2020 Black Grad Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Black Grads!

Join the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, the Black Student Union, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence in celebrating this year’s Black graduates from the University of Oregon! This year we celebrated and recognized our graduates virtually!

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Umoja Black Scholars Community

The Umoja Residential Community is a space in the residence halls where Black students can come together, grow in their own identities, engage with peer mentors, and connect with academic advising and resources.

Applications for the Umoja Black Scholars Community are still open for fall term 2020.

Learn About Umoja Black Scholars

Virtual Engagement

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.

During spring term 2020 remote learning is occurring online. While we may not be able to engage with one another under the same roof, we do welcome students to connect with the Black Cultural Center staff virtually. Please join us on for Virtual Super Soul Tuesdays, Nuanced Griot: Community Conversations, and other virtual programming via our social media accounts.

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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Reserve the BCC for Your Next Event

Temporarily the BCC is not taking reservations. Once the campus is open to the public we will resume reservation requests.

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.

About Lyllye Reynolds-Parker

Lyllye Reynolds-ParkerLyllye 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.


Jul 3
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story11:00 a.m.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum's public spaces are temporarily closed. In the meantime, enjoy the museum from home and watch...
October 12 2019–September 13 2020
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum's public spaces are temporarily closed. In the meantime, enjoy the museum from home and watch for updates on our reopening plans.

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.

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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