Cultural Resource Centers

The Cultural Resource Centers provide student leadership, employment, and volunteer opportunities; student resources such as computer labs, event, lounge and study spaces; and extensive programming. All PSU students are welcome in our spaces.


The Cultural Resource Centers create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience.



The Cultural Resource Centers value diversity, social justice, cultural traditions, student identities, success and leadership. 


Learning Goals


    Leadership: Leadership is more than holding a position, it is a process. We recognize that leadership is approached and perceived in diverse ways throughout our various communities. Students will learn to develop a culturally responsive leadership lens by cultivating a comprehensive set of practical skills including time management, self-care, meeting facilitation, group dynamics, and team building.

    Intercultural Communication: Students will learn how to communicate effectively utilizing listening skills, verbal and non-verbal language, and written word. Students will learn how to identify their own unique communication styles in order to develop relationships, manage conflicts, and work within diverse cultures and communities.

    Identity Development: Students will gain a greater awareness of their own personal identities and how that interacts with their life experiences and environments. They will also consider how their own multiple identities interact with systems of oppression and privilege. (Learn more about identity here.)

    Social Justice: Students will gain knowledge of diverse cultures, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups. They will learn to act out of humanitarian values, such as being committed to social justice, engaging in social responsibility, and serving as positive social change agents.

    Our Collective Agreement


    The Cultural Resource Centers Collective Agreement, developed by our Leadership Team, directly guides the work of the five centers. We ask that all who access and use our space read and understand the agreement.

    • PSU students are at the center of our work.

    • Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice.

    • We respect others and ourselves.

    • Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain a deeper understanding.

    • No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body.

    • We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions.

    • We reserve the right to refuse service.

    Honoring Place



    Portland State University is situated in the heart of downtown Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Multnomah County rests on traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. The Multnomah were a band of Chinooks who lived in this area. We wish to recognize that since time immemorial these have been the lands of the Indigenous peoples of this region.



      There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the Smith ADA Access PDF for more information. We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! You may also contact the Disability Resource Center. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers does not allow pets in our spaces.



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