Queer Ally Coalition
The Queer Ally Coalition (QAC) was redeveloped from the standing Safe Zone program at the University of Oregon. The Safe Zone program was implemented in 1992 as "one of the first university programs to create a safe and visible atmosphere for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students."
The Queer Ally Coalition (QAC) seeks to reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias on the University of Oregon campus and create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for all members of our community inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In addition to visibly identifying members of our community who are willing to be acknowledged as allies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, faculty, and staff, we organize training programs and provide ongoing opportunities for dialogue to expand our understanding of the issues in our campus community.
The Queer Ally Coalition is open to all members of the University of Oregon community who wish to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally issues and support LGBTQA individuals.
Within the program, there are three types of training available:
General QAC Training: An introduction to ally development; no prior training is needed. Can be schedule for programs and departments on request!
Custom QAC Programs: Each custom training is tailored to address specific LGBTQQIA-related topics within any discipline with the goal of providing relevant, contemporary information.
Facilitator Training: Would you like to become a QAC facilitator? Facilitator trainings are held once a year, though facilitator mentorship is available throughout the year. Any enrolled UO student can attend; faculty and staff members may attend facilitator trainings scheduled by request. Those interested must attend a general QAC training.
To set up a QAC Training, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridges Speakers Bureau is a program offered through the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Education & Suport Services Program in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Through open and honest dialogues facilitated by Bridges, we hope to educate people about the truths and diversity surrounding the lives of LGBT folks and promote social change in the hopes of creating a society free of gender bias, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice. Bridges also hopes to impart a sense of community by offering a place to share stories, ask questions, and reach out to those who identify within the LGBT community, as well as to those who are questioning their personal, sexual, or gender identity.
Bridges is invited to a variety of classes—especially WGS 101 classes—around the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and the surrounding Eugene/Springfield communities, and facilitates panels which discuss issues that concern LGBT-identified individuals.
Bridges hosts both “Coming Out” panels, as well as “Guess the Straight Person” panels wherein panelists tell personal stories about their experiences identifying as LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally) and field audience member’s questions—all in the hopes of showing the diversity within the LGBT-community.
The Bridges Speakers Bureau is always looking for more panelists from all backgrounds, and all parts of the LGBTQA-community!
To be on Bridges you must complete an initial training and attend at least one panel. If you are interested in more information about being a Bridges panelist or hosting a Bridges panel in your class, organization, or other meeting, please contact the Bridges Coordinator at email@example.com.
The mission of OUTreach is to engage and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning students at the University of Oregon.
Some of our projects:
OUTreach members volunteer throughout the year to introduce new and incoming students to programs on campus relating to the invitation, retention, well-being, and academic success of LGBTQI and questioning students. Most of this takes place during the summer and during the Week of Welcome events. However, many of our OUTreach members help by tabling and attending campus programs to ensure students are aware of the resources on campus. OUTreach members work with the GSA Connects program by attending local GSA meetings and facilitating activities and also being guides and leaders for the LGBTQ Campus Visit events. Several of our Outreach members work with the LGBTESSP on special projects and initiatives. Some of these include programs on gender identity and expression, connecting with UO LGBT Alumni, and Residence Hall events.
Students become a part of the OUTreach program by application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive an application.
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The ASUO offers leadership opportunities for all students at the University of Oregon.
For more information, visit the ASUO website.
The ASUO also has an Executive position what works specifically on LGBTQQIAA issues: The ASUO Gender and Sexual Diversity Advocate develops programs that address issues around gender and sexuality. This advocate serves as a liaison between programs related to sexuality and gender such as the ASUO, Women's Center, Men's Center, LGBTQA, LGBTESS, and other LGBTQQIAA programs, as well as all identity based programs.
There are opportunities year round to serve as an intern or volunteer for the GSDA position.
Alex Sylvester, 2012-13 Gender & Sexual Diversity Advocate
The Standing Committee for LGBT Concerns Committee was officially organized at the University of Oregon in 1990 as the President's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues. As part of the 1991 Campus Climate Assessment, several recommendations were made to the UO administration to improve the campus climate for lesbian and gay people. Since that time the committee has grown in both membership and scope and continues to serve the campus community as we create a more welcoming and supportive experience for LGBTQ people at the University of Oregon.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Committee contact the LGBTESSP at email@example.com. You can also visit the website for more information.