Greetings from Oregon State University! This is an exciting time at our University and in our CSSA Program. I just read this morning that OSU was named “One of the 50 most underrated colleges in America” by msn/money; our women’s basketball team leads the Pac-12 conference (I watched the OSU-UCLA game recently, and the Beavs were awesome!), and we have taken a big step toward securing our program’s future and strengthening the social justice focus of CSSA.
Beginning Spring term and concluding in the summer, we are in the process of transitioning the CSSA program to the School of Language, Culture and Society (LCS) in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). CLA is one of the three OSU colleges (Education, Science and Liberal Arts) in the Division of Arts & Sciences, and one of the units recommended in our 10-year Graduate Program Review of 2014 as an academic home for CSSA. As with CSSA, social justice is a key focus for LCS; it will be a great place for CSSA to thrive and grow.
CSSA has long enjoyed a strong relationship with our colleagues and the academic programs in LCS-CLA, as many of our students take courses in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, and several have minored in these programs as well. Our goal in forging this partnership is to build on the strength of CSSA and our nearly 50-year history of preparing students to work and lead in a wide variety of institutions as well as in a rich array of student and academic services and programs. At the same time, we are boldly exploring best practices and developing approaches to curriculum and scholarship that will strengthen CSSA’s capacity — to meet and shape future challenges and opportunities in higher education, as well as embrace and support the hopes and dreams of the students and communities we will serve in the decades ahead.
Whether you are a current or prospective student, alum, colleague, or faculty member — we appreciate your interest in CSSA and look forward to sharing more news with you in the near future!