The Queer Resource Center's vision is to facilitate a campus environment such that Portland State University is the higher education destination of choice for students, staff, and faculty along the sexuality and gender spectrum.
The Queer Resource Center provides students along the sexuality and gender spectrum with the support they need to persist to graduation. We build conscious coalitions among sexuality and gender related organizations within Portland State University and the surrounding community to strengthen support structures across communities and identities. We identify and address gaps in campus services for students, staff and faculty along the sexuality and gender spectra. To make mentorship opportunities possible between the Queer PSU staff and faculty and PSU students, the Queer Resource Center provides advocacy to students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of accessing full institutional benefits. We hold each other accountable to reflect the multiple and intersecting identities of LGBTQQIAAP communities in our staff, programs, and volunteers. We ensure the needs of students, staff and faculty along sexuality and gender spectra are a campus-wide priority as we provide the awareness, knowledge, and skills within campus departments.
The Queer Resource Center began in the early 2000s as a series of student organizations under various names (Queers and Allies, PSU LGBT Roundtable).
- 2003-2004: Incidents exposed the need for the QRC to expand its focus from a gathering place to a campus resource and referral agency. Students identified staff and faculty allies, hosted open forums, and convened stakeholders.
- 2005: One graduate student and two student staff members helped to found a speaker series, targeted trainings, a lending library, and a volunteer program.
- 2006: QRC student staff convened their advisory board to define staff roles and expectations, further refine high-profile events, and open the doors of a physical Queer Resource Center space in Smith Memorial Student Union. Increased visibility allowed more students to access the QRC with complex needs around advocacy, advising and crisis intervention.
- 2007: Stakeholders created a plan to transition from a student group to a department within student affairs with a professional staff trained to manage finances, support student staff, provide continuity and institutional memory, and to grow the center as new needs arise.
- 2010: The plan was implemented and fully completed.
- Today: The QRC exists as a resource and referral center, the home of Portland State Queer event traditions, specialized student coordinators, and as colleague in the Dean of Student Life’s portfolio.