The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Harreld Dinkins

Class year: 1994/1998
Major: English Literature
Company/organization: IFA / HRAC / Freelance
Job title: Partner / Program Manager / Writer & Consultant

I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Thursday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

BA at Reed, studies at Yunnan University in the People's Republic of China, and a litany of travels and work in the field and stateside primarily focusing on human rights and/or development issues in Asia (mostly centered on China and/or Burma) with some associated program interests in emerging visual, literary, and aural arts.

Mentors are too numerous to list, but would certainly include Lisa Steinman, Ellen Stauder, and Ed Segel from Reed. It would certainly NOT include the International Programs office which was outright destructive and not merely unhelpful. Outside of Reed mentors can be discussed in person as well as my rather uniquely labyrinthine work history.

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

I've learned that questions like this are utterly value-free.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

I can help some students in most ways that students need help whenever their interests intersect with my networks, experience, or dabblings.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

I'm likely to offer you something that may be of some use.

I'll definitely give you an opinion or two even if not asked.

There will likely be laughter.

I am a frequent outdoor/whitewater guide, a voracious reader, prone to eristics and maieutics, a lover of food and drink and conversation, and an unabashed believer in the fact that even though I'm resident in DC that the PNW is the greatest region of the hemisphere.

I'm also easy to reach by email and think that the Reed Switchboard is one of the greatest tools that has come into being for graduates (certainly much more than the artlessly named "Center For Life Beyond Reed"). Contact me as you like.