Kathleen Saadat graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a degree in psychology. She held the position of executive director of the Oregon State Commission on Black Affairs immediately prior to her appointment as Oregon State Director of Affirmative Action by former Governor Nell Goldschmidt in 1987. An activist and frequent public speaker, Saadat has been recognized by various organizations in Oregon and the Northwest. She received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award (1992), the Civil Liberties Award from the Oregon chapter of the ACLU (1994), and was named one of "100 Who Lead in Oregon" by the Oregon Business Magazine (1993). The latter award was made primarily because of her work in opposition to Measure 9, Oregon's 1992 antigay initiative.
Kathleen Saadat's talk is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of Black Student Affairs. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.