Social Justice Committee

Promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity within our club and throughout our community



We talk


We touch sometimes difficult subjects


We learn about ourselves, each other, and especially how and why injustice impacts everyone


And, we grow as individuals and a community that is dedicated to living in a more equitable world.

The Activities that Keep Us Engaged

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Diversity, inclusion and equity begins with our club. We are developing a plan to Increase the diversity of our membership and promote inclusion and equity in Club operations.
Workshops, Dialogues & Conversations
We offer Club members and their guests special programs that engage, inform, educate and that challenge self-reflection and the capacity to listen to understand.
Online Resource Library
Our resource library provides suggestions on readings, viewings, and music that promote the understanding of social justice issues. Visit our resource library and join the conversation.
Book Club
We stretch ourselves to read books that support and counter our beliefs, and provide an opportunity to participate in discussions that broaden our knowledge of social justice issues.


For many years, the Portland Pearl Rotary Club has supported Lincoln High School in many ways, including our Student of the Month Program. We have begun a NEW relationship with Madison High School and will present an award to one student from each school monthly during the school year.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.
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Madison Stats

  • Grade 9-12
  • Top 10% in # students
  • 66% minorities
  • 74% graduation rate
  • Diversity Score: 0.78% (Top 1% in OR)
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Highlights from Past Speakers and Events

Monday, 20 May 2019
Pearl Rotarians at the Women of Excellence Awards

Last week several Portland Pearl Rotarians attended the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019
PPRC Begins Madison High School Student of the Month

History Recognizing that service to youth is a critical service area in Rotary International, Portland Pearl Rotary expanded its connection more than a decade ago with Lincoln High School. Previous to that, PPRC had active youth exchange participation (inbound and outbound) that impacted LHS students. Another reason for reaching out was to increase recruitment for […]

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Thursday, 17 January 2019
Two-Years of Social Justice at PPRC

Two years ago, our club officially announced the creation of the social justice taskforce and within a year it became a permanent committee of our club.

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LESS - By Andrew Sean Greer

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review).

March 11, 5:30 to 7:30.

Residence Inn, 9th and Northrop

Upcoming Social Justice Events

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