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Diversity and Inclusion

Undergraduate students working in a lab.

The Microbiology Department is deeply committed to upholding the values of anti-racism, diversity, racial justice and equity – cornerstones of institutional and scientific excellence. Through our rich collection of people, ideas and perspectives, we engage in a healthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research and make discoveries.

Black Lives Matter

The Core Values Committee believes that BLACK LIVES MATTER and that we are all responsible for making our community and university a more just, equitable, and inclusive place.

Recognizing the past and present contributions of Indigenous people

We acknowledge that Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located in the traditional territory of the Chepenefa ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Our support for Indigenous people goes beyond this land acknowledgement and extends to learning, empathizing and involvement.

Learning more about racism and Oregon's history

We encourage everyone to take some time to browse through the Valley Library’s compiled list of books and resources to get started on Examining White Identity, Reading Racial Justice, and Addressing Racism in STEM Disciplines. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) also has a thorough collection of educational and toolkit resources here.

Oregon State University resources