What is social health? In general, this concept refers to your ability form appropriate relationships with other people and with society as a whole. Social relationships can have short- and long-term effects on your health. Beginning in childhood and building cumulatively throughout your life, your social relationships can affect your health in both positive and negative ways. For example, those with strong social ties are often less likely to experience depression or other health problems.

Culture also has a great impact on our health. It affects how we perceive health, illness and death, as well as our beliefs about what causes disease. It can affect how we experience illness and pain, where and how we choose to seek help, and the types of treatments we are willing to undergo. Cultural respect within and among our community is imperative. Respecting each other’s beliefs, values and customs benefits all of us, and supports positive health outcomes.

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  • Adventure Living-Learning Community: Students who love the outdoors and adventure are encouraged to take advantage of this community — build leadership skills while participating in adventure trips, skills workshops and more.
  • Alternative Breaks: Alternative Break trips are centered on creating transformative, experiential learning experiences for students through regional, reciprocal campus-community partnerships. Through these trips, students develop the capacity to lead social change and immerse themselves in a community to learn its historical, sociological, cultural and/or political background.
  • Associated Students of Oregon State University: You are a student. You have a voice. Make it known — apply to be on a committee or to volunteer, register for an ASOSU internship or attend one of our events. We also have resources to help students navigate their educational experience.
  • Bias Incident Reporting
  • Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life: The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life aims to empower the OSU Greek community to strive for individual and organizational excellence. Services include advocating for the interests of the Greek community; supporting community development around multicultural competence; advising governing councils and chapters; and leading development programs.
  • Civic Engagement: Opportunities for students to engage in service and reflect on issues of local and global concern.
  • Craft Center: Seeking a creative outlet of expression and an enriched experiential learning experience? Come to the Craft Center, where students and other members of the University community can foster their own creativity.
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP): The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally-funded program designed to support students whose background includes migrant/seasonal agricultural work. The program provides financial and academic support to first-year students with the goal of preparing them for further success in college. CAMP works with faculty, student services and community-based agencies to improve educational opportunities.
  • Community Engagement & Leadership
  • Cultural Ambassador Conversant Program: Broaden your horizons by engaging in INTO OSU's cultural exchange program. This term-long program gives domestic students and international students the chance to connect and learn about each other's cultures. Applications due by the end of week one of each term.
  • Cultural Events
  • Cultural Resource Centers: Dedicated to fostering an inclusive community at OSU that is committed to social justice and liberation for all people, regardless of racial/ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic class, age, and/or physical abilities.
    • Asian & Pacific Cultural Center: Celebrating the cultures of Asian and Pacific Island nations, the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center provides a meditation room, engagement opportunities, and space for students to mingle and experience community.
    • Centro Cultural César Chávez: Celebrating Chicano/Latino/Hispanic cultures, Centro Cultural César Chávez has an event space, areas for students to study, and a comfortable learning atmosphere.
    • Ettihad Cultural Center: Representing ethnicities across central and southwestern Asia and northern Africa, the Ettihad Cultural Center works to provide a place for students to learn more about these cultures while also providing a relaxing area to mingle and study.
    • Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center: The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center celebrates African and African-American culture in our community and beyond while also providing study areas, academic support, and cultural engagement opportunities.
    • Native American Longhouse Eena Haws: The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, featuring a meditation room and symbolic totem pole, is a hospitable environment and a source of support honoring the cultures of the first people of this land.
    • Pride Center: The Pride Center seeks to create and provide a safe, non-judgemental and supportive community for students of all sexual orientations and gender identifications to participate.
    • Women's Center: The Women's Center works to empower women and educate the campus community about women's issues, resources, and opportunities both locally and globally.
  • Diversity & Cultural Engagement: Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE) brings students together for out-of-classroom experiences that build bridges to community and support your ability to change the world. Through our programming and cultural resource centers, DCE enriches your personal growth and development while fostering belonging.
  • Diversity Learning Assistants: The Diversity Learning Assistant (DLA) peer educator program in UHDS promotes inclusive and welcoming communities in the residence halls, cooperative houses and dining facilities through workshops and programs.
  • Educational Opportunities Program (EOP): The Educational Opportunities Program provides a welcoming environment that supports the full development of the personal and academic potential of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. EOP services include a summer bridge program, tutoring services in the cultural resource centers and assistance through the admissions process and locating financial resources.
  • Examining White Identity: Diversity & Cultural Engagement collaborates with campus partners to offer the Examining White Identity retreat that focuses on white identity development, white privilege and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to dismantle oppressive systems.
  • EXPLORE Living-Learning Community: This community is for students who want to explore all of their options and potential interests at OSU. The LLC offers guidance and experiential learning opportunities to find engagement inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Global Community Kitchen: The Global Community Kitchen partners with students to enhance campus programming and provide food for cultural sharing, learning and community building. Annually thousands of meals are served, hundreds of students and community members volunteer and hundreds of individuals gain new insight on food use and production.
  • Global Village Living-Learning Community: Expand your horizons and cross international borders while living on campus. Global Village in the International Living-Learning Center is a partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and INTO OSU that offers international-domestic student roommate opportunities and much more.
  • International Moms Group: IMG provides opportunities for international mothers to learn and discuss parenting topics, maternal-child health issues, early childhood development, healthy relationships, cultures and customs, as well as practice English, build community, and support each other.
  • International Friendship Program: This program provides international students the opportunity to meet new friends at Oregon State — and an opportunity for domestic students to connect with international students and scholars from more than 100 countries across the globe.
  • International Student Community Team: The International Student Community Team focuses on peer-to-peer connections for international students, who come to OSU from nearly 100 countries. The team facilitates participation in community, recreational and educational activities.
  • International Student Retreat: The purpose of this retreat is to educate international students about identity, social justice and systems of oppression. The retreat draws on social justice education principles to help international students understand systems of oppression within the context of the United States.
  • INTO OSU: INTO OSU provides international students with learning experiences and services that promote academic, professional and personal success, including academic preparation and English language training.
  • Involvement Lounge: The Involvement Lounge serves as a hub within the Student Experience Center for students to connect with resources, campus opportunities and student organizations. Staff in the Involvement Lounge provide one-on-one peer support, whether you are looking for something specific or trying to figure out where to start to get involved on campus.
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): The LSAMP program at Oregon State University, funded by the National Science Foundation, is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics baccalaureate degree programs. LSAMP also works to increase the number of students interested in and qualified for undergraduate research in graduate level studies.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration events — including the Annual Peace Breakfast — provide opportunities to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King in celebration and service.
  • Meditation Room: 322 Student Experience Center - This space is inclusive for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds. The meditation room provides a quiet, intentional space for individuals to connect with their spirituality while on campus. No shoes, electronics or food/drink is allowed into the space — cubbies outside are provided to store footwear.
  • Men's Development & Engagement: Men's Development & Engagement organizes the annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. The initiative provides opportunities to discuss gender, explore topics of masculinity in our community and engage in a process of positive gender identity development with hope of creating a safer environment for all.
  • Military and Veteran’s Resources: The Dean of Student Life is committed to helping student veterans successfully navigate the Oregon State University structure while accomplishing their education goals and maximizing their VA educational benefits.
  • Mindful Living-Learning Community: Students seeking balance and meaning can find a community of like-minded individuals in the Mindfulness Living-Learning Community, located in McNary Hall. Students in the community develop a personal practice of mindfulness and grow in relationships with others through experiences that cultivate compassion, empathy and empowerment.
  • Multiracial Aikido: Multiracial Aikido is a one-day experience that — like the Racial Aikido retreat — harnesses the principles of aikido to recognize, respond and replenish. The purpose of the retreat is to increase understanding of one's multiracial identities; explore the role of physical appearance and family; and build community with other students and staff at OSU.
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
  • Office of Institutional Diversity: Leads and implements, institutional change actions and initiatives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout all facets of Oregon State University.
  • Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO): The OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) advises students on study abroad, international internships and global research. Learn how to take your education abroad!
  • Orange Media Network: Orange Media Network oversees a multitude of student media channels, including KBVR FM, KBVR TV, the Barometer, Prism Magazine and Beaver's Digest. Students have the opportunity to gain technical skills — such as writing, editing, photography, graphic design and video production — while also cultivating transferable skills like time management and leadership.
  • OSU Program Council: The OSU Program Council is a student-led, student-driven organization, which plans and produces meaningful events. We are committed to serving the Oregon State community by upholding traditions and creating inclusive programming that enhances the college experience.
  • PROMISE Program: The PROMISE program is a paid summer internship that provides experiential learning opportunities for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students into professional careers. Historically underrepresented students may include, but are not limited to, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, students of color, students with disabilities, veteran students and transfer students.
  • Racial Aikido: The Racial Aikido retreat seeks to empower students of color at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond and replenish. Racial Aikido promotes tools for people of color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism.
  • Resources for DREAMers and Undocumented Students: Information for undocumented students and their families. The site doesn’t use analytics to track user information.
  • SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network: SOL is a student-fee funded organization that focuses on Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) while putting on events and programming for individuals to embrace their full selves without compromising a piece of themselves in the process. While we recognize the intersection of all identities we focus particularly on the intersection of race/ethnicity, sexuality and gender. Students find support through educational programming, student advocacy and ally building.
  • Special Interest Communities: Take advantage of living on campus by joining a special interest community! Varying interests are represented and offer students the opportunity to connect with others who have similar interests.
  • Student Experiences & Engagement: Through our many programs, Student Experiences & Engagement provides hands-on experiences that can help you find a sense of belonging, build skills for employability, challenge your heart and mind, make new connections, amplify your strengths, help you connect to purpose, lift your spirit and support you living your best life.
  • Social Justice Workshops: The Social Justice Education Initiative for faculty and staff at Oregon State University is an invitation to begin or continue, your social justice and equity journey.
  • Student Clubs & Organizations: There are approximately 400 clubs and organizations at OSU— from cultural organizations to clubs focusing on environmental, health or other social issues.
  • Strengthening Education & Employment for Diverse Students: The Strengthening Education & Employment for Diverse Students (SEEDS) program offers educational and advising support as well as community and paid work opportunities for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to succeed in the forestry field.
  • Travel Clinic: Students who will be traveling abroad are encouraged to visit the travel clinic. Visitors receive information about immunization requirements in the parts of the world to which they will travel, disease prevention, handling of medications, dealing with emergencies and obtaining medical assistance abroad.
  • Unified Greek Council: It is the mission of the Unified Greek Council to promote unity, communication and cooperation among its member organizations and to advance the ideals of scholarship, service, and diversity throughout the greater OSU and Corvallis community.
  • Untold Stories: This interactive guidebook highlights the stories, activism, and accomplishments of students of color at Oregon State.
  • Visa and Immigration Information: An online resource for international students regarding the rules and regulations related to immigration status.
  • Wellness Agents: Want to influence student health and well-being on campus? Become a peer leader through Student Health Services’ new Wellness Agents Program! Wellness Agents is grounded in the belief that high quality peer programs foster healthy behaviors, student engagement and success, and overall inclusivity through education, environmental change and advocacy.
  • Women in STEM: AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girls’ interest in STEM by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women STEM role models.