Our community values
We the members of the Department of Integrative Biology (IB) at Oregon State University are committed to fostering a safe, open, equitable, and inclusive environment in which to learn and work. We are striving to recruit, support, and honor a diverse range of thoughts, backgrounds, and identities. We value our IB community members’ intersecting identities, as well as open dialogue, mutual respect, and empathy for varied perspectives. We recognize the need for inclusion and equity for those who have been underserved and marginalized and are still underrepresented in our community. We value incorporating varied and diverse worldviews in our mission, both for the success of our department at OSU and for just, meaningful, and relevant service to our greater community.
By providing a safe, respectful, educational, and welcoming environment, we aim to empower the current and future members of our department to bring their full and authentic selves to OSU, so that all of us feel a sense of belonging. A positive working environment is vital to achieving academic and professional goals, individually and as a department. We understand that our personal biases affect our ways of thinking. Our encouragement and support of the growth of individual IB members can help confront harmful biases that reinforce stereotypes and systems of oppression. Multiple perspectives and experiences improve the quality and impact of our work, and we continue to identify and work to remedy past and current injustices. We are, and always will be, in the process of learning.