From differences comes strength. You belong here.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of our community. Through our rich collection of people, ideas and perspectives, we engage in a healthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research and make discoveries.
Increasing diversity and inclusion in the College of Science is not only essential to our mission, but it is also essential to science. We are working hard to build a welcoming and inclusive environment that respects and affirms the dignity, value, identity and uniqueness of everyone of all backgrounds.
Our goal is to provide an environment that is equitable and supportive for all students, free of conscious and unconscious bias, with access to facilities, learning and opportunity. We are deeply committed to motivating and inspiring women, first-generation college students, underrepresented minority students and other diverse populations to pursue careers in science.
We believe that making a stronger College of Science for everyone in our community is a prerequisite for making a better world.
Diversity in numbers
32.4% Underrepresented minority students
32% First in family to attend college
7.2% International students
Enrollment by sex— binary, Fall 2019
60.5% Women undergrads
39.5% Men undergrads
Building an inclusive community
Traditionally underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are on the rise at OSU due to numerous efforts at OSU aimed to develop a culture of inclusion, including:
Programs for faculty
ADVANCE – Funded by NSF, ADVANCE is aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby developing a more diverse science and engineering workforce.
Difference, Power, Discrimination Program – This program works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at Oregon State University to develop inclusive curricula that address institutionalized systems of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States.
Enhancing STEM Education at OSU – This NSF-funded project is focusing on increasing the use of evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs) to enhance the effectiveness of STEM classes.
Programs for students
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Funded by the National Science Foundation, is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs.
OSU STEM Leaders – This initiative is designed to increase the diversity and success of undergraduates in STEM fields at OSU. This is accomplished through an orientation course, cohort-based workshops, peer mentoring with upper division STEM students, and faculty-mentored undergraduate research experiences for freshmen and transfer students.
Your home away from home
Seven cultural centers welcome all students looking for an ethnic, cultural, or identity-based home on campus:
- Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is a space to engage on-campus and online students and members of the community around the Asian and Pacific Islander experience.
- The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center complements the academic program of studies and enrich the quality of campus life for African and African-American students on-campus and online at Oregon State University
- Centro Cultural César Chávez supports the educational goals students Chicanx/Latinx/Mestizx and the retention of their culture.
- The Ettihad Cultural Center is home to a large population coming from central, southern and western Asia as well as northern Africa.
- Native American Longhouse Eena Haws represents the Indigenous people of the Americas and Pacific Islands.
- The Pride Center provides programs and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the on-campus and online OSU community and their allies.
- The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center provides advocacy, resources to address women's issues on campus, in the community-at-large, and globally.