As Oregon State University’s president, I have pledged that “business as usual” is not good enough, and that we will take action to address the challenges we face.
We don’t do this alone. Matters such as community livability are being addressed in collaboration with Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman, rental property managers and other partners. We work with local and regional educational leaders on improved K-20 issues. And we engage with students, community residents, local nonprofits, health providers and law enforcement to address sexual violence and support survivors of such crimes.
This spring, Oregon State and the Corvallis Police Department have made additional commitments to improve neighborhood livability. In partnership with CPD, our students, faculty and staff, Oregon State has introduced 20 initiatives to address illegal use of alcohol, loud noise from parties and safety concerns.
Over the past several months, we have renewed our commitment to being a fully inclusive, civil, safe and just community for all. We are continuing conversations with students, faculty and staff who have courageously spoken up about racial injustice and other forms of discrimination. In this issue of Beaver Nation Corvallis, Interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista answers questions about how the university is supporting diversity, equity and social justice.
Elsewhere in this issue, you will meet two of our outstanding student leaders, as well as four Corvallis startup companies that have participated in the Oregon State University Advantage program.
Finally, please join me in thanking Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa for his 30 years of service to Beaver Nation and congratulating him as the new president of Western Washington University. Much of what we’ve accomplished at Oregon State in recent years is thanks to his leadership and hard work.
Enjoy this issue and your summer!
Edward J. Ray
President, Oregon State University