Community Relations Facilitators

The award-winning Community Relations Facilitator program promotes inclusive and welcoming communities in the residence halls, cooperative houses, and dining facilities through facilitated workshops and programs.  As a function of University Housing and Dining Services the CRFs work and live within the residence halls and operate in the cooperative houses to lead discussions and activities around issues of diversity and social justice. They also act as a liaison for the six cultural resouce centers on campus. This years cohort:


What We Do

The UHDS Community Relations Facilitator position was created as a peer education role to work with student-staff and student leaders in promoting inclusive and welcoming environments in the residence halls, cooperatives, and dining centers.

2014-15 Community Relations Facilitators

Blogging for Social Justice

CRFs blog about a variety of issues stemming from LGBTQ and racial identities, privilege, oppression, masculinity, and allyship.

Multicultural Resource Guide

The OSU Multicultura Resource Guide is a dynamic web-based resource guide providing students, staff, and faculty a centralized place to obtain information on hard-to-find resources. The hope is that this would be specifically useful for students, staff, and faculty who are new to OSU and looking for information on services and resources that are otherwise difficult to find. An example of a commonly reported challenge would be an African-American woman looking for hair care services in Corvallis. The resources are not only local services or businesses but also campus resources.

UHDS Multicultural Resource Library

The UHDS Multicultural Resource Library is filled with a variety of films and books. The library consists of feature films, documentaries, video clips, books, and novels that are available to borrow for professional development as well as utilized during CRF facilitations.

2014-2015 Community Relations Facilitator Team




CRF Owen

Owen Le Sesne

Major: Political Science (Option in Law, Politics, and Society)

Year: Senior

Hometown: Everett, Washington

Hobbies: Swimming, Dixon in general, reading and writing Fiction novels, Table Top RPGs

#1 Most Played Song: Pretty Hurts


CRF Magali

Magali Sánchez

Major: Ethnic Studies, Minor in Spanish

Year: Junior

Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon

Hobbies: Soccer, Drake, Family, Parties, Soccer Games, Netflix, Korean Dramas, Shopping

#1 Most Played Song: Trophies by Drake AND Lost & Found by Lianne La Havas


CRF Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hernandez-Cuesta

Major: Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Year: Senior

Hometown: Wilsonville, Oregon

Hobbies: Going to Concerts, Dancing, and spending time with my family

#1 Most Played Song: Alive by Empire of the Sun


CRF Gustavo

Gustavo Garcia

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Sophomore 

Hometown: Guanajuato, Mexico

Hobbies: Film, Photography, Hiking, Dance

#1 Most Played Song: Lay Me Down by Sam Smith


CRF Denisse

Dennise Garcia

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

Hometown: SE Portland, Oregon

Hobbies: Attending events at OSU

#1 Most Played Song: Flawless


CRF Courtney

Courtney Kamiya

Major: Accounting with an International Business option

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii

Hobbies: Soccer, Surfing, Photography & Hiking

#1 Most Played Song: Extraordinary by Clean Bandit (Klingande Remix) & No Other Love by Common Kings


CRF Maira

Maira Rodriguez

Major: Human Development and Family Services with a Minor in Public Health

Year: Senior

Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon

About the CRF Program

The mission of the Community Relations Facilitatorsis to foster dialogue between residents on topics of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc. and to promote an environment that celebrates all students through facilitated workshops and programs. We work on a daily basis to promote an inclusize community within the residence halls by engaging other residents in casual active discussions.

Who We Are

As the name indicates, the CRFs primary responsibility is to coordinate facilitation within communities to foster dialogue and promote inclusive environments. The CRFs are trained in several areas, including Team Liberation, readings for Diversity and Social Justice, and Teachings for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Building Inclusive Communities Workshop series.

What We Do!

The CRFs can host intergroup dialogues, covering topics from gender, sexual orientation, and race to whiteness, oppression, and political correctness. They are also available on a personal level for one-on-one discussions.

The CRFs will be happy to sit down with you and work with you to see what kind of needs your community has. If it is not something we can provide, we will work with you in finding the appropriate facilitator for your needs.

Cultural Programming
If you have an idea for a program dealing with a specific culture, but just don't know what to do or who to come to, schedule some time with the CRFs. We will be happy to point you in the right direction as far as offices on campus, people and other resources that will make your event a success.

Information and referral
If you would like to know what is happening at the cultural centers, who to talk to about facilitation, what certain holidays or observations are, come to us. We also share events and discussion topics through campus communication channels such as the Campus Living eNewsletter, social networks and posters.

What We DON'T Do

Although there are lots of programs and other resources we provide, there are some things that go beyond our scope of ability. Below are some areas that we will be happy to find other people on campus for you that would better serve your needs.

  • Conflict management
  • Crisis management
  • Reactive programming

UHDS Multicultural Resource Library

The UHDS Multicultural Resource Library is filled with a variety of films and books. The library consists of feature films, documentaries, video clips, books, and novels that are available to borrow for professional development as well as utilized during CRF facilitations.

Some videos are geared for specific types of programming, and others can be used for broader use. If you would like to suggest a film to add to our library, please click here.

Feature Films & Documentaries

  • America
  • BarberShop
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Calavera Highway
  • Chicken Run
  • Coach Carter
  • Crash
  • El Contract: The Contract
  • Freedom Writers
  • Gran Torino
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Lean on Me
  • Lilo & Stitch, Milk
  • Malcolm X
  • Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
  • Pleasantville
  • Remember the Titans
  • Sarafina
  • School Ties
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stand and Deliver / Lean on Me Double Feature
  • Tim Wise: On White Privilege
  • Tim Wise: Race in the Age of Obama
  • TransAmerica
  • Unlearning Homophobia
  • Voices Project 2008
  • Voices Project
  • Walking Around Communities
  • What's Race Got To Do With It

Books and Novels

  • The Autobiography of Malcom X
  • All I Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten
  • American Indian Myths and Legends
  • Beyond Tolerance: Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals on Campus
  • Can We Talk About Race?
  • Class Matters
  • Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
  • Cultural Diversity In Organizations
  • Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics
  • Driving While Black: What to Do if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country
  • Leading For Diversity and Social Justice
  • Microaggressions In Everyday Life
  • Part Asian, 100% Hapa
  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
  • A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (second edition)
  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
  • The Anti-Racist Cookbook
  • The Vagina Monologues
  • Understanding White Privilege
  • Uprooting Racism
  • White Like Me
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?