Welcome to the Queer Resource Center
The Queer Resource Center supports queer and trans students at Portland State University to achieve their educational goals through advocacy, community, and celebration. The Queer Resource Center prioritizes a racial justice framework to improve campus climate through education, policy change, and campus-wide organizing.
The Queer Resource Center strives to provide students with the support they need to persist to graduation through increasing equity and access for queer and trans students at Portland State University.
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.
- 2011: The Queer Resource Center launched its first Queer Students of Color Conference (QSOCC), one of the first of its kind, now held annually in Spring.
- 2012-2013: The Queer Resource Center supported the creation of the first all-gender bathroom on campus in Smith Memorial Student Union. Now all new building and updates buildings house at least one all-gender bathroom.
- 2018: The Trans Resources and Retention Coordinator at the Queer Resource Center organized the first Trans Action and Care Conference (TACC), now held annually in November.
- 2019: The Queer Resource Center shifts its Queer Students of Color Resources and Retention Coordinator from a part time position to full time, expanding services, programming, and support.
- 2019-2020: Our Queer Students of Color Coordinator hosted our first racial equity analysis and launched our first Queer Student of Color Programming Board.
- Today: The QRC, housed under the Dean of Student Life, exists as the queer and trans student hub, and resource/referral center, and home of Portland State queer and trans event traditions with four full time professional staff members, four specialized student coordinators, and four skilled members of our desk team.
About Our Staff
K is the director of the QRC and has been around PSU for about a decade now. K just graduated from the Master's of Social Work program and has another degree in higher education administration. They are so stoked to join the rest of the QRC staff in dreaming up and creating spaces on campus that are focused on queer and trans community. K is an Aquarius sun sign with a cancer moon and trust us it shows. Want to get K talking? Ask them about their favorite conspiracy theory or show them a picture of your pet.
GP is a PSU alum of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has worked with the QRC as a student employee, and now is a full time staff member in their role as the Office Manager. GP's dream is to be an impactful member of their community and they are grateful to have a role in supporting trans and queer students at PSU. They also serve as a co-chair for SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equity Task Force) at PSU and organize with their union. GP's background is in marketing and media, fundraising, coffee making, writing, and community development. Outside of work, GP loves gardening, cooking, sharing what they make and grow, and reading sci fi.
She/Her/Hers & They/Them/Theirs
Miette is in their fourth year studying at PSU. She is majoring in jazz music and working on a minor in queer studies. After having worked as a member of the desk staff for a year and a half, Miette is excited to be stepping into the volunteer coordinator position! In addition to working at the QRC, Miette assistant directs and conducts musicals and sings at jazz jams around Portland. Miette is an avid reader, a tea aficionado, and a true Leo.
Cody Patrick H.
He/Him/His & They/Them/Theirs
Cody is a senior and is majoring in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies with minors in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Biology. He is a proud gay, trans, Aquarian, pet parent and tumbleweed enthusiast. This is Cody's second year as a member of the Desk Staff. He leads T-Time, the weekly trans student affinity group, has helped plan events such as Sex Week and TEMPRR Days, and is most known for his postion as the QRC's resident "Worm King". In his free time, Cody enjoys listening to lots of different music, spending time with his six rats and two cats, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and drawing. Some of his future dreams include having 20 dogs, becoming a gay cowboy, and hugging a baby monkey.
Aoi is a proud, bisexual Japanese woman that is very passionate about serving her community. She is a sophomore student at Portland State University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. This is her first year working with the QRC as an ELSA recipient for QSOCC and she is excited to be a part of a diverse queer community that works to dismantle oppressive systems. When she is not working, she likes to sing and play her guitar named Stevie (after the icon Stevie Nicks), watch TV shows and movies, baking, and journaling.
Mena is a queer Latinx who has been a social services champion for the past ten years. Through a trauma-informed approach, she has acted as an advocate utilizing therapeutic practices with underrepresented groups. Mena’s initial work with Camp OUTdoors! and One n ten in Arizona inspired her to continue to work with the queer and trans community. In her free time she loves exploring new places, bouldering, and spending time with friends, her partner, senior-pup and celebrity look alike, little Miss Betty White (she looks just like her!).
Trans Resources and Retention Coordinator
Mysterie Peña is a mixed (Mexican, Filipino, and white) senior majoring in Communication Studies. Originally from Los Angeles, they transferred to PSU from a local community college. Mysterie has been involved in the LGBTQ+, disabled, drag, and activism communities for the last six years. Mysterie is excited to be the Trans Resources and Retention Coordinator (TReC) for this academic calendar. They are thrilled to work with students and faculty on making PSU better for the transgender, gender-non-conforming, and queer community.
Grace is currently a Sophomore studying Social Work and Gender, Sexuality and Queer studies. They are a nature loving, adventuring, and out-going Trans Femme who finds ways to explore in every part of their daily life. Grace has been apart of the Queeries Program since they started at Portland State and has a passion for paneling and furthering folks education. They are an abolitionist who believe in liberation for all and is constantly exploring what that means for different folks. Grace is also a lover of coffee, tea, and their many houseplants.
bio coming soon
Bobbi Ali Zaman
Bobbi Ali Zaman is a first-generation queer Latinx doctoral student who is currently in the Social Work and Social Research program with a focus in queering early childhood education and queer of color theorizing. They are a new member in the QRC community as a ELSA (Educational Leadership Service Award) member and they are excited to support the queer and trans community at PSU. In their free time they like to play video games, bike and dreams of being really good at DDR (Dance, Dance, Revolution).
Queer Students of Color Resources and Retention Coordinator
H. Benjamin (HB) earned his BA in Behavioral Science (2016) from SJSU and his MSW degree from PSU in 2020. Professionally, he spent 12+ years working in special education at public schools and with people with disabilities. He currently also works as a freelance racial equity consultant and sits on a local nonprofit’s board of directors. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing, karaoke, concerts, tennis, awing the ocean, spooky movies, video games, farmers markets, and hanging with his tuxedo kittens, Bayard and Barack.
Jorge has been a student at Portland State University for three years. He is studying French, and has a minor in Spanish. This will be his first year as the Marketing Coordinator, however he is very excited to spice things up, and make this position his own with a brand new style.
She/Her/Hers & They/Them/Theirs
Inez is currently a junior at PSU studying Creative Writing in hopes of writing stories that have marginalized characters at the forefront. They use identities like, Mexican, bisexual, non-binary, and genderfluid. Aside from working with the Desk staff, they are working with the Queer & Trans, Black and Indigenous, Students of Color Affinity Group to create a more inclusive space for queer students of color.
They/Them and He/Him
Ash is a queer and nonbinary student currently in their senior year, majoring in Social Work with a minor in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies. After three years of volunteering and then working as the QRC's marketing coordinator, Ash is excited to be returning to the team as a BSW intern this year. Outside of his work with the QRC, he does work in supporting and providing services for youths and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When not working, interning, or busy with school. Ash enjoys spending time with their lovely gay friends, making art, and playing video games