Our mission is to advance social equity and inclusion in Central Oregon and beyond.

It’s the challenge of our nation and our lifetime: to create a society where everyone, no matter their race, color, gender or religion, has an equal opportunity to succeed at work, in their community and in life.

In the OSU-Cascades Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lab, we believe it’s a challenge that we each must join, in our communities and workplaces, as managers and employees, and as residents and neighbors.  

The DEI Lab was created in 2021 to provide community members, businesses and organizations with training, tools and resources that are grounded in research from the business, psychology, education and sociological fields. Our clients learn to share honestly and effect change where it matters most – in workplace hiring, in community discussions, and in conversations with neighbors.

Join us as we build what many have not been able to secure – a promising future.

Explore Race and Activism in America

  • An Evening with Tamika D. Mallory: Real Activism
    6 – 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 6

  • Reckoning with Race and Racism in America with Michael Eric Dyson
    6 – 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 3

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Change Agent

When DEI Lab director Erika McCalpine moved to Bend to teach human resources, she knew she’d be one of the city’s few Black residents. Her perspective and openness to sharing her experiences though, have had a profound influence. Read her story.


“We knew there was so much more we could do as a company to influence positive change within G5 and our community. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn and to do this important work. It’s a journey toward progress.” - G5 staff member, Bend, Oregon