2022 Black Grad Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Black Grads!

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center and the Alliance of Black Student Organizations celebrates and recognizes our Black graduates during an in-person ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Apply Now: Black Cultural Center Scholarships

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

Donate: Advancing the Mission of the Black Cultural Center


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

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Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Black Cultural Center

1870 East 15th Avenue

Sunday: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

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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.

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Contact Us

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


Jun 29
Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People

Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People seeks to honor the past, present, and future of Native and Afro descendent peoples by restoring and reviving our relationship to one...
June 1–September 9
Knight Library, Circulation Lobby

Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People seeks to honor the past, present, and future of Native and Afro descendent peoples by restoring and reviving our relationship to one another and to the natural world. Through holding and regarding kinship, solidarity, and community as sacred. By refusing the narratives of erasure, dehumanization, and subjugation. Finally, by envisioning a future rooted in Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty!  

In partnership with UO Common Reading, Amber Starks (aka Melanin Mvskoke), University and Community stakeholders, and the University of Oregon Libraries, the Unceded Kinship art exhibition showcases Afro descendent and Native artists with connections to Oregon and their respective communities.  Unceded Kinship is a celebration of these artists contributions to the movements of Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty and explores the ongoing conversations within and across Afro descendent and Native communities around decentering white supremacy and settler colonialism.  The exhibition personifies ways in which Native and Afro descendant peoples have built community and invested in kinship. 

The exhibition asserts that both movements are compatible technologies of resistance and futurity, and is a reminder that Native and Afro descendent peoples have always been the authors and architects of their liberation.  Ultimately, Unceded Kinship: Land, Place and People affirms the future for both peoples outside of oppression and subjugation, a future envisioned and built for them, by them! 

For more information, visit the  UO Common Reading Unceded Kinship: Land, Place, and People webpage