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 25 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 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: 9:00 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.
By José Cruz González
Directed by Theresa May
Join us for a live YOUTUBE Premiere on April 30, at 7:30 PM!
The cast and production team will be running the live chat on our YouTube page during the premiere and would love to interact with you!
"Watermelon Kisses" and "Marisol’s Christmas" will stream on our YouTube page from April 30-June 30, 2021. Don’t miss it!
In "Watermelon Kisses," two brothers tease one another about what happens when you swallow a watermelon seed, but the story is much larger than this as the boys are named for the Mayan and Aztec gods Tlāloc and Quetzal.
In "Marisol’s Christmas," a family flees over the border from Mexico to the United States on Christmas Eve and takes refuge under the overpass of a freeway bridge. There, Papa uses found objects to tell a story that gives the family hope and joy on this night of nights.
Every year, the JSMA partners with the University of Oregon’s Common Reading—campuswide programming around a shared book and its themes—to organize a Common Seeing exhibition that explores and expands on the Common Reading through visual art. The 2020-21 novel is This is My America by UO Assistant Vice Provost for Advising, Kimberly Johnson. The Common Reading’s charge of Listen. Learn. Act. incorporates different bodies of work across multiple platforms, focusing on Blackness, Black experience, and dismantling racism. The works on view in this year’s Common Seeing, on loan from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, are by Black American artists Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976) and Alison Saar (American, b. 1956). Their art compels us to look, listen, learn, and act.
The JSMA believes that art can move people to change. As an academic art museum, it is critical for us to listen, learn, and act in order to build trust and understanding. We are committed to the advancement of anti-racism in museum culture and diverse and equitable approaches in our work. The JSMA’s exhibitions and public programs strive to amplify multiple perspectives, experiences, and voices. LOOK. Listen. Learn. Act. is generously made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Image: Alison Saar (American, b. 1956). Sorrow’s Kitchen (detail), 2020. Wood, tin, acrylics, spray tar, ceiling tin and linoleum, 28 x 12 x 10 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (Photo Credit: L.A. Louver).
*Exhibition brought to you by the Visual Arts Team! Find us on Instagram @uovisualarts or Facebook @visualartsteam. UO ID required to visit the show in person -- a virtual artist talk and tour will be shared to Visual Arts Team social media accounts!*
Ugo Akabike is a University of Oregon Alum often thinking about being in a place where the sand is warm, the sky is cerulean blue, and the waves are barreling. Through his photographic endeavors he strives to capture the moments that we often think little of, but remember fondly in reflection. Though often choosing to say little with words, the images he produces announce themselves boldly through their captivating visual nature. The photographs displayed in Fond Reminiscence attempt to make its viewers pause and appreciate the subtle links between memory and imagery, both while observing the images on display and while interacting with the world in daily life.
Ugo would love to hear from you and what you think about his work! He challenges you to reach out to him on Instagram right now just to say hello : ).
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