Messages from the Office of Institutional Diversity

July 2017

Welcome: A Message from Charlene Alexander, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

I am proud and honored for this invitation to serve Oregon State University as the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer - a position that grew from close collaboration with University partners to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice at Oregon State University. I am thankful to transition from Ball State University to Oregon State University - both excellent institutions - and for the hard work and commitment of my predecessors and dedicated members of our community. Like you, I believe in the transformational power of education to advance the lives of all students, communities, and the state. I am grateful to build on the legacy of diversity, inclusion, and social justice of this great University with a team of exceptionally committed staff.

The Oregon State University Strategic Plan 3.0 has a laser-like focus on academic excellence while welcoming new ideas and innovation. It is clear, from everyone I have spoken to, that OSU is positioned to “push ourselves in new ways that challenge our thinking and past practices.” The Office of Institutional Diversity will continue to build on the strategic goals of the University to ensure academic success happens for all within a welcoming culture and environment.

Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with various stakeholders within and outside of the OSU community to hear firsthand about the many diversity initiatives currently underway, and to learn how our office can be engaged in strengthening those initiatives and grow our engagement with the OSU and wider community. Thank you once again for welcoming me into the OSU family, and I look forward to all we will achieve together.

Charlene Alexander, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer


2016-2017 Academic Year