Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

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Award allocations are based on academic classification, but range from $750–$6,000; available for incoming first-year students through graduate and law students.

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Umoja Black Scholars Academic Residential Community

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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.

Learn About Umoja Black Scholars

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
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.

Get Connected

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.

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

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.

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

Events

Nov 29
Super Soul Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

A collaborative effort between the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (LRP BCC), is an opportunity to engage...
Super Soul Tuesday
October 11–November 29
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

A collaborative effort between the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (LRP BCC), is an opportunity to engage with Black students, faculty, and staff during our weekly cultural academic “check-in”. ⁣

Nov 30
Black Community Table

The Black Community Table in collaboration with the LRP Black Cultural Center, provides a space for Black students and staff to connect for a weekly discussion related to the...
Black Community Table
October 5–November 30
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

The Black Community Table in collaboration with the LRP Black Cultural Center, provides a space for Black students and staff to connect for a weekly discussion related to the strengths and challenges within the community. The discussion varies weekly with topics ranging from campus climate and activism to mental health as well as popular culture. We welcome Black students and staff for an open dialogue where they can be their radical and authentic selves. This space will be part of Wellness Wednesdays.

Nov 30
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World" 11:00 a.m.

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s...
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World"
October 15–April 2
11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s lives. Based in Philadelphia, he is a Professor of Visual Art at Pennsylvania State University and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more than three decades, he has created a series of photographs titled Conversation with the World. Last year Graham generously donated seventeen prints from the series to the JSMA.

A Conversation with the World comprises work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Americas. Graham meets individuals and, through mutual trust, makes a portrait and records a conversation. Regardless of age, gender or nationality, all were asked the same eight questions pertaining to origins, family, life, death, values, tradition, and thoughts on Western Culture. Their individual portraits and responses make up the content of the project that the artist hopes will “delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity.”

Nov 30
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM 2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, at the Black Cultural Center. Let’s Talk is a service...
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM
September 28–December 7
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, at the Black Cultural Center.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 1
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World" 11:00 a.m.

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s...
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World"
October 15–April 2
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s lives. Based in Philadelphia, he is a Professor of Visual Art at Pennsylvania State University and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more than three decades, he has created a series of photographs titled Conversation with the World. Last year Graham generously donated seventeen prints from the series to the JSMA.

A Conversation with the World comprises work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Americas. Graham meets individuals and, through mutual trust, makes a portrait and records a conversation. Regardless of age, gender or nationality, all were asked the same eight questions pertaining to origins, family, life, death, values, tradition, and thoughts on Western Culture. Their individual portraits and responses make up the content of the project that the artist hopes will “delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity.”

Dec 1
Let's Talk - Thursday 2-4PM 2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Nikki Chery, who specializes in working with African American and Black students, at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m) or click...
Let's Talk - Thursday 2-4PM
September 29–December 8
2:00–4:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Nikki Chery, who specializes in working with African American and Black students, at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m) or click here:

https://zoom.us/j/96120855580

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. 

Click here for Let's Talk - Thursday 2-4PM or see Nikki at the Multicultural Center (EMU 109m):

https://zoom.us/j/96120855580

 

 

 

Dec 2
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World" 11:00 a.m.

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s...
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World"
October 15–April 2
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s lives. Based in Philadelphia, he is a Professor of Visual Art at Pennsylvania State University and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more than three decades, he has created a series of photographs titled Conversation with the World. Last year Graham generously donated seventeen prints from the series to the JSMA.

A Conversation with the World comprises work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Americas. Graham meets individuals and, through mutual trust, makes a portrait and records a conversation. Regardless of age, gender or nationality, all were asked the same eight questions pertaining to origins, family, life, death, values, tradition, and thoughts on Western Culture. Their individual portraits and responses make up the content of the project that the artist hopes will “delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity.”

Dec 2
Black Grad Happy Hour 3:00 p.m.

Come join us for food, friends, and a great time!

Black Grad Happy Hour
December 2
3:00–5:00 p.m.
McMenamins Pub and Brewery

Come join us for food, friends, and a great time!

Dec 3
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World" 11:00 a.m.

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s...
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World"
October 15–April 2
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s lives. Based in Philadelphia, he is a Professor of Visual Art at Pennsylvania State University and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more than three decades, he has created a series of photographs titled Conversation with the World. Last year Graham generously donated seventeen prints from the series to the JSMA.

A Conversation with the World comprises work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Americas. Graham meets individuals and, through mutual trust, makes a portrait and records a conversation. Regardless of age, gender or nationality, all were asked the same eight questions pertaining to origins, family, life, death, values, tradition, and thoughts on Western Culture. Their individual portraits and responses make up the content of the project that the artist hopes will “delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity.”

Dec 4
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World" 11:00 a.m.

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s...
Lonnie Graham’s "A Conversation with the World"
October 15–April 2
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

Lonnie Graham is a photographer, installation artist, and cultural activist investigating methods by which the arts may be used to achieve tangible meaning in people’s lives. Based in Philadelphia, he is a Professor of Visual Art at Pennsylvania State University and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more than three decades, he has created a series of photographs titled Conversation with the World. Last year Graham generously donated seventeen prints from the series to the JSMA.

A Conversation with the World comprises work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the Americas. Graham meets individuals and, through mutual trust, makes a portrait and records a conversation. Regardless of age, gender or nationality, all were asked the same eight questions pertaining to origins, family, life, death, values, tradition, and thoughts on Western Culture. Their individual portraits and responses make up the content of the project that the artist hopes will “delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity.”