Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Contact Us

The Residence Life team is comprised of professional staff, area coordinators, and student house advisers.

The best way to contact us is via email or phone and we will do our best to return your message within 48 hours (see right column for contact information).

Professional Staff

Jen Hickman

Assistant Director of Residence Life

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Hi All!

I grew up in Texas and attended college close to home at A&M-Texarkana where I majored in psychology after changing my major pretty much constantly for the first 2 years. I had zero idea what I wanted to do after graduating, and a close friend told me about an opportunity to get a Master’s in higher education for free at a school in Florida.

Here I am 7 years later, after working in housing in Illinois for a year, and then working with international students through orientation and programming —I have developed a passion for student support and development.As a first-generation and previously low-SES student, I'm most passionate about eliminating structural barriers that prevent access and inclusion in higher education.

I live with my wife and our 2 fur babies Whiskey and Tanner. In my free time you can catch me playing fetch with Whiskey, hanging out with my wife, playing cornhole or pool, and vibing to 80’s music. I love puns, trying new things, pretending I like to hike, and loud shirts. I love talking to and meeting new people so if you see me around campus say hi!

Kade Peden

Operations Coordinator

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Hi y'all! My name is Kade Peden (hehim/his) and I'm excited to connect with you. I'm originally from Medford, Oregon, but I've called Portland home since 2009. I moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College, ultimately graduating with a B.A. in German studies in 2013. During my time at Lewis & Clark I worked as a resident advisor, a resident career advisor, student life intern, as a College Outdoors trip leader, and I supervised the school's sports complex.

Speaking of sports, I played football at Lewis & Clark and coached wrestling at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School. During undergrad I spent a year studying abroad in Munich, Germany and loved every second of it (Kannst du Deutsch?). My undergraduate experience taught me the value of residential education, of curiosity, and how living on campus supports student success.

After working at Lewis & Clark, I served for three years in residence life at Portland State. Being a first-generation low-income student, I have a passion for helping students navigate the complex world of higher education and helping students find meaning in their education.

When I'm not working in res life, I'm chatting with folks about how to build a more equitable world, being queer, rock climbing, kayaking, and just how pretty it is outside. Come talk to me about your academic journey, managing your time, or if you ever need someone to hold space for you and support processing your day.

Area Coordinators

Working to assist the House Advisers in everything they do are our Area Coordinators (ACs). ACs are full-time professional staff members who work and live on campus. ACs provide support for the house advisors, are advocates for students concerns, and help students experiencing difficulties at Reed. They provide emergency on-call coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week when school is in session.

Andrew Williamson

CROSS CANYONS/BRAGDON

Andrew Williamson

Hi! I'm Andrew Williamson. Hailing from the Philadelphia area originally, I attended American University and West Chester University graduating with my BA in Psychology. A few years later, I headed west to earn my master's degree in School Counseling from Gonzaga University.

From the time I began college until the present, I've worked in helping professions. I have a background supporting both children and adults with Autism as well as experience as a school counselor. In making the jump to higher education, I am excited to help students in their growth as learners, leaders, and the next generation of global citizens.

Aside from all that, you will often find me on a hike, a jog through campus, in the fitness center, or on the golf course. Additionally, you will hear me fawn over my cat Putt Putt, see me reading on my patio, or out and about in Portland checking out live music, restaurants, and bars.

If you're still reading this, I want you to know I'm here for you. If you need help with anything from academics to peer conflicts, it would be a privilege to support you. Part of my position is to help students get connected with the right resources so if I'm not the precise person for a situation, I will get you the support you need. And if you see me on campus, feel free to say hello! I love getting to know Reed students and staff and the amazing things they are doing on campus each day.

Sarahina Borgia

Naito/Sullivan/Trillium

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I’m Sarahina Borgia, you can also call me Sam (They/Them/Theirs). I am a born and raised Floridian and I also attended undergrad in Sarasota Florida (A wonderfully, beautiful little beach town) at Ringling College of Art and Design where I obtained a BFA in Motion Design. While at Ringling I was heavily involved in Student/Residence Life, which ultimately lead me to pursue a professional career in higher education. Post-graduation (2017) I moved out to Nacogdoches, Texas for a Hall Director position with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) overseeing various communities. I lived/worked there for three years while obtaining my MA in Student Affairs and Higher education and working in SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs conducting programming and community education, focused on the queer community.

My passion areas are student support, engagement, and development. I enjoy helping students find and develop their voices; giving them the tools to use those voices to navigate the world and the challenges they might face during and post-college.

When I'm not on campus I'm probably out vintage shoping with my partner all over portland, hiking around the PNW with my partner and pup, finding the next concert to attend and mosh out to, or the exact opposite of chilling on the couch to netflix/movies.

I look forward to engaging with you all, please feel free to reach out or flag me down if you see me walking about town.

Destinee Nelons

ODB/ANNA MANN/FOSTER SCHOLZ MACNAUGHTON

New AC

Megan Simón

Grove/Apartments/Houses

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Hi There, Hello! 

My name is Megan Simón (she/her/hers), and I was lucky enough to have grown up right here in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Social Sciences in 2022 and am now working on my masters degree in Educational Policy and Leadership. Before coming to Residence Life I worked at Reed in other capacities, both in the Student Life Office and the Office for Student Engagement. I also serve as the Director of Education for the Gender, Advocacy, and Inclusion Network (GAIN) of Higher Education where I am in charge of curating the organization's yearly educational opportunities and conference sessions. 

I am excited about helping students successfully navigate processes and systems through advising, programming and project management. Throughout my career I have maintained a particular interest in accessibility and equity,  working to facilitate conversations around supporting students with disabilities beyond the classroom. 

I live with my fiancé, son, and our pets, Doodles and Mochi. For fun, we love taking road trips through eastern Oregon, playing cribbage, watching bad reality tv, and perusing the nearest record store.

House Advisors

Your house adviser (HA) is one of the first people you will meet at Reed. These upper-division students are selected for their skills and interest in helping fellow students, and are trained in areas such as peer counseling and conflict mediation. They act as an excellent resource for questions about academics, campus life, and Portland in general. HAs also help to bring students together by organizing activities such as movie nights, pizza parties, study breaks, provocative talks, excursions around Portland, and trips to the coast or the Reed ski cabin with the students of their residence halls. At least one house adviser lives in every residence hall.

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HA job description

Program Assistants (PA)

Program assistants (PAs) are programmers in first-year buildings. These first-year students provide community building and programming opportunities for residential communities on campus. Your first-year at Reed can be scary, and making friends in a new environment can be difficult. The PA's only job is to create fun activities for you! They work closely with their area coordinator and HA team to meet the programming needs of the community.