Living on campus means 'diversity education' at Oregon State

Toni Airaksinen
New Jersey Senior Campus Correspondent

  • Oregon State University will pay a new administrator up to $61,500 to push “diversity education for all student residents” in university housing.
  • The "Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and Programs" will also oversee the school's Bias Response Team, which deals with incidents including "electronic harassment" and "graffiti."
  • Oregon State University will pay a new administrator up to $61,500 to push “diversity education for all student residents” in university housing.

    The new “Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and Programs” will be responsible for creating “diversity education for all student residents” while coordinating “diversity support services.”

    "Experiencing or witnessing a bias incident can result in physical and emotional trauma."   

    [RELATED: University offers students funding for social justice projects]

    According to a job posting for the new position, the successful applicant could be paid up to $61,500 plus benefits, though must have a “bachelor’s degree in social justice or a related field” and at least “five years [of] experiences in diversity and social justice education.”

    OSU, notably, is one of at least 232 American universities with a Bias Response Team, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and so the new administrator will also “serve as a first responder to incidents of bias,” which can apparently include “electronic harassment” and “graffiti.”

    “Experiencing or witnessing a bias incident can result in physical and emotional trauma,” the school’s website declares. “All members of the OSU community who have been impacted by a bias incident are encouraged to report it by submitting a Bias Incident Response Form.”

    Further, the job posting reveals that “all student residents” will now be subjected to diversity and social justice program put on by the residential life staff.

    [RELATED: University to offer ‘social justice advocacy’ certificate]

    Notably, The College Fix reported last year that the school planned to require incoming freshmen to undergo online training that would help them “incorporate the pursuit of social justice within their university experiences.”

    Campus Reform reached out to the university for additional comment on the new position, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen

    New Jersey Senior Campus Correspondent
    Toni Airaksinen is a New Jersey based Correspondent for Campus Reform, and her reporting focuses on campus First Amendment, Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and due process issues. Her stories have appeared numerous times on the front page of the Drudge Report, and has been profiled by numerous outlets including Fox News, The New York Post, PBS News, and the Washington Examiner. As the first person in her family to attend college, she's also given numerous radio and TV interviews on the "first gen" experience. Features can be found on NPR, WNYC, the German newspaper Süddeutschen Zeitung, and more.
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