Three pane images of faculty engaging in conversation at the Pride Center during a DPO Academy


The Difference, Power, and Oppression program (DPO) works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at Oregon State University to create inclusive curricula that address intersections of gender, race, class, sexual identity, age, ability, and other institutionalized systems of inequity and privilege in the United States. You can view an overview of our program structure and offerings via our informational slides. To learn more about the program's name change (from the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program to the Difference, Power, and Oppression Program) and history, visit our Program History page.

Faculty Development

DPO's signature faculty development program, the DPO Academy, is designed to facilitate focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Additionally, the DPO Program hosts and co-sponsors a variety of educational events for OSU faculty, staff, and students throughout the year. Visit our Events and Programs page for more information.

Core Education

As part of the Core Education curriculum, the DPO Program supports the development of foundational (DPO I) and advanced (DPO II) courses for undergraduate students. For a complete list of currently approved courses, visit the OSU catalog. To find out when a course will be offered: 

  1. Go to the Class Search tool.
  2. Scroll down to the list under Baccalaureate Core, and check the box for Difference, Power, and Discrimination. When the new Core Education goes into effect, this search will update to reflect the newly approved DPO course options. 
  3. Click Search.