OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Campus Coalition Builders

Building community through diversity, leadership, & service.

Our Story

Team Origins

The OSU Campus Coalition Builders (CCB) CCB Team Photo, November 2014group was formed in 1999 in response to the Division of Student Affairs Campus Compact Diversity Initiative. Team members include students, staff and faculty from a variety of backgrounds and workstations within the Division and throughout the campus community.

We are committed to work together to make a positive difference in the community, and to eliminate the negative effects of oppression for all people. By listening to every voice, seeking to understand others, and engaging in transformational learning and teaching, we will build strong relationships and lasting alliances with those with whom we work and live.

“Creating Communities where everyone wants to belong“

Group activities and community engagement are informed by the core principles of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). Foundational beliefs such as every issue counts, hearing stories changes attitudes, and skill training generates empowerment, are the core principles that support us as we seek to build community through diversity, leadership and service. 

NCBI Key Principles *

1. Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place.
2. Welcoming diversity means every person counts and every issue counts.
3. Treating everyone the same may be unintentionally oppressive.
4. Meetings go better when everyone is included.
5. Recognize and work with the diversity already present in what appear to be homogeneous groups.
6. People can take on tough issues more readily when the issues are presented in a spirit of hope.
7. Building a team around us is the most powerful way to bring about institutional change.

Leading Diverse Communities: A How-To Guide for Moving from Healing into Action publication by the National Coalition Building Institute; authors Cherie R. Brown and George J. Mazza.
 
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