CORVALLIS — Oregon State University and Corvallis community members came together on campus to talk about race and reconciliation.
The discussions, which took place Monday, are part of a process to evaluate the names of four buildings on the Corvallis campus, whose namesakes may have held racist views, and determine if the buildings should be renamed.
“This isn’t about revising history or hiding history or taking something away,” said Scott Vignos, director of strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity. “It’s about revealing history. It’s about learning about our past and drawing lessons from that past.”
The gathering, which was made up of students, faculty and staff, alumni and other residents, was the second of two general engagement sessions. The first took place Thursday.
“You can expect to be uncomfortable as we discuss issues of race and history and exclusion and really important topics that are so salient today and that we’re dealing with as a community just as they’re being dealt with and talked about nationally,” said Vignos, who is a member of the Building and Place Name Evaluation Workgroup.
The university next will hold four meetings, one for each of the building names being reconsidered.
During those gatherings, the work group will present reports on the history of each building and its namesake. Participants will discuss whether the building should be renamed.