- About Our Office
- Vision & Initiatives
Oregon State University's Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (now part of the Office of Equity and Inclusion) was founded in 1971 to ensure that all university community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as university equal opportunity policies. This work continues to be performed by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion came into its official beginnings on May 31, 2011, when President Ed Ray announced (.pdf) that Angelo Gomez would assume the position of Interim Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, effective July 1, 2011. The Office of Equity and Inclusion represents efforts to join three previously separate areas of focus in order to pursue an integrated agenda:
- Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
- Community and Diversity
- Women's Advancement and Gender Equity
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is committed to success for the entire university community through equality, fairness, and understanding. Our work is guided by three principles:
- Equity—Ensuring equality of opportunity in all that we do. We strive to ensure equality in terms of the opportunity to become a member of the Oregon State University learning and working community; in one’s opportunity to participate in and contribute to the work; in one’s opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs, services, and activities; and in terms of the communities of the state that are served by the University.
- Inclusion—Working together to create an organization that enables success for everyone with whom we interface. We create and sustain this environment through interpersonal interactions that explicitly support and affirm the inherent dignity and uniqueness of individuals and communities, and through institutional efforts that address systemic barriers to inclusion.
- Diversity—Recognizing that a diversity of people, perspectives, experiences, and thought is essential to a compelling research, scholarship, and learning environment. We aim to develop policies and practices that promote and enhance diversity in all University endeavors, striving to benefit maximally from our different ideas, perspectives, and ways of being, knowing, and doing.
Expertise and Leaderships
In service to both Oregon State University and the broader community, the Office of Equity and Inclusion provides expertise and leadership in the following areas:
- Engaging in community development, including creating, leading, and supporting opportunities for involvement with an array of equity and inclusion efforts
- Partnering with a range of individuals and groups to develop and deliver programs, initiatives, and resources related to campus-wide diversity and social justices issues
- Working to eliminate barriers to achievement for individuals and groups historically underrepresented in higher education
- Managing the University's affirmative action and equal opportunity efforts
- Responding to discrimination complaints through investigation and resolution
- Providing advice and assistance to individuals who believe they have experienced bias or discrimination
- Promoting understanding about affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion
- Coordinating access and accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Offering education and training on a variety of topics related to equity and inclusion
- Assisting individuals and offices or units who would like guidance in areas such as search and selection, inclusive working and learning environments, and policy and best practices development