Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Reed

Where We Stand


The Reed community can point to these actions in recent years, while acknowledging that there is much work yet to do to evolve into the community we aspire to become:

  • Endowed the Social Justice Research and Education Fund in 2020, providing paid internships for students to work with faculty and staff on social justice projects. 
  • Established an anti-racism and inclusive excellence mini-grant in 2020 to support related initiatives by faculty members.
  • Appointed the first woman and first openly gay president of Reed College, Audrey Bilger, who is an experienced champion of change and DEI initiatives in education.
  • Focused 2019 Reed On The Road sessions on diversity and inclusion, where Dean James explored the idea of “access” in higher education as being more than an acceptance letter, a scholarship, and a seat in a classroom.
  • Made significant changes to staff and faculty hiring protocols to reduce bias and increase applicants from diverse backgrounds.