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Diversity Action Council

About Us

The Diversity Action Council (DAC) is a president appointed advisory committee comprised of PSU faculty, staff, and students that works closely with the university's chief diversity officer and executive director of Global Diversity and Inclusion. DAC's role is to foster equity and social justice by guiding PSU programs, policies, and decision making so that the university works in conjunction with its 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 diversity@pdx.edu.

Mission

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. 

Meetings:

Type Date/Time Time Location
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
DAC General Meeting Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00-1:30pm MCB 541
President's Diversity Awards
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
3:00-5:00pm NASCC