Oregon State University

ISS Units and Staff

Intercultural Students Services

ISS Units

Research and Assessment

Associate Director: Jeff Kenney

The Associate Director of Research & Assessment will contribute to the development of a culture of inquiry among students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Intercultural Student Services. The primary responsibilities of this position are related to engagement of diverse constituents in the critical examination of ISS programs and services, as well as the development of participatory action research (PAR) initiatives which aim to investigate and transform systems of injustice affecting historically marginalized communities at Oregon State University. This position serves as proxy for the Director of ISS regarding all issues related to the Department of Intercultural Student Services and will assume the duties of the Director in the Director’s absence.

Global Diversity

Associate Director: (currently hiring)

Provides leadership and strategic direction for the Clinton Global Initiative http://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative by providing clear advising for students involved in the program, as well as researching and assessing linkages across campus to assist students in developing research projects that add to their academic portfolio. Develops a curriculum/mentorship program, including appropriate assessments, that addresses American narratives of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and difference, and helps to create meaningful dialogues on cultural narratives both domestic and global. Collaborates with the Graduate School on creating a supportive environment that connects graduate students from underrepresented groups into a cohort that regularly convenes to discuss topics and find relevant solutions for their academic success. This is a shared position with International Programs

Academic Success and Engagement

Associate Director: Oscar Montemayor

This office is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives from the Vice Provost of Student Affairs that address comprehensive pro-active strategies to help retain under-represented and under-served student—included in this portfolio  is the Minority Male Initiative, a proposal to enhance the success and retention of men of color. The Academic Success and Engagement office will facilitate a close collaboration and partnership with the Meyer Memorial Trust academic success and retention programs, Educational Opportunities Program, Student Support Services, CAMP, CL@SE, BEST bridge program and the Academic Success Center.

Integrated Learning for Social Change

Associate Director: Charlene Martinez

This position is intentionally designed to have a curricular and co-curricular emphasis that serves as connection between Intercultural Student Services diversity efforts and the College of Liberal Arts and is grounded in an understanding of the following: a) the pedagogy of civic engagement and democratic discourse in the context of higher education, b) social justice activism, and c) student leadership development. This position is responsible for providing opportunities that connect classroom learning with experiential learning, assuring best practices are met—most notably through internships such as PROMISE, Project Social Justice Mentoring program, and the Arts and Social Justice Living Learning Community. This position is a shared position between the Office of Intercultural Student Services and the School of Language, Culture and Society and will partner with the newly proposed Social Justice Minor through the School of Language Culture and Society

Web Site: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/iss/mentoring

Social Justice Minor

Contact: Charlene Martinez

The Social Justice minor provides interdisciplinary academic classes in which students think critically about social justice and experiential learning activities in which students engage in the work of social justice. The program addresses local, national and international issues of social justice. A core of theory, case studies, and practice is combined with elective courses from across the College of Liberal Arts that address the following areas: histories, cultures and geographies of dominance; experiences of oppression; theories of justice; policies, institutions, and structures that promote or hinder equity; and collective action or processes of change leading to social justice. The Social Justice minor is a collaboration of the School of Language, Culture, and Society, the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, and the School of Public Policy.

Web Site: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/slcs/sj

Social Change  and Leadership

Program Coordinator: Miguel Arellano

Social Change and Leadership will focus on enhancing opportunities for student leadership development and engagement by developing resources and co-curricular experiences to promote an institutional and community climate of justice. The Coordinator will develop education and training programs that address individual, interpersonal, and systemic issues of power, privilege, and oppression regarding all social identities: including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ability, socio-economic status, citizenship/nationality, veteran status, This position is a partnership with Student Leadership and Involvement.

Men’s Development and Engagement program

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Romeo Lopez Gonzalez
(and Jeff Kenney)

Men’s Development and Engagement, is focused on encouraging OSU’s men to engage in a process of positive gender identity development with the hope of creating a safer environment for all. Founded in 2011 the program is run by a graduate teaching assistant and assisted by interested students, faculty, and staff. The program continues to grow and serve the entire campus community.

Women of Color Coalition

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Yamilet Alas
(and Charlene Martinez)

A newly inaugurated organization formed by the grassroots efforts of concerned students following the racially and gender charged bias incidents of March 2014. This collaboration between students, faculty, and professional faculty works to facilitate safe space, dialogue, and support addressing the intersections of race/gender/nationality as embedded cultural narratives and as a part of structural violence.


Cultural Centers


Diversity Development

Associate Director: Jason Dorsette

Diversity Development is responsible for the greater alignment in curriculum development, orientation programming, community building and academic engagement and success strategies  of the seven Cultural Resource Centers (four of which will be new to campus) that house the following community affinities: Asian Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, Ettihad Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris black Cultural Center, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Pride Center, and Women’s Center.



Asian Pacific Cultural Center

Asian Pacific Cultural Center

Assistant Director: Reagan Le

Asian Pacific Cultural Center exists to provide academic, cultural, recreational, and social programs/activities related, but not limited to the Asian/Pacific Island cultures and heritages. Their primary function is to educate students and members of the community about the various cultures and to provide leadership development through these events and activities.



Native American Longhouse

Native American Longhouse

Assistant Director: Luhui Whitebear

The Longhouse provides the opportunity to build a bridge of understanding between the regions' Tribes, Indigenous peoples of all lands, and visitors of all cultures. The Longhouse is a resource for non-Natives interested in the dynamics of cultural exchange and alternative learning styles. For learners from a Native background, the Longhouse provides a hospitable environment and a source of support honoring the cultures of the first people of this land, including Alaskan Natives & Hawaiian Natives.



Centro Cultural César Chávez

Centro Cultural César Chávez

Assistant Director: Melisa Lopez

The purpose of this Center is to provide a location and facility for programming various, academic, cultural, recreational and social events related to the Chicano/Latino/Hispanic culture and heritage. It exists to support the different ethnic and cultural peoples' pursuit of their educational goals and the retention of their culture. Further, it strives to inform both the respective cultural groups and the greater university communities about issues central to the Chicano/Latino/Hispanic culture and heritage. The Center seeks to provide an environment in which students are able to accept and appreciate their differences and also a place that encourages a sense of purpose and unity.



Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Interim Assistant Director: Dominique Austin

The purpose of this center is to compliment the academic program of studies and enrich the quality of campus life for African and African-American students at Oregon State University. Integral to this is the retention of African, African-American, and all students of color through support services that empower and enable students to matriculate successfully. In addition, the Center serves as a safe place with leadership development opportunities where cultural diversity is valued and the uniqueness of the individual is respected--in particular the center promotes events and activities that educate all students, faculty, and the greater Corvallis community on the histories and issues affecting all peoples of African heritage.



Pride Center

Pride Center

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Kali Furman
(and Jeff Kenney; full faculty position will be sought in Fall 2015)

The Pride Center provides programs and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the OSU community and their allies (LGBTQQIAA). The Pride Center affirms the identities and empowers the lives of people who are LGBTQQIAA by providing education, outreach, program support, consultation, community development, visibility and advocacy.



Women's Center

Assistant Director: Whitney Jones

The Oregon State University Women's Center, established in 1973, offers learning experiences that help women transform themselves and society. Its educational programs reflect the diverse views of women from all walks of life. The center provides advocacy, support, programs, resources and opportunities to translate concerns into action.



Ettihad Cultural Community

A cross-cultural resource for all OSU students aiming to represent the unique cultures of central and southwestern Asia as well as northern Africa.

Contact Info

Intercultural Student Services
A150 Kerr Admin
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-9030 | E-mail: iss@oregonstate.edu

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