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Ujima Education Office Records, 1995-2013

By Devon Graham and Natalia Fernández

Collection Overview

Title: Ujima Education Office Records, 1995-2013

ID: RG 266

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Ujima Education Office.

Extent: 5.75 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Ujima Education Office Records consist of 4 series: 1. Campus Resources, 1997-2012; 2. Events and Publications, 1997-2013; Institutional Diversity, 1995-2012; 4. Newspapers, 2002-2013

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ujima Education Office Records document the office’s administration, event programming, and student outreach efforts at Oregon State University. The collection contains documents collected by Earlean Wilson Huey during her time as coordinator of the Ujima Education Office. Established in 1997 to increase retention and recruitment of African American students at OSU, the office served as a mainstay of African American identity and community for nearly two decades.

Access to various materials in Series 1, 2, and 3 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Scope and Content Notes

The Ujima Education Office Records consist of materials documenting the office’s administration and budget, events and programming, interdepartmental communications and projects, outreach and research records, and student records. The collection is primarily made up of textual documents but also includes photographs, posters, and newspapers.

Series are broadly divided into four categories. The first series is all materials relating to students groups and outreach by Ujima that directly assisted students in their studies and adjustment to campus life. Series two is entirely devoted to programming, planning, and feedback about events held on campus by the Ujima office and collaborating organizations. A third series is devoted to materials relating to research on retention of African American students conducted by Ujima and their connected offices on campus. This series in particular contains large amounts of restricted material relating to student information. Finally, there are also a substantial number of Oregon newspapers including The OSU Barometer, The Portland Observer, and The Corvallis Gazette Times from various dates.

The Ujima Education Office Records were collected by Ms. Earlean Wilson Huey during her time as coordinator of the office. The office, devoted to assisting “African American students with cultural, educational and social development,” worked closely with many related office on the Oregon State University campus that are represented in this collection. These offices and organizations include Intercultural Student Services, Minority Education Office, the Black Student Union, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Intercultural Student Services (ISS) was an entity at Oregon State University that has since developed into the Center for Diversity and Cultural Engagement. ISS was founded to increase access and retention of underrepresented students by providing “facilities, cultural programs, activities, support services, and leadership development opportunities.” The ISS office worked closely with the Ujima Education Office and materials from these communications and projects make up a significant portion of this collection.

Access to various materials in Series 1, 2, and 3 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Ujima Education Office opened at Oregon State University in 1997 to “assist African American students with cultural, educational and social development.” One of the office’s primary goals was to improve the retention and recruitment of African American students. Ujima is a Swahili word and one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. It means “collective work and responsibility.”

The collection is from Earlean Wilson-Huey who served as the coordinator of the office starting in 2002. While she provided the materials that make up this collection, the collection contains materials from her predecessor Paul James’ time as coordinator. Her role as coordinator was to “be a liaison between students and faculty and staff, and provide advising and counseling support for African American students at OSU.” The office was located in the Kerr Administration Building, Room A200F, on the Oregon State Campus. The Ujima Education Office was run under the Minority Education umbrella office which answered to the Student Affairs Office. By the mid-2010s the office ceased to exist; many of the functions became a part of the Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center as well as Diversity and Cultural Engagement.

Author: Devon Graham

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 8 boxes, including 1 oversize box, 100 photos

Statement on Access: Access to various materials in Series 1, 2, and 3 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist. All other materials in this collection are open for research.

Acquisition Note: The Ujima Education Office Records were transferred to the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center by Earlean Wilson Huey in 2013.

Related Materials: Special Collections and Archives Research Center's collections include the records of the Diversity Development Office Records (RG 228), Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center Records (RG 244), the Educational Opportunities Program Records (RG 230), Office of Multicultural Affairs Records (RG 225), and Minority Education Office Records (RG 229) also document services for non-traditional and minority students at OSU. All of these collections are components of the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

Preferred Citation: Ujima Education Office Records (RG 266), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon State University. Ujima Education Office.
Wilson Huey, Earlean

People, Places, and Topics

African American college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College student newspapers and periodicals--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis (Or.)--Newspapers.
Corvallis (Or.)--Photographs.
Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Minority college students--Recruiting--Oregon.
Multicultural education--Oregon.
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Portland (Or.)--Newspapers.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Campus Resources, 1997-2012

Series 1 contains materials relating to organizations and departments that provided both academic and social resources to students, specifically Black and African American students, at OSU. This includes materials from the Black Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Black Graduate Student Association, Intercultural Student Services (ISS), Ethnic Studies Department, Women’s Center, and National Society of Black Engineers. Materials include office management documents such as meeting minutes, goal setting strategies, student surveys and budget analysis. It also includes multicultural resource guides, information on academic advising and scholarship application information.

Access to various materials in Series 1 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Box-Folder 1.1: Academic Counseling, 2011
Box-Folder 1.2: Advising, 1997-1998
Box-Folder 1.3: Black Cultural Center, 1998-2000
Box-Folder 1.4: Black Cultural Center, 2006
Box-Folder 1.5: Black Cultural Center, 2012
Box-Folder 1.6: Black Cultural Center Flyers, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.7: Black Graduate Student Association, 1997-2012
Box-Folder 1.8: Black Student Community Building, 2008
Box-Folder 1.9: Black Student Union, 2000
Box-Folder 1.10: Black Student Union, 2001-2011
Box-Folder 6.1: Black Student Union Annual Review, 1998
Box-Folder 1.11: Black Student Union Finances, 1999-2000
Box-Folder 1.12: Black Student Scholarships, 1997-1998
Box-Folder 1.13: Earl G. Graves Scholarship, undated
Box-Folder 1.14: Educational Materials, 1998-2000
Box-Folder 1.15: Ethnic Studies and African American Studies Degree Requirements, 2004
Box-Folder 1.16: Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship, undated
Box-Folder 1.17: Intercultural Student Services Materials, 2006-2007
Box-Folder 1.18: Intercultural Student Services, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.19: Intercultural Student Services, 2008-2011
Box-Folder 1.20: Intercultural Student Services, 2009
Box-Folder 1.21: Intercultural Student Services, 2010
Box-Folder 1.22: Intercultural Student Services, 2010-2011
Box-Folder 1.23: Intercultural Student Services, 2012
Box-Folder 1.24: Intercultural Student Services, 2012-2013
Box-Folder 1.25: ISS Demographic Assessment, 2010
Box-Folder 1.26: ISS First Year Student Retreat Surveys, 2009
Box-Folder 1.27: ISS First Year Student Success Workshop Surveys, 2011
Box-Folder 1.28: ISS Goals and Development, 2007-2009
Box-Folder 1.29: ISS Meetings, 2011
Box-Folder 1.30: ISS Student Worker Survery, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.31: ISS Survey Data, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.32: Lillian and Samuel Sutton Education Scholarship, undated
Box-Folder 6.2: Minority Education Office Student Contact Log, 2003
Box-Folder 1.33: Multicultural Resource Guide, 1998-2001
Box-Folder 2.1: National Society of Black Engineers, 1997-2004
Box-Folder 2.2: OSU and other university Student Affairs Office materials, 2009-2012
Box-Folder 2.3: Reading Strategy and Improvement Resources, 2006
Box-Folder 2.4: Roy Wilkens Scholarship, undated
Box-Folder 2.5: Scholarships, 2004-2005
Box-Folder 6.3: Student Contact Information, 2006
Box-Folder 2.6: Survival Guide, 1995-1999
Box-Folder 2.7: Tribal Colleges and Universities communications, 2005-2006
Box-Folder 2.8: USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship, 1998
Box-Folder 6.4: Ujima Web Materials, 1998
Box-Folder 2.9: Women's Center, 2009-2011
Series 2: Events and Publications, 1997-2013

Series 2 includes documents from the financial and budget planning, advertising, and implementation of events on the OSU campus. Materials include event programs, flyers, pamphlets, meeting minutes, budget requests, and location rental agreements. Materials come from specifically Ujima events and events that Ujima collaborated with other organizations to create, such as the Black Cultural Center and the Black Student Union. Series 2 also includes campus and student publications such as Campus Rhythms, Habari, and Promise. There are materials in the series pertaining to UMOJA, an organization with a mission to unite students and student groups of the African Diaspora

Access to various materials in Series 2 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Box-Folder 2.10: A Black Woman's Retreat, 2005
Box-Folder 2.11: African American Youth Leadership Conference, 2009-2013
Box-Folder 2.12: African Night, 2005-2010
Box-Folder 2.13: Barometer Opinion Pieces, 2004
Box-Folder 2.14: Beloved Community Journal, 2005
Box-Folder 2.15: Black Connect, 1999-2000
Box-Folder 2.16: Black Connect, 2002
Box-Folder 2.17: Black Connect, 2007
Box-Folder 2.18: Black Connect, 2009
Box-Folder 6.5: Black Connect Registration, 2007-2009
Box-Folder 2.19: Black Cultural Center Events, 2005
Box-Folder 2.20: Black Cultural Center Events, 2008
Box-Folder 2.21: Black Pages, 1999-2004
Box-Folder 2.22: Brochure/Event Materials, 2001-2011
Box-Folder 2.23: Campus Rhythms, 1999
Box-Folder 2.24: Conference and Meeting Minutes, 2013
Box-Folder 2.25: Educational Opportunities Program, 2003-2006
Box-Folder 2.26: Events, 2003
Box-Folder 2.27: Events, 2003
Box-Folder 2.28: Events, 2004
Box-Folder 2.29: Events, 2005
Box-Folder 2.30: Events, 2006
Box-Folder 2.31: Events, 2010
Box-Folder 2.32: Event Payment, 2002-2008
Box-Folder 6.6: Event Photos, 2004
Box-Folder 6.7: Event Sign-Ups, 2003-2009
Box-Folder 2.33: Garrett Reed and Associates Creative Programming, 2002
Box-Folder 2.34: Graduation, 2002
Box-Folder 2.35: Graduation, 2005
Box-Folder 2.36: Graduation, 2011-2013
Box-Folder 6.8: Graduation: Black Graduating Students, 2004
Box-Folder 6.9: Graduation: Black Graduating Students, 2004-2007
Box-Folder 6.10: Graduation: Black Graduating Students, 2009-2013
Box-Folder 2.37: Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, 2010
Box-Folder 3.1: Greek: Kappa Alpha Psi, 2003-2008
Box-Folder 3.2: Greek Life Events, 2006
Box-Folder 3.3: Habari, 2005-2011
Box-Folder 3.4: ISS Multicultural Connect Event, 2010-2011
Box-Folder 3.5: Justin Williams Memorial, 2004
Box-Folder 3.6: Kaleidoscope, 1999
Box-Folder 3.7: Lost Lake Enterprises, 2000-2003
Box-Folder 3.8: MLK Celebration, 2000-2005
Box-Folder 3.9: MLK Celebration Planning Committee, 1997-1999
Box-Folder 3.10: Memorial: Fredderick Thompson, 2011
Box-Folder 6.11: Multicultural Connect Sign-Up, undated
Box-Folder 3.11: National Forum for Black Public Administrators, 1998
Box-Folder 3.12: News and Memorials, 2011
Box-Folder 3.13: News Clippings, 1998
Box-Folder 3.14: OSU Community Outreach, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 3.15: Owt-A-Town Productions, undated
Box-Folder 8.1: Pamphlet: The Black Panther Party Revisited, undated
Box-Folder 3.16: Pan-African Sankofa Room Dedication, 2009
Box-Folder 8.2: Planning Black Connect, 2006
Box-Folder 8.3: Posters: Black History Month, 2006-2010
Box-Folder 8.4: Posters: Divine 9, 2007-2008
Box-Folder 3.17: Promise, 2003-2010
Box-Folder 3.18: Resources and Periodicals, 1997-1998
Box-Folder 3.19: Social Activity Planning, 1998
Box-Folder 3.20: Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference, 2002
Box-Folder 8.5: Speaker Event Posters, 2003-2013
Box-Folder 3.21: State Penitentiary Communication, 1999
Box-Folder 3.22: Summer Bridge Program, 2001-2002
Box-Folder 3.23: Ujima Brochure, 2001-2011
Box-Folder 3.24: Ujima Community Building Dinner, 2009
Box-Folder 3.25: Ujima Day/Night, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 6.12: Ujima Day Photos, 2004
Box-Folder 3.26: Ujima Internship Program, 1998
Box-Folder 3.27: Ujima Peer Mentoring Program, 2003
Box-Folder 3.28: Ujima Welcome Dinner Evaluations, 2009
Box-Folder 3.29: Ujima Welcome Dinner Feedback, undated
Box-Folder 3.30: Umoja Coalition, 1997
Box-Folder 6.13: Umoja Coalition Meeting, 1997
Box-Folder 6.14: Welcome Dinner Attendance Lists, 2008-2012
Series 3: Institutional Diversity, 1995-2012

Series 3 contains materials relating to the recruitment and retention of Black and African American students at Oregon State University. This includes research and statistics collected by multiple offices on higher education diversity and minority student retention. The series includes management materials from the Department of Student Affairs, the Minority Education Office, and Housing and Dining Services. Materials include meeting minutes, strategic plans, enrollment summaries, annual reports, and research and statistics on retention.

Access to various materials in Series 3 are restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.

Box-Folder 3.31: Academic Success and Learning Styles Reports, 2001-2005
Box-Folder 6.15: Academic Success by Ethnicity Report, 2001-2004
Box-Folder 3.32: Admissions and Recruitment, 2001-2002
Box-Folder 6.16: Admitted Students Lists, 1998
Box-Folder 7.1: Admitted Students Lists, 2009
Box-Folder 7.2: African American Recruits, 2000
Box-Folder 3.33: African American Student Recruitment Plan, 1997
Box-Folder 3.34: Asian/Pacific American Education Office, 1999-2000
Box-Folder 3.35: Best Practices for Recruitment of Students of Color, 2005
Box-Folder 3.36: BEST program, 2006
Box-Folder 3.37: Black College Student Retention Research, 1993-2004
Box-Folder 7.3: Black Students Lists, 2000-2006
Box-Folder 3.38: Colorado State Black Issues Forum, 2000
Box-Folder 3.39: Diverse OSU Speaking Materials, 2011
Box-Folder 3.40: Diversity Action Plan for The Ohio State University, 2000-2003
Box-Folder 3.41: Diversity (DIVRED), 1999-2002
Box-Folder 3.42: Diversity News Articles, 1991-2003
Box-Folder 3.43: Division of Student Affairs Department Heads Meeting, 2001
Box-Folder 4.1: Division of Student Affairs Departmental Assessment, 2003-2006
Box-Folder 4.2: Division of Student Affairs Departmental Assessment, 2006-2007
Box-Folder 4.3: Division of Student Affairs Diversity Reports, 2005-2006
Box-Folder 4.4: Division of Student Affairs Minority Education Research, 2005
Box-Folder 4.5: Division of Student Affairs Reports and Leadership Team, 2012
Box-Folder 4.6: Division of Student Affairs Strategic Diversity Plan, 2001-2004
Box-Folder 4.7: Division of Student Affairs Strategic Diversity Plan, 2005-2010
Box-Folder 4.8: Enrollment by Ethnicity, 1995-1997
Box-Folder 4.9: Enrollment Summaries, 1997-2005
Box-Folder 4.10: Graduation Summaries, 1996-2004
Box-Folder 4.11: Grad School Degree Summaries, 2001-2005
Box-Folder 4.12: Housing and Dining Healthy Campus Initiative, 2005-2009
Box-Folder 4.13: Housing and Dining Reports, 2005-2010
Box-Folder 7.4: Incoming Black Undergraduate Students, 1999
Box-Folder 4.14: Indian Education Office and Minority Education Office, 2002-2003
Box-Folder 4.15: LGBT Services, 2000-2011
Box-Folder 7.5: Liability Waivers, 2011
Box-Folder 4.16: Minority Education Office Annual Report, 2002-2003
Box-Folder 4.17: Minority Education Office Diversity Plan, 2005
Box-Folder 4.18: Minority Education Office Events and Reports, 2005-2017
Box-Folder 4.19: Minority Education Office Materials, 1998-2005
Box-Folder 4.20: Minority Education Office Student Surveys, 2004-2005
Box-Folder 4.21: Minority Students by GPA Records, 1998-2004
Box-Folder 4.22: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) Institute, 2003
Box-Folder 4.23: Non-OSU Academic Centers, 2005
Box-Folder 4.24: Office of Community and Diversity, 2009-2010
Box-Folder 4.25: Office of Institutional Research Retention Rates, 1994-2006
Box-Folder 4.26: OSU Strategic Plan, 2004-2007
Box-Folder 7.6: Recruitment, 1997
Box-Folder 4.27: Retention Statistics, 2000
Box-Folder 4.28: Student Affairs Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.), 2003-2004
Box-Folder 4.29: S.A.L.T., 2007
Box-Folder 4.30: S.A.L.T., 2008-2010
Box-Folder 4.31: S.A.L.T., 2011
Box-Folder 4.32: S.A.L.T., 2012-2013
Box-Folder 7.7: Student Lists by Ethnicity, 2003-2007
Box-Folder 7.8: Student Lists by Ethnicity, 2005-2009
Box-Folder 4.33: Start Information, 1998-2000
Box-Folder 4.34: Student Athletes, 1998
Box-Folder 5.1: Student Athletes, 2005
Box-Folder 5.2: Ujima Recruitment Plan, 1996-1999
Box-Folder 5.3: Undergraduate Education Council, 1998-1999
Box-Folder 5.4: University of Oregon Diversity Plan, 2003-2006
Series 4: Newspapers, 2002-2013
Series 4 contains full newspapers from primarily The Barometer, The Portland Observer, The Corvallis Gazette-Times as well as from The Liberty, The Forum, The Skanner, The Jewish Review, and OSU This Week. All of these papers originate from Oregon and are collected based on content rather than dates. The newspaper clippings in this series were gathered by the Ujima Education Office and include articles about Ujima, the African American community, higher education, or other topics related to the collection.
Box-Folder 5.5: Barometer, 2002
Box-Folder 5.6: Barometer, 2003
Box-Folder 5.7: Barometer, 2004-2005
Box-Folder 5.8: Barometer, February-October 2006
Box-Folder 5.9: Barometer, October 2006-January 2007
Box-Folder 5.10: Barometer, January-February, 2007
Box-Folder 5.11: Barometer, February-March 2007
Box-Folder 5.12: Barometer, March-April 2007
Box-Folder 5.13: Barometer, April 2007
Box-Folder 5.14: Barometer, April-May 2007
Box-Folder 5.15: Barometer, June-October 2007
Box-Folder 5.16: Barometer, October 2007
Box-Folder 5.17: Barometer, 2009-2012
Box-Folder 5.18: Barometer, January-February 2013
Box-Folder 5.19: Barometer, February-June 2013
Box-Folder 5.20: The Forum, 2002
Box-Folder 5.21: Gazette-Times, 2013
Box-Folder 5.22: Gazette-Times, 2013
Box-Folder 5.23: Jewish Review, 2005
Box-Folder 5.24: Portland Observer, 2002
Box-Folder 5.25: Portland Observer, 2003-2004
Box-Folder 5.26: Portland Observer, 2005-2006
Box-Folder 5.27: Portland Observer, January-February 2007
Box-Folder 5.28: Portland Observer, February-March 2007
Box-Folder 5.29: Portland Observer, March-April 2007
Box-Folder 5.30: Portland Observer, April-June 2007
Box-Folder 5.31: Portland Observer , July-August 2007
Box-Folder 5.32: Portland Observer, August-September 2007
Box-Folder 5.33: Portland Observer, September-October 2007
Box-Folder 5.34: OSU This Week, 2002-2007
Box-Folder 5.35: Skanner, 2005
Box-Folder 5.36: The Liberty, 2007

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