Diversity at Portland State
Portland State University recognizes diversity among its students, faculty and staff as one of its most precious resources. The diversity that we experience at Portland State contributes importantly to the value of a Portland State education and enriches the life of the institution. At Portland State, we celebrate our diversity and recognize it as an integral part of academic excellence.
Office of the President’s Diversity Initiative (OPDI)
The president’s diversity initiative, established in 1999, is a campus-wide endeavor devoted to promoting diversity and inclusion at Portland State University. The diversity action council (DAC), which is central to the initiative, is a presidentially-appointed group of faculty, staff and students who engage in diversity planning and programming of importance to the campus. We define diversity broadly, and promote equality and inclusion across lines of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, age, sexual orientation, religion, political viewpoint, military background, national origin, marital status and disability.
Creating a positive climate for diversity at Portland State University depends on the efforts of many people and is the responsibility of campus leadership on every level. OPDI plays an important role in campus leadership for diversity, but many offices, programs and campus leaders are involved in diversity efforts that are entirely independent of our work. If you are interested in learning about diversity at Portland State, please contact us, and we will do our best to connect you with the right people or invite you into one of our own projects.