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 fall term 2020 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 Black Grad Writing Circle, Virtual Super Soul Tuesdays, Nuanced Griot: Community Conversations, and other virtual interactions and programming.

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Black Cultural Center

While the LRP Black Cultural Center will be closed for fall term 2020 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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Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (offering services remotely)

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


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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.

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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 will open in March 2021 for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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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.


Events

Oct 21
Exhibit: Timber Culture7:00 a.m.

The Timber Culture exhibit, curated by Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, offers unique views into the histories of logging, migration, and both...
September 28–November 6
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Aperture Gallery

The Timber Culture exhibit, curated by Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, offers unique views into the histories of logging, migration, and both segregation and integration in Oregon history. Through portraits that range from intimate to formal, the images of people demonstrate that this history was lived by individual people who came together to build relationships and community together. Images of buildings and work equipment ground viewers in time and place, and the captions both provide context and add information about people and places not in the pictures. The exhibit is effective for both fostering quiet contemplation and generating conversation, making it a great fit for all public places."

Oct 21
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...
October 12 2019–December 31 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. 

The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In accordance with university and state public health mandates, we will require everyone onsite to wear masks or other face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their households. 

Public hours and safety protocols are subject to change based on guidance from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Please stay tuned to our COVID-19 Updates page for developing information.

Oct 21
Let's (Tele) Talk: Black Student Support2:00 p.m.

Talk with a Black/African-American Specialist & Therapist Dr. Nikki Chery will be available on Wednesdays from 2-4 PM, and she is a psychologist who focuses...
October 13–November 18

Talk with a Black/African-American Specialist & Therapist

Dr. Nikki Chery will be available on Wednesdays from 2-4 PM, and she is a psychologist who focuses on the needs of Black/African-American students.
Click here for Waiting Room
 
What is Let’s (Tele)Talk?

Let’s Talk is a drop-in service that provides easy access to free, informal confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services counselor.
 
What makes Let’s (Tele)Talk different from counseling services at UCS?


No appointment necessary (first-come, first served)
No paperwork to be completed
Easy access support and consultation


 
Let’s (Tele)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 UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like
Would like to meet with one of our UCS 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 (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will now be offered via Zoom. Click on the relevant link below to access a Zoom meeting with a Let’s (Tele)Talk counselor. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the counselor 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 is meant to be used on an as-needed basis.

Oct 27
Super Soul Tuesdays1:00 p.m.

Every Tuesday the BCC & CMAE offer the Black/African-American community a time to study, connect, and receive support from a myriad of staff and faculty...
October 6–November 17

Every Tuesday the BCC & CMAE offer the Black/African-American community a time to study, connect, and receive support from a myriad of staff and faculty from across campus.

Nov 5
Matt Sandler, The Black Romantic Revolution, book talk and discussionnoon

About The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poets at the End of Slavery: During the pitched battle over slavery in the United States, Black writers—enslaved and...
November 5 noon–2:00 p.m.

About The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poets at the End of Slavery:
During the pitched battle over slavery in the United States, Black writers—enslaved and free—allied themselves with the cause of abolition and used their art to advocate for emancipation and to envision the end of slavery as a world-historical moment of possibility.

These Black writers borrowed from the European tradition of Romanticism—lyric poetry, prophetic visions—to write, speak, and sing their hopes for what freedom might mean. At the same time, they voiced anxieties about the expansion of global capital and US imperial power in the aftermath of slavery. They also focused on the ramifications of slavery's sexual violence. Authors such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, George Moses Horton, Albery Allson Whitman, and Joshua McCarter Simpson conceived the Civil War as a revolutionary upheaval on par with Europe's stormy Age of Revolutions. The Black Romantic Revolution proposes that the Black Romantics' cultural innovations have shaped Black radical culture to this day, from the blues and hip hop to Black nationalism and Black feminism. Their expressions of love and rage, grief and determination, dreams and nightmares, still echo into our present.

Nov 6
Book Talk "Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation"noon

Oluwakemi (Kemi) M. Balogun is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at the University of Oregon Even as beauty...
November 6 noon

Oluwakemi (Kemi) M. Balogun is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at the University of Oregon

Even as beauty pageants have been critiqued as misogynistic and dated cultural vestiges of the past in the US and elsewhere, the pageant industry is growing in popularity across the Global South, and Nigeria is one of the countries at the forefront of this trend. In a country with over 1,000 reported pageants, these events are more than superficial forms of entertainment. Beauty Diplomacy takes us inside the world of Nigerian beauty contests to see how they are transformed into contested vehicles for promoting complex ideas about gender and power, ethnicity and belonging, and a rapidly changing articulation of Nigerian nationhood. Drawing on four case studies of beauty pageants, this book examines how Nigeria's changing position in the global political economy and existing cultural tensions inform varied forms of embodied nationalism, where contestants are expected to integrate recognizable elements of Nigerian cultural identity while also conveying a narrative of a newly-emerging, globally-relevant Nigeria. Oluwakemi M. Balogun critically examines Nigerian pageants in the context of major transitions within the nation-state, using these events as a lens through which to understand Nigerian national identity and international relations.

 

Dec 8
Climate Justice lecture: “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations”5:00 p.m.

How can centuries of environmental exploitation and social injustice in the U.S. be unraveled? Robin Morris Collin, the Norma Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette University...
December 8 5:00 p.m.

How can centuries of environmental exploitation and social injustice in the U.S. be unraveled? Robin Morris Collin, the Norma Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law, will share her passion for creating solutions to remedy environmental injustice. She will deliver the 2020-21 Colin Ruagh O’Fallon Memorial lecture “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations” on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

Collin asserts that, driven by the legacies of colonialism and slavery, U.S. public policy has deliberately subordinated nature and people in pursuit of profit by discounting the value of people and places into commodities for transactional exchange. Our economy, which relies on patterns of extraction, consumption, and pollution, has deeply harmed the earth and its people. Poor communities, especially communities of color, are disproportionately impacted by pollution, waste disposal, hazardous sites, resource depletion, and disasters in the natural and built environment.

To visualize how people and places are affected by environmental injustice, Collin has been utilizing the EPA’s EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool, which collects and analyzes information to assess and compare environmental and human health risks borne by populations identified by race, national origin, or income. Injustice has literally been mapped.

Beyond defining the problems, Collin will outline key strategies that can lead to healing. She contends that in order to heal we must reestablish a reciprocity between ourselves and nature, and we need to center environmental justice in the heart of sustainability. To that end, Collin maintains that environmental justice must be included in the core curriculum so all will understand why equity matters. We must reexamine our shared histories and recognize the truth of where we are now—not try to deny or disguise it. She also believes that injured communities and damaged places need to be reconnected, one by one.

Collin believes that reparations can change the ecology of subordination, but not with payments—payments will not change systems. Sustainable community-based projects create new systems that bolster relationships between people and the land—like the Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network which is committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable, agricultural-based living. Healing entails a community-by-community focus on restorations, reparations, and re-creations.

Collin, the first U.S. law professor to teach sustainability courses in a U.S. law school, currently teaches Global Sustainability. Prior to her tenure at Willamette University, she was a professor at the University of Oregon’s Law School from 1993 to 2003. While at the UO, she cofounded the Coalition Against Environmental Racism’s Environmental Justice conference and the Sustainable Business Symposium, both of which continue into their second decade.

She has been awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the UO’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the 2012 Oregon Woman of Achievement Award, the Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Oregon State Bar, the Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability, and the national Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work with the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force. She was a founding board member of the Environmental Justice Action Group of Portland, and a founding member of Lawyers for a Sustainable Future.

Collin’s talk is free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate in the live Zoom event. Register at: ohc.uoregon.edu. The talk will be recorded and available for viewing on the OHC’s YouTube channel. For more information contact ohc@uoregon.edu

Feb 19
Nikole Hannah-Jones on "1619 and the Legacy That Built a Nation"

The time of this event is TBD.    As the lead writer for New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” a major viral multimedia...
February 19 12:00 a.m.

The time of this event is TBD. 

 

As the lead writer for New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” a major viral multimedia initiative observing the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves arriving in America, award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the lasting legacy of black enslavement on the nation—specifically, how black Americans pushed for the democracy we have today. 

Nothing we know about American life today has been untouched by slavery. Everything from social infrastructure and segregation to music and sugar have been shaped by it. “The 1619 Project” features all black American authors, activists, journalists, and more, spreading its heartbreaking and absolutely essential message worldwide.

In her talk, Hannah-Jones will explore exactly how, despite our progress, we must remain vigilant in the vital fight against racial inequality, and how it is ethically imperative to reassess longstanding narratives if we want to get closer to the truth and move forward into a better future, together.

 

About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius, winner of the National Book Award, and a New York Times Magazine staff writer. She has also received a Peabody Award, a George Polk Award for radio reporting, and the National Magazine Award for journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and received the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting as well as the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership. Hannah-Jones also co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. Her brilliant, heavy-hitting journalism has also been featured in The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Politico Magazine, and on This American Life, NPR, MSNBC, and many other news programs and outlets across the country and internationally.

 

About the Event

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Division of Equity and Inclusion, the UO Common Reading, and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center. The annual UO School of Journalism and Communication Ruhl Lecture brings the most influential voices in mass communication to campus.

Feb 23
Be Heard with David F. Walker5:30 p.m.

David F. Walker is a comic book writer and filmmaker who has worked for Marvel, DC and Image Comics. He is the co-creator of Bitter Root and Naomi and author of the graphic novel...
February 23 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Ballroom

David F. Walker is a comic book writer and filmmaker who has worked for Marvel, DC and Image Comics. He is the co-creator of Bitter Root and Naomi and author of the graphic novel The Life of Fredrick Douglas. He also teaches at Portland State University. 

Limited Space RSVP with the BE team sabbe@uoregon.edu

Additional live stream on Instagram and video of talk will be uploaded to the EMU YouTube page the following week.