University of Oregon

Advancing inclusive excellence through critical thinking and an ethic of care

CoDaC Staff from left to right: Chicora, Tim, Mia, Rita, Tina, Linda, Alisia, Mickey, Gordon and Jenni

CoDaC  staff consists of a diverse team of research faculty, graduate students, and professionals with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, education, communication, and theater arts. Our staff have expertise in the areas of multicultural organization development, student affairs, mediation/conflict resolution, and curriculum development.

What unites us is the desire to create more inclusive environments and the commitment to engage on the front lines with individuals and organizational communities striving to become more multicultural.

CoDaC employs a developmental approach to promote cross-cultural knowledge, skills, and awareness. We conduct multicultural research, offer innovative workshops, and partner with departments/units to become more inclusive, accessible, and aware of their organizational cultures.

CoDaC primarily serves faculty, academic units, and student affairs offices in higher education. We work with individual faculty to increase their capacity to work effectively with a diverse student body and we work with campus units (departments, colleges, and student affairs) to foster multicultural organizational development.

While our primary work is within higher education, CoDaC also occasionally works with K-12 educational communities.

Graduate Summer Research Award 2014

Deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014 by 5:00 pm

The Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC), in conjunction with the Graduate School is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Graduate Summer Research Awards. These awards support the scholarly work of graduate students throughout the University. A total of 3 awards of $1500 each are available for proposals. This award also includes a stipend of $250 for the faculty advisor of graduate summer research award recipients.

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Upcoming Event

The Race Card Project: Continue the Conversation

race cardsNPR Special Correspondent Michele Norris is gone, but the Race Card Project lives on at the University of Oregon.

Norris spoke to a packed EMU Ballroom on Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, about her experience writing her family memoir, “The Grace of Silence,” and her journey on the road of talking about race through The Race Card Project.  Now it is time to follow up on campus to continue the conversation.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Center on Diversity and Community are encouraging members of the UO community to participate in The Race Card Project by submitting six-word stories at one of the boxes around campus (EMU, Knight Library, Law School, Jaqua Center, Student Rec Center, Health Center and Housing Service Desks) or online.

(For more information about the project, please watch this video or visit the Explore Identity website.)

A series of Continue the Conversation sessions to discuss The Grace of Silence and The Race Card Project are scheduled this month:

  • Monday Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday Nov. 20  at noon

  • Wednesday Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

All sessions will take place in the Center on Diversity and Community office space in 54 Susan Campbell Hall.  Please RSVP to

People who were unable to make the Michele Norris event are still welcome to attend the Continue the Conversation sessions.  The video of the evening will be posted on the Explore Identity website.