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SEEDS Orientation Experiences

Participating in the SEEDS Community Engagement experiences is a powerful way to start the school year and begin to understand the Portland community. It is also a great way to begin forming your circle of friends at Reed.

Registration opens May 1

Community Engagement Experience Information

Join other Reed students interested in community engagement for one of these exciting Orientation experiences. SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. SEEDS is committed to expanding the scope of the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement. The SEEDS experiences combine community engagement, volunteering, reflection, learning, and fun.

In small groups (6-12 Reedies each) led by two trip leaders (current students), participants will work with various community partners within the Portland community on one or two service learning projects on August 29, 2020. The goal is to build mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. 

To prepare for the experience, each small group will meet sometime during Orientation week. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet other Reed students interested in community engagement, begin to build community and a circle of friends, and learn how to participate in ethical, critical, and effective community engagement. On Saturday, August 29, SEEDS will provide transportation to the various Community Engagement sites for students to participate in a day-long experience, which will include meals, reflection, and community building.

Some of the organizations that you may work with include:

The trips take place after the conclusion of International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program experience.


Jessika Chi, assistant dean for institutional diversity

Important Dates

July 31 Registration deadline (Extended!) 
August 15 Confirm your participation
TBD  Meet your SEEDS experience group 
August 29 SEEDS community engagement experience

Cost & Registration

Due to the changes this year, the SEEDS Orientation Experience will be at no cost to participants. This includes meals, transportation, and all supplies associated with the community engagement activities.

The registration deadline has been EXTENDED to July 31. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; application materials must be received by July 31. You will receive an email confirming your registration. By August 15, you will receive the details for your group meeting and the SEEDS Community Engagement Experience.


Waiver of liability

Medical information 


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Theresa Lowrie in the disability & accessibility resources office to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.