Mission: Promoting an inclusive, bias-aware campus at Southern Oregon University through proactive education and responsive action to bias-related incidents.
What is Bias?
A bias incident is an action in which an individual is made aware that her/his status is offensive to another, but does not rise to the level of a crime. Bias incidents involve actions committed against a person or property that are consciously or unconsciously motivated by the bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, or disability.
How to report?
Clicking on the Report Bias Here link will take you to the SOU Cares Report where you have the ability to select the Hate/Bias Report type. This report will be submitted to the chair of the Bias Response Team who will then assemble the rest of the group to discuss the nature of the incident and reach out to the parties who are impacted. You can also meet with a member of the Bias Response Team to process the incident.
Who is the Bias Response Team?
The Bias Response Team is a group of people from different areas across Southern Oregon University's campus, that are dedicated to supporting the well-being of all SOU students. The following people make up the Bias Response Team for the 2014-15 academic year:
Housing and Residential Life - Kathleen Jensen
Queer Resource Center - Thomas Arce
Women's Resource Center - Riah Safady
Multicultural Resource Center - Marvin Woodard
Philosophy - (faculty) Devorah Shapiro
Physics - (faculty) Ellen Siem
Theatre - (faculty) Eric Levin
University Seminar - (faculty) Matt Moreali
Business - (faculty) Jane Picknell
Disability Resources - Shawn Foster
Student - Jamani Crockett
Student Life - Janelle Wilson
Student Health and Wellness - Victor Chang
Campus Public Safety- Robert Gibson
Athletics - Jenni Rosenburg
Student Support and Intervention- Taylor Burke
Financial Aid- Debbie O'Dea
Enrollment Services- Mathew Cable
We recognize that incidents related to diversity and inclusion can be complicated and complex, so even if a student isn't sure if what they have experienced is bias, we encourage them to submit a report or talk to someone on the bias response team. In case of an emergency, we urge folks to contact Campus Public Safety at 541-552-6258.