University of Oregon

Advancing equity and inclusion at the University of Oregon

The UO Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) builds the capacity of individuals and units across campus to advance the university’s goals of equity and inclusion.

A unit of the Division of Equity and Inclusion, we sponsor a range of programs for individual faculty, graduate students, alumni and staff as well as capacity building initiatives with departments, colleges, schools and research units across campus.

In 2014-15, our initiatives include a Faculty Writing Center, the CoDaC Faculty Fellows program for first year faculty, and supporting a wide-range of equity initiatives on campus.

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Dr. Alai Reyes-Santos, (UO Ethnic Studies) speaking at TEDx Uoregon 2014

CoDaC also coordinates and hosts the UO’s institutional membership in the National Center on Faculty Development and Diversity, providing faculty, graduate students, administrators and post-docs access to a wide-range of professional development and productivity resources.

CoDaC works closely with other units in the Division of Equity and Inclusion around the planning and implementation of the new university-wide diversity plan, as supports an ongoing collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs to strengthen faculty searches and hiring practices.

History

CoDaC was founded in 2001 by a group of UO faculty, administrators, staff and students committed to advancing inclusive excellence through critical thinking and an ethic of care. For an overview of the founding of CoDaC, see our History page. During the last decade, CoDaC’s staff has consisted of a diverse team of research faculty, graduate students, and professionals with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, education, communication, curriculum development, conflict mediation, student affairs and theater arts. CoDaC has sponsored a range of training programs, professional development workshops, and public events, including recent talks by Michelle Norris, Claude Steele, Lawrence Bobo, Chimamanda Adichie, and Kenji Yoshino.

In 2013, CoDaC became formally incorporated within the Division of Equity and Inclusion with a mandate to work with individuals and units across campus to advance the university’s goals of equity and inclusion.