Social Justice and Equity

Social Justice and Equity at UO

Over the course of the last six months, the Executive Council has been discussing how the union can focus on improving social justice, including racial justice, and equity on our campus. We believe that the UO, while making steps in the right direction, has a long way to go. We want to ensure that faculty have a strong voice in that process.

We recognize that many groups on campus are already working hard on this project and have been doing so for many years. We want to be able to amplify and support these projects. We believe that, as a union, we can bring unique tools to the project, especially our ability to collectively bargain with the university.

As we discussed these issues, we developed a plan to guide our thinking and actions over the course of the next few years as we develop our bargaining proposals, negotiate with the university, and implement a new agreement. Along the way, we will engage in other projects that build diversity and equity on our campus.

Below you can see our plan. It will evolve and mature over time, but you can see our strategies for improving social justice and equity, our measurable objectives to keep us on track, and our tactics to achieve our mission.

We will have more coming. This spring, we will be launching a diversity survey that asks faculty where the university is today, where you envision the UO to be tomorrow, and how UA can help get there.

If you would like to help implement the plan, or you work with a group you would like us to support, please do not hesitate to contact the office. We'll be happy to help.


* = completed / ~ = ongoing / __ = not yet begun

Strategies Objectives Tactics
Build alliances with campus and community groups Contact 20 campus and community groups

UA reps on 4 campus social justice committees

*Reach out to student groups and ask how we can help/complement them

~Survey membership about SJ&E groups they work with

~Show up/be visible at campus events

~Link Facebook page to campus SJ&E groups

~Reach out to other campus and community groups and ask how we can help/complement them

Rep for AAUP-OR racial justice taskforce

Rep for AFT-OR social justice program

Collective bargaining Make 10 proposals relating to SJ&E Address service burden faced by FOC

Child care subsidy

Child care for meetings after 5 pm

Stipends for developing new multicultural courses

Student debt relief new faculty

Professional development funds for cultural competency

Activate and develop activist base and faculty of color during Spring term

Create 3 new caucuses

*Develop LGBTQ Task Force

~Develop a faculty of color caucus

~Use speaker series to activate new members

Activate Gender Equity Task Force

Transform GMM into town hall discussions

Work with administrative allies ~Identify allies and have discussions with them

Assess Provost and Deans Offices for commitment to SJ&E

Assess current SJ&E programs???

Make issues more visible on campus Hold 4 social justice events / Issue white paper on diversity at UO in spring / Facebook post every week *Agents of Change

~Make statements about issues when they arise (Ban the Box Admissions Letter, Fair Shot)

~Facebook posts

~DACA/Sanctuary support

Joint admin-labor town hall

AAUP-OR racial justice event

Trainings ~Internal union training on cultural competency

Professional development funds for cultural competency

Diversity training for hiring

Effective cultural competency training for faculty, staff, and students

Improvements in instruction More focused multicultural requirement

Expanded Ethnic Studies department

Permanent home for Ethnic Studies