Join us for the 2016 lecture featuring Vanessa Garrison, co-founder of GirlTrek, on Why We Walk: Creating a movement for black women’s health and justice
Portland State University
Lincoln Recital Hall
October 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
RSVP here

Vanessa Garrison is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for black women and girls. Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, a national health movement, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media at Turner Broadcasting System,Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Vanessa was awarded Teach For America’s Social Innovation Award, recognized by the Awesome Foundation as a leader to watch, and was featured on NPR and The Root. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Culture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Garrison serves as chief of operations for GirlTrek, a national movement that mobilizes women to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives through a habit of daily walking. GirlTrek supports thousands of walkers and more than 400 neighborhood-based volunteers and inspires a network of 250,000 supporters through social media.

Each year, the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture Endowment brings a guest speaker to Portland, Oregon. We seek people from all over the world who have made great strides in advocating for health, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian access, and bring them together with the Portland transportation community to share methods and inspiration. The annual forum furthers IBPI’s mission to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates focused on walking and biking.

The lecture will take place October 19 at Portland State University’s Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75, in the basement, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201). The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Earlier in the day, join us to Walk and Talk with Vanessa Garrison. We will leave from Portland State University Urban Center, Southwest Sixth Avenue and Mill Street. Along the way, we’ll hear from Portland leaders who are addressing community issues and discuss how we can learn from each other and from Vanessa. The walk is cosponsored by TREC and Oregon Walks and is part of the Walktober series.

Requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, email: or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, e-mail: In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible.