Upcoming Events:

MLK Day On, January 18, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 PM PST

  • Virtual Keynote Speaker: Mr. Taylor Stewart ‘18
  • Theme: MLK Day On: Reconciliation. Reparation. Renewal.
  • Register via Eventbrite

Community Conversations: 

Past Events:

  • Community Conversations on July 30th and  October 29th comprised small group discussions of anti-racists books.
  • Juneteenth 2020 @ UP June 19th 6:00 to 7:30pm: An Intergenerational Conversation About Race, Black Liberation, Healing & Resilience, and Where We Go From Here 

Featuring only Black voices of the UP community  (students, staff, and faculty)

Offering of Active Minds and the Black Student Union  

  • The UP Town Hall on Combating Racism and Advocating for Justice took place on June 3, 2020 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The goal of this gathering was to give the community a chance to come together to contextualize the historical legacy or racism, consider the pernicious impact on African Americans, and examine what we can do as a UP community to help.

This page and its resources have been created as a means of continuing the important work and conversation of the event. Please check back for updates and events.

Shared Resource Page 

The following resources have been shared by members of the UP community, please feel free to continue adding to the pages. The shared resource page is organized in the following manner and included a mix of off-site and some UP specific links: 

  • Education 

  • Black Owned Business 

  • Community Support 

  • Mental Health 

  • Events and Activities 

  • Student-Compiled Resources 


UP Clark Library Links 

The Clark Library has curated a list of readings and resources on race available as digital copies.  More titles will be added as they become available.

UP DEI Endeavors  

As mentioned at the Town Hall, the University of Portland has engaged in significant efforts to enhance access and promote equity. As a vital part of the President’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020, enhancing institutional diversity has been an ongoing commitment at UP. The following list, although not exhaustive, demonstrates the efforts taken at UP to advance equity over the past four years. We will update the list to keep the campus community updated as further efforts are undertaken, and/or existing efforts are broadened and systematized.


  • 2020 College of Arts and Science will re-engage with a nation-wide search for an Ethnic Studies faculty member with the goal of starting a major and minor in Ethnic Studies in three to five years.  

  • 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Residence Life, Campus Ministry, and OIEDI will coordinate workshops for students on the topics of: institutional racism & implicit bias and student identity for the 2020-21 academic year 

  • 2019-2020 Throughout the academic year, the University held numerous educational events on topics specifically pertaining to race including: 

  • On January 11 and 12, the School of Nursing and OIEDI co-hosted Jann Murray-Garcia who delivered multiple workshops to faculty, staff, students on the topics of “Cultural Humility & Interrupting Scripts of Inequality,” and “How Are You Teaching, Researching, Learning About Race?” The workshops included a specific workshop with the Provost’s Council. 

  • MLK Day On—Engage, Reflect, Serve. On Monday, Jan 20, 2020, UP honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by cancelling classes and coordinating a day of service, reflection, and a keynote by Walidah Imarisha, “What Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?” 

  • In spring 2020, the CAS Public Research Fellow Program engaged college faculty and staff in a collective reading of the 2018 book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower by Britney Cooper. Plans for a campus visit by Dr. Cooper are in development.

  • Since 2019 multiple units on campus including CAS, OIEDI, Admissions, SON have held reading groups on the 2018 book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. by Robin Diangelo. TLC posted an overview of the CAS book talk, here


  • Since 2016, the Office of the Provost has been enhancing the faculty recruitment and hiring procedures to be more inclusive. These endeavors include. 

  • Presentations by the Office of the Provost to Faculty Hiring Department Chairs and Committees. In 2019, CAS made it required for all hiring committees to take this workshop. 

  • An inclusive hiring checklist for all hiring committees based on materials designed by Columbia and Harvard Universities.  

  • CAS has strengthened the language around equitable recruiting in job descriptions 

  • Several members of the President’s Advisory Committee on Inclusion participated in the OSU Search Advocacy two-day training. This training provides individuals with the tools to promote equity and diversity in the hiring process.   


  • 2019 Core Curriculum passed by Faculty Senate.  The new Core Curriculum, which was shared widely and included student input is set to be implemented in academic year 2020/21 and will include 6 habits of mind that are central to the University mission: 


  • Literacy, Dialogue, and Expression 

  • Religion, Faith, and Ethics 

  • Aesthetic Inquiry, Imagination, and the Creative Process 

  • Scientific and Quantitative Literacy and Problem Solving 

  • Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and the Common Good 

  • Global and Historical Consciousness 

The Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and the Common Good habit will ensure that all UP students must include an aspect of their core instruction that contains courses that pertain to diversity and the common good. Additionally, many courses that will be included within the Global and Historical Consciousness will contain content that will be relevant to international diversity and cross-cultural understanding.  

  • 2019 As part of the 2019 UP Connections Program (a summer bridge program for under-represented students), the Provost's Council curated a list of courses in all the Professional Schools and CAS that included material pertaining to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. There were 66 courses offered during the fall semester that included significant content pertaining to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.   

  • 2019 The Offices of Students Affairs and the Provost provided professional development funds for 20 faculty and staff members to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in Portland, Oregon in May.  The OIEDI held a series of brown bag lunches over the summer to discuss ways to implement ideas gathered from the conference.

  • The composition of the President’s Leadership Cabinet and the Provost’s Council and the President’s Leadership Cabinet has diversified in terms of gender and race/ethnicity in the past 5 years.  

  • 2019 UP recognized for outstanding FGEN initiatives.  Named First Forward Institution by Center for First Generation Student Success (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 

  • 2019 The Offices of International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion and Institutional Research administered the first University-wide campus climate survey. The survey will be administered on a three-year cycle and is designed to improve inclusion on campus. The data is available for review on the Institutional Research site.  

  • Steady growth of underrepresented students at UP since 2012, with the following highlights 


  • The theme for Faculty Development Day since 2018 has focused on inclusion 


  • 2018 “Inclusive Excellence in the Student-Centered University” 

  • 2019 “Compassionate listening and responding: How to transform UP into a more diverse, supportive, and inclusive campus” 

  • 2020 “A Globalized Curriculum: Frameworks for Respectful Engagement with People from Diverse Religious and Secular Traditions” (Cancelled because of COVID-19)