Office for Inclusive Community

Division of Student Life

Featured Events

MRC Tuesday Talks

On-going; Every Tuesday, 5-6pm, Student Center living room.

Tuesday Talks are a weekly conversation on a topic related to identity and inclusion. Conversations are facilitated by MRC interns and are open to the entire Reed Community. Please bring your dinner and join us!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Engagement

Every year, Reed students, staff, and faculty join to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continued work to address injustice within our communities. The multiple day program includes a day of service coordinated by SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service), a keynote speaker or panel organized by the MRC (Multicultural Resource Center), and additional workshops and events during Paideia week.

2017 Program:

Precious Davis: “Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”

Join Reed students, faculty, staff, and community members in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our annual week of service, learning, and action. 

Our keynote this year is Precious Davis. Precious Davis is lauded nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and educator. Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversations surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other’s differences and the celebrating of each other's human diversity. 

Precious will be giving a lecture titled "Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere". 

The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Now more than ever we must devise new structures, mantras, and modes of being in order to topple patriarchy and white supremacy while forming a resounding response to anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Through audacious authenticity, each and every one of us has the power to reach those within our sphere of influence. Davis challenges us all to examine our internalized bias regarding ability, faith, class, sexual orientation, race, and appearance in order to create critical intersectional dialogue, positive self awareness, and the fostering of true solidarity.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and Office for Inclusive Community.

2016 Program
The Legacy of MLK: Intergenerational Panel of Activists
Monday, January 18, 2016

The intergenerational panel will bridge conversations about Civil Rights Movement history to current social justice movements, including Black Lives Matter. Panelists: Olivia Kilgore, Dagan Douglas, Ebony Oldham, Adrienne Cabouet, Simone Stephens.

Sponsored by: SEEDS, Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity

2015 MLK Day of Service & Engagement: Housing Justice Panel

Black History Month

Join the Reed community as we celebrate and honor the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights Movement, and the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture. Check out the full Black History Month calendar here.

Previous featured MRC events during Black History Month include:

Walidah Imarisha and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Monday, February 8
Emerging Strategies Workshop: 3:30 PM, Winch/Capehart
Octavia's Brood Presentation and Book Signing: 7:00 PM, Psychology 105

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought twenty of these visionaries together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia's Brood (2015) span genres - sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism - but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.

Walida Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator, and performance poet. Imarisha is co-editor of Octavia's Brood. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, performance artist and educator of Burher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. Piepzna-Samarasinha's work is featured in Octavia's Brood. There will be a fiction writing workshop at 3:30 PM in Winch/Capehart, followed by the public lecture and book signing at 7:00 pm in Psychology 105.

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center

Intisar Abioto: The Black Portlanders Project - Art Gallery Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 PM
Vollum Lounge

Intisar Abioto is a local writer, dancer, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist who started The Black Portlanders project, a photographic journey illuminating Black Portlanders and their stories. Intisar Abioto will be showcasing some of the photos from The Black Portlanders project in an art gallery, featuring some of our Reed community members! She will give her opening remarks at the art gallery's opening reception on Tuesday, February 16 at 4:00 PM in Vollum Lounge. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. The art gallery will remain on display in Vollum Lounge for the Reed community between February 8th through February 26th.

Sponsored by: Office for Institutional Diversity, Committee on Diversity, Office for Inclusive Community

Tiq Milan: Healthy Masculinity through a Racial Lens Workshop

Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-7:30 PM. Dinner provided.
Performing Arts Building (PAB) 104

Tiq Milan is a writer, public speaker, and media advocate. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets. He has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. From grassroots to national campaigns, he is one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He is a contributing author to the anthology, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and is the Co-Chair of the LGBT task force of the National Association of Black Journalists. In this workshop, Tiq Milan will talk about how his journey as a transman influenced his outlook on misogyny and rape culture, and the importance of creating healthy masculinity and being in allyship with women and femme identified people.

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center

Dr. Al Frankowski: The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization

Thursday, February 25, 4:30-5:30 PM
Psychology 105

Dr. Al Frankowski is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern Illinois University and will be on campus to discuss his new book, The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning,which demonstrates how post-racial discourse and post-racial memory operates as a context through which the memorialization of anti-black violence and the production of new forms of violence are connected. By challenging many tenants of the critical turn in political philosophy and aesthetics, Dr. Frankowski argues against a politics of reconciliation and for a political sense of mourning the amplifies the universality of violence embedded in our contemporary sensibility.

Sponsored by: Department of Honor Process & Restorative Justice, Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity

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