Diversity at Reed

Inclusive Reed

This series of events brings together the nation's best scholars, thinkers, and artists to our community to collaborate with Reed faculty, staff, and students on exploring the question of how we make Reed a truly inclusive campus community.

Events are co-sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Office for Inclusive Community, the Committee on Diversity, and the Student Senate

Fall 2017 Events:

Sanctuary and Citizenship:
Why Issues Around Immigration Affect All of Us

Friday, September 15
3 p.m., PAB 320

This community conversation will explore current issues in immigration law by asking: What does it mean to be a sanctuary campus/location/city? Why is immigration in America an issue for every citizen? And What does the climate toward immigrants mean for our core political values?

Radhika Natarajan, assistant professor of history and humanities, is a historian of Modern Imperial Britain with particular interests in ethnicity, migration, decolonization, social democracy, and multiculturalism. Radhika will moderate a Q&A with Chirag Badlani and facilitate a community conversation around these important issues.

Chirag Badlani, J.D., is a member of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, labor and employment, commercial litigation, and asylum and refugee matters. Mr. Badlani received his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Know Your Rights Workshop:
Basic Rights for Immigrant Communities and Their Allies

Wednesday, October 4
4:30-6 p.m., Eliot 314

Michael Cowgill, J.D., co-founder and Immigration Attorney at Meadowlark Immigration PC, has been serving immigrant communities in Oregon since 2012. Michael earned his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He has worked with Catholic Charities Oregon - Immigration Legal Services (ILS), the Portland Immigration Court (EOIR), and Bailey Immigration as a law clerk. He is a member of the Oregon State bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Oregon and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael is passionate about removal defense and humanitarian aid.

Amina Rahman '14, is a Portland native, Reed alum, and local organizer. After majoring in anthropology and writing a thesis on frameworks of immigrant suffering in the U Visa system, she headed to Immigrant Law Group to do casework as a paralegal. Off the clock, she organized actions with the Burgerville Workers Union and workshops with local undocumented communities. Currently, she works as an organizer with SEIU, supporting janitors and other service workers who are organizing in the Portland metro.

Addressing Islamophobia:
Dispelling Myths to Confront Hate and Bias

Wednesday, November 1
6 p.m., Psychology 105

The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslims and those perceived as Muslims. More recently, as a result of the 2016 Presidential election, broad vilification of Muslims has served political agendas resulting in calls for bans, registries, and other civil liberty threats to the lives of Muslims in America. In addition, there have been dramatic increases in hate crimes against Muslims due to the toxic climate of hateful rhetoric. This program will benefit participants interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia, providing needed context to bridge divides.

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D., serves as Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication, and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. He has been featured on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show and in Dr. Shakti Butler’s film on racism entitled “Cracking the Codes.” Amer regularly speaks and consults with institutions across the country on Islam, Islamophobia, and interfaith issues.