BLACK BAG: Black Women Leaders in Portland
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:30pm

Black Women Leaders in Portland

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DATE:  Thursday, February 14, 2019

TIME:  12:00 - 1:30pm

LOCATION:  Parkmill 101

During Black History Month, the Department of Black Studies is committed to bringing speakers to campus to express their unique perspectives and experiences.  We are bringing to campus leaders of three organizations with the mission of empowering the African American/Black community.
Black Studies welcomes three of Portland's prominent Black Women Leaders, who will be sharing information on their respective organizations, how they do the work they do in the community, and how they obtained their current roles. This is an opportunity for students interested in learning more about careers, activism, volunteerism, and internships in local organizations. 



Joy Alise Davis, Executive Director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum Joy Alise Davis, Executive Director, Portland African American Leadership Forum
Joy Alise Davis, M.A. is an interdisciplinary design strategist who has held support and leadership roles in various social justice organizations for over 9 years. Joy is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Miami University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Parsons The New School for Design with a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice. Mrs.Davis is the founder of the award-winning lab, Design+ Culture Lab, a research-driven, urban-social enterprise that works in the intersection between identity and place. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) where she works to helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our political participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.

Dr. LM Alaiyo Foster, Executive Director, Black United Fund of OregonDr. LM Alaiyo Foster, Executive Director, Black United Fund of Oregon

How she advances the mission of the Black United Fund: 

"Strategically feeding my personal curiosities has afforded me an in-depth familiarity and broad perspective on subjects such as leadership, cultural proficiency, equity & inclusion, public health including HIV education, prevention & outreach, school and family counseling, youth social development as of course, organizational development and management. Public service has always been personally fulfilling, holding rewards of its own; I believe real-world experience allows for relationship building and furthering of my community. I encourage students’ hands-on involvement in voluntary and paid capacities to contribute to the advancement of their fields of interest as well as to understand and further their own professional and personal development. My life's work as an advocate and community leader, while in pursuit of my on academic achievements, allows me to serve the community with passion and intention. This work is a calling, not just a job. This is passion-work." (From:

Dr. Cynthia Viola Harris, VP and Membership Chair NAACP PortlandDr. Cynthia Viola Harris, EdD; VP & Chair of Membership, NAACP Portland Chapter


California native Dr. Cynthia Viola Harris received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1987.  She was the 2018 Candidate for Woman of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma and has over 20 years experience in education, motivational speaking, fundraising and leadership development  She currently serves as the VP & Chair of the NAACP Portland chapter, is the CEO of CVH Events Foundation, and teaches Community Engagement at Lews & Clark College.  She focuses on empowering and training women and youth in successful leadership.




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