Diversity & Inclusion

"OES has challenged me to be who I am all the time. Activities like Culture Shock and Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat, are able to provide students a space to express proudly to everyone who they are." Sophomore

Student Affinity and Allyship Groups

Affinity and Allyship Groups allow Upper School students who share a common experience to join together and dialogue about their experiences in our community and the greater Portland area. Groups include:

  • Asian Affinity Group
  • Black Student Union
  • Gender Lens (Allyship groups)
  • Hispanic/Latinx Affinity Group
  • LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group
  • Middle Eastern Affinity Group
  • Multi-racial Affinity Group
  • Spectrum (Allyship groups)

Middle School Diversity Talks

Ideas and concepts around identity, diversity, and inclusion are discussed in a middle school diversity lunch forum.

Culture Shock

Culture Shock 2018

Culture Shock is an annual event hosted by the Intercultural Student Association (an Upper School group). Area high schools are invited to join OES Upper School students for a full day of workshops, led by guest speakers and students. You can view the list of 2018 workshops here.

Regional and National Student Conferences

Each year, OES sends a group of Upper School students (fully funded by the school) to attend regional and national conferences, including the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, offered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in conjunction with the Educators People of Color Conference.

Additionally, the Northwest Association of Independent School (NWAIS) offers a regional Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat, which OES hosted in February 2018. NWAIS alternates between a retreat for Middle School students and Upper School students.

Aardvarks Advocating for Skills and Knowledge (AASK)

Aardvarks Advocating for Skills and Knowledge (AASK) - is an intentional multicultural learning community collaboration between OES and Beaverton School District. Upper School students provide after school tutoring and English language support to local area middle school students. AASK also offers a vibrant summer day camp for students at Whitford Middle School.

Community Engagement

OES has committed to continual community engagement with issues of Inclusion. Learn more here.