Why UO

We are
Change makers and big dreamers, with our hands in the dirt and our eyes on the cosmos. We're solutions oriented and community focused, resourceful and collaborative, and we don't shy away from a difficult problem.
We believe
In the power of stories and of data, in upending the conventional while learning from our history. We appreciate our commonalities and celebrate our differences, and we value those who challenge our assumptions.
We are Ducks
Oregon Tribes at a ceremony in the ampitheater at Erb Memorial Union

Honoring Native Peoples and Lands

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.

Ducks Expand Horizons

Esther Pohl Lovejoy
Esther Pohl Lovejoy is appointed the first woman to direct a department of health in a major US city.
Lila Acheson Wallace
Lila Acheson Wallace cofounds Reader's Digest
Minoru Yasui
Minoru Yasui protests wartime curfews. His activism leads to reparations for Japanese-Americans in 1988.
Edwin Coleman
Edwin Coleman II is hired. His work leads to the creation of the ethnic studies department.
Bill Bowerman
Bill Bowerman uses a waffle iron to fashion the first prototype of the Nike Waffle Trainer.
George Streisinger
Biologist George Streisinger clones the first vertebrate: a zebrafish.
Tinker Hatfield
Tinker Hatfield's iconic "O" design is adopted as the official UO logo.
Ann Curry
Ann Curry wins an Emmy for her reporting on the Darfur crisis with NBC Nightly News.
Prof. Robert Schofield
A team of physicists including UO researchers detect a gravitational wave for the first time.
Mustafa Kasubhai
Mustafa Kasubhai becomes the first Muslim-American seated on a US federal court.

Plus So Much More


Why UO

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