2022 Black Grad Ceremony
Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Black Grads!
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center and the Alliance of Black Student Organizations celebrates and recognizes our Black graduates during an in-person ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2022.
Umoja Black Scholars Academic Residential Community
Umoja, “unity” in Swahili, is a community that aims to cultivate a sense of belonging for Black students at the University of Oregon. This community is designed to meet the social and academic needs of Black students through fostering an understanding of and respect for Black cultures, identities, and histories. The Umoja Black Scholars ARC brings Black students who live and take courses together, and can grow in their own identities, engage with peer mentors, and connect with cultural, social, and academic resources.
Applications for the 2022–23 Umoja Black Scholars cohort are open now through May 31, 2022.
Black Cultural Center
1870 East 15th Avenue
SPRING TERM HOURS
Sunday: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
If you are interested in staying up to date about what’s going on with the BCC, please provide your name and email using our online form to be added to our mailing list.
Collaboration and Advertisements?
We invite the UO campus and greater Oregon community to advertise programs, events, and job opportunities via the Shades of Black Newsletter and BCC social media.
BCC Space Reservations
Looking to host your next meeting, campus visit, or other event? Submit a request at least 72 hours in advance. Currently we are not available for Saturday reservations.
Academic and Financial Resources and Support
Diversity at the UO
Academic Advising Resources and Support
Financial Aid Resources
Basic Human Needs
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center is the engine for Black students’ academic success at the University of Oregon. The BCC is a welcoming and supportive space that helps Black students harness the resources necessary to navigate their social, cultural, and academic experience. By investing in the success of Black students, the BCC enhances the cultural and social development of the entire University of Oregon community.
About Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Ms. Parker earned her BA in sociology from the UO in 1991. She worked at the UO as an academic advisor in the Office of Multicultural Academic Success for 17 years, until she retired.
Ms. Parker has served on multiple advisory committees. She also serves on the board of a local nonprofit, the League of United Latin American Citizens, where she is the honorary chair of their Anti-Racial Profiling Committee.
The UO’s Women’s Center hosts an annual Lyllye B. Parker Womxn of Color Speaker Series to bring female speakers of color to campus.
Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.
Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:
Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a CS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our CS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.
How does Let’s Talk work?
Let’s Talk will be offered via Zoom and/or in satellite locations across campus. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis.
Mondays 3-5PM - Meet with Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/99378816150
Tuesdays 10AM-12PM - Meet with Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQ students, at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/99147472563.
Wednesdays 2-4PM - Meet with Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, at the Black Cultural Center.
Wednesdays 4-6PM - Meet with Caryn Zaner, who specializes in working with graduate students and queer, trans, and gender non-conforming students. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/92314812010
Thursdays 2-4PM - Meet with Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m) or click here:
Thursdays 4-6PM - Meet with Kristen Besler at Global Scholars Hall (Room 103) or click here: https://zoom.us/j/92058889528
Fridays 1-3PM - Meet with Mariko Lin at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (Oregon Hall-Room 130) or click here:
The QTISOC is a space for all LGBTQ+/questioning students of color. Come around to find community and join in on discussions related to identity, intersection, and student life! Office hours are also held where you can do whatever, from doing homework to seeking advice and resources, and more! Camila (they/them) runs these spaces.
Meetings are Wednesdays, 5 - 6 pm. Office Hours are 1 - 2 pm.
Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People seeks to honor the past, present, and future of Native and Afro descendent peoples by restoring and reviving our relationship to one another and to the natural world. Through holding and regarding kinship, solidarity, and community as sacred. By refusing the narratives of erasure, dehumanization, and subjugation. Finally, by envisioning a future rooted in Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty!
In partnership with UO Common Reading, Amber Starks (aka Melanin Mvskoke), University and Community stakeholders, and the University of Oregon Libraries, the Unceded Kinship art exhibition showcases Afro descendent and Native artists with connections to Oregon and their respective communities. Unceded Kinship is a celebration of these artists contributions to the movements of Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty and explores the ongoing conversations within and across Afro descendent and Native communities around decentering white supremacy and settler colonialism. The exhibition personifies ways in which Native and Afro descendant peoples have built community and invested in kinship.
The exhibition asserts that both movements are compatible technologies of resistance and futurity, and is a reminder that Native and Afro descendent peoples have always been the authors and architects of their liberation. Ultimately, Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People affirms the future for both peoples outside of oppression and subjugation, a future envisioned and built for them, by them!
For more information, visit the UO Common Reading Unceded Kinship: Land, Place, and People webpage.
Join us for the 2022 Black Grad Ceremony at the University of Oregon!
Black Grad celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of those undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are Black, African-American, and/or of the African Diaspora. This ceremony commemorates the hard work and dedication that our Black students have endured to get to this point in history not only at the University of Oregon, but in a global society.
This year the ceremony will be co-hosted by the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center and the Alliance of Black Student Organizations.
Black Grad Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (PST) with a reception to follow at the LRP Black Cultural Center. This in-person ceremony will recognize graduates and we will have speakers to honor our graduates.
Graduates Registration - Deadline May 6, 2022: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tAGVOdUazEOljE
Guest Registration - Deadline May 31, 2022: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aV5VfmN2TcWmcnQ