Parsons Gallery, PSU Center for Urban and Public Affairs, 506 SW Mill St., 2nd Floor



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Past Events

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 4-6pm
This event will focus on gathering input on the draft proposals of the Residential Infill Project from older adults, people with disabilities, and advocates for accessible housing and environments. Everyone is welcome to attend. (
Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:30-9pm
A Panel Discussion inspired by Transit Center's "A People's History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation." RSVP: In 1974, Portlanders blocked construction of the Mt. Hood Freeway and made way for decades of transportation innovation. This history, along with those of Denver, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and Chicago are chronicled in Transit Center's recently-released report, "A People's History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation." On October 22nd, the author of that report, Shin-pei Tsay, will share some of her findings and join a diverse and esteemed panel to discuss "Transportation Innovation" and what fosters it. 6:30 Networking Reception 7:00 Program Panelists: Shin-pei Tsay, Transit Center Noah Budnick, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Heidi Guenin, Sustainable Transportation Council Carl Abbott, PSU College of Urban Studies and Planning Moderator: Carlotta Collette, Metro Council Presented by: The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Transit Center Hosted by: PSU Transportation and Parking Services
Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 7-8:30pm
In 1970, Portland’s alternative newspaper, Willamette Bridge, refused to print the following ad, “Gay, longhair, young, lonely, seeks meaningful relationship with same....” This prompted an openly gay Bridge staff member to write an article contending that Portland Gays needed to organize. Soon, the Bridge carried numerous articles on gay dignity and Portland’s Gay Liberation Front was meeting weekly (with both men and women), leaders emerged and organizing blossomed. Join us for a panel with four early activists whose experience spans a multitude of LGBTQ endeavors. Free and open to the public Panelists: Steve Fulmer was a gay activist in Portland throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, holding leadership positions in PSU Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Second Foundation, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Cascade AIDS Project, Right to Privacy PAC, Equity Foundation and Portland Schools’ Sexual Minority Task Force. Cliff Jones has been active in the GLBTQ community since the early 80's when the hot issue, which took a year of monthly dialogues to resolve, was should we change Gay Pride to Lesbian and Gay Pride. Jones co-founded Black Lesbians and Gays United in the mid-80's; was the first staff of color at Cascade AIDS Project in the late 80's. He also co-founded Brother to Brother in the early 90's and served as its first Executive Director. Susie Shepherd was Oregon's first paid female gay activist (Portland Town Council). She wrote sections of and edited A Legislative Guide to Gay Rights, published by PTC in 1976 for distribution to the Oregon legislature and later internationally. She was the first openly gay member of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus and the Oregon Council for Women's Equality. She chairs the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation, honoring her trailblazing parents who co-founded Portland PFLAG in 1976. Among her numerous honors is the Equity Foundations' Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Young worked to get health benefits extended to gay employees at Tektronix and to defeat the ‘92 anti-gay Measure 9. She now teaches the LGBTQ History Capstone class at PSU. She enjoys researching local gay history and learning about everyday people who did extraordinary things to advance the cause of gay rights. We will also be joined by George T. Nicola who came out through the fledgling Portland Gay Liberation Front in 1970. In 1972, he wrote and submitted an historic gay civil rights plank that was adopted by the pre-primary convention of the Democratic Party of Oregon. The following year, George wrote and lobbied for Oregon’s first gay civil rights bill. Since retirement, he is chronicling the movement’s history. History of Social Justice Organizing is an ongoing series of presentations by activists and scholars on a wide variety of social justice organizing topics in Portland and elsewhere. The program is cosponsored by the Center for Women, Politics & Policy whose mission is to increase women's leadership in public policy through targeted teaching and community service programs. More information at: