By George T. Nicola, GLAPN
The Cascade Campus of Portland Community College launched its new Queer Resource Center (QRC) with a grand opening on Monday, October 12. About 80 people attended. The event was organized by QRC Student Advocates, with support from Debra Porta, an employee of PCC Cascade, who is also President of Pride Northwest.”
QRC Student Advocates and ASPCC Student Leaders, who spoke included Will Spalding, Israel Johnson, Onesha Cochran-Dumas, who is also active with PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, and Red Hamilton, who is also campus Black Student Union Coordinator.
Others who addressed the gathering included openly lesbian Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, PCC Cascade President Dr. Karin Edwards, and PCC Chief of Staff Dr. Traci Fordham (on behalf of PCC Interim President Dr. Sylvia Kelley).
PCC’s website states, “The Queer Resource Center’s mission is to facilitate a campus community that intentionally advocates for, supports, and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexualities, sexes, gender identities, and gender expressions. We conduct educational outreach as well as provide a safe, welcoming space that offers both academic and personal support to Portland Community College’s LGBTQQ and Ally communities.”
For more detail, please see https://www.pcc.edu/resources/qrc/cascade/.