The University of Oregon is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities—one of only 36 public universities committed to scientific exploration and interdisciplinary research. We’re founded on and committed to a tradition of classic liberal arts education. One dedicated to overcoming barriers and discovering how much there still is to discover. We’re driven by what we don’t know, and to finding the answers.
The Erb Memorial Union (EMU) is a department of the Division of Student Life at the University of Oregon. The EMU is a multifaceted auxiliary service that employs over 90 professional staff and 400 student staff, and serves over 15 thousand daily users during the academic year. The EMU welcomes students, faculty, staff, the community and visitors to campus, and its mission is to provide learning experiences and opportunities for personal growth in an open, inclusive, and resource-rich community where students and staff collaborate to inspire and sustain extraordinary programs and services that promote diversity and social interaction. The EMU is student centered and is operated in collaboration with a student Board, who are actively involved in determining the character and scope of the department and approve the budget recommendations of all EMU services and programs.
The Core Mission of the Outdoor Program is: “To inspire learning through student powered outdoor adventure.” Acting as a wilderness resource center, the program assists students with off campus trips; environmental projects and research; environmental and outdoor recreation career development; outdoor equipment selection; and safety education. The program also provides employment opportunities for students. The five main operations of the program are: Cooperative adventure trips, on campus events and clinics, Gear rentals, Bike program, and Information resource center.