We’re thankful for this PSU alum fighting gentrification in Portland

When Randal Wyatt ‘21 sees a need, he tries to fill it. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Randal turned to his community in search of a way to give back. He took inspiration from what he learned while pursuing a degree in Social Science at Portland State to found Taking Ownership PDX.

Randal describes Taking Ownership PDX as a community-based, reparations-based organization that strives to renovate and revive Black-owned homes in Portland while fighting back against gentrification. In the last year, Taking Ownership PDX has raised more than $1.5 million and helped lift up more than 100 Black families and businesses in Portland.

To support Randal’s efforts visit www.takingownershippdx.com.




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