RIP Dr. Ronald E. McNair

January 28, 2016 marked the 30 year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. As a member of the 2015 cohort of Portland Sate University McNair Scholars, I think of Dr. Ronald E. McNair often; a legacy that I take very seriously. One of my favorite facts about him was that he took his saxophone…

Queer Students of Color Conference 2015 Community Report Back

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb Acknowledgements Huge shout out to our keynotes, Fabian Romero and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; all the volunteers; all the workshop presenters; the ASL interpreters; the Queer Resource Center staff; local restaurants, Thai Cottage, Basha’s, and Chipotle for feeding…

University Studies Peer Mentor Program

Portland State University’s undergraduate general education program is housed in the University Studies (UNST) department. As an Undergraduate Peer Mentor with the University Studies Peer Mentor Program, I am responsible for disseminating information to a class of incoming freshmen. The cluster of classes our freshmen participate in are called Freshmen Inquiry, or FRINQ. As their Peer…