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Reed College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97202
(503) 771-1112
School Information
Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship. Reed students pursue the bachelor of arts degree in 40 majors and programs. The curriculum includes a yearlong humanities course, broad distribution requirements, and a senior thesis. A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small conference-style classes allow faculty members to truly mentor students and engage with them in individual discussions. Reed also offers a graduate program leading to a master of arts degree in liberal studies.
General Information
Reed currently requires campus safety staff to take mandatory bias training. According to their Dean of Institutional Diversity, as of Spring 2021 they are working on expanded faculty and student training. See below for specific actions taken.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Dean for Institutional Diversity has announced numerous hires to address diversity on the Reed campus, and to participate in work groups to develop new trainings.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • After student protests in 2017, Reed College made significant changes to its required Humanities 110 course taken by all freshmen.
  • The English department at Reed College spotlighted Professor Pancho Savery who “teaches the Beat Generation, critical race theory, and Ibsen and Shaw.” Furthermore, “Pancho also teaches Humanities 110—an intensive, year-long course required of all first-year students—and is a strong advocate for the conference-style learning that happens at Reed.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Campus safety staff go through a series of trainings in various issues surrounding equity.
  • Reed College has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance hosted by the University of Southern California’s (USC) Race and Equity Center. The alliance is a newly formed group that brings together 51 liberal arts colleges from across the country to work and learn together to support and elevate racial equity and anti-racism initiatives on each campus.
  • Reed College has formed numerous committees to study diversity on campus.
  • The Office for Inclusive Community (OIC) seeks to build a diverse and inclusive community at Reed. The Office for Inclusive Community includes the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), the Peer Mentor Program (PMP), and SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) Community Engagement Program.
  • Reed College has a program in Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies that is “intended for students who wish to combine focused study in anthropology, dance, English, history, music, religion, sociology, or theatre with comparative interdivisional work on race and ethnicity.”
  • The English department at Reed College “offers courses on a range of critical topics such as race theory, Shakespearean mimesis, contemporary American poetry, literary history, and narrative theory.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of Psychology seeks to “establish anti-racism as foundational” to the department culture and understands that “racism is deeply embedded in the structures of higher education and U.S. society at large, that the field has been complicit in perpetuating racial discrimination, and that racial bias often unwittingly guides the thoughts and actions of well-intentioned individuals.”
Last updated December 4th, 2023
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