Our Mission

Provide educational and developmental opportunities for students to make informed decisions that support their success at Oregon State University. We are dedicated to providing an environment that will enable students to effectively engage in their academic and intellectual work.

Program Highlights
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) - The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program is a semi-structured mentoring program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented professionals in student affairs, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ. The Oregon State University NUFP program has almost doubled since last year, with 23 mentees. University Housing and Dining Services provided support for room and board for NUFP summer interns.
  • Interfaith and Community Service (IFCS) - Spiritual Life @ OSU will help support efforts related to interfaith engagement over the course of the next academic year, as a stronger tie has been formed between different groups and administrative bodies. We are also in the process of completing assessment work with respect to attitudes and experiences from the "Service Meets Spirit" conference. Thus far, we've concluded that individuals are eager to continue conversation with respect to the subject of personal beliefs and that the community is, by and large, spiritually malnourished. A new graduate assistant has been appointed for the next two academic years in the Office of the Dean of Student Life, which has oversight responsibilities for the IFCS initiative. There is also discussion of having this effort transition from an administrative effort to a recognized student organization. Participating organizations: Muslim Student Association, Newman Center, United Campus Ministry at Westminster House, Baha'i Student Association, Luther House, Latter-day Saint Student Association, Advocates for Freethought and Skepticism, Hillel at OSU, CRU (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), Friends of the Family, Center for Civic Engagement, Healthy Campus Initiatives, Office of the Dean of Student Life, Memorial Union Program Council, Human Services Resource Center, Spiritual Life @ OSU, Linn;Benton Food Share, Stone Soup Kitchen, University Housing and Dining Services / Orchard Court Family Housing, OSU Veteran Services, Division Student Affairs, Associated Students of Oregon State University, and Students in Free Enterprise.
  • Everyone Matters @ OSU - The Everyone Matters campaign is a six-month global social media campaign to foster inclusiveness and reduce intolerance. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students are encouraged to participate in the campaign by: 
    • Inviting students (or faculty) to upload a 15-second video from smartphone or webcam sharing experience of being misjudged—or misjudging!— or how they learned to be more inclusive, stronger, or wiser; 
    • Taking the 24-Hour Challenge to "Not Judge in Thought or Action" for a whole day—and inviting your class, student organization, or department to take the 24-Hour challenge; Inviting your class, student organization or department to submit videos as a group classroom project, themed to pride of identity, being judged, judging others or related topic. (With the help of Everyone Matters staff, you can quickly and easily create a video page on Tout for your institution or course to upload the videos to a single page, with your institution's name and logo. It's simple and easy to do.) 
    • Contacting Everyone Matters staff and collaborating with innovative ideas for community involvement, classroom projects or to involve your students.
  • Religious Accommodation Policy for Students - In September of 2011, The Associate Dean of Student Life invited colleagues to participate on a committee to discuss the possibility of developing a religious accommodation policy to address faculty and students' questions related to providing accommodations on the basis of students' sincerely held religious beliefs. The committee met several time throughout the academic year and produced the Religious Accommodation for Student Policy on May 17, 2012. The formal policy can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/religious-discrimination. The development of the Religious Accommodation Policy for Students was a collaborative effort of the Office of General Counsel, the Office of the Dean of Student Life, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and OSU Religious Advisors.

Video(s) - Introduction to Student Life