Office of the Dean of Students COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Update March 23, 11:30 a.m.: Oregon Governor Kate Brown calls for Oregonians to stay home, closing specific retail businesses and requiring social distancing in most cases. The executive order took immediate effect on March 23, 2020.
In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) and LGBT Education and Support Services (LGBTESS) is currently operating with reduced staffing levels and has transitioned to offering services remotely. Thank you for your understanding and patience as together we work to sustain the health and well-being of our campus community.
We are committed to maintaining high levels of support and resources for our students. During this time, the LGBTESS and Dean of Students staff will continue to check and respond to voicemails and emails. The LGBTESS will also continue to offer resource navigation and support remotely, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. To reach the coordinator of the LGBT Education and Support Services, call 541-346-6105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance. To reach the Dean of Students crisis team, call 541-346-3216.
Refer to the site below for official updates regarding the University of Oregon’s response to COVID-19, including frequently asked questions.
Community Support and Resources
As our community prepares and responds to the COVID-19, we acknowledge students with minoritized identities may be impacted by resource insecurity and barriers to access or support. If you are experiencing impacts to your basic needs including housing, finances, food, and healthcare, or if you are in need of assistance please reach out to the LGBTESS coordinator (email@example.com) or call the Dean of Students Office (541-346-3216).
Following is a list of basic needs, crisis, and mutual aid resources:
- LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund: For LGBTQIA+ students who have encountered a situation involving unusual financial hardship caused by emergency or circumstances beyond the students’ control including housing or food insecurity, or other resource-based needs that threaten a student’s ability to remain enrolled and to successfully complete their degree.
- Dean of Students Crisis Drop-in: Dean of Students crisis response staff are offering drop-in hours remotely by phone at 541-346-3216.
- SAFE Hotline: Available 24/7 at 541-346-7233.
- University Counseling Center: After-hours support crisis line at 541-346-3227.
- White Bird Clinic: Crisis line available 24/7 at 541-687-4000.
You are not alone. Our community is here to offer support during these times of uncertainty, and to create systems of community care, mutual aid, and advocacy for one another. Reach out for help, offer care to others, and remember to be gentle with yourself.
Lavender Graduation 2020
Honoring LGBTQIA+ Graduates Remotely
Join us for our 24th year celebrating Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon! This year we will be celebrating our graduates remotely!
Lavender Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2002, from 3:00–4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This live ceremony will recognize graduates, scholarship recipients, award winners, and LGBTQIA+ speakers.
Graduates must RSVP by June 1. All other guests must RSVP by June 12.
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Student run transgender/non-binary support group
Call to our LGBTQIA+ Community: Help us honor and celebrate our Lavender Graduates!
The LGBT Education and Support Services is accepting submissions for community gifts and words of congratulations for our Lavender Graduates!
What is Lavender Graduation?
Lavender Graduation celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of undergraduate and graduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, aromantic, asexual, agender, non-binary, pansexual, same-gender-loving, two-spirit, allied, and all others connected to the LGBTQIA+ community. This ceremony is celebrated by colleges and universities across the country for over 15 years!
What is our call for submissions?
We are calling on YOU, our community of artists, creatives, writers, and supporters to offer a memento, note, or handmade craft to each of our Lavender Graduates. Submission may include handwritten notes, paintings, embroidery, jewelry, collages, dried flowers, enamel pins, or really anything!
Submissions may include:
1) A note (congratulations, advice, community love) sent to all graduates.
2) A personalized item or note mailed to all graduates. Once we receive your personalized items, we will take care of shipping these individually to graduates.
Why call for submissions?
Due to our ceremony moving to a remote setting, we are missing our community being present for our Lavender Graduates. This is a creative way to be part of our graduate’s moment of accomplishment by offering tokens of our appreciation and celebration. Plus, it is a fun activity for those looking to get to crafting and being part of an initiative for LGBTQIA+ community care!
The submission form, notes, and community offerings due May 31st
Lavender Graduation on June 14th from 3:00p.m.– 4:30p.m.
Please join us for the celebration, graduates will be opening their Lavender Graduation goodie bags during the ceremony! To RSVP for Lavender Graduation please complete this form by June 12th to receive the Zoom link.
If you would like to nominate LGBTQIA+ graduates and UO affiliates for Lavender Graduation Awards, please complete this form by June 1st
2020 Lavender Graduation Award Nominations
Complete the form below to nominate undergraduate and graduate students, departments, staff, and faculty for Lavender Graduation Awards.
Recipients will be honored at our remote Lavender Graduation on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. You do not need to nominate someone for every award presented. This form will close on June 1st, 2020.
Commitment to Community Awards (2)
Rainbow Volunteer Award
Building Bridges Award
Shining Star Award
Nomination form: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9mndZCDCT741PRH
If would like to attend our remote event, please RSVP at the link. Graduates must RSVP by June 1st to be included in the ceremony, and guests must RSVP by June 12th to receive access to the Zoom link.
UO LGBTQIA+ Student Virtual Hangout
Join our Discord hangout with other LGBTQIA+ students! Meet friends, share memes, discuss quarantine hobbies, and learn about upcoming events.
To access our Discord channel please fill out our survey to receive the link! This is to ensure safety of our students: https://tinyurl.com/lgbtdiscord
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has a support group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence in the past or present. SASS services are always free. http://sass-lane.org/
SASS's LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.
For any self-identified members of the queer community age 18+ who have experienced sexual violence.
Drop in. No registration needed. SASS services are always free.
Join us for our 24th year celebrating Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon! This year the LGBT+ Education and Support Services (LGBTESS) will be celebrating our graduates remotely!
Lavender Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This live ceremony will recognize graduates, scholarship recipients, award winners, and LGBTQIA+ speakers.
Lavender Graduation celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of undergraduate and graduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, aromantic, asexual, agender, non-binary, pansexual, same-gender-loving, two-spirit, allied, and all others connected to the LGBTQIA+ community. This ceremony is celebrated by colleges and universities across the country for over 25 years!
Registered Graduates will receive the opportunity to opt-in to the following:
1. Participate in a live Lavender Graduation on June 14th at 3:00 p.m., and be presented by a speaker (mentor, friend, family) selected by the graduate to highlight their accomplishments.
2. Be featured on the LGBT Education and Support Services (LGBTESS) social media and website, including a graduate photo, bio, and note.
3. Receive a Lavender Graduate goodie bag including a lavender tassel, certificate, special edition Lavender Graduate enamel pin, and congratulatory notes from LGBTQIA+ community members!
All undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating Fall 2019 term, and Winter through Fall 2020 terms are welcome to participate in Lavender Graduation. Regardless of your prior engagement in LGBTQIA+ programs, organizations, or the community, you are encouraged to be recognized for your accomplishments as a LGBTQIA+ student!
Graduates must RSVP by June 1st to be included in the ceremony and program. All other guests, please RSVP by June 12th to receive access to the Zoom link. This is to ensure safety for our participants and to prevent “zoom bombing”. You do not need to be a graduating to participate in the ceremony.
To RSVP to Lavender Graduation, please complete the registration link.
Nominate undergraduate and graduate students, departments, staff, and faculty for Lavender Graduation Awards through our nomination form by June 1st.
Send our Lavender Graduates words or tokens of your congratulations through our submission form, due May 31st!
A Campus for All
The LGBT Education and Support Services team works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, and allied (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty, and staff by providing educational and supportive resources. Our campus has been recognized as the top college in Oregon for LGBTQ students by the Campus Pride Index.
We are dedicated to providing space for all University of Oregon community members to explore their understanding of sexual/romantic orientation, gender, gender expression, and intersections of identities. We look forward to being in community with you.
LGBTESS offers programs that are designed to educate people about the truth and diversity of the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Through ally training and panel discussions, we provide opportunities to share stories and ask questions in a way that fosters understanding, appreciation, and respect. Presentations are also available upon request.
Our student-driven outreach teams engage and empower LGBTQIA+ current and prospective students. Whether organizing events, being involved in campus organizations, or taking part in educational panels, our student employees and volunteers connect with the greater campus community, sharing resources to support students’ well-being and academic success.
In addition to our programs and services, there are organizations on and off campus, all focused on promoting awareness, education, support, and appreciation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer issues.
There's a reason we've been recognized nationally as one of the best colleges for LGBTQIA+ students. From gender equity housing options to inclusive medical and mental health care, the UO is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and encouragement for all of our students.
Support is available through scholarships that are based on both merit and need. Students are also invited to apply for LGBTESS-sponsored trips to conferences.
For students who are currently in or hoping to begin the process of transitioning while attending the UO, the university offers a variety of resources and services.
LGBT Education and Support Services
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Students
Oregon Hall, Suite 380
*Hours are subject to change.
Please contact the coordinator for updated hours.
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