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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.
An inclusive university community is achieved and sustained by seeking a diversity of people and perspectives, valuing our differences, and ensuring equitable opportunities. We are guided by the interdependent principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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.
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.
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.
We are steadfast in our pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These commitments are central to our OSU mission—to foster academic excellence, to build healthy communities, and to improve the quality of life at our university and throughout the world.
Note: These vision and principle statements are derived from the Oregon State Self-Study. During its 2016-2017 term, the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice will be discussing and reviewing these, and other, institutional diversity statements.