Join Oregon PSR and our community partners for these upcoming events:

  • Friday, April 26, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    2019 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards Ceremony


    We hope that you will join us, the high school student winners of our 2019 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, and our keynote speaker Dr. Brian Gibbs, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University, for an evening of reflection and engagement on systemic racism, health, and peace on April 26th at 6 PM at Celebration Tabernacle Church. 

    This year's scholarship question was "How can you work against systemic racism to help make our world more healthy and peaceful?

    This year, we received a record-breaking 226 entries from high school juniors and seniors from throughout Oregon. The scholarship entry deadline passed on Monday, March 4th, and our distinguished panel of judges will be making their selections over the next few weeks. We will reach out to all entrants once our judges have made their selections, and we express our sincere appreciation to all of the students who submitted entries.

    Our 2019 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Judges

    Robert Goldman, MD, Oregon PSR Peace Working Group Member
    Shea Lott, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University
    Olivia Olivia, Writer and Poet
    Anissa Pemberton, Justice-based Transition & Equity Organizer at 350PDX, Funds Development Director at PDX Alliance for Self Care
    Janaira Ramirez, Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer at OPAL

    This event is FREE and open to the public, and light refreshments will be available. Donations to support Oregon PSR will be gratefully accepted.

    Artwork by Ameya Marie, Portland-based artist and activist.

    DrBrianGibbs2.jpgMore about our Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Brian Gibbs (pictured here)  serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University. In this position he serves as the chief diversity officer, overseeing the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the Unconscious Bias Campus-wide Initiative.

    Prior to OHSU, he served as associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science Campus. There, he led initiatives ranging from advancing the quality of faculty mentorship training to promoting cultural competency and facilitating institution-wide and community partnerships to improve pathways to a more diverse and informed culturally competent workforce.

    Prior to his work at UNM, Dr. Gibbs served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. He was the principal investigator for “Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way,” a pilot initiative, funded by the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials to translate cancer clinical trials into a valuable and accessible community resource. Dr. Gibbs also served as the center director, community outreach, intervention co-director, and co-investigator for two consecutive NIH-funded National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Centers of Excellence.

    Dr. Gibbs received his PhD from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs received his Masters in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an Occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles.

    On the personal side, Dr. Gibbs is a native of Saginaw, Michigan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling, being outdoors and listening to jazz music.

    Event Cosponsors

    Many thanks to our cosponsors for helping us making this event possible (List updated 3/21/19)


    KBOO Community Radio

    Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends - Peace & Social Concerns Committee

    Oregon Women's Action for New Directions

    Sunrise PDX

    War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation

    Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Portland Branch

  • Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 06:30 PM

    Community Forum: Zenith's Tar Sands Oil Expansion

    Join us for the fourth in a series of community forums on Zenith Energy's tar sands oil export expansion, where we will ask how this on-going facility construction impacts our people, city, rivers, region, and climate.

    A variety of perspectives will be presented, including those relative to the unjust burdens of this project on communities of color, threats to human health and safety, increased oil-by-rail traffic in our communities, and the public right to protect our neighborhoods, air, and water.

    This community event will discuss background, climate justice impacts, health and safety risks, information on tar sands oil, and ideas for public action on Zenith's oil terminal.

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