Diversity

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Diversity

Inclusion is a fundamental part of excellence in graduate education at the University of Oregon. Whoever you are—and wherever you’re coming from—your point of view and unique contributions are valued in our graduate community.

We embrace ideas and insights from individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, identities, and experiences, and we recognize the vital role of people and perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

The Graduate School is committed to advancing a genuinely inclusive community of scholars and helping all graduate students connect with the resources to find their space and thrive in this community.

Initiatives     Recruitment     Retention     Partners

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Our Commitment to Diversity

The Graduate School believes:

  • Every graduate student deserves a space in which to experience and express their personal identity, and to pursue their scholarship in good conscience.
  • At its very best, graduate education occurs in a community; a shared place where each individual feels they can belong, participate, and thrive.
  • Diversity presents itself in many forms—socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, and more—creating a rich, complex tapestry of personal backgrounds that interweave to form our vibrant community.
  • The goal of advancing equity and inclusion leads to increased enrollment, retention, and graduation across the entire university community.

The Graduate School is invested in:

  • Eliminating barriers to establish an inclusive community of scholars where intellectual and identity differences are respected, welcomed, and valued.
  • Working collaboratively with campus leaders, academic departments, and schools and colleges in providing exceptional support and retention services to all students.
  • Connecting graduate students with the people, places, and campus resources that can help you find your community and thrive at the University of Oregon.
 
Honoring Native Peoples and Lands

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon.

Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at the University of Oregon, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.

The Graduate School has various locations in Oregon. We wish to acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Kalapuyan peoples (Eugene area); Chinook, Clackamas, Kalapuya, Kathlamet, Molalla, Multnomah, Tualatin, and other tribes and bands (Portland area); and the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw (Charleston area).

We express our respect for all federally recognized Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes.

We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.

Diversity Initiatives

A wide range of opinions, perspectives, and experiences are essential to excellence. Therefore, the Graduate School works collaboratively with campus units and student organizations to promote the recruitment, funding, academic success, and professional growth of graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, including those historically underrepresented within research universities.

Graduate Diversity Advisory Council

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Countries represented
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Racial and Ethnic minorities
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International Students
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Diversity Recruitment

Our commitment to diversity begins at recruitment. We partner with our schools and programs to identify, attract, and develop the most talented scholars representing as many viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences as possible. We aspire to be an inclusive community in which individuals of every nationality, religion, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, political viewpoint, socioeconomic status, and veteran status can flourish.

Graduate Application Fee Waivers

Recruitment Support to Departments

Diversity Retention 

At the University of Oregon, we believe diversity drives innovative research. Our commitment to diversity includes support for programs that help the university achieve a diverse and successful graduate student body.

The Graduate School offers competitive fellowships for students from diverse backgrounds, such as the Promising Scholar Award and the Future Stewards Program.

As part of this commitment the Graduate School also offers numerous services, workshops, and trainings to promote and address the needs of a diverse community of scholars.

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Mentorship

We help to guide students through key milestones as they work toward degree completion and life beyond graduate school. The Graduate School team offers support to students with a variety of academic, social, professional, and financial questions.

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Programming

We offer resources to prepare students for academic and professional success including workshops on a broad range of topics—including time, communication, diversity and equity, and writing—as well as facilitate conversations with faculty members and alumni, and social events to build community within and across disciplines.

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Partnership

We work closely with our diversity partners across the university to understand the needs and experiences of our students and to help foster a culture that is supportive of all members of the graduate community.

Diversity Partners