Wednesday, February 27, 6 PM Talk: The City Club hosts a Community Spotlight: An Intimate Conversation with a Local Leader, featuring local public figures in dialogue with the audience. Hosted by Eric Richardson (President-elect of the City Club and President of the NAACP). This month’s guest is Greg Evans, City Councilor, Eugene.
Desert and light refreshments at 5:30 pm.
Something new at Tsunami. (suggested donation $5-10)
February 27, 2019
For Immediate Release
Community Spotlight: An Intimate Conversation with a Local Leader
Guest: Greg Evans, Eugene City Council member
Interviewer: Eric Richardson, City Club President-Elect
Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene
Coordinators: Jessie Ghiglieri and Eric Richardson
February's Community Spotlight focuses on Eugene City Council member Greg Evans. Mr. Evans is an educator and community activist; he is also a classroom instructor, lecturer, workshop facilitator and consultant. His training and education span the worlds of business and education. He holds a BS in Marketing from Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio, and an MEd from Oregon State University.
He is the founder and director of the Rites of Passage Summer Academies at Lane Community College. The Rites of Passage Summer Academies focus on cultural development and training for high school and middle school students of African, Asian, Native American, and Latino/Latina descent. Founded in 1995 as a partnership between the African American Community in the Eugene/Springfield area and Lane Community College, the Rites of Passage programs are academic-based efforts designed to enhance the cultural development, self-esteem, and self-confidence of youth of color. Core courses include history, literature, empowerment/life skills training, and folklore.
At LCC, Mr. Evans is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of African American Student Programs. He is the President and CEO of The Greg Evans Group Education Consultants. He is a member of the LCC, Oregon, and National Education Associations. He is a past president of the Oregon/Washington State Conference of the NAACP, and vice-president of both the National and Western Region Councils on Black American Affairs of the American Association of Community Colleges.
In 2006, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Mr. Evans to the Board of Directors of Lane Transit District, Oregon’s second largest transit authority. With this appointment, Mr. Evans became the first minority and African American member of the board in its 35-year history. He is currently vice-president of the Lane Transit District board of Directors, Western Region VI Representative of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Transit Board Members Committee (TBM), and he serves on numerous other boards and committees in his civic pursuits.
Mr. Evans has received numerous awards for his work: five Martin Luther King Jr. awards, the NAACP Thalhiemer Award, NAACP Eugene/Springfield Branch Community Leadership Award, and the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs Education Award, among others.