As a unit of Intercultural Student Services, the Diversity Development Office is responsible for the four Cultural Centers at Oregon State University. This includes the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, and the Native American Longhouse. The Centers are committed to the retention of underrepresented students by providing facilities, events, activities, support services, and leadership development opportunities for students.
The Diversity Development Office includes the Cultural Centers Staff Coordinators, the Cultural Centers Graduate Teaching Assistants, and the student staff of the Cultural Centers.
Our facilities provide spaces that allow students to share their unique identities in a safe and secure environment. We provide meeting space for study groups, student organization meetings, and social gatherings. We have computing facilities available for student and staff use.
The Native American Longhouse was established in 1971, but moved into the current location in 1972. The Black Cultural Center was established in 1975. In 1981, the Center was renamed the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center after the first director of OSU's Educational Opportunities Program. The Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez was established in 1975 as the Chicano Cultural Center, changed to the Hispanic Cultural Center in the mid 1980's. Its final name change came in 1996 in honor of Mexican farm worker activist Cesar Chavez. The Asian Cultural Center was established and opened in 1991. The name was recently changed to the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center in spring of 2003.
Support Services and 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. Cultural/Resource Center events and activities include events such as Cooking Demonstrations, Craft Nights, Cultural Holiday Celebrations, and National Awareness and History/Heritage programs.