Eduardo Contreras


Fr. Mark Poorman, Dr. Herbert Medina and Dr. Eduardo Contreras respond to the open letter submitted by UP community members.

OPINION: An Open Letter to the UP Community

We thank you for your open letter published in The Beacon on January 14 regarding the recent departure of three women of color from leadership positions at University of Portland. While we are pleased that they are taking on exciting opportunities within new organizations, we agree with you that losing talented leaders with diverse perspectives is unfortunate for our institution. We assure you that even prior to receiving your letter, we were already engaged in discussions on the critical importance of equity and diversity in the searches we undertake, as well as our faculty/staff retention efforts.

Eduardo Contreras, assistant provost for International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion. Photo courtesy of Eduardo Contreras.

OPINION: More than a day

This inaugural event was a testament to the power of individual voices coming together as a collective to reject the pernicious legacy of systemic racism and white supremacy. As important and impactful as MLK Day was, it is important to understand that working for equity is not merely a day’s work.

Eduardo Contreras invites students to take a new survey about UP's campus climate following Diversity Dialogues.

Opinion: An invitation for feedback on our campus climate

Dear UP Campus Community, Whether it’s these crisp days filled with sunlight, or the promise of a new academic semester, this January has been enriching. Diversity Dialogues has been especially powerful. From the opening “Remembering MLK” session, to the many events led by students, staff and faculty, these sessions have demonstrated the diverse array of people that make our campus the vital place that it is.