Toward advancing the College of Engineering strategic goal of becoming a recognized model as an inclusive and collaborative community, we are planning a cohesive and comprehensive effort centered on increasing competency, changing culture, and building an organizational conscience. Toward this effort, during the 2017-18 academic year, the college will begin bringing in acclaimed scholars, authors, and other resources to elevate our knowledge around the topics of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

Past Events

Creating Anti-Racist Communities

Austin Auditorium
LaSells Stewart Center
Wednesday, May 30, 6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

What does it take to create a just community today? What are some critical obstacles and how might we overcome them? This talk addresses these pivotal questions and invites collective dialogue and community building around this important and inspiring goal.

Tricia Rose is an internationally acclaimed scholar, public speaker, and award-winning author. She is the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or

Sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Engineering and the President's Commission on the Staturs of Women.

Tricia Rose lecture

Hidden Figures | Modern Figures: Meet Systems Engineer Tracy Drain

Kearney Hall Room 112 
Thursday, Feb. 28 12-1 pm
Free and open to the public

Tracy Drain is a Flight Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Deputy Chief Engineer for the Juno Mission to Jupiter. Inspired by Childcraft Books and Star Trek, Tracy Drain dreamt of designing and building the Starship Enterprise when she grew up. Tracy is passionate about space exploration and STEM fields in general and loves taking every opportunity to share her enthusiasm with students, their parents and teachers. Lunch is included.

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or

Sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Engineering and Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

Tracy Drain

"Spinning Into Butter"

Learning and Innovation Center Room 200

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m.

Run Time 120 minutes, including one intermission

Content Advisory: "Spinning Into Butter" contains themes related to racism, diversity, and politics. As such, it may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16. 

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or

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"Spinning Into Butter," a play by Bag&Baggage Productions, explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today's headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. 

When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another. At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the Dean of Students. As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings of racism. Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict.

...a production that should be seen by anyone who's at all interested in one of the most pressing issues of our time and place...Oregon Arts Watch

Thank you to our co-sponsors: Oregon State ADVANCE, College of Education, College of Science, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Honors College, and OSU Search Advocate Program .