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CAS Diversity Work and Resources

Campus leadership has spoken out against hatred, racism, and violence in wake of the tragic death of George Floyd. Recent events have shed light once again on the racism that continues to permeate our society and threatens not just the livelihoods, but even the lives, of African Americans. As we struggle with the pain of these events and the larger issues they speak to, we must be there for each other and look for productive ways to work toward ending racism.

As employees of a major public university, we have a number of immediate ways to do this. CAS faculty and students generate scholarship that challenges us to understand and confront racism. We teach classes designed to provide our students with tools to dismantle racism.  And staff and faculty work together each day to make our departments more inclusive and welcoming. This is a clear place for all of us to begin.

When you walk into Tykeson Hall from the north entrance, you will see this instruction by scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois etched into the concrete: “Education must not simply teach work, it must teach life.” Although it may be months until we can enter the building again and see those words in person, we can continue to teach life in ways that honor these ongoing struggles and ensure that we learn, lead, and change. I look forward to coming together as a community to confront our problems and seek solutions.

 Bruce Blonigen, Tykeson Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Tolerance, inclusion, curiosity and openness are essential to advancing human understanding—and thus essential to the intellectual and academic mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. We welcome a diversity of cultures, histories, languages; different types of knowledge; different talents, abilities, training; a range of experiences, affiliations, alliances and perspectives—all are necessary for creativity, invention, collaboration and problem solving. There is no meaningful learning without challenge and difference.

The College of Arts and Sciences takes its charge and inspiration from the University of Oregon Mission Statement and the Division of Equity and Inclusion’s IDEAL FrameworkWe are devoted “to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.”


Diversity Committee Charge

Breakout Group Scenarios

Staff-Faculty Relations Questionnaire Summary

Workplace Professionalism


CAS Diversity Action Plan (DAP) 2019

Divisional DAPs

      Humanities DAP

      Natural Sciences DAP

      Social Sciences DAP

The Dean’s Office offers the following list of resources for CAS faculty, staff and students to consult in their own efforts to contribute to equity and inclusion work at the UO.

Selected CAS Resources (programs, centers and grants) 

Selected UO Resources

The following stories are examples of important work being done by our faculty and students that collectively advance our diversity goals:

Law Enforcement Collaboration with Media

Carol Stabile writes about the history of “law and order” TV programming that ignores the perspective of the policed.

How to Make Bilingual Signs More Inclusive

Sociolinguist Devin Grammon presented recommendations to the City of Eugene.

Little Richard’s Inspiration

English prof Ben Saunders writes on the queer black performers who influenced the pioneering musician.

Latino Roots, Taught Remotely

An anthropology prof and journalism prof continue to teach their ever-popular documentary filmmaking course during stay-at-home spring term.

Vulnerability to Epidemics

History prof writes how epidemics among Native populations are a direct result of oppressive policies and colonialism.

Pulido Named Collins Chair

Laura Pulido, professor of Geography and Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies, has been recognized for her scholarship and leadership.

The Controversial Origin of Asian American Studies

Tara Fickle, assistant professor of English, writes in The Paris Review.

Ernesto Martinez Wins HBO Award and Licensing Agreement

La Serenata (“The Serenade”) has won the inaugural “HBO Latino/ Official Latino Short Film Competition.”

UO, Federal Initiative to Aid Revitalization of Native Languages

A groundbreaking partnership will help indigenous communities build and sustain community-based programs aimed at saving endangered languages.

Remembering a Brother

Creative writing instructor Brian Trapp memorializes his severely disabled brother in this moving Kenyon Review essay.

New Book: Surviving Genocide

WaPo features historian Jeffrey Ostler’s new book, which explores how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans.

Alumna Recognized for Her Work in Language Preservation

Virginia Beavert has been honored for her efforts to preserve and breathe new life into the Native languages of the Northwest.

Courtney Thorsson Reflects on Toni Morrison’s Legacy

Thorrson, associate professor of English, is currently writing a book about Morrison in the 1970s.

Men Often Use Homophobic Tweets to Protect Masculinity

Sociologist CJ Pascoe found that “no homo” conveyed positive emotional expressions like friendship.

Languages Out Loud

The third annual multilingual speak-out showcased the poetry, song and prose of different cultures.

In The Wake of Hurricane Maria

Alaí Reyes-Santos transformed her Race, Ethics, Justice course into an opportunity for her students to take part in a humanitarian intervention.

Muslim Immigrant Rom Com

Theater prof Michael Najjar directs “Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World” at Minority Voices Theatre.

Forgotten Forerunners

History prof Leslie Alexander interviewed by Mo Rocca on CBS Sunday Morning re: civil rights pioneer Elizabeth Jennings.

Latino/a Experience through Album Cover Art: 1940-90

“Visual Clave,” co-curated by anthro/folklore prof Phil Scher, at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through 4/21. 

Salmon is Everything

Play reading at Many Nations Longhouse of a work resulting from theatre professor’s collaboration with Klamath watershed stakeholders.

Latino Destinations and Environmental Inequality

Sociology grad students Camila Alvarez and Kathryn Norton-Smith publish study in ASA journal.

English as Weapon, English as Sanctuary

Undergrad Alec Cowan’s research has focused on the experience of Japanese American students during WWII.

Freedom of Expression: The Role of Protest in Transforming Education

Oct. 8, join Kathleen Cleaver and Danny Glover for a roundtable discussion, hosted by faculty in History and the Black Studies initiative. 

The Evolution of Race and Diversity in Comics

Voice of America interviews comics artists, cosplay participants and English prof Ben Saunders at San Diego Comic Con.

The “Broadcast 41” and #MeToo

In Ms Magazine piece, prof Carol Stabile draws from her new book re: women fighting sexism and racism in Hollywood, decades before #MeToo. 

Lesbian Oral History Project

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Special Collections created this project as part of the UO Library’s effort to preserve Oregon history. ...

Taking Center Stage

New English course brings together students and community members with disabilities to create performance pieces staged for the public.

Latest Edition of Undergrad Research Journal

Research by students in social sciences: Asian Studies, Poli Sci, Int’l Studies, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Psych Prof on “Crazy Rich Asians”

Gordan Nagayama Hall pens a piece on the hit film, saying enjoy the fun but be mindful of the stereotypes. 

Int’l Studies Alum Helps Refugees

Building on an internship at the UN in Kenya, DaHyun Kim (’18) now works for a nonprofit called Liberty in North Korea.

First Black Alumni Reunion To Take Place Fall 2018

The reunion is being organized by volunteers of the UO Black Alumni Network.

Profile: Jessica Vasquez Tokos

Sociologist researches the experience of Mexican Americans and Latinos as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, and family.

Perfect Chemistry

At 150 members, UO’s Women in Graduate Science is one of the largest such groups in the country.

Research Meets Radio

JPR interview with Betsy Wheeler: How people with disabilities are represented in literature 

Environmental Justice For All

Laura Pulido helped start a movement to protect minorities from health hazards 

Planned Parenthood Partner

A student’s research provides baseline for study of Latinx health-care access.

Life Lessons

Mike Copperman set out to teach poor kids in the Mississippi Delta. But who was teaching whom? 

Gender Inequality at Uber

CJ Pascoe interview: “The Science of Sexism—Why Workplaces Are So Hard To Change.”

Global Gypsies

Confronting persecution of Europe’s largest ethnic minority 

Disabling the Stereotypes

New program challenges the stigmas associated with people with disabilities.

Indigenous Voices Matter

A comparative literature student asks, “What gets lost in translation?”

Dance of the Storytellers

Undergraduates travel to Mexico, to research the preservation of cultural traditions.