2021 Black Grad Ceremony
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Black Grads!
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, the Black Student Union, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence celebrate and recognize our Black graduates in a virtual ceremony.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the 2020–21 academic year, the university will be offering learning primarily online and remotely. While we may not be able to engage with one another within the BCC, we do welcome students to connect with the Black Cultural Center staff virtually. Please join us on social media and Zoom for events such as Virtual Super Soul Tuesdays and other virtual interactions and programming.
Umoja Black Scholars Academic Residential Community
The Umoja Black Scholars ARC 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 2021–22 Umoja Black Scholars cohort are open now through May 31, 2021.
Black Cultural Center
While the LRP Black Cultural Center is currently closed due to state and university guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still supporting students in person and remotely.
The outside porch of the BCC will be available to a limited number of students during Dr. Aris Hall's office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00–4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.–noon.
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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.
Academic and Financial Resources and Support
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.
Every year, the JSMA partners with the University of Oregon’s Common Reading—campuswide programming around a shared book and its themes—to organize a Common Seeing exhibition that explores and expands on the Common Reading through visual art. The 2020-21 novel is This is My America by UO Assistant Vice Provost for Advising, Kimberly Johnson. The Common Reading’s charge of Listen. Learn. Act. incorporates different bodies of work across multiple platforms, focusing on Blackness, Black experience, and dismantling racism. The works on view in this year’s Common Seeing, on loan from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, are by Black American artists Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976) and Alison Saar (American, b. 1956). Their art compels us to look, listen, learn, and act.
The JSMA believes that art can move people to change. As an academic art museum, it is critical for us to listen, learn, and act in order to build trust and understanding. We are committed to the advancement of anti-racism in museum culture and diverse and equitable approaches in our work. The JSMA’s exhibitions and public programs strive to amplify multiple perspectives, experiences, and voices. LOOK. Listen. Learn. Act. is generously made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Image: Alison Saar (American, b. 1956). Sorrow’s Kitchen (detail), 2020. Wood, tin, acrylics, spray tar, ceiling tin and linoleum, 28 x 12 x 10 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (Photo Credit: L.A. Louver).
*Exhibition brought to you by the Visual Arts Team! Find us on Instagram @uovisualarts or Facebook @visualartsteam. UO ID required to visit the show in person -- a virtual artist talk and tour will be shared to Visual Arts Team social media accounts!*
Ugo Akabike is a University of Oregon Alum often thinking about being in a place where the sand is warm, the sky is cerulean blue, and the waves are barreling. Through his photographic endeavors he strives to capture the moments that we often think little of, but remember fondly in reflection. Though often choosing to say little with words, the images he produces announce themselves boldly through their captivating visual nature. The photographs displayed in Fond Reminiscence attempt to make its viewers pause and appreciate the subtle links between memory and imagery, both while observing the images on display and while interacting with the world in daily life.
Ugo would love to hear from you and what you think about his work! He challenges you to reach out to him on Instagram right now just to say hello : ).
Find him here:
Omaris Zamora, Assistant Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies, Rugers University, will speak on Afro-Latinx feminisms.
Register for the Live Performance
Sanctuary is a live and virtual collaborative performance exploring women/queer people of color’s collective experiences of seeking refuge from persecution under the ongoing violence of colonization. Sanctuary features lead artist Ana-Maurine Lara (UO faculty), and collaborating artists Akiko Hatakeyama (UO faculty), Rosamond S. King, and Courtney Desiree Morris. The director is award winning D’Lo.
The event will be LIVE-STREAMED on the JSMA's YouTube Channel
Conversation with the Artists
Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Please join us for a Zoom webinar featuring the artists who have created Sanctuary, A Performance. Jillian Hernandez will moderate the live conversation with Ana-Maurine Lara, Akiko Hatakeyama, Rosamond S. King and Courtney Desiree Morris, and director D’Lo.
Sanctuary, A Performance is co-sponsored by University of Oregon’s College of Arts & Sciences, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program, School of Art + Design, Black Studies Program, Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, and UO’s Departments of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Theatre Arts, English, Cinema Studies, and Indigenous, Race & Ethnic Studies.
It's time to OWN YOUR STORY!
You're invited to the 2021 Oregon Diversity Career Symposium (ODCS). Join with hundreds of University of Oregon and Oregon State University students for a half-day of interactive workshops, alumni panels, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities that have been intentionally designed to help prepare and inspire students with marginalized identities on your path from college to career. While all students are invited to attend, our goal is to create a space that especially empowers you to explore your identities and experiences within your job search process and development. Mark your calendars & register early for special giveaways from our AWESOME sponsors!
The event will be held virtually on the Remo platform. (Remo information will be sent to you the week of the event, for now just register in Handshake!)
1:00 p.m.: Keynote: Chabre Vickers, Vice President Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington
2:15 p.m.: Workshops 1 and 2
Soul Force for the Workforce: Wu Tang, Wu Wei and the Innerworkings of the We and the Way through Networking
What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identity Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success
3:15 p.m.: Workshops 3 and 4
Your Identity, Your Career: Understanding Identity and Inclusion Branding
Anatomy of a Job Offer
4:15 p.m.: Alumni Panels
Being True to YOU and Navigating Imposter Syndrome
Networking and Relationship Building
5:00 p.m.: ODCS After Party Networking Hour with Alumni and Employers from 30+ companies
Video chat with representatives to find out about their company, what it’s like to work there, and job and internship opportunities. Did we mention special giveaways/doorprizes for students who stay for the whole networking hour!
To see a full schedule with detailed descriptions of each workshop and panel, speaker bios, and a list of sponsors who are proud to support your professional growth, explore career.uoregon.edu/odcs
Join a conversation about identity experiences abroad.
Three student panelists, currently studying abroad in London and South Korea, will share their diverse backgrounds and stories of their experiences while living and studying abroad. The current UO students will also be joined by a UO study abroad alumni who studied in China and can share her experience as it relates to her career and post-graduation life.
Andromeda Blair, currently studying in London
Ava Jamerson, studied in China
Anna Kien, currently studying in South Korea
Pablo Macias, currently studying in London
Moderatorated by Rosa Chavez, Associate Director for CMAE
All are welcome to join the conversation to hear how personal identities can be expressed in a global context.
Last summer saw the convergence of two major threats to public health: the COVID-19 pandemic and the enduring value gap between white and Black lives (referenced in the name of the protest movement Black Lives Matter). On April 8th of this year, the CDC released a statement naming racism as "a serious public health threat." By contrast, six weeks earlier, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a podcast (now withdrawn) in which the very existence of structural racism in medicine (by now a well proven fact) was called into question. In this conversation, within this larger social and political context, we will discuss how the CDC declaration might be translated into action and what Black feminist bioethicists can contribute to the ongoing conversation.
Camisha Russell, Assistant (about to be Associate as of May 1) Professor, UO Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon
Yolonda Wilson, Associate Professor, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
Join University of Oregon faculty, Dr. Arafaat A. Valiani (Associate Professor, History | Sociology | Global Health), Dr. Sangita Gopal (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies), and Dr. Bish Sen (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication) for a speakers series during spring term 2021. All events will be held virtually and feature conversations between faculty and speakers from the University of Oregon community and beyond. Topics include Indigenous arts, global communications after COVID, and identity in Asian and Asian Studies, and more.
Asian Studies Program
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
Center for the Study of Women in Society
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Department of History
Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
Department of Sociology
Global Health Program
Global Studies Institute, Division of Global Engagement
Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center is putting on this event to encourage students to look at their use of substances. We want all students to know the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships regarding their use of substances.