Diversity at the UO

Collage of Campus photos of diverse populations 2018

Diversity at the University of Oregon is more than numbers and percentages. It’s about communities and individuals: students, professors, and staff members, with unique and multiple identities, experiences, and perspectives working to participate effectively in a global society.

  • We are committed to continuously building an equitable and inclusive community. We know it takes intention, humility, and a willingness to listen to and learn from the people around us.
  •  It takes critical thinking and sometimes changes to our behaviors. It’s an evolving conversation with no endpoint—a continuous commitment to be and do better. A place of open-minded inquiry where, in challenging the boundaries of knowledge, we include and value all members of our community.
  • We affirm the words of the UO Mission Statement, "the principles of equality of opportunity and freedom from unfair discrimination for all members of the university community and an acceptance of true diversity as an affirmation of individual identity within a welcoming community."

Freedom of Thought and Expression

Our university respects diversity of opinion. As the Mission Statement avows, "freedom of thought and expression is the bedrock principle on which university activity is based."

  • The exercise of this freedom also carries responsibilities. Intellectual honesty asks us to acknowledge the right of others to examine our assumptions, facts, and conclusions.
  • Intellectual rigor asks that we assess the grounds on which we base our opinions and remain open to alternative analysis. Ethics and evenhandedness commits us to consider the effects on others of what we say.
  • We believe we should constantly work to make ourselves more adept at understanding how race, ethnicity, national origin or citizenship, gender, religious affiliation or background, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic class or status, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, and ability or disability affect the way we live and learn, so that we are better able to respond to intolerance and prejudice, which violate our purpose and mission.