Ty Schwoeffermann ’10

An active student, this Portland native found love while involving himself in numerous UO clubs

By UO student Chelsea Fullmer

Ty Schwoefferman ’10 met his future wife, Cimone ’07,
at a Black Student Union meeting at the University of
Oregon.

For Ty Schwoeffermann ’10, the University of Oregon was his number one choice for college. Growing up two hours away in Portland, Schwoeffermann came to the UO and immediately involved himself in the university in numerous ways. From being a residence hall president; a member of the Intercultural Mentoring Program Advancing Community Ties (IMPACT), a multicultural student mentoring program; a multicultural advocate for the ASUO; a director at the Black Student Union; and much more, Schwoeffermann utilized his time at the UO, and now uses the knowledge he gained there in his current position as the Health Equity Coordinator for the Urban League of Portland.

Schwoeffermann earned his degree in ethnic studies from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010, and chose his major due to his own ethnic background and wanting to further his advocacy positions.

“As a black man living in a state like Oregon I decided that being knowledgeable about the history of people of African descent was essential to my growth as a critical thinker,” Schwoeffermann said.

Schwoeffermann was also active in the Oregon Student Association, a student-led advocacy and non-profit, and the Oregon Students of Color Coalition during his junior and senior years, hosting political discussions and becoming a student ad hoc member for a five year diversity plan.

“Throughout my tenure at the university I was active in movements that challenged the status quo of campus life, such as establishing an Ethnic Studies Department, improving the School of Education’s retention and curriculum offering, and implementing the five year Diversity Plan,” Schwoeffermann said.

But besides his involvement in various programs, Schwoeffermann remembers one of his favorite moments at the UO as his very own “Duck Love Story.”

“One of my favorite moments was the first time I met the love of my life Cimone at a Black Student Union meeting,” he said. “When I first met her I was recruiting students to get involved in ASUO. We began dating and getting to know each other through our many volunteer commitments. As a psychology major she was constantly trying to deconstruct the psychology of my activism, and I was learning from her how I could improve my outreach and communication. We were a great compliment for each other and UO helped facilitate our love. We have been married for more than four years now.”

Post-graduation, Schwoeffermann kept his political and advocacy roots in his first job by working for “Obama for America” in Portland as a campaign organizer. After working seven different jobs, Schwoeffermann landed his current position, where he has been for more than three years.

The Urban League of Portland is a non-profit organization promoting equality for African Americans in education, employment, and economic security. As the Health Equity Organizer, Schwoeffermann’s duties include lobbying in Salem; training community health workers; speaking on health equity, cultural competency, and workforce diversity; and acting as a community resource. His proudest moment comes from training more than 50 community health workers at the Community Capacitation Center’s “We Are Health” movement.

Schwoeffermann is often reminded of why the UO was his number one pick and how the UO helped in his path post-graduation into the workforce.

“I feel that University of Oregon was a great experience for my personal growth as a critical thinker,” said Schwoeffermann. “Being in an environment that emphasized academic success helped me stay focused. It allowed me to surround myself with strong minds that were dedicated to my field of study, as well as exploring areas like science that help me stretch my capacity of knowledge.”