The Master of Public Policy Program at OSU is a strong ally and advocate for students from diverse backgrounds and offers the opportunity for students to participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry on policy that affects diverse communities.
We are striving to provide a truly multicultural, diverse and international learning environment. For this purpose, we have been partnering with Intercultural Students Services, with OSU International Programs, and with several international partners.
We provide a variety of funding sources and scholarships for excellent students from any background.
We also offer a close mentoring relationship between our students and faculty. Joint policy-related and social events throughout the academic year offer regular opportunities for an active academic and personal exchange, and contribute to a strong sense of community and fellowship.
Several programs and field schools directly address issues of international and domestic diversity:
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. Student participants are selected on the basis of merit, service to their degree programs, and areas of academic concentration.
The MPP program partners with Intercultural Students Services at OSU to create a diverse group of participants. Our international partners come from the American Studies Program at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, and from the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, Poland.
International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer School
The International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) program brings together a diverse, international, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, students and professionals to study together the many facets of rural policy, from policy formulation to policy impacts. Student participants are selected on the basis of merit, service to their degree programs, and areas of academic concentration (i.e.,rural policy)
Indigenous Policy Summer Institutes
The Indigenous Policy Summer Institutes are a series of short-term academic and service-learning exchanges that provide a student-based and partially student-run space for the discussion of questions of indigenous governance, culture, politics, and history, which takes place in an interdisciplinary, experiential and indigenous setting. Prepared by classroom seminars, video conferencing and an online discussion forum, graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from Oregon State University and interested partners meet for a week of field trips and an academic conference each spring. The location will be a different indigenous community every year.
Web Site: Indigenous Policy Summer Institutes
Programs, Initiatives and Centers for Diversity
Social Justice Students Conference at Holocaust Memorial Week
MPP students are encouraged to hold presentations and interact with speakers and fellow students at the annual Social Justice Conference, hosted by Intercultural Students Services in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Week.
OSU maintains a variety of Cultural Centers which serve an active community of domestic and international students. MPP faculty regularly participate in events hosted by the centers.
All MPP students take part in workshops addressing questions of cultural, ethnic, social and sexual diversity. The Social Policy concentration allows for further specialization in solving contemporary challenges to maintaining a diverse culture and society.
Women in Policy
Oregon State University’s Women in Policy student group seeks to serve as a platform for increased collaboration and education for those interested in policy topics, which span all disciplines, including social and natural sciences. The group also aims to build a diverse member base, from casually interested observers to those who are actively pursuing careers in policy-making. Central to the group is to recognize and raise awareness among members and the broader community about historical and current under-representation of women in the policy process. WIP invites both undergraduate and graduate students of any gender to contribute towards this goal. Staff/faculty and community members are also encouraged to participate.