About the Initiative
The Memorial Union Leadership Team has made a commitment to develop into a multicultural, socially just organization, which strives to achieve inclusivity both in interpersonal relations and in organizational processes. This vision of a multicultural organization is one in which there is value placed on the full and equal participation of all of its members.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, Becky began coordinating professional development opportunities for Memorial Union staff, faculty, and student employees, while learning more about the Organization as a whole. In spring term, a call was put out to form a team that would carry out the Multicultural Organization Development1 process, at which point Bill Gross and Vanessa Ciccone joined.
Going into 2013-2014, the priorities of the team will be on organizational assessment; outreach and benchmarking; and starting to foster consistent and ongoing professional development opportunities.
Do you have feedback on the initiative or on how the MU organization is doing when it comes to creating an inclusive community? Do you have experience, expertise, or interests you would like to share with the MU organization? Do you have suggestions for professional development topics you would like to participate in? Whatever it is, we would love to hear from you!
Becky Evans, Cultural Programs Coordinator
Phone: 541-737-0760, Rebecca.Evans@oregonstate.edu
Meet the Team
Becky comes to OSU from Illinois State University, where she completed her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a grad student, she worked and interned in areas relating to women’s leadership, leadership for social movements, Alternative Breaks, international student services, queer studies and services, and academic success skills. Before that, she majored in Spanish with minors in Intercultural Studies and Psychology at Elmhurst College, outside of Chicago. She has been honored by her opportunities to study in Egypt, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. She loves people, interfaith dialogue, empowerment, laughter, ideas, and the visual and performing arts.
More Coming Soon!
If you are interested in learning more about joining the MU Inclusive Community Initiative Team, please contact us!
1Jackson, B. W. (2005). The theory and practice of multicultural organization development in education. In M. Ouellett (Ed.), Teaching inclusively: Resources for course, department & institutional change in higher education (pp. 2-20). Oklahoma: New Forums.