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 favoritesSuper Soul Tuesdays—a 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.
Choose a giving level
Your gift of $50 covers the cost of one Fall 2020 welcome box for an incoming Black student, including a notebook, face mask, t-shirt, $10 gift card to the Duck Store, and a classic book by a Black author.
Your gift of $100 covers the cost of two Fall 2020 welcome boxes for incoming Black students, including a notebook, face mask, t-shirt, $10 gift card to the Duck Store, and a classic book by a Black author.
Your gift of $500 sponsors two weekly meetings of Super Soul Tuesdays—an academic initiative that brings Black students together to study, connect, and receive support—by subsidizing the costs of Scantrons, iClickers, food for students, etc.
Your gift of $2,500 sponsors one term of Super Soul Tuesdays—a weekly academic initiative that brings Black students together to study, connect, and receive support—by subsidizing the costs of Scantrons, iClickers, food for students, etc. Gifts of $2,500 and above are eligible for donor wall name recognition.
Your gift of $5,000 supports the creation of a “Wall of Distinction” showcasing notable members of UO's Black community. Associated costs include printing and framing faculty/alumni photographs and commissioning an original portrait of Lyllye Reynolds-Parker. Gifts of $2,500 and above are eligible for donor wall name recognition.
Your gift of $10,000 allows us to book special guest speakers for Black History Month by underwriting their travel expenses and providing related historical programming for students. Gifts of $2,500 or more are eligible for donor wall name recognition.
Your gift of $15,000 endows a Cultural and Service Learning experience for UO students to learn more about Black culture and serve communities beyond UO. Gifts of $2,500 or more are eligible for donor wall name recognition.