Get Involved at the QRC
Ways to Engage
As a student resource center, it is our goal to involve queer and trans students, faculty/staff, and alumni in our processes as often and as thoughtfully as possible. We have paid and volunteer options to work with us, volunteer in the center and in programming, develop internships, and join our advisory board. Scroll to find out more about opportunities to get involved.
Volunteering & Interning
We love our volunteers, we love it when you plan events, help out at the front desk, table at events with us, and do internships with us. It’s a great way to build connections, create community, and develop your skills and practices and ours.Volunteers help us plan events like Trans Empowerment Resistance and Resilience Month (TEMPRR) in Fall Term, Sex Week in Winter Term, the Queer Students of Color Conference (QSOCC) in Winter/Spring Terms, and Pride Month in Spring term. Volunteers also helped us plan our first Queer Museum of Art, regular HIV testing, and more. We are excited to welcome all types of commitments and offer volunteer trainings to all new volunteers. We welcome all intern inquiries and will do our best to meet your internship needs. Check out the links to get involved and please click to complete the interest form.
Join the Queeries Speaker's Board
Queeries is a student lead speaker board that center’s the personal experiences of PSU’s queer & transgender community. In these panels, we explore topics of sexuality, gender, our intersecting identities, and allyship with students and peers in an informative, thoughtful, and safe environment. We reach thousands of students and faculty/staff with our Queeries Panels, offering a variety of resources, advice, and community to PSU’s community. We offer a variety of panels that often get tailored to the class or audience to accommodate different levels of engagement and knowledge. The three main panels we offer are Introduction to LGBTQI+ People and Experiences (introductory), Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Intersectionality, and Representation (intermediate), and Tools for pre-professionals, identity-focused topics, etc.
We hire new staff every Spring for the upcoming academic year. Our staff consists of primarily students, and a handful of professional staff with four student desk staff, four student coordinators, and four full time professional employees. Often students transition from volunteering into employment at the center. If jobs aren’t yet open, try volunteering until they are. *Job Openings are currently closed, check back in Spring*
The Queer Resource Center encourages queer and trans black, indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC), trans, nonbinary, femmes, students with disabilities, and other students, staff, and faculty who are historically oppressed to consider working with us.
Portland State offers an LGBTQI Alumni Network for queer and trans students to continue building community together through attending events, volunteering with the group, or taking on leadership opportunities. Click below to learn more.
Join the Advisory Board
The Queer Resource Center's Advisory Board is comprised of queer and trans students, staff, and faculty volunteers who all have a vested interest in the wellness and effectiveness of the Queer Resource Center. This board meets once per term to discuss QRC policies such as our yearly budget or Mission and Vision. The Queer Resource Center encourages queer and trans black, indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC), trans, nonbinary, femmes, students with disabilities, and other students, staff, and faculty who are historically oppressed to consider volunteering as a part of our Advisory Board. Our Advisory Board will be composed primarily of students. We encourage all interested volunteers to review our website at pdx.edu/queer before applying to familiarize yourself with your resources. Email K Keith at email@example.com for more information or to join the board.