February’s Community Spotlight focuses on Eugene City Council member Greg Evans. Greg 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. Mr. Evans 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, Greg 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, Greg 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.
Greg 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.