Diversity at Reed


Hover or click a photo to see what these Reedies have to say about diversity.









Photo Booth Project

In spring of 2011, the Committee on Diversity hosted a photo booth project. Students, staff, and faculty responded to a series of questions about diversity and inclusivity at Reed, then had their photo taken in a photo booth. What follows are pictures and quotes from that project. In the photos, some people wore costumes. Others did not. Some people acted goofy. Others were more reserved. Everyone took seriously the task of answering why diversity is important, how they add to our institution’s diversity, or how intellectual, social, and cultural pluralism have affected them. We like to think that this project is a good representation of what being a Reedie means. We are at once quirky and serious, fun and intellectual, opinionated and open-minded.

Molly ‘14, Math/Physics

"I’ve learned a lot about how gender expression works, i.e. the gender spectrum, and how assumptions, even innocently made comments, can be harmful. I suppose you could say I’m learning to not assume things, and that simply not making assumptions can have a positive effect."

Jessica ’11, Psychology

"In my time at Reed I feel that the conversations I have had regarding privilege, oppression, identity, and diversity have opened my mind to the inequities that currently exist, but they have also given me tools to approach these inequities with a constructive mindset. I desire to see change and inclusivity and equity. I believe that I can be a part of making these things happen. It just starts with conversations and shared experiences."

Archit ’14
Shabab ’13, Religion/Theatre

"We represent the unity of our golden Bengal. There is no dichotomy between East and West Bengal."

Kristine ’00, Psychology, Senior Associate Dean of Admission

"Diversity to me is expanding perspectives and increasing understanding"

Bryan ’14, Math/Economics

"Diversity is embracing differences, not obscuring them."

Amanda, Assistant Director of Admission Special Programs/Assistant to the Dean

"I am humbled by the stories of the prospective students I work with and have gratitude for all the things I have learned from those interactions. I hope that this exposure and those lessons continue to inform and inspire my work and my understanding of generating inclusivity."

Jason ’14, Political Science

"Inclusiveness creates acceptance. Acceptance creates respect. Respect creates peace and love."

Salim ’11, Art History

"Through diversity and inclusivenss we learn from each other. The exchange of ideas is fundamental to our education. When people from all over come together, we learn so much and grow so much."

Aidan ’13, Philosophy

"Diversity is anti-group think"

Erin ’14

"Since becoming a Reedie, I’ve realized that diversity comes more often in forms that you can’t see. While the way you were born may be important, the things that happen to you after that make you different in an equally important way."

Chelsea ’12, Political Science

"Diversity means being an accepting member of the Reed community: educating and challenging myself and others on our assumptions"

Srimoyee ’14

"Diversity at Reed means that we are not only exposed to, but also become close to and learn to love—as friends and the people we live with in dorms and at school, so almost as siblings—people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. We inevitably become more accepting and we learn to love people—to see them for the human beings they are."

Martha ’14, International & Comparative Policy Studies

"Promoting inclusivity and acceptance allows us to witness and learn of the fascinating diversity of our lifestyles, cultures, and values. There is so much more to learn about out there!"

Robin ’97, Assistant Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

"Coming to Reed taught me the value of applying different methodologies to an issue, and in a similar way heightened my appreciation of different perspectives and experiences on the part of my peers. When we all contribute these to the mix, it makes for good stuff!"

D’nae ’12, History/Literature

"Diversity isn’t just about race. People at Reed come from every background you could imagine."

Danielle ’11, History

"Diversity is essential to my education because it is necessary for me to understand differing points of view and experiences in order to be a global citizen and life-long learner."

Kriya ’14, Anthropology
Ellie ’14

"What is diversity? No one answer to this question will be the same."

Hannah, History
Jess, Political Science
Todd ’11, Physics

"We had a Seder and invited tons of our nonJewish friends and taught them about our culture and religion."

Miles ’12
Ann-Derrick ’12, English

"A good painter does not limit the colors of his palette."

Mary, A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics

"An important aspect of college is trying new things, some out of your comfort zone. You can’t do that if everyone you meet is just like you. Come to Reed. Challenge at least one of your own ideas every day. Your fellow Reedies can help you do that."

Adrien ’12, Sociology (pictured with Victoria ’12)

"Diversity is living in genuine communion with others, not assuming that we share any sorts of ‘essential’ beliefs or practices and not presuming that we must in order to foster respect and support."

Lucy ’12, Political Science

"Diversity doesn’t just mean different skin tones, dialects, clothes, sexual orientation, etc. Diversity means the acknowledgment of and active engagement with an individual’s unique perspective, means of communication, and self-representation. Diversity means the process through which we learn to define ourselves in the context of the greater community."

Zoe ‘11, German Literature

"I wouldn’t be at Reed without substantial financial assistance. Reed’s commitment to sustaining socioeconomic diversity is key to building a foundation to support cultural and intellectual diversity on campus. Diversity programs and policies at Reed should have a dual aim to bridge disparities and divides from two directions: empowerment and critical self-reflection."

Jay, Professor of English & Humanities

"Diversity means a better, richer, more interesting Reed. Inclusiveness is the way to get there; we all have to pitch in."

Fawn, SEEDS Community Service Coordinator

"Diversity and inclusion are important to me because the voices at the table change the discussion. Diversity deepens the learning for all of us. For me, inclusion is also a matter of equity. We should all be able to attend a place like Reed and feel like this is our home and our voices matter once we are here."

Louis ’11, Political Science

"Diversity: cultural, political, racial, sexual, and everything in between provides the groundwork for a funkier and more interesting landscape. It is this weirdness that lies at the heart of Reed and makes it the place it is."

Nathaniel ’11, Anthropology

"Diversity means teaching as much as learning,"

Victoria, ’12, Anthropology
Salim ’11, Art History

"We think outside the box."

Meg ‘13, Philosophy

"Diversity means unity."

Maya ’14, Economics/Environmental Science

"Diversity is important because uniformity is bland and boring."

Kenji ‘12, Theatre

"Diversity is not just different people living in proximity, it is those people cohesing, communicating, and sharing."

Hannah, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

"Diversity is respect. It is important to have respectful dialogue within our understanding of our global community."

Greeni ’14, Linguistics

"Diversity means a mix of people of different races, backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, economic statuses, and ages. A diverse community is one that includes all of these and is not just tolerant of the differences, but (hopefully) accepting and welcoming."

Keith, Dean of Admission

"Reed is a place with such great intellectual diversity. We become even stronger and deeper when our student community contains a wide diversity of cultural backgrounds and personal experiences. I love being able to admit individuals who bring something new, unique, or original—or just different!—to Reed."

Joseph ’13, Biology

"You’re probably similar to your friends. Chicken and egg aside (do you choose friends that listen to the same kinds of music or do you start listening to the music your friends do?), you get clumps of people that are the same. To me, diversity is where you get crossover from those groups."

Nia ’12, History/Literature

"Since coming to Reed, I’ve been able to experience a culture much more diverse in terms of race, class, gender, and age than what I experienced in high school. I’ve been challenged to think of more ways to be inclusive and to hold myself up to those standards. Intellectually, I’ve been able to think and see so many more possibilities per inclusiveness, what it means to be diverse, and what it does not."

Tess ’14, International & Comparative Policy Studies

"I add to the inclusiveness at Reed by bringing new perspectives: French, Thai, and the international community."

Eleanor ’13, Linguistics (pictured with Aidan ’13)

"Inclusiveness is the cornerstone of an advanced society. To include someone—everyone—is to recognize their inherent worth and dignity."

Sam ’13, Math

"I think the best analogy here is the Irish Potato Famine! Having only one culture of thought is very dangerous because it means a large number of people can be very wrong together. Diversity is important because it ensures that we in any community have a variety of ways of approaching problems and won’t get stuck w/ one mindset."

Madeline ’13, Biology
Kaslin ’13, Biology
Emily ’13, Political Science

"Madeline: Diversity means appreciating history.
Emily: Diversity is learning how to forgive our fathers.
Kaslin: Diversity is inclusiveness."

David, Assistant Dean of International Students

"Diversity is going home and speaking Spanish with my mom, English with my sisters-in-law, and Spanglish with my nephews."

Alexi ’13, History
Sara ’14, Sociology

"Diversity is acceptance without agreement"

Chris ’14 (pictured with Imani ’14 and Amzar ’13)

"I am an individual, a person of my own; I have experienced my life differently from any other person. To build a community of people, diversity lets people be themselves and be appreciated."

Pia ’11, Anthropology

"Diversity is about receptivity and joy."

Mela ’87, Assistant Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

"My education at Reed has made me constantly question traditional definitions of diversity. Hence,  I can’t define diversity because it is always evolving."

Sasha ’12, Linguistics

"Diversity is not deciding what’s good and bad for me. It’s about using everything."

Alex ’13, Psychology

"To me, diversity represents interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. At Reed, I am friends with students from all over the world that each have unique perspectives and views."

Erica ’13, Psychology (not pictured)
Shabab ’13, Religion/Theatre

"Queers help make Reed a more colorful (rainbow!) place."

Julianne ’14, Psychology
Jessica ’12, Psychology

"Julia: Reed’s community allows me to learn more about so many different people, cultures, and traditions. I really enjoy being able to meet so many types of people.
Jess: I enjoy making new friends of all ages, sizes, sizes, shapes, colors, cultures, etc. The body is our vehicle for exploring the world around us and interacting with one another. What matters is who we are within it and what we do with it."

Danielle ’11, History
Louis ’11, Political Science

"By sharing amazing experiences made possible by the office of multicultural affairs, we have not only grown as individuals but also fostered a healthier and deeper relationship."

Indumathi ’12, Theatre

"A place is truly diverse when you look at someone and cannot correctly make any assumptions about where they are from, what language they speak, and who they are."

Alexander ’13, Political Science

"Diversity is the inclusion of all varieties of humanity from everything we as a species have to offer"

Jessica ’11, Psychology
Chelsea ’12, Political Science
Danielle ’11, History

"We’ve had a great opportunity to learn about our own privileges and others’ while having an amazing support system of friends."

Bruce, Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Engagement, and Success

"Diversity is important because I am too tired of this mask."

Desmond ’14, Biochemistry

"Diversity is having to interact with people from different cultures and learning about their cultures."

Chris ‘90

"To me, diversity is like the instruments in an orchestra. Try to imagine a symphony without bass or a folk song without a banjo. I am grateful to work in an environment with so many incredible people from different walks of life."

John ’13, Philosophy
Jessica ’11, Psychology

"John: Diversity is taking a picture with this person.
Jess: Diversity is beautiful variety embraced."

Stacey, Managing Editor, Public Affairs

"Diversity is about loving, and learning from, differences of all kinds."

Joy ’12, Political Science

" Diversity means understanding where people come from. It’s not thinking about people as being all the same, but as being unique. Everyone brings their own talents and abilities. Diversity means dialogue."

JinYoung ’11, Linguistics

"Diversity is being open to and understanding of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and being willing to learn from others."

Kritish ’12, English

"Diversity means you get multiple perspectives on every single idea or thing. It is as if everything gets parsed into colors. It makes you feel how the world is complex, intriguing and beautiful."

Marvin ’12, Art History

" Homogeny leads to complacency and stagnation. Diversity stirs and make society uncomfortable."

Natalie ’14, Environmental Studies/Chemistry
Imani ’14, Religion

"Diversity means every mind."