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QRC Academic Coaching Program


The Queer Academic Coaching program and Retention Services helps queer identified students succeed in their academic, professional, and personal goals. We offer support for students in all aspects of their lives, including academics, employment and personal conflicts. The coaches meet with students for 50 min sessions which can focus  on study skills, resume building, interpersonal conflicts, concerns with curriculum/instructors/courses, general emotional support and more. These sessions are commonly held in the Queer Resource Center; all though there are also opportunities for coaches to meet outside of that space by student request.

If you are interested in setting up coaching or have other questions, please contact the front desk by phone 


Our Retention Services and Academic Support coach is available on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm and can be reached via or the front desk. If you have general academic coaching concerns during those times or want support around interpersonal conflicts, emotional support, or culturally specific services (cultural trauma, intersectional support, etc.) please either schedule your appointment during these hours or come in to see if she is available for drop in.

Our Academic Coach Paul  will be available during the summer by appointment only. Please email him to make an appointment.

Paul Braun is our Queer Academic Coach and has been working with the QRC since the Summer of 2012. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Postsecondary, Adult & Continuing Education (PACE) at Portland State and will be finishing this upcoming fall.  He received his Bachelor's Degrees in both Spanish and Business Administration along with the Certificate of Global Management from the University of Oregon.  At the UO he worked as a Resident Assistant, Spanish Language Tutor and a Peer Adviser for the Lundquist College of Business. He currently works as the assistant to the International Student Life Team here at PSU and is also an academic coach for the Learning Center. If you'd like to make an appointment with Paul you can either call our front desk at 503-725-9742 or email him directly at