Irene Routté
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
University of Portland, Program Manager Service & Justice

Irene Routté is originally from Pennsylvania but has moved around between Seattle, the Bronx, and Boston- landing in Portland just three years ago. She currently manages the Program in Service and Social Justice at the University of Portland, where she has the privilege of working with students who are passionate about how they can create more loving and just communities. Irene is dedicated to creating restorative, inclusive spaces, where students feel seen, feel heard and are believed; where students bring their whole story and their full selves, as they reflect on and engage with the most difficult social questions that face us today.  

Previous to entering the field of higher education, Irene worked as a Case Manager for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee youth under the Office of Refugee Resettlement. What continuously grounded her in the work was having the opportunity to be witness to the stories of migration and resettlement; the stories of trauma but also of incredible resiliency. This experience continues to drive her to engage issues related to immigrant rights and immigration policy. She has been incredibly energized by the work being done locally by Unite Oregon and IMIRJ. She is particularly interested in facilitating more spaces to dialogue about the intersections of race and immigration.

Irene has been trained in mindful facilitation and listening, spiritual direction, restorative justice practices, and bystander intervention techniques. She enjoys creating and facilitating retreats and workshops, based in an anti-oppression, anti-racist framework, for local groups and organizations, and hopes to do this on a larger scale in the future. She also provides consultation and research for Three Stones International Consulting; with her focus being on refugee populations and border studies in Central and East Africa.

Irene holds a Masters in Anthropology of Religion from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and African American Studies from Princeton University.