About the Coalition
Our work supports community efforts to reduce youth suicide and other risk behaviors in the often hidden and historically underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth population. Although the primary focus of OSSCC is sexual orientation and gender identity issues, we recognize the harm caused by harassment, violence, and discrimination of any kind.
The OSSCC seeks a large and diverse coalition membership in order to build the kind of statewide visibility and support needed to achieve its mission. OSSCC members represent a broad cross-section of public and private organizations in Oregon. Membership is open to any organization, school district, agency, faith community, business, or individual that supports the mission of the Coalition. We strive to collaborate with all organizations and individuals working for a safe and equitable society.
We seek to achieve our mission in three ways:
Education is crucial to ending prejudice and hate-motivated violence. The OSSCC prepares community members from rural, suburban, and urban areas of Oregon to plan, organize, and present educational workshops that address the health and safety needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and families in their communities.
Ongoing data collection and reporting of anti-GLBT harassment and violence is important to raising public awareness and improving the climate for all youth in our schools and communities. The OSSCC seeks to implement a statewide process for youth to report bias, harassment, or violence directed at themselves or others and to receive support and referral when reporting these activities.
The OSSCC will make support available at the request of youth, parents, or school personnel, to intervene in possible sexual orientation or gender identity bias and harassment situations. We can help youth create a safety plan, meet with school administrators, or provide links to educational or community resources. Read more about our services
2017 Connect has started out to be an amazing unity of connection and we want to share it. These links will take you directly to our partners doing the work along with Oregon Safe Schools Community Coalition. Connection and information is what we need right NOW!
Kelly Austin - Storyteller and Development Consultant
Brett Bigham - 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year-2015 National Education Association Educator of Excellence-2015 NEA Global Fellow
Ben Bowman - Co-Chair, Director of Policy and Outreach, Seeds Training
Dan Adams - Data Analyst, Oregon Department of Education
Kris Gowen - Evaluator-OHSU
Julie Heffernan - Co-Chair, Professor, University of Oregon
Julie Houston - Acting Treasurer, Director, Early Childhood, Impact NW
Eric Overby - (not pictured) Portland Representative of PFLAG
Lindsay Ray - High School Math Teacher
Minna Kim - Graphic Artist
Joy Wallace — Co-Chair, Workshop Facilitator and Consultant
Larry Williams - Education Technology Specialist – OHSU
Back row: Julia Heffernan, Dan Adams, Brett Bigham, Minna Kim, Lindsay Ray Front row: Joy Wallace, Julie Houston, and Kelly Austin. Not pictured: Eric, Ben, Kris, Sally or Larry.