U Belong at PSU

U Belong at PSU


Diversity is something you may be able to see, but inclusion is something you can only feel. At PSU, we strive to make everyone feel welcome, included, and respected.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not only values at Portland State University, they make up the essential framework of who we are and what we do as an institution and community. Global Diversity and Inclusion is the central division that leads and facilitates the continuous quest for Inclusive Excellence. We structure our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion journey through four pillars:


Global Diversity & Inclusion offers diversity, equity, and inclusion education addressing a variety of topics, needs, and experience levels. We...

  • Work with faculty to increase cultural responsiveness in the classroom
  • Work with search committees to facilitate the creation of a diverse workforce
  • Provide workshops for faculty, staff and students to foster a more inclusive and equitable campus climate
  • And we are happy to do presentations and interactive programs for student groups!  Topics are wide ranging. Let us know what interests your group.


We define equity as ensuring everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential. We…

  • Address and investigate complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment on the basis of including but not limited to age, disability, national origin, race, color, marital status, veteran status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. 
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations.
  • Ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
  • Oversee Title IX compliance which includes response to and prevention of: sex/gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and interpersonal violence. 
  • Please come see us if we can help with an individual concern.  We're here for you!

REMEMBER: All of us can make a difference with each other. We can be mindful of our language, our jokes, our body language and our choices so as not to make others different from us feel left out or somehow targeted. No bias!  No hate!


Diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy requires the ongoing examination of all endeavors, activities, practices, structures, and systems of Portland State University. We...

  • Seek to identify the barriers and challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Advocate for any and all needed changes that aid in making every person feel welcome, wanted, valued, and partnered with for their success.
  • Work to create equitable institutional policies that celebrate multiple identities.
  • Inclusion of students in leadership opportunities such as participation on the Diversity Action Council, President’s Diversity Awards, President’s Diversity Mini-Grants, and  MLK Planning Committee.
  • Administer the President’s Equal Access Scholarship to support students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including first-generation and racial and ethnic backgrounds, that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Lead the campus community in achieving PSU’s Strategic Plan and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan of expanding our commitment to equity


GDI commits to inclusion of historically marginalized communities and those underrepresented in higher education. We…

  • Build partnerships and strive to engage with all communities in our city and region.
  • Provide opportunities for PSU students to outreach and mentor youth in nurturing their desire to prepare for success in higher education. 
  • Partner with schools and community programs by bringing youth to PSU and providing tours to raise awareness about higher education opportunities raise awareness about higher education opportunities 
  • Support organizations that serve marginalized communities and underrepresented students in reducing barriers to accessing higher education 

Connect with GDI to get involved in more opportunities

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