Community Involvement

New students thrive when a university actively fosters and reinforces learning and development across all spheres in which our students interact—from the classroom and beyond. Various campus stakeholders have developed initiatives that aim to provide first-year students with opportunities to explore the university community and further develop themselves as learners.

The proposed co-curricular pathways program aims to establish clear learning outcomes and enhance student engagement outside the classroom. Four learning pathways--covering topics of health and well-being, global and intercultural engagement, career development and self-discovery, and social responsibility--each contain three levels of engagement. These levels of engagement enable students to first become aware of the opportunities that exist, before applying the lessons learned and then influencing such opportunities for other students. These students will receive support and encouragement from advisors and other faculty and staff as they progress through a particular pathway. Eventually, a depository and tracking system will be developed to document student participation and learning, and students who complete an entire pathway or all pathways will receive recognition for their achievement. The Experiential Learning and the FYE Task Force was convened in fall 2013 to further examine opportunities to connect first-year students to co-curricular pathways efforts.

A top priority of University Housing and Dining Services as it works with campus partners to implement the first-year experience initiative is to create safe, healthy and inclusive communities. Because of their integral role in the first-year experience of new students, UHDS has developed several new initiatives rooted in high-impact residential practices that connect students to both the residential and larger university community. Partnering with UHDS in these community-building initiatives include New Student Programs & Family Outreach, Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Health Services, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Oregon State Police.


  • Allow first-year students to build greater connections with their peers, including upper-class students
  • Help students learn how to become responsible citizens and live safely in community


Eric Alexander
Director, Student Leadership and Involvement

Tracy Bentley-Townlin
Interim Dean of Student Life

Kris Winter
Director, New Student Programs and Family Outreach