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Racial justice, Anti-racism, Inclusive education, Education -- Research -- Methodology, Psychic trauma, College students -- Mental health, Higher education -- United States, Social justice, Equality, Racial Equity, Race discrimination, Minorities, African Americans


This co-creation event aims to be an asset-based intergenerational, inter-ideological, and intercultural opportunity for listening, shared learning, and recognition of points of synergy and opportunity across the rich complexity of the black community in our area -- resulting in a shared agenda and momentum for action.

This affinity/identity based/closed event focuses on the black community and is part of a series of conversations with the different BIPOC communities as stated in the Time to Act plan created as a result of the October 2020 Time to Act summit. As a result of these conversations, Portland State University is seeking to discover the priorities and opportunities of our BIPOC communities and where those opportunities intersect with the assets and mission of the university and its partners. In the fall, an open macro BIPOC event presented the unique themes from each conversation, as well as the themes across communities. Allies and agents of change are invited to this macro fall event to partner with our communities, Portland State University, Meyer Memorial Trust's Justice Oregon for Black Lives, our steering committee members and other critical stakeholders to advance efforts that will ensure the thriving of our communities.

Steering Committee and Advisors:

  • D'Artagnan Caliman, Supporting Partner, Executive Committee
  • Michael Alexander, Executive Committee
  • Sharon Gary Smith, NAACP
  • Joe McFerrin, POIC
  • Marcus Mundy, Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Kali Thorne Ladd, The Children's Institute
  • Cobi Lewis, Meso
  • Ed Washington, Portland State University
  • Lisa Bates, Portland State University

Facilitators: Tracy Smith, lnhance, LLC Ernest Stephens, Morant McLeod
Contributing Advisor: Pastor Leroy Haynes
Student Participation Sponsor: Oregon Community Foundation Black Student Success

Related Materials:

Five affinity-based convenings:

"Time to Act" Events:
The Future and Thriving of BIPOC Communities: A Time to Act Macroconvening
(Affinity groups met in-person November 2022)

Time 2 Act: Continuing Action for a Just and Equitable PSU
(Video - Winter Symposium 2021)

Time to Act: Envisioning and Creating a Just and Equitable PSU
(Video - Virtual Equity Summit, October 30, 2020)

Equity Plan:
Time to Act: Plan for Equity & Racial Justice 2021 - 2024 (PDF - Report, 2021)

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