Diversity at Reed

Reed’s formal diversity statement, drafted by students in 2008, asserts the college’s commitment to the full participation in serious and open intellectual inquiry of students, faculty, and staff, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, or disabilities.

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At Reed, we believe student success is linked to community support. A range of programming provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations and activities meant to inspire the further development of a fully inclusive learning community.


Two offices on campus are dedicated to ensuring the full and equal participation of all members of the Reed community.

Located in the president’s office, the Office for Institutional Diversity works closely with the dean of the faculty, Reed’s chief academic officer, to ensure all aspects of college life reflect the fundamental principles of intellectual pluralism espoused in the college’s founding documents. In addition, this office oversees the implementation of systems that support, encourage, and promote a diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment. Finally, this offices seeks to develop relationships in the broader Portland community that support Reed’s commitment to diversity.

The Office for Inclusive Community, which works directly with students, aims to support the exploration of privilege and oppression as well as intersecting social identities and the ways in which our backgrounds and perspectives shape how we learn. In addition to running Reed’s multicultural resource center (MRC), which hosts programs and events, the office coordinates a peer mentor program, a leadership academy, and alternative spring and fall breaks, which provide educational immersion experiences focused on local communities and local issues.

Apart from these two offices, students may also work with SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) to find community service opportunities in Portland.


  • Reed’s Peer Mentor Program assists first-year and transfer students with the transition to college by pairing them with a current student who provides guidance and support throughout the first year.
  • The Faculty Consortium on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality supports faculty members who are developing courses related to sex, gender, and sexuality studies and sponsoring gender-related events on campus.
  • ALOUD! brings the nation’s best scholars, thinkers, and artists to campus for lectures and performances. The series is sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity.
  • The Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series, created by Reed students, faculty, and staff, honors the memory of preeminent intellectual Vine Deloria Jr. by recognizing the work of Native American scholars whose intellectual pursuits reflect the spirit and commitment of Deloria.
  • Reed’s Community Reading Project hosts major scholars or public intellectuals and a series of related events to which the larger Portland community is invited. Most recently, Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, was on campus.