Multicultural Students

Bias Response Team

The University of Oregon Bias Response Team (BRT), based out of the Office of the Dean of Students, works to gather information about bias incidents and to support those who unfortunately have witnessed, or themselves become a target, of an act of bias.  Any member of University of Oregon’s community can report a bias incident to the BRT “for action” or “for information only”. If you are interested in having a program or presentation, please contact us at

To report an incident of bias, please Click Here.

Intercultural Dialogues

The UNESCO Chair has sponsored Intercultural Conversations lunches over the past several years. These events are designed to encourage dynamic small-group discussions on a breadth of topics related to intercultural dialogue. Two scholars from different disciplines briefly present on their related research topics before leading a round-table discussion.

Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence

The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is a place where students are empowered, engaged and nurtured for success. Our vision is to build and empower an inclusive and diverse community of scholars who exemplify academic excellence and inspire positive change. Our mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. We develop and implement programs and services that support retention, academic excellence, and success at the UO and beyond.

Multicultural Education, Student Engagement and Success

Multicultural Education, Student Engagement and Success acknowledges, celebrates, and promotes the diverse cultural experiences of each member of the University community and strives to build collaborative relationships, advocate for and promote social justice.

Diversity Excellence Scholarship

The Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES) recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all UO students and the excellence of the University. The University of Oregon offers these tuition-remission scholarships as part of our diversity mission.

Annual award amounts for 2015-16 were $6,500 for undergraduate students and $9,000 for graduate students. 

LGBT Support: UO OUT

UO OUT informs, engages, and connects the UO LGBTQIA community.  We strive to include all resources we are aware of that relate to sexual orientation and gender identity along with referrals to other social justice and ally building resources.

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. Students must be from low-income and first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) or be from a group under-represented in graduate education. McNair Scholars receive comprehensive support to earn undergraduate degrees, complete research projects in their fields of study, and apply to graduate schools. The program’s limited size provides a close-knit community while helping students gain a broad understanding of research and university culture.

Minority Association for Pre-medical Students

MAPS is a club for pre-medical students, which is open to all UO students but is traditionally tailored for minority students. MAPS has been at the University of Oregon since 2011. At general meetings we as a club present members with opportunities to get involved in the local community with volunteer opportunities in local organizations like HIV Alliance, Sacred Heart, and Habitat for Humanity among others. MAPS brings in speakers nearly every meeting, whether they are recent graduates, Representatives for Medical Schools, Pre-Health Advisors, or MCAT Test Prep Representatives.

Multicultural Career Alliance

The MCA’s mission is to provide programming focused on career exploration and future employment opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups of students, such as students of color, students with disabilities, student veterans and students who identify as LGBTQA. 

Multicultural Academic Requirements

Multicultural Courses are courses that counts toward partial fulfillment of bachelor’s degree requirements in one of the following categories. They are identified with codes of AC, IP, or IC on the Class Schedule and in the Student Schedule Builder. Questions? Get assistance from an Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

Multicultural Center

The MCC is a hub of activism, connecting students of all races and backgrounds to encourage collaboration around diversity programming and education. The MCC accommodates meetings of student unions, educational and cultural workshops, guest speakers and artists, art displays, spoken word events, hip hop concerts, etc. The MCC also houses a resource library of books and videos, and has computers for students to work on academic and union projects. The MCC provides potential coalition space for groups in one physical location, encouraging dialogue and cooperation toward achieving common goals.
With the renovation the EMU, the MCC has been relocated behind the Card Office on the main floor of the EMU. To contact MCC, call 541-346-4321 or email:

Pathway Oregon

PathwayOregon serves Oregon residents who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant and who have recently graduated from Oregon high schools. In addition to taking into account these two factors, the UO considers high school GPA in eligibility decisions.

How to Apply

  • Submit the University of Oregon admission application postmarked by January 15.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor by February 15. List the UO as one of your first six choices. The school code is 003223.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

UO SACNAS is here to provide a school wide supportive environment for students in STEM. Our priority is to build a mentoring program that will allow students to feel comfortable asking questions about their major and seeking academic help. Members will have access to professional development workshops, career opportunities in science, social events with other scientists, and science outreach.