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Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs

The Multicultural Affairs department promotes a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive campus through events, programs, and relationship building with all members of the Oregon Tech community.

We mentor and empower underrepresented student populations and communities, and provide services and support in the following areas:

  • Understanding Difference
  • Promoting Social Justice
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Microaggressions
  • Identity Development
  • Intersectionality
  • Community Building
  • Cultural Events

Oregon Tech’s Multicultural Affairs began in 2017 as part of the institution’s goals of better supporting underrepresented students, increasing diversity awareness, and creating a community where all belong.

Student Programs and Cultural Clubs

Trainings and Workshops

Please give us 2 weeks to prepare for your workshop/training. Workshops can be facilitated for students, staff, or faculty. If you do not see a relevant training or workshop listed, please reach out to Multicultural Life to see if there is something else we can offer or build together.

Safe Zones

Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. Attend this training to learn how to be supportive and provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.

How to Respond to Racism

This workshop explores our understanding of race, how it is defined in society and the history of racism, then moves on to processing and responding to racism. Activities, scenarios, and discussion ask workshop attendees to share and examine racism, build solidarity, and be empowered to respond to racism in day-to-day living.

Serving Underrepresented Students

This training is geared towards staff and faculty and explores the historical context of underrepresented students in higher education, privilege, microaggressions, and tips on how to better support underrepresented students (Native American, Alaskan Native, Latinx, African-American, Hawaiaan/Pacific Islander, Asian, LGBTQ+, and others).

Snack and Substance

For this activity, questions are created that focus on a specific theme or topic (gender, sexuality, race, social class, culture), participants are then led through a facilitated conversation that allows for exploration and a deepening of understanding, while also respecting and acknowledging difference. Snacks are also served.

Meet Multicultural Affairs Staff

Wakaya Wells

Wakaya Wells

Assistant Director
Email: wakaya.wells@oit.edu
Phone: 541-885-1828

Meet Wakaya

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