Oregon State Beavers

Oregon State student-athletes ready for some DAM change

Oregon State Beavers

Enough is enough.

Oregon State student-athletes have started a campaign called ‘Dam Change’ to bring awareness and fight against racism and inequality.

"OUR MISSION IS TO USE SPORTS AS A PLATFORM TO BRING AWARENESS, EDUCATION, AND UNDERSTANDING AS RELATED TO SYSTEMIC RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS PLATFORM WILL BE CREATED TO EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE OF BLACK STUDENT-ATHLETES AND STAFF. IN ADDITION, THIS PLATFORM WILL ASSIST IN HELPING ALL OF THOSE IN THE ATHLETICS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND BE MORE AWARE REGARDING THE ISSUES THAT EXIST IN TODAY’S SOCIETY."

Just talking with different black student athletes, we were all just so sad and traumatized honestly… This is obviously a huge issue but we want to make change here at Oregon State. — Maddy Ellsworth

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guests Maddy Ellsworth and Joel Walker].

It’s just so important right now to continue to focus on why this is a marathon, not a sprint… Realizing that this can be a catalyst and just play a part in helping us get from mile two to mile three… — Joel Walker

According to Oregon State University: Some of the action items of Dam Change include mandatory social justice education for staff and coaches; large forum conversations with other athletes to learn about what Black athletes face every single day; a special session for new students led by Black student-athletes; more emphasis on Black History Month; and an internship program for minority student-athletes who want to work in collegiate athletics.

 

There will also be a focus on voter education and the power of voting to initiate change.

It’s an extremely powerful step in the right direction to creating change in the world.

Oregon State men’s basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle also weighed in: "I'm very proud of the student-athletes at Oregon State who have put together the Dam Change initiative. It's inspiring to see that these young men and women have created a platform to bring about awareness, engagement, education, and ultimately action, with regards to equality and race relations. We're Dam Committed!"

You can check out more on Dam Change at this website.