Equity and Inclusion Self Study

Meeting Minutes


Oregon State University will undertake an unprecedented study of our equity and inclusion efforts. The goal of the process is to articulate a vision of the preferred future of OSU as an equitable and inclusive university community, and to identify the most significant goals we must pursue and accomplish in order to realize that future.

Though the self-study is focused on our future, it must recognize and build on important current and previous OSU efforts and accomplishments. These include, but are not limited to, diversity action teams and the plans they developed, along with the work of an array of other offices, programs, and activities intended to advance equity and inclusion throughout the university. The goal of the self-study process is to honor these prior efforts, enhance those that are working, change or abandon those that are not, and identify new efforts that are needed. We expect that the work of equity and inclusion will be ongoing and will evolve over time.


The self-study will broadly engage the University community in conversations about the direction of the University’s equity and inclusion efforts, with particular efforts designed to:

  • Discern and enhance the institution’s conception of and vision for equity and inclusion;
  • Broaden our notion of diversity to accurately reflect our vision of an equitable and inclusive community;
  • Recognize successful efforts to date and recommend ways to sustain and propagate these;
  • Identify challenges and/or opportunities for realization of our vision;
  • Recommend additions or enhancements to our organizational structures, programs and activities that enable us to:
  • Identify and respond to present and emerging opportunities or challenges on an ongoing basis;
  • Sustain our vision;
  • Benefit from models of best practices currently in place in higher education;
  • Articulate the value in equity, inclusion and diversity; and
  • Recommend the most important institutional goals for our equity and inclusion agenda for the next 3-5 years, as well as metrics or other measures for evaluating our progress.

Self-study Team Members

  • Susan Capalbo, co-chair (Department Head, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics)
  • Angelo Gomez, co-chair (Interim Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion)
  • Brenda McComb (Dean, Graduate School) 
  • Brian Bay (Associate Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) 
  • Elizabeth Thomas (Office Manager, Extended Campus) 
  • Janet Nishihara (Director, Educational Opportunities Program) 
  • John Edwards (Director and Associate Professor, School of Psychological Science) 
  • Larry Roper (Vice Provost, Student Affairs) 
  • M. Tonga Hopoi/Amelia Harris (ASOSU President)
  • Michelle Bothwell (Associate Professor, School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering and Interim Director, Difference, Power and Discrimination Program) 
  • Tony Wilcox (Co-Director, School of Biological & Population Health Sciences) 


October 2011: The core team is established and the first two meetings are scheduled for November 2011.  The focus of these meetings will be to discuss the charge, review the deliberations of the thinking group in order to provide a framework for the core team, and finalize an implementation plan for the remainder of the self-study process.

Meeting Minutes

November 18, 2011 (PDF)

November 28, 2011 (PDF)

December 15, 2011 (PDF)

January 4, 2012 (PDF)

March 21, 2012 (PDF)


To learn more about our forums, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

External Review

Best Practices Document (.pdf)