Advancing a Vision: Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Support Black Community and Success at UO

Invest in Black Student Success at the University of Oregon

Thank you so much for helping us reach our $20,000 campaign goal! Additional contributions help expand our staff by creating new leadership opportunities for our talented student employees.

 

Named for a UO alumna and advisor known for her passionate advocacy for students of color, the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (LRP BCC) advances its namesake's vision by offering a welcoming, supportive space where Black students can harness the academic, social, and cultural resources they need to navigate their experiences at UO. 

 

Your gift in support of the LRP Black Cultural Center is an investment in the continued success of Black students at the University of Oregon, funding initiatives that increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Black students while nurturing a sense of belonging and community. Today, you can have an even greater impact on Black students’ experiences at UO: the Tarbell Family Foundation recently made a gift in memory of George Floyd that will match any gift to the LRP Black Cultural Center made by August 5, 2020, up to a total of $20,000.

 

The LRP Black Cultural Center hosts student activities and cultural programming alongside art and exhibits celebrating Black heritage and history. We have a number of exciting events planned for the coming academic year that can take place digitally or in-person, including:

  • Black History Month: For Black History Month, the BCC will work with campus and community partners to create outreach opportunities for UO students and other members of the Eugene-Springfield community to learn more about Black heritage, culture, and anti-Blackness/anti-racism.
  • Black Love: Love is explored in its many different forms with help from different UO programs and departments in order to encourage healthy relationships.
  • State of Blackness: A once-a-term, theme-based forum for Black students, faculty, and staff to come together to discuss issues facing Black people.
  • Social Sundays: A monthly event where students share a meal together (in-person or to-go) and learn about Black culture and heritage.

Our 2020 – 2021 programming will also include continuations of 2019 – 2020 favorites Super Soul Tuesdaysa weekly, holistic "check-in" featuring study tips, career advice, and personal finance coaching—and Nuanced Griot: Community Conversations—a series of digital conversations with Black faculty and staff focusing on contemporary Black experiences, such as intersections between Black and queer identities and self-care during the current pandemic of systemic racism.

The culmination of a dream some 50 years in the making, the LRP Black Cultural Center is a crucial component in the UO's ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse campus community. Your gift will help us continue to expand our programming to better support Black students at UO and prepare them for lasting success and leadership during their college years and beyond.

 

Donors supporting the LRP Black Cultural Center at the $2,500 (Emerald) level or above may choose to add their names to the center's donor wall. Shading a porch where center visitors can share food and conversation, the donor wall recognizes the community's pivotal role in supporting the center's creation. We currently have the space to accommodate the names of up to 10 additional donors. 

Donors interested in supporting the LRP Black Cultural Center with a gift of $100,000 or above may be invited to name one of several spaces inside the center. Please contact Paul Elstone, Senior Associate Vice President of Development, at (541) 346-5146 for more information.

 

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center donor wall.
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center donor wall

 

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