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Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion

Science belongs to everyone. We believe that science should be by all and for all — informed by a wide variety of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. As a College, we are taking action together to work towards a world where everyone has equal access to engage in science and to enjoy its benefits.


Minority students


Underrepresented minority students


First in family to attend college


Undergraduates identify as women

Welcome to the College of Science!

We're glad you're here. And yes — there is a place for you in STEM.

The College of Science is deeply committed to upholding the values of anti-racism, diversity, racial justice and equity — cornerstones of institutional and scientific excellence. Through our rich collection of people, ideas and perspectives, we engage in a healthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research and make discoveries.

We are excited to embark on this new chapter of bringing our Strategic Diversity Action Plan into reality. We are grateful for the tireless dedication of students and faculty who made the plan possible and are eagerly expecting a new age in science that redefines what it means to be a responsible community.

Embedding Equity, Access and Inclusion

The College of Science’s 2021 Strategic Diversity Action Plan is a community plan reflecting the many priorities and values of College of Science community members deliberated in dialogue and conversation.

Our plan and progress 

A wealth of resources unique to the College are designed with your needs in mind. Peer mentoring, scholarships and workshops empower students and faculty to grow, learn and succeed. Whether you're part of an underrepresented group or wondering how to be an effective ally, our programs are available for you every step of the way.

Engage in the process

Stay up-to-date on how we’re taking action and make inclusion a priority by building it into your schedule. Events and opportunities to engage provide ways to learn and explore outside your comfort zone.

Your feedback is crucial to our success

We value being in touch with our entire community. Sharing your honest thoughts and experiences helps us all become aware of what things are like currently and what we can do to move forward. Our reporting forms are designed to allow a space to voice experiences about any aspect of the College and know your voice is heard. We encourage the College of Science community to provide both negative and positive feedback as well as let us know of actions you are doing to embed equity in your spheres of influence.

Submit feedback on equity in the College 

Oregon State University resources

Our commitment to inclusion reflects the University's values as a whole. Opportunities, events and resources are just waiting for you to take the first step. Whether you need help, motivation, or a little bit of inspiration, we've got a resource for that.

Recognizing the past and present contributions of Indigenous people

We acknowledge that Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located in the traditional territory of the Chepenefa ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Our support for Indigenous people goes beyond this land acknowledgement and extends to learning, empathizing and involvement.

Learn more about racism and Oregon's history