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

Join us for the 5th annual OSERA Symposium, May 19th, 2018 @Linn Benton Community College

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.

2018 Theme

Brick By Brick: Building Ourselves Back Up


Register here!

April 27th Early Registration Deadline & May 4th Late Registration Deadline

Early Reg Rates: $75 Member Rate $85 Non Member Rate

Late Re Rates:$85 Member Rate $95 Non Member Rat


Schedule Overview

8:30am-9:30am: Breakfast/Registration

9:30am-10:50am: Workshop Session 1

9:30-10:10am: Caucus 1

10:10-10:50am: Caucus 2

10:50-11:10am: Break

11:10am-12:30pm: Workshop Session 2

11:10-11:50pm: Caucus 3

11:50-12:30pm: Caucus 4

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:00-1:30pm: Keynote

1:30pm-1:50pm Break

1:50-3:10pm: Workshop Session 3

1:50pm-2:30pm: Caucus 5

2:30-3:10pm: Caucus 6

3:10pm-3:30pm: Break

3:30-4:50pm: Workshop Session 4

3:30pm-4:10pm: Caucus 7

4:10pm-4:50pm: Caucus 8

4:50-5:50pm: Dinner

5:10pm-5:55pm: Keynote

6:00pm-6:30pm: Closing


Key Note Speakers

Dharma Mirza 

Dharma Mirza is an artist, activist, and community organizer living in Corvallis, OR. Dharma, a Desi, queer, transgender woman/Hijra, and well-known drag performer in Central Oregon, uses her platform to make inclusive spaces and programming for marginalized communities, focusing her work on LGBTQI+ advocacy, harms reduction, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Alyssa Pariah

Alyssa Pariah (she/her/hers) is an Afro-Puerto Rican trans woman from New York City. A founding member of the Trans Justice program at the Audre Lorde Project in 2009, she has been training herself and others to think strategically about how we build a visionary future based on a solidarity that does not seek to erase difference; But to harness the creative potential that we all bring to the work in the fight for justice.