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.
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.
Reserve the BCC for Your Next Event
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.
Black Cultural Center
1870 East 15th Avenue
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
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.
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.