What will your story be?
What you do on campus and how you get involved in our communities is entirely up to you. Every year begins with the networking event Weaving New Beginnings, where you can find opportunities and a community to support you. Do you want to focus on building strong relationships through a program focused on succeeding at the UO? Or maybe you want to be involved in celebrating legacy and cultural heritage through major events on campus. Whatever your interests are, there are opportunities and a community for you. You get to choose how your successful college experience is defined. The Multicultural Education, Engagement, and Student Success staff is here to help you get there.
Multicultural Events and Programs
Throughout the year there are a variety of events and programs hosted by students and community members focused on sharing experiences and discussions around culture and heritage with the campus community.
IMPACT is a peer-to-peer mentoring program for students of color and first-generation college students. Students can participate as either a new student or as an IMPACT coordinator.
Weaving New Beginnings
A networking reception to welcome new students, faculty, and staff of color. This event has kicked off our fall term for more than 20 years and has become an exciting campus tradition. All are welcome.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Every year the campus comes together to celebrate the lasting legacy of Dr. King's work. With award celebrations, a community march, service project, and a keynote speaker this celebration brings our community together to honor our shared vision to continue moving forward and pays tribute to the individuals who have bravely stood for justice and peace.
Raices Unida Youth Conference
Latinx high schoolers from around the state of Oregon gather at the UO for a full-day conference to connect with each other and learn about access to higher education.
Multicultural Education, Engagement, and Student Success Hours
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Creating a common dialogue
The Multicultural Education, Engagement, and Student Success program is a place where all students are welcome to meet, plan, and help create a stronger community. It is a place that helps you connect with students of all races and backgrounds to collaborate around cultural programming and education. Our office leads IMPACT and collaborates on a number of events and celebrations throughout the year.
The Division of Student Life—as well as many offices and programs in the Division of Equity and Inclusion—work closely with a number of campus services to connect you with resources, services, and community. Below are a number of resources you might find helpful.
Beginning August 5, the museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In accordance with university and state public health mandates, we will require everyone onsite to wear masks or other face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their households.*
Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change.
Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future.
*Public hours and safety protocols are subject to change based on guidance from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Please stay tuned to our COVID-19 Updates page for developing information.
Eugene Pride Joins with Black Unity to March for Black Trans Lives on Saturday, August 8, 2020 in lieu of Pride in the Park Festival The March Will Begin at Noon at the Federal Courthouse and End at Kiwanis/Skinner Butte Park
(Eugene, OR) Black Unity, the organizers of the Eugene/Springfield area’s nightly Black Lives Matter protest, and the Eugene Pride Day Equality Project, the non-profit organization that produces Eugene’s annual Pride in the Park Festival, are joining together to rally and march for Black trans lives and to highlight the intersections between the Black community and the LGBTQIA+ community. The march will begin outside of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Eugene at 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 8 and end at Kiwanis Park at the west end of Skinner Butte Park. Members of Black Unity and Eugene Pride will host a joint media availability at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 1st, in front of the Federal Courthouse.
Rallies preceding the march and after its conclusion will feature speakers from TransPonder, the HIV Alliance, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, Black Unity, Senator James Manning, Councilor Greg Evans, and others. The march will honor the trans Black women and other women of Color who started the movement for gay rights and trans liberation at Stonewall, 51 years ago. All attendees should wear a mask and practice physical distancing to the extent possible. (For more information regarding the COVID-19 protocols and procedures, please visit our FAQ page.
The Black community is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and vice versa. Individuals in both communities are targeted for violence for being who they are, face barriers in housing, healthcare, and education, and face higher rates of HIV infection. At least 21 trangender individuals have been murdered this year, including Nina Pop, Monica Diamond, Riah Milton, Tony McDade and others. The police continue to murder Black people throughout the country, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and countless others before them. The march will serve as an opportunity to form stronger community ties and mutual aid networks between the area’s Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. We stand in solidarity together to condem the continued murder to Black people and trans individuals.
The Eugene/Springfield Pride in the Park Festival is held each year on the second Saturday in August at Alton Baker Park. This year would have marked the festival’s 29th year, but the festival was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In addition to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, the Festival raises money for youth scholarships for community members who are attending college that are members of the queer community or children of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Eugene Pride is committed to centering BIPOC voices in all future festivals and is working to increase BIPOC participation on its board of directors.
For more information, please contact: Eugene Pride: Bill Sullivan – Board President
Marlie Heberling – Marketing Coordinator Black Unity: Claire Reyna
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has a support group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence in the past or present. SASS services are always free. http://sass-lane.org/
SASS's LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.
For any self-identified members of the queer community age 18+ who have experienced sexual violence.
Drop in. No registration needed. SASS services are always free.