What is OII about?
Appreciating the uniqueness of each individual and cultural group, OII
seeks to build a campus community that understands the shared human
experience more deeply and prepare students for the challenges of an
increasingly diverse and global society.
OII supports students
Student support is an important part of building an
engaging campus community. Regardless of background or identity,
students should feel validated, recognized, and appreciated as vital
members of Saint Martin's University. While OII is a resource for
all students, faculty, and staff, OII works in particular to support the
needs of students of color, first-generation students, GLBTQ students,
and students from various spiritual and religious traditions. As
such, OII provides academic, personal, and cultural support services,
emphasizing identity development, personal and group advocacy, and
OII validates difference
Cultivating respect, understanding, and appreciating
for diversity is an important aspect of OII's overall mission.
Diversity broadly understood includes race and ethnicity, national
origin, sexual orientation, as well as gender, religion, age, ability,
and class. Validating these dimensions of difference provides the
campus with opportunities to better understand, respect, and appreciate
diversity on campus. To this end, OII promotes programs that
celebrate culture, value difference, and create dialogue among different
OII seeks justice
Fostering an awareness of social justice prepares
students to engage in the broader issues of democratic citizenship.
OII offers a variety of programs and services that interrogate all forms
of oppression and exclusion with our society and abroad. Engaging
in social justice education more fully enables students to understand
the realities of privilege, power, and domination of certain groups and
individuals, where students become engaged, participating agents of
change within the Saint Martin's community and the greater society.