This Week's Curator: Tricia Brand, Dean of Students at Portland Community College, Southeast Campus
Tricia Brand is a Senior-Level College Administrator in private liberal arts, public research, and community college settings. She is currently serving as the Dean of Students for Southeast Campus of Portland Community College. Located at the corner of SE 82nd and Division, Southeast Campus is the newest campus for Portland Community College, providing comprehensive educational offerings for East Portland and the greater metropolitan area.
Tricia is a scholar, practitioner and educator guided by her curiosity about the world and her desire to serve the community in which she lives. Within higher education, Tricia is committed to promising and innovative practices in the areas of college access, achievement, equity and inclusion, student retention and persistence, civic engagement, leadership, and self-authorship through student development. She enjoys social media, mobile photography, arts, culture, nature and spending time with her spouse, Paul, their cat, Malcolm, and their rescue miniature schnauzer, Esmerelda.
Tell us about your neighborhood. What are the ups and downs of it?
I live in the (inner Southeast) Hosford-Abernathy and Lower Hawthorne neighborhood. Much of H-A is experiencing a tremendous amount of development and gentrification. Since moving to the neighborhood in 2014, the Belmont Goats have been replaced with hundreds of new apartments and retail centers…now known as “Goat Blocks”. But even with all the neighborhood transitions, my H-A and Lower Hawthorne still boasts some of the best food carts, “high dive” bars and is accessible by transit to all over the city.
What are your favorite East Portland things to do and places to go?
My favorite things to do in East Portland include summer baseball (Go Pickles!) in Lents Park, Adult Soap Box Derby and picnics at Mt. Tabor Park, the Montavilla Farmer’s Market, dinner at Portland Mercado or Rose VL, catching a movie at the Academy Theatre or Eastport Plaza and picking up artisanal vegan donuts for PCC staff from Doe Donuts!
What do you think people don’t know about East Portland that they should know?
Powell Butte is one of the most amazing hiking and lookout points in Portland. Powell Butte is an extinct cinder cone volcano…it rests near the coolest urban creek—Johnson Creek. The park is hundreds of acres of meadowland and forest.
What do you think would be most helpful for people in East Portland?
East Portland needs more city investment and planning to support green spaces, public transportation, community development opportunities, access to healthy food, and affordable housing for families.
How do you think your Portland matches up with the Portland you’ve seen in media?
My Portland is only about 10 percent of what is portrayed in “Portlandia”. My Portland is where a racially, culturally, religiously and economically diverse community has varying levels of access to resources and so-called “prosperity” in Portland.
What keeps you up at night worrying?
I am a lifetime renter, I have never been a home owner. I worry constantly that I will continue to be priced out of neighborhoods like mine and unable to ever afford buying a house in the city I now call home.
What gives you hope?
I have been following all the amazing community development efforts happening in Lents, the Jade District, Montavilla and Foster Powell. The needs are great, but there is a beautiful and vibrant community in East Portland that is welcoming to those who are discovering it because of city displacement and supportive to those who are longtime residents and want to see it thrive.
Why did you agree to participate in this project?
I was encouraged by Sarah Iannarone to consider bringing my point of view and our PCC community partnerships throughout East Portland this project. I want to use this platform to draw attention to the vibrancy and promise of East Portland residents!
You can find Tricia on Twitter and Instagram or grab coffee with her at Portland Community College. Her email is Tricia.Brand@gmail.com.
Read more about Portland Community College's Southeast Campus here: https://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/southeast/