Founded in 1970, the Survival Center is an umbrella organization geared towards the education of the campus community around issues of social justice and environmentalism. It is open to the concerns of students and works to empower its members to advocate those concerns.
The Survival Center is a resource center for social and environmental activists. Founded in 1970 after a class called “Can Man Survive?”, the highest-enrolled class in the history of the University of Oregon, the Survival Center focused on empowering student voices to demand change through political processes. Over the course of 40 years, Survival Center has transformed into an entirely student-run organization (members fired the paid staff in the 80s and continue make consensus-based decisions to this day), that organizes events and campaigns covering a large array of issues. While the Survival Center still holds its environmental roots members and co-directors recognize that the struggle to end the exploitation of our earth is inherently conneected to the struggle to liberate ourselves from a system that awars healthy profit rather than healthy people, and exploitation rather than responsibility. We are committed to fight against capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism, and all forms of greed, ignorance, and intolerance.