Reed Leaders Share Updates With Alumni

Reed On The Road sessions focus on diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and presidential search.

By Ethyl Elwood | January 24, 2019

In a series of sessions through the fall and winter, Acting President Hugh Porter and Dean for Institutional Diversity Mary James went on the road to provide alumni with an inside look at some important campus issues, including diversity and inclusion, college priorities, and the presidential search.

Dean James explored the idea of “access” in higher education as being more than an acceptance letter, a scholarship, and a seat in a classroom. True access, she argued, is to receive the necessary inspiration and support to master disciplinary skills, acquire academic savvy, and develop a strong sense of belonging both within the Reed community and within one’s chosen discipline.

The cities in the “Reed on the Road” tour included New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland.

Check out videos of Hugh Porter on college priorities and Mary James on access, diversity, and inclusion.

Reed On The Road will resume in the spring with Alice Harra, Associate Dean of Students, and Director of the Center For Life Beyond Reed.

Student success in higher education extends beyond access and affordability of college.  Professional development, alongside Reed's intellectual development, enhances students' clarity, confidence, skills, and connections to pursue work they love.  Rather than a traditional career center, Reed's Center for Life Beyond Reed is focused on developmental strategies for exploring one's purpose while at Reed. Alice Harra, Director of Center for Life Beyond Reed, will share what students can do to prepare for their lives beyond Reed, and how Reed alumni are influencing every field of endeavor. Your participation will be welcome as you share your work and purpose with us, too.

Tags: Alumni, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Giving Back to Reed, Institutional