Diversity Student Success

The Diversity Student Success Council will convene units and programs from across campus which have as their primary mission the academic support and advancement of students of color and other underserved students at Oregon State University. The council will coordinate and liaison with other FYE workgroups and initiatives, with special attention paid to the experience that underserved students have their first year.

Council's Charge

  • Identify common efforts and synergies across units campus-wide, including units not formally represented by the council’s membership
  • Design and implement ways to intentionally collaborate and combine effort to increase the capacity and reach of programs and services in support of broader student success 

Areas of focus may include: experiential learning, classroom learning, orientation programs, mentoring programs, student leadership development and academic success support.  In all cases, the council’s strategies, recommendations and actions should align with the broader institutional approaches and priorities. The council will be in communication and collaboration with the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and leadership of the first-year experience.


  • Develop a comprehensive, integrated plan for the support of students of color and other underserved students
  • Initiate concrete steps with colleagues across campus to implement the plan and assessment strategies
  • Provide a means of sharing new initiatives and successful approaches to student success


Janet Nishihara
Director, Educational Opportunities Program
Co-chair of Diversity Student Success Council

Kevin Ahern
Director of Undergraduate Research
Co-chair of Diversity Student Success Council


Members of the council will be in communication and collaboration with first-year experience initiative leadership and the Office of Equity and Inclusion in addition to the various units and programs that will be represented on the council. 

Relevant Initiatives

Academic Support in the Cultural Centers

After receiving a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, the university will pilot a new academic support and enhancement program in the university’s four Cultural Centers: the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, and the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. The program will combine academic mentorship delivered by a newly hired Academic Engagement Cultural Center Coordinator, with tutoring and study skills support delivered on-site in the Centers by trained peer Academic Mentors. Program components will include a three-day intensive academic orientation for new students, culturally themed first-year experience courses taught in Center classrooms, peer-led tutoring for historically difficult courses, academic skills coaching and structured evening and weekend study tables. These components are best-practices academic success services that have been tested and proven effective in other OSU programs and settings. Students who use these services will not be assessed additional fees.