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Diversity Action Council

About Us

The Diversity Action Council (DAC) is commissioned by the President and Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion, and is comprised of PSU faculty, staff, and students. The DAC's role is to foster equity and social justice by reviewing PSU programs, policies, and decision making and developing recommendations that aid the university in our work to serve  the best interests of our diverse constituents.

What We Do

Each academic year the DAC sponsors research and special projects through its President's Diversity Mini-Grants Program. The DAC also constantly works towards the goals of the Diversity Action Plan. For Portland State to be successful in achieving these diversity goals, it requires the commitment of every PSU student, faculty and staff member. We invite any PSU student, faculty or staff member who would like to be involved in the Diversity Action Council to please contact us at

Blog: "Our Voices"

Our Voices serves as the PSU Diversity Action Council's official blog. Created in 2014, it is an online venue for PSU DAC members to share their experiences and perspectives among the PSU campus and greater Portland community on a range of topics pertaining to equity, diversity and inclusion. Striving to bring the world to the campus and the campus to the world, the blog also provides a platform to discuss current events and developments in various sectors.

PSU Cultural Competency Training Series

In collaboration with the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Portland State’s Diversity Action Council is proud to announce the 2015-16 PSU Cultural Competency Training Series. The trainings are geared to faculty, staff and students and will explore various diversity issues including race, sexuality, gender, disability and socioeconomic class. The series will strive to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, celebrate differences and intersect commonalities in people, cultures and community.


Portland State University (PSU) recognizes that diversity in faculty, staff and student populations enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth, strengthens communities and the workplace, and enhances an individual's personal and professional opportunities. As a public university, PSU has a special responsibility to work for equity and social justice and to make PSU programs truly in conjunction with our diverse constituents. The DAC was formed to support these overall goals. The charge of the DAC is to:

(a)    Advise and report to the President and Provost on issues related to diversity.
(b)    Recommend to the President and the Provost the allocation/redirection of resources that support diversity initiatives and commitments.
(c)    Support curricular and pedagogical efforts to incorporate diversity and equity.
(d)    Foster research on issues related to diversity, equity and tribal sovereignty.
(e)    Create a welcoming and safe place for all persons.
(f)    Strengthen linkages with communities of diversity in the region.
(g)    Promote significant structural changes at PSU to support service to diverse constituents.
(h)    Seek outside funding sources to supplement and enhance the activities and programs of the DAC.
(i)    Design and oversee an assessment process to monitor progress on implementing the Diversity Action Plan.
(j)    Promote activities throughout the campus effectively addressing issues related to diversity.
(k)    Recognize and honor exemplary actions that contribute to a campus climate supportive of diversity.

Our mission is guided by three simple and powerful truths:

  1. We are educating global citizens. Students in the 21st century live in the global world and must learn to think beyond the boundaries of the nation state. Consequently, we have a responsibility to prepare students to become citizens of the world. By enabling students to successfully participate in a diverse society, we can achieve a global community that's equitable and just for all.
  2. Diversity contributes to critical thinking skills. Students who develop the ability to understand alternative perspectives tend to show greater empathy and have a better capacity to solve complex social problems. They're also better prepared to take on leadership roles as decision makers and facilitators by negotiating different perspectives. That's why it's important for us to create both formal and informal environments where students can learn the issues related to diversity. 
  3. Knowledge Serves the City. The first two truths serve the third, which is the foundation for Portland State University's motto Let Knowledge Serve the City. We're proud to be an active and contributing partner with the city we call home. It's why we're committed to connecting with diverse communities and serving our greater urban society.