The Minority Education Office provides a safe and welcoming place for students who are navigating the challenges of being a cultural, racial, or ethnic minority at OSU. The Minority Education Office is composed of four culturally specific offices staffed by coordinators who have demonstrated expertise in working with their communities: Casa Educacional, the Indian Education Office, Ujima Education Office, and the Asian-Pacific Islander Office.
The Casa Educacional Office seeks to increase Latino/Latina and Chicano/Chicana success at Oregon State University by providing students with a viable support system and advocacy services. Casa Educacional sponsors ¡Si Se Pudo!, a graduation celebration; METAS, a mentorship program for Corvallis Latino high school students; and a new student orientation program.
The Minority Education Office Records consist of one series: I. Casa Educacional Photograph Albums. One of the albums documents the National MEChA (Movimento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán) Conference held at OSU in 2004 and includes images of a protest march in support of Oregon farmworkers' right to unionize. An estimated 700 protestors marched from the OSU campus to a Taco Bell restaurant in north Corvallis and called for a boycott of the fast food franchise. Photographs of Benton County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo and PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste/Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) President Ramón Ramírez, both of whom participated in the march, are included in the album. The second album, Casa Educacional Memories, documents the 2003 ¡Si Se Pudo! graduation ceremony for Latino/Latina graduates and their families, campus events organized by Casa Educacional, and recruitment activities at local high schools.
Minority Education Office Records (RG 229), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.