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Intercultural Students Services

Experiential Learning/Service Learning & Diversity

Intercultural Student Services (ISS) offers a number of experiential learning opportunities that expand the student experience through hands-on academic and non-academic engagement. Throughout our programming we emphasize student collaboration, social justice, and global and domestic comparative perspectives.


Transatlantic Students Symposia

The Transatlantic Students Symposia are a series of short-term academic exchanges that provide a student-based and largely student-run space for the discussion of topics of contemporary relevance in an interdisciplinary, experiential and transatlantic setting. Students of the humanities, including Political Science, Cultural and Literary Studies, History, Education, and others, are working together in order to approach political and historical topics with a strong relation to present-day cultural and public policy issues. They are furthermore provided with an outlook into professional and practical applications of their academic training.

The symposia are organized in a cooperation between the following partners:

Web Site: Transatlantic Students Symposia


Women As Global Leaders (WAGL)

The Women as Global Leaders Conference aims to inspire and connect the emerging generation of women leaders around from around the world with a particular focusing on educating female students about leadership and for leadership. Sessions and workshops will focus on the primary conference theme as well as leadership education; the development of concrete leadership skills; and the empowerment of women as responsible and sustainable stewards of their communities, their countries and the world. We invite students and educators to present sessions on their research, experiences, and thoughts on developing sustainably focused leaders and empowering women cross-culturally. All sessions will be held in English.

Web Site: Women as Global Leaders Conference


International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer School

As part of the partnership between Intercultural Student Services and the Master of Public Policy program at Oregon State University, the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) program brings together an international, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, students and professionals to study together the many facets of rural policy, from policy formulation to policy impacts.

The Master of Public Policy Program program at Oregon State University is a strong ally and advocate for diverse students and offers the opportunity for students to participate in a wide range of disciplinary inquiry on policy that affects diverse communities.

Web Site: ICRPS


Promise Internships

PROMISE is an internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience in state and local government agencies for Oregon State University juniors and seniors. The program's purpose is to increase the potential pool of applicants currently under-represented in state and local government agencies. Students of color are encouraged to participate in our program.

Contact: Charlene Martinez

Web Site: http://oregonstate.edu/promise/


Council on Foreign Relations Dialogue Group

Intercultural Student Services hosts the Council on Foreign Relations teleconferences that allow students the opportunity to interrogate issues of social justice within an international context. The conferences are done in live time with an audience of several university participants. The Council on Foreign Relations is of special interest to students interested in politics, social issues, health concerns, environmental risks and cultural change that are embedded within broader issues of social justice and policy.

Web Site: Council on Foreign Relations Dialogue Group


International Partners and Friends:


International Programs

IP seeks to foster, coordinate and advocate for programs and services that have an international dimension. IP is a creative catalyst to help OSU become a premier international university, with its mission reflecting global interdependence and the increasingly international basis of Oregon's economy. IP engages in entrepreneurial efforts to provide the resources necessary to support its mission.

Web Site: International Programs


School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy at OSU, is home to programs in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and the Masters in Public Policy.  Approved in 2011 as part of the strategic realignment of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Public Policy offers on campus and online undergraduate majors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as an on campus Masters in Public Policy program. The School also offers undergraduate minors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology as well as graduate minors in Political Science and Sociology. A special program unique to the Master of Public Policy is the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Program:  http://icrps.org/.

Web Site: School of Public Policy


International Students of Oregon State University

The International Students of Oregon State University (ISOSU) leads in creating a community that enhances and influences the student experience. ISOSU facilitates cross-cultural interaction and understanding by inviting many voices from around the world to be heard. ISOSU is committed to supporting and developing a wide range of international opportunities for the OSU community focusing on the education of issues and appreciation of cultures on this university campus.

Web Site: International Students of Oregon State University


INTO Oregon State University

Our programs provide students with a broad knowledge of the wider world develop English language skills and facilitate in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Web Site: INTO OSU


Intergroup Dialogue

Dialogues are facilitated, face-to-face meetings between students from two or more social identity groups that have a history of conflict or potential conflict. Examples include dialogues between Women and Men; Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexual and Heterosexual People; White People and People of Color; Women of Color and White Women; Asians and Whites; Latinos/as and African Americans; American Indians and Whites; Christians, Muslims and Jews; Asian Americans and Latino/as; People with Disabilities and People without Disabilities. These dialogues allow students the opportunity to explore emotionally charged, historically laden issues in an atmosphere of creative and appreciative inquiry and discussion. ISS, along with other campus partners and friends, is the home of intergroup dialogues.

Web Site: Intergroup Dialogue


Social Justice Conference

Every spring, in conjunction with Holocaust Memorial Week, the Public Policy Graduate Program, Intercultural Student Services and the History Program host the Social Justice Conference for graduate students and senior level undergraduates. The conference provides a forum for the interdisciplinary presentation of ideas, thoughts, research and inquiry related to the existential questions of social justice that events like the Holocaust are continuing to raise for the 21st century.

Web Sites: Social Justice Conference and Holocaust Memorial Week Program


Diversity Development

As a unit of Intercultural Student Services, the Diversity Development Office is responsible for the four Cultural Centers at Oregon State University. This includes the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, and the Native American Longhouse. The Centers are committed to the retention of underrepresented students by providing facilities, events, activities, support services, and leadership development opportunities for students.

The Diversity Development Office includes the Cultural Centers Staff Coordinators, the Cultural Centers Graduate Teaching Assistants, and the student staff of the Cultural Centers.

Web Site: Diversity Development


Adelante Leadership Program

The Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) and CASA Latina/o de OSU invites you to the launch of the ADELANTE Leadership Program 2012.  This program is designed for students who wish to increase their leadership skills and involvement in OSU programs. Today’s employers are looking for people with strong leadership skills and experience in team-work, social engagement, multicultural awareness, and excellent communication skills. ADELANTE is designed to help you develop those skills and become an active part of your community.

Web Site: Adelante Leadership Program


Leadership Partners and Friends

Student Leadership and Involvement

The Department of Student Leadership & Involvement supports students and student groups by providing opportunities for leadership development and campus community involvement.

Web Site: Student Leadership and Involvement


Contact Info

Intercultural Student Services
A150 Kerr Admin
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-9030 | E-mail: iss@oregonstate.edu

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