Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols for community safety, the LGBT+ Education and Support Services office in Oregon Hall will not be open, but operating remotely.

LGBT+ Education and Support Services hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Program and event updates will be available at our Instagram, Facebook, and emailing list.

EventsCalendar of Events

May 11
Sexual Asssault Support Services LGBTQIA+ Group 5:00 p.m.

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....
January 14 2020–June 28 2022
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

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. 

May 11
Queer and Christian7:00 p.m.

Are you queer and wanting to explore your spirituality/faith? Join us every Tuesday at 7pm in our queer-only group as we explore Jesus together! Some weeks we study the Bible and...
February 23–June 8

Are you queer and wanting to explore your spirituality/faith? Join us every Tuesday at 7pm in our queer-only group as we explore Jesus together! Some weeks we study the Bible and others we just find community amongst each other. All people are welcome at any point in their faith journey.

May 13
Queering Kink Meeting3:00 p.m.

Meet, learn, and socialize with other like-minded folks! All experience levels welcome. MUST BE 18+
April 22–June 3

Meet, learn, and socialize with other like-minded folks! All experience levels welcome. MUST BE 18+

May 13
Virtual duckOUT4:00 p.m.

Hello duckOUT fans! We so miss being able to mingle and meet with friends and allies in person. In the spirit of maintaining community, we will be hosting the second virtual...
March 18–May 13

Hello duckOUT fans!

We so miss being able to mingle and meet with friends and allies in person. In the spirit of maintaining community, we will be hosting the second virtual duckOUT event! Please join us. To receive a reminder and Zoom link for register on the event website below

duckOUT is a social hour for UO LGBTQIA faculty, staff, and graduate students once a month. duckOUT is made possible by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Center on Diversity and Community, and the LGBT Education and Support Services. 

May 16
Aces and Aros Discussion Group1:00 p.m.

Aces and Aros is a subgroup of the LGBTQA3 for ace and aro students. We build community by holding discussion space and  and facilitating social connection. The group is open...
April 25–June 6

Aces and Aros is a subgroup of the LGBTQA3 for ace and aro students. We build community by holding discussion space and  and facilitating social connection. The group is open to anyonre on the ace and /or aro spectrum and to those who are questioning. Meetings occur on discord. Please email khanks@uoregon.edu for the discord invite link.

May 16
Transgender & Nonbinary Identity Subgroup2:30 p.m.

The trans & enby subgroup meets every week over the LGBTESS discord server, as well as hosting a weekly discussion prompt for people to respond to and provide their...
April 4–July 25

The trans & enby subgroup meets every week over the LGBTESS discord server, as well as hosting a weekly discussion prompt for people to respond to and provide their perspective on (if they want). The subgroup is a great place for trans & enby folks to meet, chat, find support and community, and have a space to express their personal experiences and questions!

May 16
Queer and Neurodivergent Subgroup4:30 p.m.

Meet other LGBTQ+ folks who are neurodivergent, get connected to resources, get advice, and find support and understanding. Neurodivergent references anybody who does not have an...
April 4–July 25

Meet other LGBTQ+ folks who are neurodivergent, get connected to resources, get advice, and find support and understanding. Neurodivergent references anybody who does not have an "average" brain. This umbrella term can apply to anybody who has a mental illness, trauma, personality disorder, cognitive disability, learning disability, brain damage, etc.

May 17
Lavender Graduate Registration Deadline

Join us for the 25th Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon!  Presented by LGBT+ Education and Support Services (LGBTESS).   Graduates must RSVP by May...
May 17 12:00 a.m.

Join us for the 25th Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon! 

Presented by LGBT+ Education and Support Services (LGBTESS).

 

Graduates must RSVP by May 17th to be included in the ceremony. 
 

Lavender Graduation is remote ceremony on Sunday, June 6th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This livestreamed ceremony recognizes graduates, presents award winners, features keynote speakers, and has a live DJ set! 

 

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 25 years!

 

Who can graduate in this ceremony?

All LGBTQIA+ and allied graduate, undergraduate, or certificate students who are graduating in the 2020-2021 year are invited to join. If you graduating after this ceremony in Summer or Fall 2021, you are also welcome to participate.

 

What do graduates receive from participating? 

In addition to a sense of completion, graduates are presented by a loved one of your choosing (friend, mentor, family, instructor) or by our staff celebrating your accomplishments and degree!
Graduates are mailed a Lavender GradPack, which includes:

- Lavender 2021 tassel 

- Stole with 1-2 flags of your choosing (Trans, Pride, or Philadelphia flag, and/or a cultural flag)

- Handmade crafts donated from the community

- Certificate of Lavender Graduation 

 

Graduates must RSVP by May 17th to be included in the ceremony. 

 

All other guests, please RSVP by June 4th at noon PST to receive access to the virtual graduation. 

 

To RSVP to Lavender Graduation, please complete the form below: tinyurl.com/Lavendergrad2021

May 17
Volunteer for Lavender Graduation

Community crafts and congratulatory notes:  Help us Honor and Celebrate Our Lavender Graduates!   The LGBT Education and Support Services is accepting...
May 17 12:00 a.m.

Community crafts and congratulatory notes: 

Help us Honor and Celebrate Our Lavender Graduates!

 

The LGBT Education and Support Services is accepting submissions for community crafts and congratulatory notes for our Lavender Graduates! 

 

This graduation for LGBTQIA+ UO students will be held remotely on Sunday June 6th, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In lieu of being together in-person, we are bringing the community to each graduate's home by sending GradPacks with a tassel, stole, and community crafts.

 

What is our call for submissions?

We are calling on you, our community of artists, creatives, crafters, 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!

 

Why call for submissions?

Due to our ceremony being remote this year, graduates are missing our beloved community being part of this celebration. This is a creative way to be part of our graduate’s day by offering tokens of our appreciation and celebration. Plus, it is a fun activity for those looking to share their quarantine craft or be part of an initiative for LGBTQIA+ community care!

 

Submissions may include:

1) Crafts mailed to all graduates. Crafts should come in quantities of 10, 15, 20, or 30 items of your choosing.  Once we receive your crafts, we will take care of shipping these individually to graduates. 

---------> Items can be as simple as a congratulations card or as complex as a painted picture. Submissions may be handwritten notes, paintings, embroidery, jewelry, collages, dried flowers, enamel pins, or really anything!

---------> Items must be mailed or dropped off to a Eugene, Oregon address by May 17th, 2021. We will coordinate with you for this exchange!

---------> Gifts should be reasonably sized (think compact!) to be distributed in one goodie bag per graduate.

 

 AND/OR

 

 2) A digital note or image (congratulations, advice, community love) sent to all graduates. Your note will be printed and sent to each graduate in the Lavender Grad Pack. Your note can be silly, serious, uplifting, supportive, or all the above!

 

Personalized items and digital notes must be received by May 17th. This allows adequate time for packages to be assembled and mailed to graduates in time for Graduation on June 6th.

 

SIgn up here: tinyurl.com/lavgradcrafts 

May 17
Oregon Hillel PRIDE WEEK LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour5:00 p.m.

A space for Jewish or Jew-ish LGBTQIA+ identifying students: On Monday, May 17th from 5-6 pm PST, we will be joined during our regular LGBTQIA+ social hour by the two creators...
May 17 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

A space for Jewish or Jew-ish LGBTQIA+ identifying students:

On Monday, May 17th from 5-6 pm PST, we will be joined during our regular LGBTQIA+ social hour by the two creators of the first Immersive LGBTQ+ Birthright Israel trip for students. Together, we will discuss options for LGBTQIA+ students hoping to travel to Israel as well as ways in which their experience can encompass the history and modern-day life of queer folx in Israel.

 

Register for this event here:  https://forms.gle/H385sr3i9vVc5TEq9 and view all of our PRIDE programs here: https://linktr.ee/oregonhillelSJ

 

Contact talia@oregonhillel.org with questions.

May 19
Oregon Diversity Career Symposium1:00 p.m.

It's time to OWN YOUR STORY!  You're invited to the 2021 Oregon Diversity Career Symposium (ODCS). Join with hundreds of University of...
May 19 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

It's time to OWN YOUR STORY! 

You're invited to the 2021 Oregon Diversity Career Symposium (ODCS). Join with hundreds of University of Oregon and Oregon State University students for a half-day of interactive workshops, alumni panels, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities that have been intentionally designed to help prepare and inspire students with marginalized identities on your path from college to career. While all students are invited to attend, our goal is to create a space that especially empowers you to explore your identities and experiences within your job search process and development. Mark your calendars & register early for special giveaways from our AWESOME sponsors!

The Program

The event will be held virtually on the Remo platform. (Remo information will be sent to you the week of the event, for now just register in Handshake!)


1:00 p.m.: Keynote: Chabre Vickers, Vice President Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington
2:15 p.m.: Workshops 1 and 2

Soul Force for the Workforce: Wu Tang, Wu Wei and the Innerworkings of the We and the Way through Networking
 What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identity Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success


3:15 p.m.: Workshops 3 and 4

Your Identity, Your Career: Understanding Identity and Inclusion Branding
Anatomy of a Job Offer


4:15 p.m.: Alumni Panels

Being True to YOU and Navigating Imposter Syndrome
Networking and Relationship Building


5:00 p.m.: ODCS After Party Networking Hour with Alumni and Employers from 30+ companies

Video chat with representatives to find out about their company, what it’s like to work there, and job and internship opportunities. Did we mention special giveaways/doorprizes for students who stay for the whole networking hour!




 

To see a full schedule with detailed descriptions of each workshop and panel, speaker bios, and a list of sponsors who are proud to support your professional growth, explore career.uoregon.edu/odcs 

May 20
Donation Drive for Unhoused Youth2:30 p.m.

Interested in supporting the local community while also confronting one of the most prominent disparities faced by the queer community today? As part of U of O's pride month...
May 20 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Interested in supporting the local community while also confronting one of the most prominent disparities faced by the queer community today? As part of U of O's pride month celebration, show support to local unhoused youth by donating the requested items! Collection is happening at the Black Cultural Center on campus on the 20th and 21st. Please share with your community!

Requested items are:

Toiletries:
shampoo
conditioner
body wash
deodorant

Gear:
tents
blankets
sleeping bags
tarps
backpacks

All items must be NEW!

Financial contributions can be made at: https://www.hoseayouth.org/give/

May 20
Oregon Hillel PRIDE Week - LGBTQIA+ Israeli Speaker Elior Amar5:00 p.m.

A space for all students: On Thursday, May 20th from 5-6:30 pm PST, we are hosting Elior Amar to discuss his experiences growing up in Israel as a queer man and the...
May 20 5:00 p.m.–6:30 a.m.

A space for all students:

On Thursday, May 20th from 5-6:30 pm PST, we are hosting Elior Amar to discuss his experiences growing up in Israel as a queer man and the country’s broader history and present-day LGBTQIA+ life. He will tell his story alongside Israel’s through music and personal narratives. His presentation will be followed by an open Q&A. This event is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the queer community in another country in addition to addressing barriers many folx still face today. 

 

Register for this event here: https://forms.gle/BzNLNiXcha5ndkAa8 and view all of our PRIDE programs here: https://linktr.ee/oregonhillelSJ

 

Contact talia@oregonhillel.org with questions.

May 21
Oregon Hillel PRIDE Week - Tel Aviv PRIDE Shabbat4:00 p.m.

An event for all students: On Friday, May 21st from 4-6 pm PST, we will be providing free individually packaged dinners to any student as part of a PRIDE-themed Shabbat. We...
May 21 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

An event for all students:

On Friday, May 21st from 4-6 pm PST, we will be providing free individually packaged dinners to any student as part of a PRIDE-themed Shabbat. We will provide all participating students with dietary-specific, kosher dinner to go as well as Israeli PRIDE-themed treats. The Oregon Hillel LGBTQIA+ Social Group will be present to greet students outdoors when they pick up their meal and share some popular Israeli music. Our hope is to emulate the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of Tel Aviv PRIDE to celebrate our queer students and engage our allied students in meaningful conversations around supporting their peers.

 

Register for this event here and view all of our PRIDE programs here: https://linktr.ee/oregonhillelSJ

 

Contact talia@oregonhillel.org with questions.

May 22
LGBT Movie Night8:00 p.m.

We'll be streaming a movie on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 to 10 PM! Come hang out and enjoy a film, discuss with other lgbtq+ students, and relax! Captions will be...
May 22 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

We'll be streaming a movie on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 to 10 PM! Come hang out and enjoy a film, discuss with other lgbtq+ students, and relax!

Captions will be provided!

In order to view the film, you need to have access to the LGBTESS Discord Server. To request access the server, click on this link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jdSlf3KXEuduOW

May 24
LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour5:00 p.m.

This space encourages LGBTQIA+ identifying Jewish students to connect with their peers to build community, share their experiences, and have some fun conversations! This term,...
April 19–June 14

This space encourages LGBTQIA+ identifying Jewish students to connect with their peers to build community, share their experiences, and have some fun conversations!

This term, we are meeting on Zoom each Monday from 5-6 p.m.

RSVP to the email nwaldman@uoregon.edu to receive the Zoom information.

May 24
Bi and Beyond Subgroup6:00 p.m.

The Bi and Beyond subgroup is for bi+, and questioning students to find community, resources, and explore questions and topics relating to our intersecting identities. We will...
April 12–June 7

The Bi and Beyond subgroup is for bi+, and questioning students to find community, resources, and explore questions and topics relating to our intersecting identities. We will meet over zoom every two weeks on Mondays from 6 pm- 7 pm starting April 12th. Join the LGBTESS discord server for additional announcements and social activities!

Jun 6
Lavender Graduation2:00 p.m.

UO Lavender Graduation 2021: Honoring LGBTQIA+ Graduates Join us for the 25th Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon!  Presented by LGBT+ Education and...
June 6 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

UO Lavender Graduation 2021: Honoring LGBTQIA+ Graduates

Join us for the 25th Lavender Graduation at the University of Oregon! 

Presented by LGBT+ Education and Support Services (LGBTESS).

 

Graduates must RSVP by May 17th to be included in the ceremony. 

 

Join us on Sunday, June 6th 2:00-3:30 p.m. PST for our remote 2021 Lavender Graduation to celebrate the accomplishments, education, perseverance, resilience, leadership, and advocacy of UO LGBTQIA+ graduate and undergraduate students!

 

This livestreamed ceremony recognizes graduates, announces award winners, and features keynote speakers and live DJ set! Graduates have the opportunity to be presented by a loved one or a mentor, and to receive a Lavender GradPack, which includes:

- Lavender 2021 tassel

- Custom stole

- Lavender Graduation enamel pin

- Handmade crafts donated from the community

- Certificate of Lavender Graduation

 

All LGBTQIA+ and allied graduate, undergraduate, or certificate students who are graduating in the 2020-2021 year are invited to join.

Graduates must RSVP by May 17th. All other guests should register by June 4th. Award nomination close on May 1st.

 

 

Register for Lavender Graduation: tinyurl.com/lavendergrad2021

Nominate for Lavender Awards: tinyurl.com/lavgradawards2021

Volunteer for Lavender Graduation: tinyurl.com/lavgradcrafts

Lavender Graduation 2021

Honoring LGBTQIA+ Graduates Remotely

Join us on Sunday, June 6, 2:00–3:30 p.m. PDT for our remote 2021 Lavender Graduation to celebrate the accomplishments, education, perseverance, resilience, leadership, and advocacy of UO LGBTQIA+ graduate and undergraduate students!

This livestream ceremony will recognize graduates, announce award winners, and feature keynote speakers and live DJ set! Graduates have the opportunity to be presented by a loved one or a mentor, and to receive a Lavender GradPack, which includes:

  • Lavender 2021 tassel
  • Custom stole
  • Lavender Graduation enamel pin
  • Handmade crafts donated from the community
  • Certificate of Lavender Graduation

All LGBTQIA+ and allied graduate, undergraduate, or certificate students who are graduating in the 2020–21 year are invited to join.

Graduates must RSVP by May 17. All other guests should register by June 4. Award nominations close on May 1.

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.

2018 Best in Oregon for LGBT Students

Get Educated

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.

 


 

Get Involved

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.

 


 

Get Resources

Resources for LGBTQIA+ students encourage holistic support through mental, medical, and community care. Several scholarships that are based on both merit and need, including our LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund. 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.

 


 

Navigate Campus

There's a reason we've been recognized nationally as one of the best colleges for LGBTQIA+ students. From gender equity housing options to LGBTQIA+ protections, we are committed to creating an environment of respect and encouragement for all of our students.

Donate: Support LGBTQIA+ Students in Crisis

You can help LGBTQIA+ students achieve their goals and offer security during a time of crisis!

Queer and transgender students of color are particularly likely to experience housing, food, and healthcare insecurities. The LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund offers a financial safety net for LGBTQIA+ students. This award assists students in finding secure housing, food, medical and mental health resources, gender-affirming care, and other need-based assistance. Critically, this award prevents interruption in students’ academic journeys.

The demand for this award has dramatically increased due to COVID-19. During 2020, this award has been given to four times more recipients than previous years, with an average of $500 per award. Many recipients of the award are queer and trans students of color, and students with disabilities. You can help LGBTQIA+ students achieve their goals and offer security during a time of crisis.


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Haley Wilson
Coordinator, LGBTESS