Office of the Dean of Students COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Update March 23, 11:30 a.m.: Oregon Governor Kate Brown calls for Oregonians to stay home, closing specific retail businesses and requiring social distancing in most cases. The executive order took immediate effect on March 23, 2020. We are currently reviewing information on this page to ensure it is consistent with the order.

In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (BCC) has currently transitioned to offering services remotely. Thank you for your understanding and patience as together we work to sustain the health and well-being of our campus community.

We are committed to maintaining high levels of support and resources for our students. During this time, the BCC and Dean of Students staff will continue to check and respond to voicemails and emails. In addition, the BCC will continue to offer resource navigation and support remotely, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. To reach the coordinator of the BCC, call 541-346-6321 or email arish@uoregon.edu if you need assistance. To reach the Dean of Students crisis team, call 541-346-3216.

Refer to the site below for official updates regarding the University of Oregon’s response to COVID-19, including frequently asked questions.

Our Mission

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.

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About Lyllye Reynolds-Parker

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker was born in Eugene in 1946 and was a member of the first graduating class of Henry D. Sheldon High School. Ms. Parker started her social justice work while in high school, being actively involved with the civil rights movement here. She was vice president of the local Student Non-violence Committee, an organization founded by Stokely Carmichael, an internationally known civil rights advocate.

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.

Reserve the BCC for Your Next Event

Is your student group or campus organization looking for a meeting space or a location to hold an event? Contact the Black Cultural Center at least two weeks before your event, and we'll let you know if space is available.

Our new building has room for smaller meetings (maximum capacity eight people) as well as larger gatherings (maximum capacities of 30–70 people). Also available is a kitchen and a covered porch, as well as technology including amplified sound and a display screen with HDMI.

Reservations will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, pending space availability.

Request a Space Reservation


Events

Mar 29
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story11:00 a.m.

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration...
October 12 2019–September 13 2020
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change. 

Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. On view through May 10, 2020.

Apr 9
CANCELED: Eugene's Black Communities—Then and Now6:00 p.m.

***ALL MUSEUM EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 30. LEARN MORE.*** Join Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Deborah Reynolds, Elder Roy Samuels, Jennifer Broadous-Scurlock,...
April 9 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

***ALL MUSEUM EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 30. LEARN MORE.***

Join Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Deborah Reynolds, Elder Roy Samuels, Jennifer Broadous-Scurlock, and Callan Coleman as they share stories from Eugene's civil rights years and their ongoing experiences as members of Eugene's Black community. Moderated by Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson, the panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.  

Apr 23
CANCELED: Organized Bigotry—A History of Hate Groups in Oregon6:00 p.m.

***ALL MUSEUM EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 30. LEARN MORE.*** Join Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a national expert on the history of hate...
April 23 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

***ALL MUSEUM EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 30. LEARN MORE.***

Join Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a national expert on the history of hate violence, for an examination of hate groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. What are the impacts of these groups on People of Color, other minorities, and our democratic institutions? What actions we can take to counter the hate?

Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.  

Apr 29
Return: Race, Democracy and the Boundaries of Belonging in North Americanoon

Join University of Oregon political scientist Debra Thompson for "Return: Race, Democracy and the Boundaries of Belonging in North America." Drawing on her connections...
April 29 noon–1:00 p.m.
McKenzie Hall, 229

Join University of Oregon political scientist Debra Thompson for "Return: Race, Democracy and the Boundaries of Belonging in North America." Drawing on her connections to Black America as well as Canada, where many enslaved Black Americans fled, Professor Thompson will explore how time and geography influence our understandings of race, inviting us to reconsider ideas of home, belonging, diaspora, and democracy.

Part of the Wellness Seminar Series for faculty and staff.

Contact Us

 
Aris Hall, PhD
Coordinator, Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Black Cultural Center

1870 East 15th Avenue
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (offering services remotely)

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