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About the Knight Campus

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The campus creates the intellectual infrastructure to establish Oregon as a center for both research and development, making Oregon a place where companies can start-up, grow, and stay. 

Mission: Science advancing society

Vision: Dramatically shorten the timeline between discovery and societal impact through world-class research, training and entrepreneurship in a nimble scientific enterprise.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Knight Campus

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are as a scientific community. We believe in the power of a diverse community to create and advance science, and we strive to be inclusive and equitable for people from all backgrounds, embracing their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, age, belief system, and socioeconomic background.

The Knight Campus Inclusion, Diversity, and Outreach Committee urges all members of the Knight Campus to work proactively to build an inclusive community in all our activities. And in particular, we will focus on creating non-discriminatory policies and procedures for hiring, recruitment, and the retention of our membership — especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Making our work environment welcoming, accessible, and free of explicit and implicit harassment and bias should be everyone’s high priority.

Adhering to these principles is the first step in creating an ethical and just scientific community, where people from all backgrounds feel a sense of belonging. Through building such a community, we will enhance our ability to solve major scientific challenges. Finally, by setting the example of a truly diverse and welcoming community, we will attract bright scientists from all walks of life — generating a sustainable scientific community that works to tackle the biggest challenges in health and life sciences.

We always welcome suggestions and feedback for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work environment.*


  • Redefine the modern research university by fostering world-changing research unfettered by traditional academic boundaries
  • Serve as the educational engine driving the new economy of Oregon
  • Transform student education through discovery-driven learning
  • Engage the public in the excitement and creativity of scientific research
  • Foster diverse perspectives and participation in scientific research
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Oregon, the nation, and the world
*This statement was developed collaboratively with leadership from the Knight Campus Inclusion, Diversity, and Outreach Committee in June 2021.