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Cascade Queer Resource Center

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The PCC Queer Resource Centers provide advocacy, education, leadership development, programming, and retention services for students with marginalized genders and sexualities to create an inclusive and intersectional campus climate promoting gender justice, sexual liberation, and equity for all people.

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COVID-19 update

We are aware that PCC’s physical closure may cause additional stress for many of you, and our priority is the safety and health of our community.

All QRC staff, including student advocates, are providing services remotely. We are currently working hard to figure out the best way to continue building community and offering support during this time, and we are open to your ideas and suggestions so we can best meet your needs!

During our regular hours, we will be available on Instagram, through email, and on our Facebook pageOur goal is to be able to offer a speedy response during our regular hours (please extend grace and understanding as we work out new systems in these unprecedented times).

If you need information about resources, support, or would just like to check in and chat, please feel more than welcome to reach out.

Receive updates from the Cascade QRC

As they become available, we will update this list with further engagement opportunities.

PCC resources
External resources
  • If you are in need of support in the form of food, prescription pickup, financial support, or another need, PDX COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network is an all-volunteer grassroots network operating in the Portland Metro area that is offering support in these areas as they are able.
  • United Way also has a COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund to assist with bills, rent, and food. To access, call 1-866-211-9966, provide your zip code, and you will be given a list of local agencies that provide assistance.
  • The National Center for Transgender Equality has a resource list for trans folks during COVID-19.

If you need help finding a resource, please reach out to us, and we will do our best to support you in meeting your needs. Take care, community. We’ll see you again soon, and in the meantime, we look forward to connecting with you virtually.

Hours and location

Cascade SU 302 (Closed)

Spring hours: Closed for in-person appointments. Please read above, under “COVID-19 Updates” for more information, and connect with us through the CA QRC’s Facebook page, CA QRC’s Instagram or CA QRC’s newlestter.

Contact Azul R. Da Silva, Cascade QRC Coordinator, at azul.dasilva@pcc.edu for more information.

What does the CA QRC offer?

Education and events

The QRC provides intersectional training opportunities and events programming for the PCC campus community about issues pertaining to marginalized sexual and gender identities.

Our activities include but are not limited to trans, gender expansive, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual, intersex, pansexual, and polyamorous communities. These trainings and events serve the purpose of increasing knowledge, understanding, and empathy for diverse sexualities and genders.


The QRC advocates for institutional equity on behalf of Queer and Trans students, staff, and faculty. The QRC is available for departmental or individual consultations about creating inclusive and welcoming and environments for these populations.


As a diversity retention center, the QRC student advocates and coordinator provide support, resources, and referrals to Queer and Trans students with the ultimate goal of supporting students to achieve their academic goals.

Help reporting discrimination and harassment at PCC

Diversity Retention Center staff can assist you the process of reporting discrimination and support.

Video created By Elizabeth Guzman-Arroyo, Assistant Coordinator, Multicultural Center Cascade Campus

Volunteer opportunities

Join the QRC Programming Team, Lounge Support Specialists, or Education program. Contact the QRC at qrccascade@pcc.edu for more information.

Additional resources

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We're here for you

Have you experienced harm resulting from domestic violence, dating/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, or stalking, or do you have questions and want to talk to someone? Contact the Campus Outreach & Advocacy Project.