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Beth Rietveld Oral History Interview. June 11, 2014

Beth Rietveld Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

June 11, 2014

Location:  Rietveld residence, Corvallis, Oregon.

Beth Rietveld (b. 1953) served as Director of the OSU Women's Center from 1992-2011 and was an influential agent of change within both the Women's Center and the larger campus community. A recipient of the National Women's Studies Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, Rietveld made important contributions to campus dialogues concerning inclusiveness for the LGBT community, salary equity for women faculty, and work-life balance issues. Prior to her tenure as head of the Women's Center, Rietveld was, variously, Assistant Director of Physical Recreation and Assistant Director of Student Involvement at OSU. Her interview focuses on the arc of her career, the development of her voice as a womens rights activist, and the changes in campus climate that she has observed over more than three decades of involvement with OSU.