Our division provides opportunities for students to engage in service and reflect on issues of local and global concern. Students cultivate a commitment to the common good and contribute to a better world as engaged citizens and change agents. Through advocacy, activism, philanthropy, sustainability and service, our students can make an impact in the ways that matter to them most — while also enhancing their well-being and leadership skills.

 

Finding Connection

From days of service held throughout the year to Poverty Action Week to Community Dialogues exploring tough issues to the Nonprofit & Public Service Fair, Community Engagement & Leadership helps organize events that educate, connect and challenge students. Often working with division partners, like the Human Services Resource Center, CEL helps students engage with and contribute to our OSU and local communities. And, depending on a student’s passion, there are lots of ways to get involved, whether through an organized OSU event or perusing the online database of service opportunities maintained by CEL.    

Civic Engagement Spotlight: Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks encourage students to take a break — a break from the usual and from the routine, a break from the comfortable and from apathy. When students commit to participating, they commit to immersing themselves in a community, to learning deeply about others and to working alongside community members and new friends in pursuit of social change. An Alternative Break consists of a weeklong service trip to one of several West Coast destinations, where students will discover the interconnectedness of social justice issues and while strengthening their own values.

Past participants have called their Alternative Break experiences, “inspiring,” “humbling,” “transformative,” and “eye-opening.” It’s the perfect opportunity for personal growth while initiating meaningful, long-term change. Students return from Alternative Breaks profoundly changed, more open-minded and self-aware, prepared and motivated to take on similar social justice issues in their own communities.

“I learned what it means to be an ally and explored issues relating to social injustice, inequality and policies,” former Alternative Break participant Luis Rivera said. “This experience forced me to overcome my own preconceptions to better understand social issues and advocate for social change.”

 

Division Resources for Students

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We believe a better campus, a better community, a better experience happens when we come together. You are a student. You have a voice. Make it known — apply to be on a committee or to volunteer, register for an ASOSU internship or attend one of our events. We also have resources to help students navigate their educational experience. 

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Beavers Give a Dam is an interactive bystander program to prevent sexual violence. This skill building workshop offered by the Prevention & Wellness team in Student Health Services is customizable for different communities and aims to increase participants' motivation and confidence to intervene.

Student Experiences & Engagement oversees approximately 400 clubs and organizations each year. Find one that fits with your passion! There are lots of options to explore — from cultural organizations to clubs focusing on environmental, health or other social issues. Clubs enhance knowledge, help you develop transferable skills and complement classroom learning. Learn leadership, organizational development, team building and communication skills.

Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) brings students together for out-of-classroom experiences that build bridges to community and support your ability to change the world. Through our programming and cultural resource centers, DCE enriches your personal growth and development while fostering belonging. 

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Many students are facing new challenges due to COVID-19. The Human Services Resource Center is here to support you. We provide textbook access, laptop and calculator lending and food assistance. Contact us to find out how we are adjusting our services to work with students remotely. 

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It is the mission of the Multicultural Greek Council to promote diversity, communication and cooperation among its member organizations and to advance the ideals of scholarship, service and unity throughout the greater Oregon State University and Corvallis community.

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