Forum for Advancing Reed

Please join us on campus from September 14 to 16 at the Forum for Advancing Reed (FAR)

What is FAR?

FAR, formerly known as “Volunteer Weekend” is a weekend of gatherings, workshops and meetings for Reed leaders to share best practices, set priorities for the year and gain an insider’s look at the future of Reed College. You’ll help us think through strategies to enhance and grow Reed’s robust volunteer networks; craft innovative approaches to challenges and opportunities facing the college; and celebrate with fellow engaged alumni.


RSVP by September 4 to reserve your space.


Looking for accommodations? Check out this list of hotels that give special rates to members of the Reed community.

Forum Schedule*

September 14 - 16, 2018

*All events are tentative and subject to change

Friday, September 14

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Alumni Board Executive Meeting

5:30 PM: General check in at Parker House

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Welcome Reception at Parker House with Acting President, Hugh Porter

Join fellow volunteers, staff and leaders of the Reed community for light bites, hosted bar and games to set the tone for the weekend

7:30 PM: Dinner on your own 

Saturday, September 15

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM:  Check in and hospitality in the Performing Arts Building (PAB)

8:00 AM:  Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM: Student Presentations

Reed's Summer Internship Award is funded by alumni donations and provides students with funding to support their work in unpaid and underpaid summer internships. In this session, 3-4 award recipients will give brief summaries of their work over the summer.

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM:  Session I includes:

  • Foster Scholtz Committee Meeting
  • Presidential Search Forum
  • Climbing Wall open
  • Workshop TBA

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM: Session II includes:

  • Chapters Meeting
  • Alumni Programs Subcommittee meetings: Diversity & Inclusion, Committee for Young Alumni, and Reed Career Alliance

12:30 - 2:00 PM: Lunch with Babson Award Recognition (Congrats, Keith Allen ’83!)

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM: Session III includes:

  • Reunions planning meetings
  • Hip Hop Dance Class
  • Admissions update
  • Workshop TBA

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Session IV includes:

  • Social Media Roundtable with Robin Tovey
  • Cooley Gallery Tours of exhibit, I Wanna Be Well—the first retrospective of the work of renowned American artist, activist, writer, and educator Gregg Bordowitz. Details here.
  • Alumni Board Meeting
  • AFR Steering Committee Meeting

6:00 PM: Happy Hour, off campus

Gather at an undisclosed location for hosted libations and camaraderie!

Sunday, September 16

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Breakfast and concluding remarks

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Session V includes

  • Alumni Resources session
  • Hard Hat Tours of new dorms
  • Workshop TBA

11:00AM - 12:30 PM

  • Hard Hat Tours of new dorms
  • Joint Committee meeting of AFR, Alumni Board and Chapters

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Joint Committee meeting of Alumni Board Executive Committee and Committee Chairs


Register HERE for this exciting weekend by September 4 to reserve your space!