Fighting for affordable & accessible higher education for all Oregonians since 1975.

Join us for the 4th annual OSERA Symposium! Held on Saturday May 20th at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.

The goal of this unique symposium is to politicize LGBTQ college students around issues affecting them and increase their ability to advocate for an affordable, quality, and safe college education. This conference will prioritize the needs, voices, and issues of LGBTQ students while challenging societal norms around gender identity and sexual orientation.  We want to provide an opportunity to queer and trans students to come together and learn in ways that are often not provided on individual campuses due to lack of support and resources.


8:30am-9:15am: Registration and Breakfast

9:15am-9:30am Opening Remarks

9:40-11:00am Workshop Session 1

11:05pm-12:25pm Workshop Session 2

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:35pm-2:55pm  Workshop Session 3

3:00PM-4:20PM Workshop Session 4

4:30pm-6:00pm  Dinner and Keynote

6:15pm-9:00pm Screening of Moonlight & Discussion



The theme is “Resistance through Existence: Taking Back the Power That Was Stolen”, and will focus on decolonizing, highlighting the personal as political, a foundation of knowing the history of our movement, and making space for queer people of color and queer people with disabilities in the fight for queer liberation.

Keynote Speaker

Ahsante Sankofa Foree is currently an insurgent blackademic in exile on their way to becoming a real problem for The System. Their practices in academia, organizing, and poetry attempt to work from Black Feminist, Afro Pessimist, and Radical Petty frameworks to materialize a world that is accessible, equitable, and decolonized. Having lost interest in respectability politics and kumbaya moments, they challenge paradigms in our dialectic on change making, pressing themselves and their communities to do the hard task of starting at the roots.


Screening of Moonlight & Discussion

We will be screening the award winning film, Moonlight. Moonlight is a chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. After the screening there will be a facilitated discussion about the themes of the film and how they correlate to the the theme of this years symposium, Resistance through Existence: Taking Back The Power That Was Stolen.

Open to OSERA Symposium participants and SOU students with student ID.