Diversity at Reed

Events Calendar

2013-14 Events


Slam Poetry Performance: Kit Yan

September 6, 7:00 PM
Eliot Hall Chapel

Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. His poetry has been reviewed in New York, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen magazines and he has toured internationally with Sister Spit, The Tranny Roadshow, and Good Asian Drivers. Kit’s work has recently been featured in "Flicker and Spark" and "Troubling the Line"--two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies--and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.

"Originalist History v. Originalist Jurisprudence: Constitutional Myths and their Political Uses"

A public lecture by Ray Raphael '65, MAT '68
September 23, 4:45 PM
Psychology Auditorium

Were the framers of the Constitution really anti-tax and pro-rights? Was Madison really the "father of the Constitution"? Do the so-called Federalist Papers (a title not used until 1961) elucidate the inner meaning of the Constitution? Today, partisan bloggers and Supreme Court justices, by artful cherry picking, claim they have discovered the original meaning of the Constitution, but have they? Can they? "Originalist history" examines only contemporaneous records, including the ratification debates, while discarding subsequent overlays of interpretation and narrative mythologies. The historical Constitution that emerges, thoroughly contextualized, is quite different from the one so-called originalists, and even many liberal academics, think they know and freely use for their purposes.

Ray Raphael '65 MAT '68 is the author of over a dozen books, including Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right and A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence. As a civil rights activist during his time at Reed, he registered African American voters in North Carolina and participated in Freedom Summer in Mississippi. He was also involved in the movement against the Vietnam War. Raphael has taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural California, at Jefferson High School in Portland, and at Humboldt State University, among many other places. While preparing his American history courses in the 1990s, he became interested in the history of ordinary people in the Revolutionary era, a topic that has been central to his eight books on the Revolution. He has also written books on California history, the marijuana and timber industries, and male rites of passage, as well as a young adult mystery novel and a play about nineteenth-century power couple John and Jessie Fremont. Read his recent profile in Reed Magazine here: http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/september2013/articles/features/raphael.html
AORTA Collective Workshop: Anti-Racism for Organizers

October 5, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All are welcome to join us for this free anti-racism workshop, hosted by Reed's Multicultural Resource Center and facilitated by Jenna Peters-Golden and Kiran Nigam from the AORTA Collective (http://www.aortacollective.org/).

Whether you are a community organizer with years of organizing experience or you are new to social justice, if you want to strengthen your anti-racism framework in the work you do, this interactive workshop is for you. Together we will share (and learn) tactics, concepts, skills, and language to push us further and unite our struggles for racial justice. Come with questions and leave with new strategies for moving forward!

Accessibility: Winch/Capehart is on ground level and is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific accessibility questions or concerns, please contact mattoled@reed.edu.

"Embodied Identities: Race, Disability, and Social Justice in the Arts"

Panel presentation and discussion
October 26
Vollum Lounge (Time TBA)

Join the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) for a panel presentation and discussion on the intersections of race, disability, embodiment, and social justice in the arts. The Disability Art and Culture Project's mission is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities. DACP views disability as a natural and valuable variation of the human form and believes that affirmative disability identity is intertwined with racial, gender, social, and economic justice. 

Co-sponsored by the Disability Art and Culture Project, the office for institutional diversity, and the multicultural resource center.

Hispanic Association of Colleges &Universities (HACU) 27th Annual Conference

October 26 - 28
Chicago, IL

HACU’s Annual Conference provides a unique forum for the sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics. The conference goals are to:

  • showcase successful, effective, and exemplary programs and
    initiatives of HACU member institutions
  • promote and expand partnerships and strategic alliances for
    collaboration between HACU member institutions and public-
    and private-sector organizations
  • foster and identify graduate education opportunities for
    Hispanic students and graduates
  • deliberate policy issues affecting the education opportunities
    of Hispanics, including HACU’s legislative agenda
  • promote greater Hispanic participation in scholarships,
    fellowships, internships and other such programs funded
    by private and government organizations
  • discuss emerging trends in higher education affecting
    Hispanics and HSIs, e.g., distance learning, student-centered
    learning, outcomes assessment, and cross-national accreditation


Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
October 31 - November 2
San Diego, CA

Conference Overview

Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence will bring together forward-thinking STEM faculty and academic leaders from all sectors of higher education to share innovations, evidence, and practical strategies for succeeding in the dual STEM challenges of this era:

  • Reversing the dramatic U.S. loss of needed talent in STEM disciplines, using evidence-based practices that increase persistence and achievement for all students, with particular attention to students from underrepresented groups;
  • Ensuring that all STEM graduates build--from the outset of their studies--the multi-disciplinary knowledge, research skills, and mindsets needed to address the complex challenges to be faced in every sphere of society.

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) 2013 Conference

Erasing the Shadows, Embracing the Light: Re/visioning Multicultural Education
November 6 - 8
Oakland, CA

In the light – no closets, no basements, no margins, no shadows – a vocal and activist-oriented majority, is demanding attention and justice.  Our communities challenge those in power, calling on all to reconsider who belongs, whose voices count, how to engage in teaching and learning, and how to embrace a multicultural democratic society: Who are we? How did we get here? Where are we going? What constitutes “the public?”  Today individuals and communities critique those systems of power that dismiss their rights and offer a vision and a powerful hope for the future. A better world, better schools, and better classrooms are possible.

Multicultural social justice-oriented educators and community activists foster diversity in education — incurriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and stewardship of schools and communities. We especially encourage the submission of proposals that explore creative and culturally responsive practices for multicultural education. Teachers and students are reframing the purposes of education to better serve the needs of students, families, caregivers, community activists, and advocates.

For further information: http://nameorg.org/2013/01/conference/
2013 Community Reading Project: Lecture by Rebecca Skloot

November 13, 6:00 PM
Kaul Auditorium

The Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) is pleased to announce this year's Reed Community Reading Project book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

For more information: http://www.reed.edu/diversity/programming/community-reading-project.html

Stephanie Camp: "Debates on Black Beauty: Notes from the Nineteenth Century"

November 18, 4:45 PM
Psych Auditorium

When did black Americans begin to argue that black was beautiful?  This talk explores some of the earliest documented discussions by black people about black beauty.  In the middle decades of the 19th century, activist writers rebutted the widespread contempt for black bodies and argued that black people were (or could be) comely.  But they did so in different ways and with varied implications about the nature of race and the possibilities for black progress.

Stephanie Camp is Associate Professor of History and the Donald W. Logan Family Endowed Chair in American History at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She is the author of Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South, which won the 2004 Lillian Smith Book Prize for New Voices in Non-Fiction, and the co-editor, with Edward E. Baptist, of New Studies in the History of American Slavery.  Currently, she is working on a book called, Black Is Beautiful: An American History, which traces the history of the idea of black (physical) beauty from the era of the slave trade to Michelle Obama.

Sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity Office.

NASPA Multicultural Institute

December 5 - 7
Las Vegas, NV

The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further develop their own knowledge and skills as effective multicultural educators.

For further information: http://www.naspa.org/programs/multi/default.cfm

Social Justice Training Institute

December 9 - 13
Long Beach, CA

To provide diversity trainers and practitioners with an intensive laboratory experience where they can focus on their own learning and development to increase their multicultural competencies as social justice educators.

Seminar Objectives

  • To deepen understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems levels through the lens of race and racism.
  • To explore dominant and subordinated group dynamics within the system of racism.
  • To broaden understanding of the breadth and depth of institutionalized racism.
  • To examine the impact of racism on ourselves as trainers, as diversity practitioners, and on participants.
  • To explore how to manage ourselves during “triggering” events:
    identify our personal triggers and hot buttons
    explore the factors and “roots” which fuel our triggered reactions
    learn and practice strategies to manage our own triggered reactions
  • To encourage the application of learnings from this experience to other areas of oppression.

    For further information: http://www.sjti.org/objectives.html


Film Screening: "Thought Woman: The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen"

Featuring a Q&A with the film's director, Ellen Hinchcliffe
January 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Psychology 105

"Where I come from, God is a woman.  Her name is thinking."  -Paula Gunn Allen

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008) was a Two Spirit/lesbian activist from the Laguna Pueblo people and of Lebanese, Scottish, and Metis descent. She is the author of over 20 books including the groundbreaking book The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. The film Thought Woman explores Paul Gunn Allen’s life and Native American thought, struggle, and resistance.

Watch a preview of the film here.

Sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity and the English Department/ Free & open to the public
Art by Jade Red Moon
The White Privilege Conference

Save the date!
March 26 - 29
Madison, WI