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Interview with Mr. Ed Washington
Cultural Resource Centers Reports and Resources
  • Cynthia Carmina Gómez, Portland State University
  • Ed Washington, Portland State University
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  • Multicultural education,
  • Minorities -- Education,
  • Inclusive education,
  • Portland State University

During week 2 of Spring term, Cultural Resource Centers Executive Director, Cynthia Carmina Gómez sat down *virtually* with Mr. Ed Washington, Director of Community Outreach & Engagement within Global Diversity & Inclusion. These two campus leaders discussed the impacts of COVID-19 in our community and how we can learn from past resilience to continue moving forward.


About Mr. Ed Washington:

Mr. Washington was born on February 26, 1937, in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1944 the Washingtons moved to Vanport, Oregon, a Portland metro area city comprised of wartime public housing. Mr. Washington, like so many others, lost their homes and almost all of their possessions when Vanport was destroyed in a flood on May 30, 1948.

Mr. Washington’s mother and father separated after WWII, and his mother was left raising six children all by herself. She was determined that none of her children would quit high school. In 1957, one year after graduating from Grant High School, Mr. Washington began taking night classes at Portland State College what today is known as Portland State University. He earned a degree in liberal studies and was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Ed Washington was a civil rights leader and member of the Portland NAACP. In 1991, he became the first African American councilor for the Portland Metro council. Since 1993, Mr. Washington has been a vital part of the PSU community and today serves as the Director of Community Outreach & Engagement in Global Diversity and Engagement

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Cynthia Carmina Gómez and Ed Washington. "Interview with Mr. Ed Washington" (2020)
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