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Nominations are NOW open!

Join us in nominating your person, school or organization that has done an exceptional job keeping Oregon Schools safer.

A call for nominations for courageous community members who are making a
difference in the lives and learning of LGBTQIA youth in Oregon.
Please nominate an individual person (student, parent, teacher, advocate), a GSA or other
organization, a school community, a school district, or an agency that has been doing great things
to make schools a safe and nurturing place for all students. OSSCC wants to recognize these efforts
with our Safe Schools Awards, which are given out annually in October.
It is important that these special efforts be recognized to celebrate the amazing working happening
across the State of Oregon thanks to these people. It is also important to provide other members of
our community with real Oregon examples of things that are working to make schools better for
LGBTQIA and all youth.
Please email your nominations to
What is the timeline for nominations?
The nomination deadline is September 29, 2017
You will need to email a letter of nomination to OSSCC Director Joy Wallace prior to that date.
The sooner the better!
Awards are given out in October of 2017
Who should I be sure to nominate?
You can nominate anyone from the following categories:
an individual person (student, parent, teacher, advocate)
a GSA or other organization
a school community
a school district
an agency (nonprofit or government)
…that has been doing great things to make schools a safe and nurturing place for all students.
How do I nominate them?
Please email your nomination to
Your email letter of nomination is all that will be needed to complete the process.
What information do you need in the email letter of nomination?
1. Your name and contact information
2. The nominees name and contact information
3. Two to three paragraphs of explanation of their work to support the lives of LGBTQIA
youth. (see the note below for some areas of support you can consider)
What do I write in my nomination letter?
There are many ways we can each work to make schools and communities more welcoming
and inclusive for gender identity and sexual orientation diversity. Past award recipients have
been GSA presidents, students who have done community projects, classroom teachers, school
nurses, nonprofits like TransActive, school administrative leadership teams, and state civil
rights officers. (see lists of past recipients below)
Past activities that have been recognized have been sponsoring queer proms, providing
teacher trainings, leading GSA events, providing a safe classroom, pushing the community
about policy, and in general going above and beyond the every day to become proactive rather
than reactive in making schools safer and more inclusive for LGBTQUI youth.
Page 4 of the OSSCC 2016 Oregon Safe Schools Report identifies four specific areas that make
schools more welcoming, inclusive, and safer for LGBTQIA students.
The four focus areas for school related resources and deliberate supports have proven to bring
about improved school climate:
1. Explicit Anti-Bullying Policies which are visibly supported by Administrators and Teachers
2. Supportive Teachers and other Educators
3. Active and accessible School or Community Groups, Extra-Curricular Activities and Clubs
like Gay Straight Alliances
4. Classrooms with Inclusive Curriculum
OSSCC Award Recipient Archive 2010-2015
2015 Annual Safe School Awards
Youth Leadership:
Brendan Tadlock, Sheldon High School
Colleen McMonagle, student Central Catholic HS
Adult Ally:
Karin Moscon, Title IX Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education
Tina Gutierez-Schmich, Equity Director, Bethel school district
Dana Goodale, Dallas HS
School of Distinction:
Gail Saltveit, Central Catholic HS
David Blue, Central Catholic HS
John Garrow, principal, Central Catholic High School
Organizational Champion:
Sage Dupre, NAYA Academy
2014 Annual Safe School Awards
Youth Leadership:
Giovanni Blair McKenzie, Queer Intersections Portland
Adult Ally:
Michael Mahoney, The Oregon Department of Education’s Safe Schools Coordinator
Organizational Champions:
Oregon Central Coast PFLAG
The Oregon School Boards Association Lines for Life
2013 Annual OSSCC Safe School Awards
Richard E. Walker Award
Julia Heffernan of Eugene developed the University of Oregon TeachOUT program which
prepares future educators to create inclusive classrooms and school communities
GSA of Distinction:
La Grande High School’s GSA
Youth Leadership:
Eddie Morales
Adult Educator and Ally:
Tony Domingue
Jeanine Fukuda, Portland Public Schools
Emi Hanawa, Jefferson High School
Ren Myers, The Living Room Youth Drop In Center in Oregon City.
Jollee Patterson, General Counsel for Portland Public Schools District
School of Distinction:
Newport High School
Youth Organizational Champion:
Multnomah Youth Commission
Organizational Champion:
The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon (OGALLA) Sub-Committee
2012 Annual OSSCC Safe School Awards
Richard E. Walker Award:
Joyce Liljeholm, a retired school counselor and active community member who has influenced
an amazing number of school administrators, teachers, students, parents and community
leaders to make schools safe for students. A tireless worker for rights for all youth, Joyce
focused this passion into a statewide effort when she helped found OSSCC in 2001.
School Districts:
Portland Public Schools
Falls City School District
Central Linn School District
Bethel School District
School Faculty:
Beaverton School District, Sho Shigeoka, Beaverton’s Equity Coordinator
Molly Chun, Principal of Boise Elliot Elementary in Portland
Youth Leadership:
Alex Horsey, a senior at Wilson High in Portland.
Organizational Champion:
Jenn Burleton, Executive Director of TransActive
Aaron Ridings, Development Manager at Basic Rights Oregon
2011 OSSCC Second Annual Richard E. Walker Award
John Lenssen from Albany, Ore.
Lenssen’s 17-year career at the Oregon Department of Education focused on violence
prevention, equity and diversity training. He was instrumental in helping OSSCC secure a Safe
and Drug Free Schools grant – one of the early seeds that helped OSSCC blossom into the
organization it is today.
2010 OSSCC First Annual Richard E. Walker Award
Marion Hammer is an individual who has spent many years working on behalf of the LGBTQ
community with service, dedication and heroism. Most recently, she helped form The Living
Room, a new drop-in center in Clackamas County for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
questioning youth. The Living Room is one of a myriad of projects that Hammer has facilitated
in the Portland metro area. Hammer also helped establish the first Parents and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays chapter in Clackamas County, which sponsors a very successful alternative
prom for LGBTQ youth in the county with 80-100 youth attending each year.
Adult Ally:
Aylett Wright
Youth Leadership
Ryan Stabler, a high school senior from Happy Valley,


Oregon Bears Honors OSSCC 5/20

 Come on over to the CC Slaughters this Saturday night and help support the OSSCC mission by the proceeds generated by this event!


Queer Youth Summit in Portland 5/13

Portland  is lucky to have a Youth Summit, and here is the information for 2017.  Please go to their website for details and also how to register.

OSSCC has been a sponsor and also a guiding influence for this event throughout the years and continue to bring awareness to the programs and summits available for our youth.

Pass on the good news!

Previous Events:

5th Annual Safe Schools Awards

Saturday, October 22th 2016, 4PM
Location:  Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling–The South Chapel. 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Portland, OR 97219-7899 (map)

Come help us celebrate those who are leading the way to reduce bullying, harassment, and violence at the Forth Annual Safe Schools Awards. Together with our coalition members we will acknowledge outstanding work being done by Districts, Schools, Adult Allies, and Students.(past  information)


Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before Official Launch

November 16th, 2014, 1:30PM
Location:  Another Read Through Bookstore

Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before is the story of Triinu Hoffman: shy, intellectual, and living in a rural town, she just doesn’t fit in. She does her best to hide behind her dyed hair and black wardrobe, but it’s still hard to ignore the bullying of Pip Weston and Principal Pinn. It’s even harder to ignore the allure of other girls. As she tumbles into first love and teenage independence, she realizes that the differences that make her a target are also the differences that can set her free. With everyone in town taking sides in the battle for equal rights in Oregon, Triinu must stand up for herself, learn what it is to love and have her heart broken, and become her own woman. A lyrical story told in Triinu’s candid voice, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before reminds us that no love should be forbidden—especially love for yourself. (more information here)


Listening to Youth-Driven Solutions on Universal Children’s Day

Saturday, November 20th, 5PM
Location:  Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, OR 97204

This Youth Forum is sponsored by the American Society for the Positive Care of Children (American SPCC). Pizza and refreshments will be served.

We have secured the participation of youth presenters from the Multnomah Youth Commission, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, Momentum Alliance, Youth Ending Slavery, and Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public (LEP) Charter High School, among others. American SPCC designed the event as a platform for youth to share the advocacy and policy work they are doing in our community. We are hoping this will inspire other youth to capitalize on the energy of the event by starting their own activities back at their individual schools and communities.  More information can be found here.


HRC Time to Thrive National Conference

February 12-15, 2015
Location:  Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the 2nd annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth…everywhere! Time to THRIVE will take place over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-15, 2015 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, in Portland, Oregon. (download flyer)

3rd Annual Safe Schools Awards

Saturday, October 4th, 10-11:30AM
Location:  Planned Parented NE Offices; 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (map)

Come help us celebrate those who are leading the way to reduce bullying, harassment, and violence at the Third Annual Safe Schools Awards. Together with our coalition members we will acknowledge outstanding work being done by Districts, Schools, Adult Allies, and Students.(more information)

“After Hours” with the Portland Area Business Association

Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30-7:30PM
Hobos: 120 N.W. Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 (map)

PABA is the Portland Area Business Association–functioning as Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.

After Hours is a monthly evening gathering that was created to broaden social and business contacts, visit with friends, and learn more about local businesses while enjoying a relaxing evening out. Typically, a PABA member will donate their place of business to hold the event, in turn showcasing their organization. Food and beverages are always served. Join Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition, a proud PAMA member, as we play host to October’s After Hours!

This two hour event is also open to all friends, contacts, and adult family members.  Please feel free to bring prospective members and others in the community that would like enjoy an evening out. Outreach to allied and/or comparable organizations is constantly encouraged. Strengthening PABA’s community relationships is the main purpose of After Hours.


Safe Schools Roundtable

Tuesday, November 5th, 5:30-8:30PM
Emerson House, the Office of Youth Violence Prevention
449 NE Emerson St, Portland, OR 97211 (map)
Welcome to a feature event of our organization, the Safe Schools Roundtable. For years, OSSCC has hosted “Roundtable” events for our Coalition members, and the public, to share their major activities for the year, consider how to coordinate advocacy, and continue discussions on how to increase youth involvement. The specific theme for this upcoming Roundtable hasn’t been established, but will be announced here soon.


November Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 13th, 7-9PM
Q Center: 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217 (map)

The Board of Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition meets once a month to discuss new projects, hear from guests and visitors, and outline upcoming work. These meetings tend to be mostly business, but they’re also the perfect time to meet everyone on the board, ask questions, and learn more about the work we do.

Meeting are open to the public, though we always appreciate knowing if someone’s going to be stopping in for a visit.

Please RSVP to Joy Wallace if you are interested in attending. (You won’t be required to stay for the entire meeting.)

2nd Annual Safe Schools Awards

Friday, October 4th, 6:30PM
Q Center: 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217 (map)

Come help us celebrate those who are leading the way to reduce bullying, harassment, and violence at the Second Annual Safe Schools Awards. Together with our coalition members including GLSEN, Multnomah Youth Commission, Basic Rights Oregon, Q Center, Transactive, and others, we will acknowledge outstanding work being done by Districts, Schools, Adult Allies, and Students.

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