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The College of Science strongly supports the university's commitment to diversity in all forms. The College remains deeply committed to motivating and inspiring women, first generation college students and minority students and other diverse populations to pursue careers in science.
"Oregon State University aspires to be a collaborative, inclusive and caring community that strives for equity and equal opportunity in everything we do; that creates a welcoming environment and enables success for people from all walks of life; and that shares common, fundamental values grounded in justice, civility and respect while looking to our diversity as a source of enrichment and strength."
The College is unwavering in its support of University's interdependent principles of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity:
Inclusion: Working together to create a welcoming environment through interpersonal interactions that respect and affirm the inherent dignity, value, and uniqueness of all individuals and communities. Inclusion is an active process of creating a community in which people have full access to relationships and resources that enable their personal and intellectual growth and success. Inclusive practices reflect awareness and understanding of the complexity of identity and the increasing interconnectedness of our world.
Equity: Ensuring equality of opportunity in all that we do. Equity requires fairness of standards, norms, and practices for all community members. An equitable learning and working community provides equal access to all rights, privileges, and resources.
Diversity: Seeking and realizing the richness of human difference. Diversity is a dynamic phenomenon, life enriching and foundational to excellence. We strive to create and nurture an environment where a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives flourish and inspire creativity and achievement.
Visit the University's Office of Equity and Inclusion website to learn more about OSU's commitment to diversity.
The College of Science is a proud partner of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program housed in the College of Engineering. LSAMP strives to increase the quality and quantity of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science and engineering baccalaureate degree programs through its summer bridge program and a new academy program.
The LSAMP Summer Scholars is a free program for incoming underrepresented minority students enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)- related major at OSU. LSAMP focuses on increasing the retention rate of these students and getting them engaged in their academics programs as well as helping to create a community of diverse scholars.
The new LSAMP Academy is a conference style mini-bridge program that will introduce approximately 140 incoming first-year students to the “pillars” of LSAMP: academic excellence, community development, and experiential learning. Students are divided into small communities of 20. who rotate through a variety of workshops, presentations, and activities developed to acquaint the new students with the three core pillars of the program.