Portland State University is supporting the inclusion of all people in sports and recreation regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or preference, ability, age, or background through their “You Can Play” campaign. Check out the video from their campus recreation center here.
This Student Affairs Employee Spotlight is an initiative to find out more about the talented breadth of people working in Student Affairs at Evergreen. Colleagues were selected at random and are offered a variety of questions to which they respond. Learn more about Jaycie Osterberg who works in Residential and Dining Services.
Q. What is your educational background?
I earned my undergrad from Evergreen with an emphasis in Social Work. I am now back at Evergreen pursuing my Master in Public Administration.
Q. What is your favorite part of the work you do?
My favorite part of work is all of the student workers I get to supervise and learn from. Our facilities section is the only student-lead housing program in the US. Someone who wants to learn how to renovate an apartment can work on maintenance, someone who wants to research and implement sustainability practices into housing can work on our sustainability team, and someone who wants to learn about office skills and customer service can be a front office assistant. The opportunities for student staff is really endless. It is pretty amazing to watch everyone’s continued growth on topics they are passionate about.
Q. How do you stay current with best practices?
I really like to stay current by working with other departments on trainings for my student staff as well as for myself. We’ve had some really great trainings from First People’s, Police Services, and the Health Center. I would love to continue to work with other departments that offer trainings.
Q. What are some strategies you have for self-care?
I’ve really gotten into mushroom picking – it’s like hunting for treasure. It’s fun to go out into nature and clear your mind once in a while. I also love the Zumba and strength training classes offered.
Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
To be honest, I’m not sure where I see myself in ten years – and I’m okay with that. All I know that I want to continue my work in higher ed.