SAGE: Sexual and Gender Equity Task Force
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SAGE, the Commission on Sexual and Gender Equity at Portland State University, envisions a campus environment where all sexual and gender identities and expressions are celebrated, supported, and fully and equitably included in all aspects of campus life.
SAGE provides leadership and advocacy as the initiative-based action team for the inclusion of underrepresented sexual and gender identities and expressions at Portland State University.
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2015 SAGE Award Winners
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 2015 SAGE Award recipients were announced at the 11th Annual Present's Diversity Awards. Recipients and their nominations below:
Office of the Registrar
Nicolle DuPont, Associate Registrar, with President Wiewel and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Chas Lopez.
Their nominators were Craig Leets, Queer Resource Center Coordinator, and Maria Bonacci, Transgender & Interpersonal Violence Resource Coordinator. Their nominators wrote:
Over the past year, the Registrar's Office has been instrumental in creating additional structures at Portland State University to promote a welcoming, inclusive environment for transgender students. Through their work on broadening the reach of current preferred name systems and creating an advanced preferred name option, the Registrar's Office is deserving of university-wide recognition with a SAGE Award for this significant advancement in supporting trans students on campus.
During Summer 2014, the Registrar's office orchestrated a coordinated effort among multiple staff from their office and the Office of Information Technology to allow preferred names to show up on all course rosters at the university. Many students reported to the QRC that they were so excited when their professors and instructors were automatically using their preferred name instead of their legal first name. With this change, students no longer have to go out of their way to inform all of their faculty of their preferred name before classes begin each term.
During the Fall 2014 term and into the Winter 2015 term, the Registrar's Office continued to identify ways to have trans students' preferred names reflected in more campus systems. This office continued to lead the coordinated effort to create an advanced preferred name option for PSU's trans students. Through many discussions, several proposals, and a lot of computer wizardry, the Registrar's Office and the Queer Resource Center have implelemted this advanced preferred name option and have enrolled students in this new name option.
Dr. Audrey Lingley and Dr. Olivia Murray
Emmett Pearson accepting the award on Dr. Audrey Lingley and Dr. Olivia Murray's behalf with President Wiewel and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Chas Lopez.
Their nominator was Dr. Christine Chaille, Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction, who wrote:
Since 2010, Drs. Audrey Lingley and Olivia Murray hace led an initiative in the Curriculum and Instrution (C&I) Department to focus on LGBTQ issues. This initiatice began in September, 2010 in response to an incident in a school where a student teacher from Lewis and Clark was pulled from his student teaching placement because he responded to a student's question about why he wasn't married, revealing he was gay. After a departmental discussion about what C&I would do, they decided to form a task force to examine the issue. Olivia, who at the time was a doctoral student employed as a fixed term faculty member, was conducting her dissertation research on these issues in teacher education, and stepped up to serve - and subsequently co-lead with Audrey Lingley - this Task Force.
Currently, these instructors teach a course every year on LGBTQ Issues in Education. Additionally, they are active supporters of the Graduate School of Education's Queer-Straight Alliance. In the Winter 2015 term, they supported an event where a panel of current queer and trans teachers engaged in dialogue with current students about the issues facing LGBTQ teachers and students in education. Recently, Dr. Murray published Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice. For all of the aforementioned reasons, we believe that Drs. Lingley and Murray are ideal candidates for a SAGE Award.
Kevin Holden with President Wiewel and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Chas Lopez.
Their nominators were Melissa Bennett, Program Coordinator for the Native American Student & Community Center, and Stacie Taniguchi, Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Student Center. Their nominators wrote:
Last summer Kevin walked into my office at the NASCC with the hope of putting together a program specific to Indigenous Queer Identity. He checked in with me on a regular basis while he created and organized a fantastic event around the use of art and creativity to explore Indigenous Queer Identity. The event was very well attended and sparked a larger conversation on campus and in the Portland community. The workshop demonstrated a need for Indigenous Queer communities to explore their unique identities as an intersected identity.
Because of Kevin's initiative, the discussion of Indigenous Queer Identity has continued across campus. Indigenous Nations Studies is now offering a class titled "Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions," students and community are being empowered to offer their own workshops on the topic, and these threads are being felt in the wider Portland community. As a result of Kevin's initiative in creating this event, they were appointed to the Cultural Resource Centers Programming Team where they continue to develop and implement programming to great success.