Office of Equity and Inclusion


African Adinkra SymbolThe Office of Equity and Inclusion was founded to support the recruitment, retention, and holistic success of all students, with an emphasis on students of color and other underrepresented student populations on campus. We seek to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion campus-wide.

African Adinkra Symbol, “Within diversity, there is Unity”


The Office of Equity and Inclusion strives to foster a sense of belonging for all community members by cultivating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community.

Contact Us

Ayasha Shamsud-Din, MSEd
Intercultural Engagement and Support Manager
Administration Building, Human Resources, Suite 200
503.552. 1608 | Email


Programs and Services

NUNM Allies

The Allies program consists of a visible network of faculty and staff who provide empathy, acceptance, support and resources for NUNM’s community members. NUNM Allies believe that our campus is enriched by the diversity of its community members and are willing to assist individuals in accessing support, information and resources in a mutually respectful and safe space.


The mission of AWARE (Actively Working to Advance Real Equity) is to create a culture of inclusion at NUNM, guide the effective recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students and staff, and to promote excellence in natural medicine by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and health care.

Goal of AWARE: Create an environment at NUNM that is genuinely welcoming to all community members, with an emphasis on preparing students to work with the diversity they will encounter in all their professional activities.


Finding Local Community

Building community and social support outside of NUNM can help with a sense of support and actually aid in being more successful. These resources and links are not sponsored by NUNM and NUNM is not liability for quality or accuracy of events

Cultural Diversity Resources

Center for Intercultural Organizing

School of Gender, Race, and Nations at Portland State University

Includes Black, Chicano, Queer, and Women’s Studies departments and resources events. Visit the school’s website.

Culture- and Ethnicity-Specific Community Resources and Events

Oregon & Washington Asian organizations, associations, and churches

Multnomah County Community Resources Database

Oregon DHS Directory of Community Resources. Cultural organizations statewide and by county (NUNM is in Multnomah county)

Portland State University Institute for Asian Studies

Specific Local Organizations

Download a list of organizations

Community Centers

City of Portland Community Center Directory – by Neighborhood

In Other Words Feminist Community Center (and famous bookstore) Events Calendar

Portland State University Multicultural Center Events Calendar

Q Center- LGBTQ Community Center and Resources Events Calendar

LGBTQ Resources

Portland Front Runners– LGBTQ Running Group

Portland’s Gay Yellow Pages

Portland PLFAG- Central Portland, East Portland, and Black Chapters

Q Center- Portland LGBTQ Resources Directory

Sexual Minority Provider Alliance– LGBTQ mental health database

Religious and Spiritual Communities

Directory of Portland Religious and Spiritual Centers (Includes most major religious affiliations)

Directory of LGBTQ Affirming/Welcoming Religious & Spirituality Resources

Meditation Groups and Resources

Retreat Centers of Oregon