Welcome to Orientation! We would like to acknowledge the land we are on. The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today peoples from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, as well as the Chinook and Cowlitz Nations. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

If you have any questions throughout the day, our check in Smith Memorial Student Union (Ballroom, 355) will remain open for the entirety of the program.
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Eki Yandall

Portland State University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Eki joined Portland State University in May of 2017. Born and raised in San Diego, California, he left the Golden State for college and attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. While he began working for the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley prior to graduation, the bulk of his professional career is in higher education. Having worked both as a high school college counselor and an admission counselor, Eki continues to add to the wealth of knowledge that Portland State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office has already attracted. His passion for education is centered around the opportunity to provide access to higher education and to connect students with educational opportunities that truly enrich their lives. In his free time, he experiments with DIY projects around the house, relentlessly plays outdated video games, and watches his wife coach college softball. Random fact: his family's one claim to fame is that they appeared on Family Feud during the 80's... it did not go well.

Recruitment Territories:
  • First year and transfer students in Oregon Counties: Washington 
  • First year and transfer students from U.S. Territories, American Students Abroad and Third Culture Kids, Washington D.C.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, June 28

12:00pm PDT