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UO’s I.D.E.A.L. Imperative:
A Response to COVID-19

Prepared by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, 2020

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We work collaboratively to strengthen individual capacity and community bonds to advance the academic mission of the university through
Inclusion, Diversity, Evaluation, Achievement Leadership



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L.A.C.E. embodies the universal tenets of
Love, Authenticity, Courage and Empathy.
These interlocking values represent the being and doing of individuals and the institutions in which they engage. 

*©Yvette Alex-Assensoh 2013 


Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program - Jordan Schnitzer Museum & Lyllye Reyonolds-Parker Black Cultural Center.

“Making A Way Out of No Way: Resilience in the Black Experience” ( 1-credit course with DEI VP Yvette Alex-Assensoh. Fall 2020. 

Oregon Cares Fund: Cash grants to Black -individuals, Black-owned businesses, & Black-led nonprofits who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19.

Black Lives Matter


Campus and Community Resources, Info and Messages

NEW Black Studies Minor

Letter to Black students, faculty and staff  from the Black Strategies Leadership Group,  Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center,  and Black Academic Excellence Team




CACE: Campus and Community Engagement


Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

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Latinx Heritage Month 2020 "To many, history is merely an academic subject. Engaging with it is a task, if not an ordeal, and when we do, we often feel a need to oversimplify. Either we’re learning from cautionary tales or celebrating two-dimensional triumphs. In reality, history is never something we can truly separate from ourselves....

Making A Way Out of No Way: Resilience in the Black Experience” (Black Resilience) 1-Credit Course with Yvette Alex-Assensoh  (2020 Fall Term)

Marching Forever, But Going Nowhere
"For centuries, black people have been the proverbial canaries of the American coal mine, literally sacrificing their lives to warn others of toxic conditions that must be cleared to ensure abundant and healthy lives...Read more


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Funding Opportunities




 Latinx Studies becomes Minor

Latinx ARC opens
UO MEChA forms (as Chicanx Student Union until 1969)
UO Muxeres forms 
Latinx Male and Allies forms 
Headshot of Edgar Buendia Hernandez, the winner of the Robert J. Erickson Permanente Scholarship

Robert J. Erickson Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Recepient

Major: Biochemistry

"Receiving this scholarship means a lot of to me because of the support given. Not just financially, but also moral and academic support with an advisor. I'm excited to meet other people and be part of this community. ​​​"


Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights...Sep 19
11:00 a.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Sexual Asssault Support Services LGBTQIA+ Group
Sexual Asssault Support Services LGBTQIA+ Group Sep 22
5:00 p.m.
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, with Alondra Nelson
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and...Oct 7
4:00 p.m.
BE Help! with Ebony Morgan
BE Help! with Ebony MorganOct 20
6:00 p.m.
Climate Justice lecture: “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations”
Climate Justice lecture: “The Geography of...Dec 8
5:00 p.m.

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Native American Nine Flags Ceremony 2016

Territorial Acknowledgement

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, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.
In following the Indigenous protocol of acknowledging the original people of the land we occupy, we also extend our respect to the nine federally recognized Indigenous nations of Oregon: the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, 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 express our respect to the many more tribes who have ancestral connections to this territory, as well as to all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.