Kevin Summerfield, a native Oregonian, grew up in Portland, Oregon and for the past 17 years has called Eugene home. He first began taking leadership in social justice at Lane Community College as the Black Student Union president and in his role as the Associated students of LCC Multicultural and Campus Events Coordinator. His growth as a community leader continued during his time at University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in Family and Human Services and a firmly cemented commitment to addressing issues of inclusion and equity. Kevin does this as naturally as breathing. He brings his whole self to the task of building bridges and creating understanding. He accomplishes this with his warm demeanor, deep infectious laugh and using his natural love of people and sharp intelligence to build relationships. As an employee of Eugene 4j school district, Kevin has gone above and beyond the scope of his job duties to create a school climate that is welcoming and equitable for all. In an educational environment where strained budgets and decreased staffing have made equity more of a goal than the reality, Kevin has steadfastly continued the course of providing support and advocacy for groups such as the Black Student Union, Native American Student Union, Pacific Islander Student Union, the Latino Student Union and the GSA. He even donates his time, money and willingness to use his community “currency” to provide his students with mentors and opportunities. His visibility as an equity leader has brought him other opportunities to work his magic at the long running LCC’s African American Rites of Passage program and numerous Coaching for Educational Equity trainings throughout the state of Oregon. In addition to his leadership in his job, he extends himself by participating on the board of CALC.
Kevin is a vital force for equity and justice in the Eugene school district. For this reason, we are raising money for his attendance to the White Privilege Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan in April of 2018.
His colleagues and friends believe his attendance at this conference is essential to his work with students and as a fierce advocate for justice in our community.
Below is an itemized list of what it will cost to attend the conference:
$500 plane ticket
$275 Registration (4 day conference)
$650 Hotel room
$200 Per diem
The funds are needed within the next 2 weeks so he can buy a plane ticket, register and book a room.
Thank you for any contribution to this effort in getting one of Eugene's justice heroes to the White Privilege Conference in April.
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