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Office of Diversity Advocacy

We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community.

We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all students, faculty, employees, volunteers and our local and global communities.  Diversity includes age, culture, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, military background, marital status, social class, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, and diversity of thought.

Diversity Action Council

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. Learn more about the Diversity Action Council.

Diversity Action Plan

With students, faculty, and staff from over one hundred countries and all fifty states, representing a broad spectrum of religions, ethnicities, tribes, sexualities, abilities, ages, identities, experiences, and genders, Portland State University (PSU) is Oregon's most diverse campus. It is also Oregon's largest, and has a special responsibility to serve as an exemplar for the rest of the state by seeing that diversity is represented in all facets of its enterprise. To that end, PSU renews its commitment to diversity through this Diversity Action Plan (DAP).

President's Equal Access Scholarship

Portland State University is committed to ensuring all students have the access and support they need to achieve their goals. Through the President's Equal Access Scholarship, PSU is able to support outstanding students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including racial and ethnic backgrounds, that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Portland State University's President's Equal Access Scholars maintain good standing, contribute to the campus learning environment, and share their unique strengths and diverse perspectives through their involvement in on-campus activities and participation in community service. Please visit the President's Equal Access Scholarship website for more information.

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