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Queer Academic Support

Academic Support for Queer Students: 

The Queer Resource Center is proud to offer academic support to students exploring their sexual orientations and gender identities. Appointments are held in the Queer Resource Center, but students can choose to meet with staff outside of the Center at another campus service if they are not comfortable accessing the Center.

Academic Support Services:

College Success Course for LGBTQIA Students

Academic Coaching Program

Lavender Graduation


Natl. Queer Academic Resources

Sexuality, Gender and Queer Studies

College Success Course for LGBTQIA Students

The College Success course for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQIA) students is designed for students who identify within queer and trans communities or as allies to these communities. This course will teach practical success tools for college, career development, and personal empowerment. This class is designed to support queer, trans, and ally students in fully accessing and successfully navigating Portland State University and the undergraduate experience. For further information, contact Craig Leets at

Academic Coaching

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.

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

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony to recognize accomplishments of campus Queer communities and honor Queer students, their allies and their families as they graduate from Portland State University.As a graduate, you are invited to select mentors, friends, family and faculty to introduce you to your graduating class at Lavender Graduation.

Each graduate's speaker will introduce the graduate, taking 3-5 minutes to speak about the accomplishments, hopes, and post-graduation plans of their graduates.Speakers can share memories, anecdotes, experiences of the student in classrooms or campus events or any sort of information to honor the graduates as they move on from Portland State University. Speakers will help confer rainbow tassels and Lavender Graduation diplomas. The Queer Resource Center will contact your speaker and describe to them their role in the ceremony.

Scholarships for Queer Students

We've compiled a list of local and national scholarships, grants, and foundations that support Queer Students. Click here to view the listing of LGBTQ Scholarships & Grants. 

National Queer Academic Resources

Are you looking for Universities with Queer, LGBT, or Gender Studies Programs? Linkes to Queer Studies/Queer Theory Resources? Or other scholarly resources on LGBT topics? We've compiled a list of National Queer Academic Resources. 

PSU's Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies Program

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster students' personal and intellectual development and to prepare them for socially responsible citizenship as well as a broad range of careers. Women's Studies advisors work closely with each student to craft a course of study appropriate to the student's academic interests and post-graduate goals. Click here to visit the WGSS Program's website.