Bridges is a panel program designed to facilitate honest dialogue that educates people about the truth and diversity of the lives of LGBT individuals. The panels provide an opportunity for LGBTQIA individuals to share stories and ask questions to foster understanding, appreciation, and respect.

This program hosts “coming-out” panels where volunteers can share personal stories about their experiences identifying as LGBTQIA+ and field audience member’s questions.

Bridges panelists are invited to a variety of classes and organizations at the UO, Lane Community College, and in the surrounding Eugene and Springfield communities.

If you would like a Bridges panel to share with your group, we will be accepting panel requests in winter 2020.

Join as a Bridges Speaker

The program is always looking for enthusiastic panelists from all backgrounds of the LGBTQIA+ community. Speakers are reserved for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, and others within the community. Volunteers will gain skills on social justice facilitation, intergroup dialogue, storytelling, and LGBTQIA+ advocacy.

To volunteer for Bridges, you must complete an initial mandatory training and observe at least one panel. Training sessions will be offered once per term or every other term. If you are interested in applying to be a panelist, fill out the application.

For fall term 2019, applications are available until 8:00 a.m. on October 21. To volunteer, you must complete an initial mandatory training on November 8, 4:00–7:30 p.m., and November 9, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

For more information about being a Bridges panelist, e-mail bridges1@uoregon.edu.

Become a Bridges Speaker