Lizzie Gregory

The beauty of the campus and the friendly feel of the community made me choose L&C and I’m so glad that I did.

Lizzie Gregory BA '22



Degree and Class Year

BA ’22


Telluride, Colorado

Current City

Portland, Oregon


Hispanic Studies


BSU, CAB, College Outdoors, IME

Overseas study

Villavicencio, Colombia, Merida, Mexico, Alicante, Spain

Job Title, Organization

Bilingual Community Information Specialist, 211info

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Beautiful, Inviting, Interesting

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

When I was a senior in high school, L&C had a fly-in program. I had never been to Portland before so I was excited about the free trip. Honestly, I didn’t think I would actually choose to commit, but after meeting others on the fly-in and seeing how beautiful the campus was, I felt I could actually build a community here. The beauty of the campus and the friendly feel of the community made me choose L&C and I’m so glad that I did.

What have you been doing since graduation?

Since graduation, I’ve spent a year basically organizing my life. Because by the time you graduate college, you’ve spent the majority of your life in school, I decided a needed a little break before continuing my education. I’ve been working and preparing for another trip abroad, taking the LSAT, and catching up on trips with friends and family. I plan to teach English in Spain for a few months while working on applying to law school for the 2024 school year.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

The thing I learned most about was very unexpected for me. As a black woman I didn’t think that a predominantly white institution could teach me anything about diversity and inclusion, I honestly thought I might teach them something about it, but I did learn a lot about respecting and honoring different identities and backgrounds.

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I still use the weight room on campus at least twice a week and I’ve even gone to some events on campus that I never had time to experience as a student. Because L&C is a pretty small and tight community, I made a lot of friends in different years of college than me so I still have quite a few friends that still attend Lewis & Clark so I don’t feel too estranged from campus life yet.

Where did you find your community on campus?

I found my community through clubs. I felt a little uncomfortable being such an obvious minority so after joining the Black Student Union, I was able to get connected to a lot of other clubs and activities through BSU. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on on campus and joining clubs is an easy way to be in the know of when and where it’s going on.