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Dear CPHHS community,
Today, I received a petition signed by over 100 students, requesting accommodations for Black students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) during the end of their classes and finals. These signatures were gathered in less than 24 hours.
As a College of Public Health and Human Sciences we recognize the real health implications for Black people and other people of color grounded in the enduring legacy of structural racism in our nation. We recognize as well that the violence brought against Black bodies and the loss of Black lives has a devastating impact on our community. While we all mourn these abuses, Black students in CPHHS may need time away from their studies to tend to their own emotional well-being, the wellness of family members, or to participate in demonstrations or other social justice activities.
Therefore, I urge all CPHHS faculty and advisors to work with Black students individually to accommodate their needs. I am supportive of granting deadline extensions, waiving grades on assignments, and giving these students the option to keep the grade they have already earned in a class if they wish to forego grades on further assignments or final exams. We will need to work within the framework of OSU’s academic regulations, however, and I will personally sign petition requests and advocate for Black students who would benefit from additional support during this time.
Additionally, I agree that the CPHHS should be at the forefront of tearing down systems of oppression at OSU and in our communities. I am committed to the following actions:
Further, I am committed to justly and appropriately continuing conversations and working together to enact real, meaningful change within the CPHHS and OSU. As President Ray eloquently said on Sunday, “I know this will not happen overnight, but by God it needs to happen soon.”
I am inspired by the leadership of the CPHHS students. I am proud to be your dean. Your activism and commitment to human rights make our college, our community and our world more just.
Cynthia de la Torre et al. (bcc)
President Ed Ray
Provost Ed Feser
As a college, we share in Oregon State University’s aim to create “a climate of inclusion, collaboration and care that appreciates and seeks diversity as a source of enrichment and strength, and is rooted in justice, civility and respect.” Understanding how students currently experience our college’s climate is vital to moving toward this shared vision.
During Spring term 2016, with the Office of Student Success, we launched an initial effort to examine student perspectives on the climate of equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice within our college. Close to a quarter (827) of the college’s 3,361 students responded to an online survey.
Most boldly, the results tell us that as we strive for inclusive excellence, we are not there yet. Although a majority of students reported generally positive experiences in the college, students identifying as a U.S. minority and graduate students reported significantly less positive experiences.
Importantly, these findings provide us with a set of actions for positive change. First among these is the need to better understand the experiences that shape students’ perceptions. Toward that end, we will host a series of focus group discussions to listen to and learn from students. Additionally, we call for the following:
We are confident that with the above measures in place we can move boldly toward our goal of becoming a place of inclusive excellence where everyone can thrive.
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