Black Student Access & Success Initiative

The Black Student Access & Success Initiative within the Educational Opportunities Program supports offices within the Division of Student Affairs on topics related to African American students, faculty and staff. Collaborating with other departments within the division in order to meet its goals, the initiative provides university-wide services and programming, including academic support, resources, career development, recruitment and outreach.

About black student access and success

Learn about our initiative's guiding principles, mission, events and how to contact us below.

Guiding Principles

Access: Providing tours of campus and information about financial aid and the college admission process to black students and families. Make sure students know about all resources available to them. 

Equity: Meet students where they are currently, and provide each student with the appropriate amount of support to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.

Innovation: Continue to provide new and intentional services to help black students achieve their educational and professional goals.


In alignment with OSU’s commitments to diversity, we work to create rich and intentional collaboration across campus to increase access and the academic success of African American students.

Community Events

To achieve its goals, the Black Student Access & Success initiative sponsors a number of academic events, high school visits, and college information sessions for black families in Portland.


Dorian Smith, Coordinator of Black Student Access and Success within the Educational Opportunities Program

  • 338 Waldo Hall
  • 541-737-4181

Resources & Support

There are a variety of resources to support undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds at Oregon State.

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) provides a variety of support services for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Students can apply to the program on EOP's website.


Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at Oregon State University offers support to traditionally underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs. Visit the LSAMP website for more information on programs and services.


TRIO Student Support Services provides ongoing support for students throughout their college career in addition to opportunities for academic growth and development. Students can learn about eligibility and apply to the program online.

Academic Counseling

Students should connect with their academic advisors to learn more about requirements and opportunities related to their degree and major.

EOP counselors have the experience necessary to guide students through the barriers existing in college, and even work with students after graduation. Counselors come from many different educational and career backgrounds, so our staff not only has the intellectual understanding needed to help students succeed in college, but the personal awareness as well.

Students accepted in the TRIO Student Support Services program have access to academic counselors who offer comprehensive academic support.

Tutoring Services

Students can utilize the services offered through the Academic Success Center (ASC), or talk to an ASC Strategist for academic assistance.

Bridge Programs

The EOP Bridge Program offers students an exciting way to begin their transition to college, build skills to navigate campus and create a community that will help facilitate a successful first year. Contact EOP if you are an incoming first-year student interested in participating.

The LSAMP Summer Scholars Bridge Program is for incoming underrepresented students enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) related major, and helps students make lasting connections, learn about resources and adjust to campus life.

The TRIO SSS Summer Bridge Program is available to assist incoming first-year and transfer students transition to Oregon State. To learn more about the program and requirements for enrolling, contact a TRIO academic counselor.

Nia Black Scholar Living-Learning Community

The Nia LLC connects students with a shared interest in centering Black people and people of the African diaspora and understanding what it means to be Black and African American in Oregon and at Oregon State University. The residential experience provides space for students to build strong community and explore racial identity. 

Mentoring and Support

The Beaver Connect program brings together new-to-OSU students, peers and faculty members in an effort to facilitate the student transition to college, faculty-student interaction and community building. The Distinguished Scholars Initiative, part of the Men's Development & Engagement program, is geared toward male-identified students of color. Through DSI, students gain fellowship and mentorship, while fostering the continued development of self-efficacy and professional skills. 

Involvement Opportunities

Getting involved on campus helps students build community, feel a sense of belonging and succeed in reaching academic and personal goals. Some opportunities for involvement are listed below.

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center
Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center (BCC)

As a part of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center exists to complement the academic program of studies and enrich the quality of campus life for African and African-American students on-campus and online at Oregon State University. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to get involved with the center through programs, utilizing resources and visiting the BCC.

National Pan-Hellenic Council students
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, sometimes referred to as the "Divine Nine", is an organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. NPHC offers a great opportunity for students interested in serving their community and being a part of a lifelong brotherhood or sisterhood. To learn more about organizations or how to join, visit the NPHC website.

Black Student Organizations

Click on an organization to learn more about it and find contact information. Visit Student Leadership and Involvement for more information about student clubs and organizations.

The purpose of ASA is to foster close, friendly relationships and better understanding among African students of the diaspora and Oregon State University. ASA serves and educates the Oregon State community about African history, traditions, customs and happenings in addition to joining students of African descent or from the various countries of Africa to come together and create a home away from home.

To contact ASA, email [email protected].

The BGSA is an organization dedicated to making the Oregon State University community aware of and responsive to the needs and concerns of black graduate students. The BGSA serves as a professional and social support body for graduate and undergraduate students. BGSA is particularly concerned with the recruitment and retention of black undergraduates into graduate school.

To contact BGSA, email [email protected].

The mission of Oregon State University's BSU is to foster, support and promote the social, political and educational growth of black students. The BSU also spreads awareness and compassion through the education of peers and service to the community.

To contact the BSU, email [email protected].

Utilizing the tenets of social justice, DSI fosters the continued development of self-efficacy, servant leadership, professional skills and academic excellence in male-identified students of color at Oregon State University.

To learn more about DSI, visit Men's Development and Engagement.

It is the purpose of NAACP to ensure the political, education, social and economic equality of people of color in the community and to eliminate racial prejudice. NAACP seeks to remove all barriers to racial discrimination through democratic processes.

To contact the Oregon State chapter of the NAACP, email [email protected].

The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers that excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

To contact NSBE, email [email protected].

WoCC aims to celebrate, empower and advocate for women of color at Oregon State University by focusing on the professional development of women of color in all disciplines in order to enable them to become successful contributors to their field. WoCC provides support, community and resources for women of color at Oregon State, while enriching Oregon State with the contributions of often silenced people.

To contact WoCC, email [email protected].