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In 2022-23, LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success grants were awarded to community-based organizations, school districts, education service districts, and higher education institutions. 14 grantees were funded for a total of $2 Million, with all 5 statewide regions represented. Grantees served LGBTQ2SIA+ students and communities across Oregon within Coos, Curry, Klamath, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler, Gilliam, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties. Grantees were from 7 community based organizations (CBOs), 3 school districts, 2 Education Service Districts (ESD), 2 higher education institutions, with consortia members and partnerships with many more types of entities.
2021-2023 Grantee Overview
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Centennial School District 28J
Centennial School District’s grant project focuses on increasing opportunities to engage within affirming spaces and increasing staff awareness & understanding.
Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College will develop sustainable practices that holistically supports the needs and fosters an inclusive environment for LGBTQ2SIA+ students and employees. Our office will hire a LGBTQ2SIA+ coordinator that will work collaboratively with departments districtwide and local CBO's to contribute to the college’s overall goal of ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome and part of Chemeketa’s campus community.
Partnerships: Rainbow Youth
Citizens For Safe Schools
Citizens PRIDE Circle
PRIDE Circle youth-led, professionally facilitated mentoring circle providing youth with a network of allies centering emotional, social, and informational supports to build resiliency against suicide risk for LGBTQIA2s+ youth in Klamath County, Oregon.
Coalition for Racial and Educational Justice
Coalition for Racial and Educational Justice (formerly known as Campus Compact of Oregon CCOR) will develop curriculum and workshop opportunities for students, student advocates, educators, and school staff that will enhance their abilities to create authentic cultures of belonging in Oregon schools. This project will have a specific focus on racial justice and intersectional thinking around student engagement and advocacy. In addition, our office will work with partners to hear directly from students and communities.
Partnerships: Portland United Against Hate (new name to come) is rebranding to and will refocus on addressing hate violence in educational contexts (currently IRCO, East County Rising, APANO, 187ist are on the coalitions steering committee), 28 campus partners across the state of Oregon, K-12 schools across the state, Oregon Serves, the Black Student Success Network, Campus Compact of Oregon broader community network. Recently, CCOR has also partnered with Fireweed Collective, Cascade AIDS Project, Right to Be Here, Rose City Self Defence, DOJ Hate Violence Reporting (with programming specifically for youth reporting hate violence).
Columbia Gorge Consortium
Columbia Gorge Consortium partners with districts and community organizations to better support LGBTQ2SIA+ students. This will be primarily done in three big buckets:
- Professional learning and support for school staff, including administrators, teachers, specialists, and classified staff. Additionally, we will be holding communities of practice for GSA advisors and counselors.
- Direct support to students through the expansion of current affinity spaces that are offered locally.
- Support to families of LGBTQ2SIA+ students in family forums.
Consortium Members: Columbia Gorge ESD, North Central ESD, Coaching Leaders, and The Next Door
Douglas ESD Consortium
Douglas ESD (DESD) Regional Educator Network (DREN) and Phoenix Charter (Phoenix) will collaborate to offer wraparound services to LGBTQ2SIA+ students by hiring two coaches, one who will be housed at DESD and focus on professional development and responding to student need in classrooms throughout the county. The other will be housed at Phoenix and will focus on creating opportunities with culturally designed features to ensure that Participants experience welcoming, inclusive CTE and employability development learning environments. This position will also assist LGBTQ2SIA+ Youth into workforce development and employment opportunities.
Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living (EOCIL)
Freedom to Express is forming a Region 5 Youth Network of intersectional youth to advise the EOCIL board and other community groups. This group will meet to discuss issues that affect the members of Freedom to Express Drop-in Center(s) and to share ideas for raising community awareness. Our clients are involved in the planning and production of events, such as Queer prom, PRIDE, and community outreach and tabling events. This work is compensated and valued.
Partnerships: Oregon Department of Justice, State Independent Living Council, Oregon Health Authority Healthier Together Oregon PartnerSHIP
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's pilot program to support immigrant/refugee LGBTQ2SIA+ students/families in Oregon’s schools will engage plan youth and community members in 1) a youth leadership cohort 2) an adult leadership cohort (e.g., educators, advocates, parents/caregivers, community leaders) and 3) by sharing cohort input, feedback, and recommendations with the broader community. This will be used to design future IRCO programming, increase visibility and improve school climate for these communities in schools.
Partnerships: School partnerships - Multnomah County (Region 3)
Latino Network’s approach to supporting Latine LGBTQ2SIA+ students has three components, making it unique among other Latine community based organizations. Firstly, we provide comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education to ninth and tenth graders in our culturally specific afterschool programming. Secondly, we provide parallel education to parents. By providing both with information on sexual health as part of our programming, we normalize and destigmatize the subject, creating space and building skills to talk about sexual health with each other, peers and partners. Thirdly, we are piloting a culturally specific support group for Latine LGBTQ2SIA+ middle school students to directly address the lack of trusted adults and safe spaces as well as barriers to middle school success.
Oregon Children's Theatre (OCT)
Oregon Children’s Theatre’s project includes two components: development of evidence-based professional development programming for teachers and administrators focused on the challenges faced by LGBTQ2SIA+ students, inclusive classroom practices, and resources for creating a more affirming educational environment; and development of a residency-style empowerment and storytelling program curriculum targeting queer/questioning/allied LGBTQ2SIA+ youth which utilizes the intergenerational stories and artwork of queer creators to guide discussions focused on LGBTQ2SIA+ experience, history, the intergenerationally expressed resilience of the queer community, and improved resource accessibility for young queer/questioning individuals.
Oregon Family Support Network Consortium
The Family Acceptance Project (FAP), Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide and Oregon Family Support Network are collaborating to increase the readiness of educators and health/mental health providers in schools and school-based health clinics in Region 1 to address family support needs of diverse LGBTQ students. This includes providing 2 trainings for educators / academic support staff and 2 trainings for school-based clinic and mental health providers about the critical role of family support for LGBTQ youth and FAP’s evidence-based family support approach and multilingual educational resources to help diverse families to decrease rejection and risk and to increase family support and well-being; individual peer support for parents with LGBTQ students in Region 1 schools; and disseminating evidence-based resources to help parents, families and caregivers to decrease family rejecting behaviors that increase serious health risks and increase family supportive behaviors that protect against risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ students.
The consortium comprises Oregon Family Support Network, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide and the Family Acceptance Project
Southern Oregon Regional Consortium
The Southern Oregon Regional Consortium for LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success is a regional partnership that will create safe communities by providing relevant, intersectional, and empowering educational opportunities, resources, and events for students and families across spectrums of gender and sexuality.
The consortium comprises Ashland, Central Point, and Phoenix Talent School Districts, and serves 9,708 students and employs 1,497 staff.
Portland Public Schools
PPS will focus our grant programming on staff education, direct student support, and increasing LGBTQ+ books for student and staff use throughout our buildings. K12 student service providers will participate in Bridge 13's 3-hour training to deepen understanding of and support LGBTQ2SIA+ identities. Adult facing books and workbooks for use with students will be provided to counseling centers to further support this training. Direct student supports include, creating a centralized bibliotherapy library for SSPs to use, pronoun pins for whole school buildings, funds for LGBTQ+ student groups, and our day-long Youth Advocacy Summit. The summit will include workshops around affirming the LGBTQ2SIA+ community for 3rd-12th grade students, their caregivers, and PPS staff.
Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University in conjunction with Central School District will be working together in a multifunction way to support LGBTQ2SIA+ students by educating school staff through the creation of asynchronous education modules about LGBTQ2SIA+ culture, history, and how best to support students, giving space for their creative skills to showcase work to their community, and let their voices be heard in round table communities. Beyond students, we will host an LGBTQ2SIA+ educators event to help find community, support preexisting work done within our region, and also purchase materials for our local and school libraries in both English and Spanish to share LGBTQ2SIA+ works as well as show those in the community that their stories are important and heard.
Partnerships: Central School District 13J