In response to the racist incidents that took place last week on campus, several campus constituencies have organized four dialogue spaces for students, staff, and faculty. Please consider attending one of the dialogues and forwarding this information to others who may be interested. Join us to stand united against hate and ignorance. Thank you.


Student-Led #ITooAmOSU Roundtable

Wednesday, March 12, 2:15 pm

Native American Longhouse (NAL)

A space for intentional dialogue about the recent hate incidents on campus, immediately following the student-led march.  Please join the start of the march at 1:00pm at the Pride Center.

Sponsored by Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Contact info:


#ITooAmOSU in our Halls, Discussion Forum

Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-8:00 pm

Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room

A space for on-campus residents and supporters to discuss the current environment of inclusion in our halls and pathways for building an even more inclusive community.

Sponsored by the Residence Halls Association (RHA) and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs (UHDS DIP)

Contact info:


Women of Color Dialogue Space

Thursday, March 13, 3:00-5:00 pm

Kerr Administration Building, Basement Level, B008, Career Services Classroom

A space for dialogue regarding experiences of Women of Color on campus. Information about the new Women of Color Coalition will be discussed.

Sponsored by Intercultural Student Services (ISS) and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs (UHDS DIP)

Contact info:


#ITooAmOSU Dialogue for Anti-Racist Allies

Friday, March 14, 3:30-5 pm

Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room

A space for dialogue regarding opportunities for White-identified anti-racist allies to support education and action about racial identity and racism on campus.

Sponsored by Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) and Intercultural Student Services (ISS)

Contact info:


Want more info? Visit I Too Am OSU on Facebook or check out #ITooAmOSU on Twitter.

Did you miss the Adult ADHD seminar last fall? If so, here’s another chance to attend.

Dr. Dan Golletz will be presenting the seminar on Wednesday, March 12. The seminar is free of charge, but there are space limitations, so remember to register ahead of time. Visit for more details!

“Understand and Manage Your Adult ADD”

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

7:00-8:00 pm

1300 NW Harrison Blvd

Corvallis, OR 97330

Do you need a summer internship? Would you like the chance to work in our nation’s capital? Check out the opportunities offered through the Greater Washington Internship Coalition. You can read their message below, or head straight over to their website,


A Message from Francis Vhay, of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD):

“Participating in an internship is a great way to learn new skills and develop your personal and professional interests. You can expand your network and make connections while gaining valuable work experience. Please consider exploring the Greater Washington Internship Coalition, a group of internship programs based in the greater Washington, DC area that looks to include young people with disabilities. The Coalition is a one-stop opportunity for college students with disabilities and emerging professionals with disabilities to seek and receive information on unique internship programs for them!

“Some of these internship programs are specifically for people with disabilities, while others are looking to include more students with disabilities in their programs. Most programs are based in Washington, DC, though some are nationwide, and many (though not all) provide a stipend, pay, or even housing so that it is easier for all students to come to DC for a semester or the summer. You can explore the webpage here:, and follow the links to each organization’s webpage to find out more the internship requirements and to apply. Questions about specific internship programs should be directed to each organization.

“The nation’s Capital is a great place to do an internship. Washington, DC is home to thousands of awesome opportunities for you to explore as you launch your career. You can intern at federal agencies, on the Capitol Hill, at the White House, in the private or nonprofit sector, and even at a theater company! There are internships available for students with all types of interests and educational backgrounds, from STEM fields, to international development, to political science, to arts management. Many of the deadlines for summer 2014 opportunities are coming up between December and March.  Please explore the webpage and consider applying to one of these fantastic programs!”


Frances Vhay

The HSC Foundation Youth Transitions Fellow

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

2013 H Street NW, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20006

Tel: 202-521-4306 (Voice/TTY)

Looking to learn more about youth transition and employment opportunities? Follow me on Twitter! @Youth_Fellow


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An OSU group is researching customer requirements for people with disabilities, and are looking for assistance.

Participants will be trying a series of kitchen gadgets and being asked for feedback on the functionality of each one. People with upper extremity physical disabilities who are interested in being part of this research project or who would like additional information are encouraged to contact Jessica Armstrong at

Due to the winter weather,  the main OSU campus will be closed Thursday, February 6. That includes the Disability Access Services office and the DAS Testing center

If you were scheduled to take an exam with DAS today, your exam will need to be rescheduled. Once classes resume, you can work with your instructors to find out the new exam date. Then you can schedule a new exam time with DAS.

Until then, however, please stay safe and enjoy your snow day!

Whenever someone says ‘health’ most people will assume that the word refers to physical health. The idea of considering not only our mood, but also the condition of our brains, seems be left out of the expression. So, as a person with a severe mental disorder, the question is: Am I healthy? I am in good physical condition, eat well, work out regularly and stretch. Physically, I am in very good condition, but mentally, I sometimes struggle on account of my disorder, daily stress, etc. Some would consider me very healthy, others not. Is there a more holistic way to reconcile these aspects of physical health and mental health into a more comprehensive idea of wellbeing?  What I do know is that when my mind is not well, my body follows. I gain weight, lose endurance, desire, strength and ability. To completely reverse the situation when my body is doing well, I tend to maintain a better mood, can focus longer and wrestle with my psychosis less. In this way one can see a strange duality to human health. When one does well, it benefits the other. When one suffers it adds strain on the other. The two are directly connected and as such it is absurd to suggest the idea that traditional views of ‘health’ should not contain an aspect of mental wellbeing. If you imagine an athlete who is in peak physical condition: strong, quick, and tough. However, his or her performance has begun to decline. They aren’t as fast, they don’t seem to have the same level of tenacity and they find themselves suffering injuries more easily. The situation suggests a state of unrest in the athlete. This could come in the form of depression, stress, loss of sleep due to mania or any number of other possibilities.  In this case it is unlikely that a physical trainer will be able to help them. No amount of performance enhancing products will fill the gap caused by a mental issue. It is the same with a physical ailment. No matter how much counseling one receives, a broken leg is still a broken leg.

Unfortunately, in our society emphasis on physical health has over dominated any conversation about mental health. It is not that physical health is less important, but that mental health is just as important and therefore deserves equal representation. This nonrepresentation of mental health has resulted in mass misunderstanding regarding those who struggle with it. This misrepresentation has promoted stigmas and stereotypes surrounding a crucial aspect of human wellness. This has further fuelled a perceived divide between our minds and bodies, but nonetheless, the connection between the two remains constant.

-Erich Zann