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University of Oregon Makes Changes In Diversity Office

Leaders of Eugene’s Native American, African-American and Hispanic communities met Thursday night to question the University of Oregon’s decision to restructure its Office of Institution Equity and Diversity.

The contracts of three assistant vice presidents were discontinued and the office has been renamed the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

Tana Atchley of the Oregon Indian Education Association said it was disrespectful to make the changes without consulting tribes.

The vice president in charge of the new office, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, told The Register-Guard that the university is shifting to a “distributed model” in which matters of equity, inclusion and diversity will be everyone’s work rather than the sole responsibility of an individual.

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