Leadership at Reed

Leadership Opportunities

There are many ways for students to pursue leadership opportunities at Reed: research with faculty, student employment, and community engagement and more. 

We've chosen to highlight the following leadership opportunities within student services departments and through participation in student governance.

Student Services

Academic Support Services

  • Peer Tutors: One-on-one tutoring is provided by qualified Reed students of advanced standing and is available for most classes.

Community Wellness

  • Night Owls: Students focus on harm reduction during social events.
  • Peer Health Advocates: Students serve as peer role models and support the health and wellness program.

International Student Services

  • InterConnect Program: The InterConnect program seeks to support new international students in their cultural, social, and academic transition to Reed by matching them with a current Reedie.

Multicultural Affairs

  • Peer Mentor Program: The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) assists first-year and transfer students from underrepresented communities with their college transition by pairing them with a returning student mentor.
Reed Outdoor Programs and Education (ROPE)
  • Orientation Week Outdoor Trips: Every August, Reed offers fantastic opportunities to explore the Pacific Northwest via foot, boat, body, and mind through recreational odysseys for incoming students. 
  • Reed Outing Club: The Reed Outing Club, restarted in 1998 after a long hiatus, assists the Reed community in planning events and trips in the Northwest.

Residence Life

  • House Advisors: Students are selected for their skills and interest in helping fellow students and are trained in areas such as peer counseling and conflict mediation.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Interns: Students focus on effective consent education.

Sports Center

  • Reed offers nine varsity club sports: rugby, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, squash, rowing and curling.

Students for Engagement, Empowerment & Direct Service (SEEDS)

  • Student Interns and Coordinators: SEEDS brings together students, faculty, staff, and alumni who support community efforts to bring about social change.

Student Engagement Office

  • Academic Teams: Students participate in chess, debate, mock trial, and model U.N.
  • Conferences: Each summer, Reed sends students to the Leadershape Institute. The college pays all costs associated with this exciting opportunity.
  • Consultations: Students can visit the student activities office to see the many types of support available for student groups to be successful in achieving their goals. Groups can discuss topics like establishing a mission, clarifying vision and values, conflict resolution, and maintaining institutional memory.
  • Drop-In Sessions: Drop-in, interactive sessions are available throughout the year for students to spend an hour or so learning about a specific issue. No need to RSVP, and snacks are provided.
  • Leadership Retreat: Each fall, an overnight retreat allows students to explore a leadership topic more thoroughly. The Leadership Retreat takes place at beautiful Camp Magruder on the Oregon Coast.
  • Student Organizations: Reed College student organizations represent a wide variety of interests, ideologies, spiritual practices, cultures, and activities.
  • Reed Leadership Academy (RELAY): The mission of RELAY is to support Reed's core academic mission by promoting responsible action, pluralistic thought, and the development of lifelong, practical interpersonal skills. Students engage in experiential learning, personal reflection, and advising relationships.

Student Governance

Honor Council: The Honor Council (HC) is a committee of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to promoting the Honor Principle in the Reed community. Members are organized into subcommittees around the goals of education, mediation, and advocacy for community rights.

Judicial Board: The Reed College Student Judicial Board (J-Board) serves a vital role in a community governed by an Honor Principle. If community members are unable to work out an alleged Honor Principle violation, the J-Board provides formal adjudication.

Student Senate: The student senate plays an influential role on Reed's campus. Senate is the voice of the students: its members fund student organizations, participate in campus policy-making, and work with staff members to improve the quality of student life.

Questions about leadership opportunities? Please e-mail leadership@reed.edu.