Forum for Advancing Reed

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The Forum for Advancing Reed took place October 16–18, 2020 via Zoom. We welcomed alumni from across the globe to engage in virtual discussions about how Reedies can support one another and the college during this unique time. We shared virtual gatherings for new affinity groups and networks, a faculty lecture, student presentations, and opportunities to meet fellow alumni who care deeply about the history and values that make Reed distinctive.

What is the Forum for Advancing Reed?
The Forum for Advancing Reed (FAR) is Reed's official volunteer weekend. Gatherings, workshops, and meetings focused on career coaching, professional networking, fundraising, chapter events, and more are planned for alumni who want to connect with other Reedies, learn more about what's happening at Reed right now, and discover ways to get involved.

2020 highlights

October 16, 2020
We kicked off the Forum for Advancing Reed with with a conversation with Audrey Bilger, president of Reed College and Hugh Porter, vice president for college relations & planning. They shared reflections from the past 12 months on campus including an overview of President Bilger's first year and updates about the college's ongoing response to COVID-19.

October 17, 2020

Paul Gronke, professor of political science and director of the Early Voting Information Center (EVIC), delivered the talk titled "Making a Difference and Getting Published While You Do It: How Academic Research Helps To Assure A Safe, Secure, and Accessible American Elections System" at the Forum for Advancing Reed 2020. Moderated by Christine Lewis ’07.

October 18, 2020
Reed in the World: A Panel Discussion about Working Internationally
Reed alumni have pursued personal and career journeys that impact institutions and organizations around the world through research, education, activism, business, and other endeavors. The Reed Career Alliance (RCA) committee of the Alumni Board presented this moderated session featuring alumni working all over the world and discussed how the Reed liberal arts education remains relevant as globalization faces new economic and geopolitical challenges.

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