Dean for Institutional Diversity

Programming

Dr. Claude Steele

Programming by the Office for Institutional Diversity supports Reed's academic mission and commitment to the highest standards of intellectual pluralism and rigorous scholarship. As part of ongoing efforts to advance the values and goals noted in Reed's Diversity Statement, our programming provides faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations meant to inspire the further development of a fully inclusive learning community. The college believes that all members of the Reed community are partners and that pluralistic thought, inquiry, and deeply human and humane interactions support the educational agenda of Reed College and help build a community of learners that value difference as fundamental to expansive and creative critical thinking.

Following are some of the programs supported by the Office for Institutional Diversity:

ALOUD! at Reed: ALOUD! at Reed is a lecture and performance series that brings the nation's best scholars, thinkers, and artists to our community for faculty-led cross-disciplinary programming. The series is sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity.

Community Reading Project: On occasion the Office for Institutional Diversity hosts a major scholar or public intellectual whose work we believe will benefit the entire community. Such visits include a reading component, a public lecture, and when appropriate a workshop led by the special guest with targeted members of the community.

New Scholars Series: The goal of this program is to complement an academic department’s curricular offerings, introduce Reed students to distinctive ideas and scholarship in their fields of study, and bring to Reed some of the country’s most exciting, thought-provoking emerging scholars. It is a secondary hope that this program will help Reed’s extraordinary academic program become better known among the nation’s diverse cross-section of new scholars.

First Friday Conversations: These conversations aim to engage all members of the Reed community in congenial dialogue that can spark new ways of thinking about inclusivity and diversity.

Community Cross Talk: On occasion, the Dean for Institutional Diversity invites five randomly chosen members of the Reed community to lunch to discuss inclusivity at Reed.

Vine Deloria Lecture Series: This lecture series honors one of the preeminent intellectuals of the 20th century, who work brought attention to the importance of place and traditions within Native American communities. Founded in 2007, this series honors Deloria's work and is a collaborative effort between the Office for Institutional Diversity and the Multicultural Resource Center.