The Office for Inclusive Community (OIC) seeks to build a diverse and inclusive community at Reed. The Office for Inclusive Community includes the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), the Peer Mentor Program (PMP), and SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) Community Engagement Program.
Multicultural Resource Center (MRC): The Multicultural Resource Center coordinates campus-wide cultural events and programs that celebrate the diversity of our community and educates the campus community on issues of identity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. MRC programs and events complement and enrich the academic experience, promote identity exploration, and enhance the leadership skills of historically underrepresented and marginalized students. The MRC provides direct support to students and multicultural student organizations and creates an environment where students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds can thrive at Reed. The Multicultural Resource Center is housed in the Student Center and is a space where students can build community and learn about campus resources.
Peer Mentor Program (PMP): The Peer Mentor Program is designed to support new students' transition to Reed. First year and transfer students are paired with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support throughout their first year at Reed. PMP seeks to support students from underrepresented communities such as students of color, first-generation college students, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and/or LGBTQIA2S+ students. Any incoming student who wishes to be paired with a peer mentor can participate. PMP begins with a pre-orientation experience and continues throughout a student's first year. After Orientation, PMP offers monthly social gatherings, transportations to events happening in Portland, and academic support sessions. Participants benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships, enhanced knowledge of campus resources, opportunities for involvement and leadership, and access to educational, cultural, and social events.
SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) is Reed's community engagement program focused on building and sustaining programs that foster positive, social change and that are mutually beneficial for Reed students, local community members, and community organizations. SEEDS is committed to enhancing Reed's academic mission and supporting students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement. SEEDS provides Reed students with community engagement, volunteer, and off-campus Federal Work-Study opportunities. In addition, SEEDS oversees the Reed Community Pantry which provides food, clothing, and supplies at no cost to members of the Reed community.