OSU Community Response to Recent Acts of Intolerance

18 April 2014

To the OSU Community:

Recently, our university has experienced three severe and unacceptable incidents of racism, homophobia and intolerance that as a community we will not tolerate. These actions are personally disheartening and they are in disregard of the university’s stated aspirations to be a collaborative and caring community. Such acts produce significant harm. They create a sense of fear and vulnerability and negatively affect the ability of community members to participate in university life.

As a university, we aspire to create a welcoming environment that enables success for all members of our community. Our common values are grounded in justice, civility and respect and look to our diversity as a source of enrichment and strength. Our academic environment thrives on critical inquiry and the exchange of ideas; however, hate speech is inconsistent with our mission, and it is unacceptable.

If you are a student and would like confidential assistance in dealing with matters such as homophobia, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs) at 541-737-2131. If you are an employee and would like confidential assistance, please contact OSU’s Employee Assistance Program within the Human Resources Department by calling 541-737-3103 or online at human.resources@oregonstate.edu

As members of the Oregon State community, we cannot remain silent. Each of us should condemn acts of hate, and assert our values. The university will convene strategy discussions involving students on how we move toward a more inclusive university community. Please join us and the university in doing all we can to counter hateful acts with more vigorous efforts to create and maintain a climate of inclusion, respect and care for all.

Ed Ray

Sabah Randhawa
Provost and Executive Vice President

Becky Warner
Sr Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

Larry Roper
Vice Provost

David Blake
Asst Vice President, Human Resources & Public Safety

Tracey Bentley Townlin
Interim Dean of Student Life

Angelo Gomez
Executive Director, Equity & Inclusion

Allison Davis-White Eyes
Director, Intercultural Student Services

Brett Deedon
President, Associated Students of OSU

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: bcc@oregonstate.edu


#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: Christopher.Hughbanks@oregonstate.edu


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: Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu


#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: Eric.Alexander@oregonstate.edu