Work Life Balance

Portland State University is committed to creating a workplace environment that supports its community members in balancing their professional and personal lives. To support our community members below is a collection of links to organizations and resources at PSU and in the Portland, community to help us all integrate balance and wellness into our lives.



Child Care and Services


Lactation Spaces

PSU has designated certain private locations as suitable for lactating mothers under ORS 653.077 who are expressing milk by manual or mechanical means. The following links provide a list of locations as well as a guide for Employee's Breastfeeding and working.

Wellness on Campus

  • Campus Rec A faculty and staff rate is available to current Portland State employees; verification of employment status and a valid Portland State ID and photo Identification is required for membership.
  • Healthy Campus is guided by Healthy Campus 2020, an effort that provides a framework for improving the overall health status on campuses nationwide.
  • Oregon Department of Human Services Provides information on issues such as child and family services, abuse and neglect, addiction, mental health, people with disabilities, seniors and public health.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Provides additional resources on health and human services, available nationally.
  • Campus Public Safety Provides information, including a campus safety guide and crime prevention tips.
  • Work/Life Policy The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for the University's commitment to support employees in both their work and personal lives.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Commission on the Status of Women The commission is committed to creating a campus climate that supports, encourages and values the full participation of all women within the PSU community.
  • Cultural Resource Centers Provides a forum for collaborative cultural, educational and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
  • Native American Center Provides a learning center to unite all communities.
  • Mittleman Jewish Community Center Provides programs for everyone age 6 weeks to 100 years. Membership based and anyone can join regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and economic status.
  • PSU Women's Resource Center The Women's Resource Center seeks to empower women and to encourage their active and equal participation in all levels of the university community and the larger society.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion A resource for information on several PSU networks and task forces, including the interpersonal violence network, safe space network, sexual harassment task force and the sexual diversity task force.
  • President's Sexual and Gender Equality Task Force (SAGE) The task force is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and encourages full participation of sexual minorities in all aspects of campus life.
  • Say Hey, NW is an informal reception to honor new professionals of color who have arrived in Oregon/SW Washington during the last 18 months. If you are new or know someone new, please contact Vicki Nakashima, Partners in Diversity, by calling (503) 203-5624 or via email to

Resources for Newly Relocated Staff