Oregon State University

Beaver Nation United

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, Reser Stadium dons black.

Wear black to support our football team. Wear black to show school spirit. Wear black to be unified as one Nation, BEAVER NATION.

We are Beaver Nation. We value spirit, effort and respect. We value our personal differences, our diversity and we value inclusivity. Each gives us strength. As individuals we are strong, but together we’re unstoppable. We know that whatever brings down one of us, can bring down us all. We know that if we support each other, we will succeed. Because we are Beaver Nation. We wear Orange. We wear black. And this weekend, Reser wears black.

What to remember:

  • Support our team, yet be respectful to others.
  • Everyone is entitled to a positive game day experience.
  • The portrayal of negative stereotypes produce negative consequences because of their historical significance.
  • Oregon State University’s values and principles are realized through the actions of individuals.
  • Think about possible unintended consequences of your actions.

Historical Context of Blackface

Minstrel shows were popular musical stage shows from the 1830s to the early 1900s. The performers artificially blackened their faces and wore woolly wigs and ragged clothes and performed roles to imitate and ridicule African Americans. These performances were part of a racial caste system that defined American life through a set of laws and practices that maintained a hierarchy, with whites at the top and blacks at the bottom. This system was supported by millions of everyday objects and images. Although performing in blackface is no longer a regular practice, the negative connotations and impact of these images still resonate today.

For more information on the historical context of blackface, as well as equity, inclusion and diversity, please visit this link.


Indigenous Feast: a way of giving thanks" helps celebrate Native American Heritage month and as a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series presented by UHDS, the Native American Longhouse and American Indian Initiatives. It takes place Nov. 15, 5 to 7 p.m., in McNary Dining's Boardwalk Cafe. Cost is $10 at the door.

Everyone Matters is a global social media campaign encouraging inclusivity and non-judgment of others. At Oregon State University we treat each other with civility, dignity and respect.


The Office of Equity and Inclusion seeks to find success for the entire campus community through equality, diversity, fairness and understanding.

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