Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism Resources

Dean Molleda’s Letter to Students, June 6, 2020: On Saturday, June 6, SOJC Dean Juan-Carlos Molleda sent a message to students proposing 12 action items to the SOJC can take to elevate the voices and opportunities of Black students and other students of color. The proposed action items address changes in key areas including curricula, hiring practices, and financial support of BIPOC students, groups, and projects. This is an initial plan that the school’s leadership and faculty will refine during the summer for fall implementation.

SOJC Diversity Action Plan: In 2017, the SOJC Diversity Committee began drafting a framework for a plan to increase and support diversity, equity, and inclusion across the school. After soliciting feedback from faculty and staff in 2018, the committee presented the final plan, which continues to be updated as a living document. See the SOJC DAP Unit Evaluation conducted in February 2020.

Reporting bias and harassment: You can report incidents of bias or harassment on campus to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance or Bias Education and Response Team.

 

Antiracism Resources

UO Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Responding to Bias and Xenophobia: The DEI, through its Love Authenticity Courage Empathy (LACE) initiative, continually adds new links to this extensive list of resources designed to help students, faculty, and staff members learn about and respond to bias, racism, and xenophobia.

UO Libraries Antiracism Research Guide: Browse the library’s list of books and other resources addressing systemic racism and ways to combat it.

African American Workshop and Lecture Series: Established in 2016, this series sponsored by the UO Office of the President brings national experts to campus to connect with UO thought leaders and help UO community members institutionalize more effective environments, practices, and policies.

 

SOJC Student Groups

Taking Up Space: Taking Up Space is a community-driven social alliance centered around the achievement, uplifting, and professional development of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in the SOJC. Through workshops, discussions and events, Taking Up Space prepares members for the industry while supporting a crucial space of resistance and celebration for and by people of color. 

UO Chapter of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA): As the first chapter of the NLGJA on the northwest coast, the UO chapter looks to be a voice and conduit for other voices throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest by combining research, practice, and a drive for LGBTQ equality in and outside the media.

UO Chapter of the National Association for Black Journalists: SOJC faculty members Troy Elias (telias@uoregon.edu) and Jesse Abdenour (jabdenou@uoregon.edu) advise the SOJC chapter of the NABJ, a national organization of journalists, students, and media professionals that provides quality programs and services to, and advocates on behalf of, Black journalists worldwide. It is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.

 

UO Student and Campus Resources

Academic Residential Communities (ARCs)Students living in ARCs take classes together and connect with professors and advisors who support them socially and academically. In many cases the residential buildings have special areas like design studios, music practice rooms, and maker spaces to help students succeed.

  • Latinx ScholarsThe Latinx (Latina/Latino) ARC aims to create and promote a positive and supportive space that eases the transition for first-year students into University of Oregon life, while empowering them to become prominent campus leaders. Through connections to other students with similar interests and/or cultural backgrounds and connections to faculty and academic support on campus, students can shape their intellectual journey while changing the face of the university.
  • LGBTQIA+ Scholars: The members of this ARC share intellectual and social experiences focused on understanding of and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied identities, histories, and practices. Community members have the opportunity to attend LGBTQIA+ events, lectures, exhibits, conferences, and other leadership and cocurricular events. They also connect with new friends and allies in a living-learning environment focused on what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ student, peer, and citizen.
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies: This residential learning community is for students who are interested in learning about indigenous peoples of Oregon, the United States, and the world. Students will develop knowledge and an understanding about the issues and challenges facing today’s and tomorrow’s indigenous communities, and they will explore solutions to those challenges.
  • Umoja Black Scholars: Named after the Swahili word for “unity,” this academic residential community aims to cultivate a sense of belonging for Black students at the University of Oregon. Consider joining the Umoja Residential Community if you are looking for a space in the residence halls where Black students can come together, grow in their own identities, engage with peer mentors, connect with academic advising and resources around campus, and learn about the diversity of the diaspora by sharing a home with each other.

Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE): CMAE is a place where students are empowered, engaged and nurtured for success. Its mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. The center develops and implements programs and services that support retention, academic excellence, and success at the UO and beyond for all students, including undocumented and tuition equity students. 

Counseling Center Support During a Pandemic of Racism: The UO Counseling Center offers support to help students deal with the psychological toll of ongoing racial injustices and violence toward Black people and other people of color.

Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI): The University of Oregon's Division of Equity and Inclusion promotes inclusive excellence by working to ensure equitable access to opportunities, benefits, and resources for all faculty, administrators, students, and community members. Its work is guided by the UO IDEAL framework of inclusion, diversity, evaluation, achievement, and leadership.

DEI Black Lives Matter Campus and Community Resources, Information, and Messages: Categories on this continually updated list of resources include health; news stories written by Black faculty, staff, alumni, and friends; articles; webinars, lectures, and workshops; campus groups; and community groups and organizations.

DEI Love Authenticity Courage Empathy (LACE) Framework: This UO initiative encourages all community members to explicitly model the values we share. Resources include reading materials, templates, and activities focused on helping us to be intentional about the ways we show up as colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and citizens of the world.

DEI Student Resources: This comprehensive list includes job and internship opportunities, financial aid, scholarships, and resources for graduate students, multicultural students, international students, LGBTQIA students, veterans, nontraditional students.

Indigenous UO Campus Map: The Indigenous UO map highlights the key points of interests related to Native American and Indigenous history on campus. This project was created and developed by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential

Strategies and Working Groups: Alliances of faculty, staff, students, and community members collaborating to improve educational access and equity. UO strategies groups include the Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander Strategies Interest Group, Black Strategies Group, Latinx Strategies Group, and Coalition for Allyship and Engagement.

 

Scholarships and Funding

DEI Funding Requests: The DEI provides funding assistance to members of the UO community to facilitate the institutionalization of equity, inclusion, and diversity on campus. Funding is available to faculty, staff, students, and academic and administrative units for event support, research support, professional development, programming or curriculum development, conference travel expenses, and more.

Diversity Scholarships: The UO offers a handful of scholarships recognizing students for their educational achievements and contributions to diversity and inclusion on campus and in their communities.

Graduate Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants: The DEI lists several funding sources for grad students who identify as part of a minority group.

 

UO Faculty Resources

DEI LACE Faculty Resources: This page offers resources for faculty to implement the Love Authenticity Courage Empathy (LACE) Framework in their classrooms.

Faculty Development Resources: This list includes research and teaching fellowships, grants from the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and Center for the Study of Women in Society, and strategy and working groups.

Faculty Equity Statements for Tenure, Promotion, and Review: This page provides background on the requirement for faculty to incorporate discussions of contributions to institutional equity and inclusion within their personal statements for review, tenure, and promotion. It includes some recommended best practices for committees and heads responsible for reviewing and assessing such statements.