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A Message from President Wiewel

One of the most important contributions that colleges and universities make to the communities that surround them is to contribute to the vitality of our increasingly diverse society. Here at Portland State, we serve this mission in everything we do.

Wim Wiewel, PSU PresidentOne of the most important contributions that colleges and universities make to the communities that surround them is to contribute to the vitality of our increasingly diverse society. Here at Portland State, we serve this mission in everything we do.

First, diversity is central to the educational experience at Portland State. We are proud to have the most diverse student body of any university in Oregon and know, because our students tell us, that the diversity in our classrooms enriches their educational experience. We are committed, too, to building the diversity of our faculty and staff. Our faculty and staff offer experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that give our students the knowledge and skills they need to serve a diverse society. The diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and points of view represented within our campus community enlivens and deepens classroom discussions and creates a campus climate where everyone feels welcome.

Diversity is also central to research at Portland State. As an urban research university, we have a strong commitment to research that contributes solutions to the challenges faced by the communities around us. Our research on sustainability, for instance, includes a focus on maintaining sustainable urban communities. As the diversity of our local population grows, so does the intellectual vitality of our urban environment. Portland State is committed to research that will advance the knowledge and understanding that our local communities will need as our region grows and changes.

Diversity, of course, is also central to community-based learning and civic engagement at Portland State. Our students, faculty, and administrators work with over four hundred community partners on projects that promote equality and social justice, support our cultural institutions, enrich the arts in our region, and offer assistance to schools, employers, and community groups. Our students graduate with a strong commitment to the ethic of community engagement and activism, and we are proud of the leadership they contribute in Oregon and beyond.

This is an exciting time for Portland State and for our region. As the diversity of our population grows, so does the intellectual vitality of our campus and of the urban environment that surrounds us. I look forward to working with you all as Portland State continues its mission to be a “partner in diversity” with our local and regional communities.

Wim Wiewel
President, Portland State University