Orientation 2017

Orientation Odysseys: SEEDS

The SEEDS Odysseys are a powerful way to start the school year and begin to understand the Portland community. They are also a great way to begin forming your circle of friends at Reed.

Gear Up

SEEDS group photo

SEEDS Odyssey Information

Join other Reedies interested in community engagement on these exciting pre-Orientation trips. SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service) complements Reed's academic program and connects students to our wider community. The SEEDS Odyssey trips combine community engagement, direct service, reflection, learning, and fun.
In small groups (10–12 Reedies each), participants work with various community partners. Activities can include a range of different opportunities to engage with local community organizations. Some of the organizations that you may work with include:
  • Know Your City, an organization that "engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects."
  • Wisdom of the Elders, an organization that "preserves traditional cultural values, oral history, prophesy and other messages of guidance from indigenous elders in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among today’s and future generations of native peoples."
  • Children's Book Bank, an organization that "works with the community to collect and distribute collections of children's books to children and families." 
  • The Rebuilding Center, and organization that offers "affordable used building and remodeling materials with the goal of promoting the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials — a non-profit resource to strengthen environmental, economic and social fabric of local communities."
At night, the small groups come together to share meals, thoughts, and lively conversation. Participants will sleep on-campus in their assigned residence hall room. 

If you register for a SEEDS Odyssey, you cannot attend another Odyssey.

Contact: Tara Miller, SEEDS Program Manager, 503/777-7563.

Important Dates

Friday, August 18
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Check-in
5 p.m. Dinner with other participants (students only, please)
6- 8:30 p.m. Large group introductions & small group meetings
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20
Days of service
Monday, August 21
Return from final day of service by 5 p.m.

SEEDS Odyssey Cost & Registration

Cost for the three-day SEEDS Odyssey is $150 which covers food, transportation, and other expenses. Limited financial aid is available for those with high need to fund the SEEDS Odyssey experience. Requests can be made via the on-line application during registration. SEEDS will respond to you by late July/early August with information about your financial aid request.

  • Please do not send us payment. The business office will bill your Reed College account.
  • Cancellations made on or after August 1 will result in your account being charged $75. Cancellations or nonattendance after August 10 will result in your account being charged $150.
  • Registration for the trip and the required forms (waiver of liability & the medical information form) must be completed through IRIS.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; materials must be received by August 1. Within two weeks of applying, applicants will receive an email confirming their registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you are NOT registered.

Please note: If you cancel your Odyssey attendance, you may not move into your residence hall on August 18. You will be able to move into your residence hall on Tuesday, August 22.

Gearing Up for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Students attending SEEDS Odysseys will need to bring some personal items on the trip.

Weather in the Pacific Northwest is highly variable. Although August tends to be quite warm and sunny, it can be cool at night and rainy. We suggest that you dress in layers to be prepared for temperature changes.

The following items are required for all SEEDS Odysseys
rain jacket

work clothes for three days (you will be getting dirty)

closed-toe work shoes
The following items are optional, but suggested


spending money
favorite interactive games

notebook and pen

musical instrument (small)

Arriving for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Please check in at Kaul Auditorium between 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18, as there is considerable organization and orientation that needs to take place before our early-morning departure on Saturday, August 19. It is best if you check in early so you have time to move into your room.

Van shuttles from the airport will run approx. every thirty minutes beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Reserve a space with Cyrus Monsef by 5 p.m. on August 11. You must provide Cyrus with your name, day-of cell phone number, airline, flight number, and expected arrival time.

Once on Campus for Your SEEDS Odyssey

Please plan to have dinner with us around 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18. The remainder of the evening will be invested in getting to know your group better and making sure we are well organized for our departure early on Saturday. You will stay in your residence hall room each night.

Returning from Your SEEDS Odyssey

You can anticipate returning to Reed in the early evening of Monday, August 21. We anticipate that all SEEDS Odyssey participants will be done with cleanup by 5 p.m., so you should have some flexibility to enjoy some downtime in your new environment. Please note: We do not provide dinner on Monday, August 21. From then on, you may use your Board Points.


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 Support Services office to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.

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