & Cultural Engagement!

Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) Men’s Development and Engagement (MDE) program cordially invites you to attend our...
12/11/2017
2017 OSU Healthy Masculinities Conference

Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) Men’s Development and Engagement (MDE) program cordially invites you to attend our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass on Saturday, February 17, 2018!

We invite you to submit creative projects, art, workshop, panel discussion, and paper ideas for participation in the conference.

Please register at:
https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR

Please submit your proposal at:
https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mGBBYpNj561oG1

The deadline for submission is Friday, January 12, 2018.

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12/07/2017
Social Justice Retreats @ OSU

It’s not too late to Apply!

While our priority deadline for OSU’s Social Justice Retreats may have past, we are still accepting rolling applications. Spaces are still open to participate in Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, International Student Social Justice Retreat, and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World. 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 link to our application!

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It’s not too late to Apply!While our priority deadline for OSU’s Social Justice Retreats may have past, we are still acc...
12/07/2017
Diversity & Cultural Engagement

It’s not too late to Apply!

While our priority deadline for OSU’s Social Justice Retreats may have past, we are still accepting rolling applications. Spaces are still open to participate in Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, International Student Social Justice Retreat, and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions.
http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJNrgVVoZpfKU8B



Thanks so much for your support –

Jeff K.


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Jeff Kenney, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Community Dialogue and Engagement

Oregon State University
Diversity & Cultural Engagement
SEC 238, 2251 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
541.737.9031
http://dce.oregonstate.edu/

Being an OSU student means more than going to class. It also means cultivating the skills you need to change the world. Diversity & Cultural Engagement is your platform for collaborating to build an inclusive, just community. Enriched by differences, our programs and initiatives empower students to?...

Happy Week 10!The application for this year's Multiracial Aikido is still open and we highly encourage you to apply! The...
11/30/2017

Happy Week 10!

The application for this year's Multiracial Aikido is still open and we highly encourage you to apply!

The weekend-long retreat promotes campus dialogues about race and racism. It engages in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. If you are looking for something with integrated dialogue, enhanced experience, and community building, then this retreat could benefit you! Applications are due December 1st!

To apply to the retreat please go to the following web address: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJNrgVVoZpfKU8B

11/27/2017
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11/27/2017

November 27, 2017

To the Oregon State University community,

I am writing to share my decisions following the review of five building names on OSU’s Corvallis campus. These buildings are Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Gill Coliseum.

The names of all buildings and places play a very important role in our university. They speak to the 149-year history of OSU, the university’s values and mission, and our efforts to create an inclusive community for all. Names also recognize and honor the positive contributions of those associated with Oregon State University.

Over the past two years, hundreds of students and OSU employees, community stakeholders and alumni have participated in numerous meetings about these buildings. Hundreds more contributed their thoughts by e-mail, in phone calls, letters, and on a website comment form created for this building name review. The university conducted scholarly research on each of these buildings and, where possible, interviewed more than a dozen individuals who personally knew these buildings’ namesakes. The scholars’ research resulted in four reports totaling more than 50 pages and a 27-page qualitative analysis of the input received on the website comment form and at six community meetings.

A description of this process, our renaming criteria, and the naming policy of the university, along with the research on these buildings and their namesakes, are available on the OSU Building and Place Name website.

I appreciate and I am pleased to note that the process of reconciling the histories of these buildings has embodied the spirit and purpose of this university. OSU is a community where learning, discovery, listening, discussion — and even debate — is respected and encouraged. After all, this is why students, faculty and staff are here: to learn, discuss and use facts and discovery to advance lives, careers, community, society and the world.

While not everyone will agree with the outcomes, I believe this process is proof that at Oregon State University, we productively and positively take on tough issues and collaborate.

GOING FORWARD:
This process of evaluating the history of five buildings and their namesakes was not entirely about building names. Nor was it an isolated undertaking. This review occurs at a very important time in our university’s history — the celebration of OSU150: Oregon State’s 150th anniversary as Oregon’s statewide university. OSU150 began in August and runs through October 2018. It represents a rare opportunity to take stock of OSU’s past and present, to celebrate what is good and to reconcile with our past in order to improve. It is also an opportunity to determine how OSU will serve Oregon, the nation and the world as a 21st century land grant university.

In all of this, I am mindful that we must acknowledge our past, avoid hypocrisy and recognize the history of those who established this extraordinary university. In some cases, we will need to reconcile aspects of our past which were not acceptable or that treated some people unfairly or discriminated against them due to their differences, such as race. Like the review of these building names, OSU150 will inform and illuminate that history, not eliminate it, nor celebrate all aspects of it.

By exploring our past, we will recognize that everything and everyone who preceded us, helped get us to who and where we are today. This knowledge will guide us to improve. And in doing so, reconcile past injustices and provide for greater future inclusivity and success for all — regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, religion, nation of origin, disability or economic circumstances.

This winter, we will begin developing public educational materials that will be placed in each of the five buildings under consideration. As well, OSU will undertake research on the history of all university buildings. Over time, these histories will be documented, and prominently displayed within each respective building, on the university website and within a mobile app. Furthermore, upon the conclusion of OSU150, elements of a major OSU history exhibit to be held in 2018 at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland will be relocated and permanently displayed at our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, and in major Oregon State centers in Newport, Portland and elsewhere. Such a transparent recognition of Oregon State University’s history is essential to our growth as a community committed to success for all people.

MY DECISIONS:
The review of these five building names was completed last week as I received recommendations regarding each of these buildings from OSU’s Architectural Naming Committee. Earlier this month, I met with members of the Building and Place Name Evaluation Work Group regarding their assessment of these buildings’ names and received advice on whether any names should be changed.

I thank these committees, the Building and Place Name Leadership Committee, the scholars who did impressive research, and all who participated in this evaluation process and shared their views. While this process took two years, concern over some of these buildings names has been longstanding. In conducting this review so thoroughly, OSU stakeholders and leaders from among our students, faculty and staff have created a process, naming policy and renaming criteria that will well serve OSU long into the future. I am happy to see that renaming procedures going forward require presentation of substantive evidence for initial review before a public process is undertaken. While we must be open to examining our history, going forward, it is essential that detailed evidence is first gathered and shared with the Architectural Naming Committee.

Based upon the facts gathered, as well as the recommendations and input that I have received, I have decided to retain the names of Gill Coliseum and Arnold Dining Center, and to instruct the Architectural Naming Committee to gather input from the OSU community and stakeholders in winter 2018 and recommend to me:

· A new name for Avery Lodge;
· A new name for Benton Hall that appropriately recognizes the many contributions of Benton County community residents to create the college in the 1860’s and 70’s and particularly the fundraising in the 1885-87 period to build what is now Benton Hall; and
· A new name for Benton Annex that appropriately recognizes the building as home to the Women’s Center — one of OSU’s valued student cultural resource centers.

AVERY LODGE:
The preponderance of evidence gathered by the scholar’s report and this naming review process — and shared by other historians in the past — indicates that Joseph C. Avery’s views and political engagement in the 1850’s to advance slavery in Oregon are inconsistent with Oregon State’s values. At the time, he was linked to the Occidental Messenger, a pro-slavery, Corvallis-based publication. I recognize that Joseph C. Avery made important contributions in the early days to help establish Corvallis College, which became what is now OSU. I also am mindful that over the past decades, other members of the Avery family have contributed to OSU and I thank them for their support of the university. However, it is my decision that going forward, OSU will no longer recognize Joseph C. Avery’s legacy with the name of a university building.

ARNOLD DINING CENTER:
It is clear from the scholar’s report and naming review process that Benjamin Lee Arnold, president of Corvallis College and Oregon Agricultural College from 1872-1892, was born into a Virginia family that owned slaves and benefitted from slavery. Benjamin Lee Arnold did not own slaves himself. It is also true that as a college student, he spent time studying slavery as an economic system. He also served within the Confederate Army — although it appears that he was frequently ill during the Civil War and details of his service are unclear. As president of Corvallis College, he led the institution to stability during a very difficult, formative time. He served as an administrator, taught classes, and contributed to fundraising so that the college could maintain its land grant status under the Morrill Act. It is not clear whether Arnold privately or publicly held or espoused discriminatory views; however, his contributions to the institution are evident and notable. As president, the college grew and women students and faculty were welcomed, nearly a century before Ivy League schools enrolled women. The college admitted and graduated its first Native American students during this time, as well. When the college changed from a church-related school to a public college in the mid-1880s, the new oversight board retained President Arnold in his position. It is my judgment that the preponderance of evidence supports retaining the name of Arnold Dining Center.

BENTON HALL:
The university sought to honor the residents of Benton County in 1947 by naming OSU’s first building, Benton Hall. History shows that members of the community remarkably raised a significant amount of funds for the construction of the building in January 1887. This same community has since supported the university and its mission. In contrast, according to the scholar’s report and naming review process, the name of this building does not seek to honor former Missouri U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, who in the 1820’s through the 1850’s, was a national architect of westward expansion and promoter of Manifest Destiny, and for whom Benton County is named. During that era, Benton supported federal legislation to remove Native Americans from their tribal lands and, while he was opposed to extending slavery into western states, he was not in favor of abolishing slavery elsewhere. The current name of the building does not make this distinction clear. It is my judgment that the name of Benton Hall should be changed to a name that honors the contributions of community and county residents who believed in and invested in higher education early on. Thanks to their initial leadership and contributions, Oregon State University has endured and pursued its mission.

BENTON ANNEX:
I find that the 1972 naming of this building and its connection to Benton Hall lacks an explanation. While the building has been an important part of the university since 1882, its current role serving as the OSU Women’s Center was not determined until 1973. Going forward, this building should have a new name that recognizes the important role that this center contributes to Oregon State.

GILL COLISEUM:
It is my decision that this athletics center will continue to be named in honor of Amory T. “Slats” Gill, who served from 1928-64 as Oregon State’s basketball coach and eventually as athletic director. I find that the scholars’ report and naming review process offers no evidence that Gill deliberately sought to keep the Oregon State men’s basketball team from becoming integrated. I also find no evidence that he held or expressed discriminatory views about African-Americans. It appears Gill was a product of his time regarding the style of play of his teams, which he perfected. He coached at Oregon State during an era in which few African-Americans attended this institution, and those who did faced frequent discrimination. This was a troubled era in the university’s history, but I do not find that Gill supported such a lack of inclusivity. In fact, the historical review indicates he tried unsuccessfully to recruit several African-American student-athletes. While a tough taskmaster for all of his players, Gill also was active in the Corvallis community, serving on the school board and helping lead community and university organizations.

NEXT STEPS:
In making these decisions, I call upon the Architectural Naming Committee beginning in winter 2018 to:
· Undertake a process that engages the overall Oregon State University community to consider and to recommend to me new names for these three buildings;
· Develop and share with the OSU community, public education information about the history of the five buildings and their namesakes reviewed;
· Lead the university in gathering and documenting the history of all OSU buildings and their namesakes; and
· Create website information, mobile app information and permanent history displays for all university buildings.

Through these efforts, OSU150 and other university initiatives — such as Vision 2030 and OSU’s update of its strategic plan — we will inform all about Oregon State University’s history, values and mission. We will recognize the positive contributions of those associated with Oregon State. We will celebrate what is good and reconcile what must be improved, and in doing so, help engage the broader OSU community and its stakeholders in the university’s efforts to create inclusivity for all.

Sincerely,

Ed Ray
President

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