Living on campus means 'diversity education' at Oregon State

Toni Airaksinen
Columnist at PJ Media

  • 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

    Columnist at PJ Media
    Toni Airaksinen is Columnist at PJ Media and a Consultant at Youth Radio. She was previously a New Jersey Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform with a focus on Title IX, the OCR, and the First Amendment. During college, she also was a columnist for Quillette and The Columbia Spectator. Her exclusives have been featured on FOX News and The Drudge Report. She graduated from Barnard College in 2018.
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