The Oregon Student Association
In the past, the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University has participated in the Oregon Student Association. To learn more about OSA, look below.
Get to Know the Historic OSA
Who are we?
The Associated Students of Southern Oregon University is a founding member campus of the Oregon Student Association built by students in 1975 between the student governments of University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Southern Oregon University. The Organization was founded to unite the efforts of student governments across the state and act as a statewide student government. OSA’s focus on grassroots organizing means that while ASSOU directs its priorities OSA does not direct ASSOU to do anything. SOU holds 6 board members in the Oregon Student Association along with 9 separate campuses and community colleges (a total of 54 members sit on three, 18 person governing boards from across the state) and its priorities and staffing are completely directed by students.
At SOU, the President (Or their designee) and the Director of Governmental Affairs sit on OSA’s Board of Directors. The Director of Multicultural Affairs and an At-large student sit on OSA’s Oregon Students of Color Coalition Board. The Director of Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity and an At-large student sit on OSA’s Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance Board. All 3 governing boards come together to direct the Organization while staff work in a supporting role to help facilitate change, maintain institutional knowledge and develop critical skill sets to make effective student governments.
What is our mission?
The Oregon Student Association (OSA) is a statewide, student-led advocacy and organizing nonprofit. OSA was established in 1975 to represent, serve, and protect the collective interests of students in post-secondary education in Oregon. We represent over 130,000 students and work to make a quality education more affordable and accessible for ALL Oregonians.
Legislative Priorities for 2019 Long Session:
- Affordability (Tuition, Textbooks, Housing and Food)
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Mental Health Support
- Student Control and Autonomy
Legislative Priorities for 2018 Short Session:
- Tuition Fairness Act
- Military Student Support
- $30,000,000 increased community college support
- Small Donors Campaign
- K-12 Sexual Assault Prevention
- K-12 Accelerated Credit Transferability
- Paid Postage on Ballots
- Higher Education Funding Protection
Legislative Outcomes for 2017 Long Session
Bills Written and Proposed by Students in OSA:
SB 762 - Survivor Amnesty ~ PASSED
Summary: Exempts sexual assault victims and persons assisting sexual assault victims from arrest or prosecution for offense related to purchase or possession of alcoholic beverage by person under 21 years of age if evidence of offense was obtained because of contact with law enforcement agency or emergency medical services to report assault or obtain assistance.
SB 231- Mental Health & Neurodivergancy Research ~ PASSED
Summary: Establishes Task Force on Student Mental Health Support.
HB 2845 - Ethnic Studies Standards ~ PASSED
Summary: Directs Department of Education to convene advisory group to develop statewide ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing statewide social studies standards for public kindergarten through grade 12.
HB 2864 - Cultural Competency ~ PASSED
Summary: Requires each community college and public university to establish process for recommending, and providing oversight for implementation of, cultural competency standards for institution and institution's employees.
HB 2355 - End Profiling ~ PASSED
Summary: Directs Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to develop method for recording data concerning officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops. Also trains mandates cultural competency trainings of all Oregon law enforcement officers and reduces drug felonies to misdemeanor for the first 2 offenses.
HB 2673 -Gender Documentation ~ PASSED
Summary: Creates alternative process for persons seeking to change name on vital record for purpose of affirming gender identity.
Affordability and Reinvestment into Higher Education ~ PASSED
OSA’s budget ask
Governor’s Recommended Budget
% increase from 2015
Public University Support Fund
Community College Support Fund
Oregon Opportunity Grant
14 Additional Bills PASSED by students:
- HB 2666
- HB 2729
- HB 2972
- HB 2998
- HB 3078
- HB 3170
- HB 3391
- HB 3408
- HB 3464
- HB 2565
- SB 143
- SB 802
- SB 253
- SB 274
11 Additional Bills DEFEATED by Students:
- SB 318
- SB 350
- SB 683
- SB 1001
- SB 1006
- SB 1011
- HB 2782
- HB 2693
- HB 2004
- HB 2668
- SB 196
For more information contact the OSA Campus Organizer at OSA@sou.edu
Each Term OSA provides an Internship for 2 Credits of 409 Practicum Credit for those interested. Practicum Credit can be earned for any major with professor approval.
The Introductory Student Leadership Intern Program was created in order to promote early involvement and increased understanding of social justice, citizenship, participatory democracy, and student advocacy. The program is intended to meet the needs of student interns by facilitating a direct action organizing experience in campus student government, cultural unions, and other extracurricular programs that provide for the social, cultural, educational and physical development of their members, and for the advancement of students’ individual and collective interests both within and outside of the campus.
OSA Also provides an Advanced Version of the Internship for those who have taken it before which focuses on acquiring a deeper understanding of the skillsets, facilitating skill building and revolving around designing and implementing a campaign. This offers a further 2 credits of 409 Practicum Credit.
Times are flexible, if you’re interested in interning with OSA please send an email including your resume and what you hope to learn by interning with the Oregon Student Association. Everyone is welcome so long as the ground rules are respected. Contact us at OSA@sou.edu.
OSA presents and develops new trainings for use by student organizations to help develop effective skills and promote new change agents on and around campus. These trainings are directed towards a practical approach but also based upon best practices throughout the country utilizing a combination of Sociological, Political, Activist and Management techniques to build an effective movement. OSA strongly believes in providing students with the tools to lead their own campaigns instead of telling students what those campaigns should be.
These trainings can be requested by any student organization or group on campus. They are written by the Western State’s Center (a non-profit organization dedicated to development of new leaders) with an emphasis on curriculum dedicated towards Higher Education advocacy and activism. In 5 separate tracks OSA has several standardized freely accessible trainings, we also will develop trainings for folks based on requests (please allow at least 1 month notice to develop a new training). For more information please contact the Southern Oregon University OSA campus organizer at OSA@sou.edu.
- Public Speaking & Argumentation
- Privilege in Postsecondary Education
- Basics of Educational Funding in Oregon
- Why we Vote and Lobby
- Lobbying 101
- Advanced Policy Negotiations
- Being a Good Spokesperson
- Unite the Vote
- Effective Testimonial & Personal Story Telling
- Tuition Advocacy
- Electoral Advocacy and Issues Facing Higher Education
- Introductory Campaign Planning – How to Research a Worthwhile Campaign
- Intermediate Campaign Planning – Power Mapping
- Advanced Campaign Planning – Making Change
- Coalition Building
- Introduction to Media and Messaging
- Advanced Media and Messaging
- Social Media for Political Advocacy
Organizational Development for Student Organizations
- Developing Vision Mission and Values for your Organization
- Running Effective Meetings
- Introduction to Management – Hiring Systems & Delegation
- Intermediate Staff Management – Handling Burnout, Conflict and Safer Spaces
- Facilitating Safe and Inclusive Spaces
- Parliamentary Procedure
- Leadership Development
- Field Work as a Foundation for Success
- Advanced Field Skills
- Backwards Planning and Time Management
- Advanced Organizational Development
- Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers
- History of the Student Movement
- Student Fee Autonomy Pt 1
- Student Fee Autonomy Pt 2
- Student Fee Autonomy Pt 3
- Introduction to Statewide Student Associations
- Roles and Responsibilities of OSA Board Members
- How to Make OSA Work for Your Campus
- Issues versus Problems – Developing effective campaigns
- Parliamentary Procedure
- Introduction to Social Justice – Power Privilege and Oppression
- Intermediate Social Justice – Understanding your Privilege
- Advanced Social Justice – Becoming a Good Ally
- Interrupting Oppressive Moments
- Introduction to Queer and Trans Justice
- Introduction to Racial Justice
- Building an Intersectional Queer Justice Lens
- Moving Beyond Internalized Oppression
- Standing Together for Queer and Trans Liberation
- Introduction to Disability Justice
Oregon Student Association Board Retreat
A preparatory retreat for incoming student governments to familiarize themselves with their colleagues and gain basic skillsets to be effective at their roles. A great place for networking with student governments across the state. Happens Each year in August. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the President at ASSOUPresident@sou.edu.
Oregon Student of Color Conference
Largest student leadership conference in the Pacific Northwest featuring between 300-500 students from across the states. Places a high emphasis on racial justice, activism and leadership development. Happens Each year in October/November. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the Multicultural Affairs Director at ASSOUMulticultural@sou.edu.
Northwest Student Leadership Conference
Second Largest student leadership conference in the Pacific Northwest featuring between 250-450 students from across the states. Places a high emphasis on legislative development, policy work, campaign planning and management. Happens each year in February. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the Governance Affairs Director at ASSOUgovaffairs@sou.edu.
OSA’s official lobbying days happen each year in February but may continue throughout the session depending on which issues we’re pushing towards. We always need students to come and lobby with us and are happy to provide training to help them develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the Governance Affairs Director at ASSOUgovaffairs@sou.edu.
Oregon Student Equal Rights Symposium
Third Largest student leadership conference in the Pacific Northwest featuring between 150-250 students from across the states. Places a high emphasis on Queer Justice and Leadership Development. Happens each year in May. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the Gender Equity and Sexual Diversity Director at ASSOUgensex@sou.edu.
Student Executive Management Training and Transition
A place for incoming student governments to get a head start on developing their plans to be effective throughout the year. Helps executive cabinet members to build the skillsets needed to manage their committees and be effective in their roles. Also provides a transition of institutional knowledge from one year to the next. Interested? Please contact OSA@sou.edu or the President at ASSOUPresident@sou.edu.
For more information please contact the Southern Oregon University OSA campus organizer at OSA@sou.edu.