SEE Portland

The Spring Engagement Experience (SEE) Portland is an opportunity to learn stories of racial (in) justice and community strength and resistance in the Black, Indigenous, and other communities of North Portland. Learn how we connect to these shared stories and explore how we move forward together as a community.

SEE Portland consists of three exciting parts:

  • Kickoff event on Friday, February 19 from 4-6PM on Zoom.  We'll begin our journey together, provide guiding questions and a framework for the experience. You’ll be part of a small cohort of your peers so this will be your first chance to get to know them. 
  • Enrichment Activities between February 20-March 12. Through movies, Zoom events, and walking/bike tours, you will get to dive into exploring the hidden Portland history and the stories that you are most interested in with your cohort (in a COVID-safe way) or on your own! We will provide a calendar and map with suggested events and tours. With the variety of options available, you can participate from wherever you are this semester.
  • Main Event on Saturday, March 13th from 1-4:30PM on Zoom. Led by local nonprofit Vanport Mosaic, we will hear from Black Portlanders generously sharing their stories, reflect on what we've seen and heard through the enrichment activities, and pull it all together as we explore what we can do with what we have learned. 

Who: Students, staff and faculty are all welcome! Students and staff/faculty will have their own separate cohorts for small group breakouts and the enrichment opportunities AND all will come together during the kickoff event and Vanport Mosaic events. People can participate from Portland or wherever they are in the world!

Why: When you join us to SEE Portland, you will:

  • Learn key elements of hidden history of Black communities in Portland.
  • Develop and strengthen skills in story listening.
  • Foster appreciation for the wisdom and assets in Black communities in Portland.
  • Introduce participants to new places, people and treasures in North Portland for continued learning and discovery.
  • Begin to recognize ways that racial oppression creates loss for all.
  • Set a foundation to carry learning forward to other silenced stories of marginalized communities in our midst.

How: Register by February 14th here

Note: We have had an outstanding response so we are approaching our maximum for participants. Please sign up as quickly as possible to get one of the remaining spaces! If we reach our maximum, we will follow up with you and include you on our waitlist in case additional spaces open up. Thanks for your understanding.

This is a FREE program!

For any questions or accommodations, please contact Tyler Wagner at wagnert@up.edu.