The Center for Gender Equity (CGE) moved into a new space in Scott Hall in August earlier this year, which is slowly becoming the home for all student life centers like the Student Multicultural Center (SMC), McCall Center for Student Engagement (MCCE), and now the CGE. Tucked behind the stairs down the hallway of the first floor, you’ll find the Pride Boxer in front of the new CGE office, Scott 127.
“We really want to be safe, supporting space for people on campus,” said Kat Casaubon, who is the Gender Equity Co-chair at CGE as well as a senior with a double major in criminal justice and psychology. She expressed that employees are excited to have a bigger and more public space.
The CGE has many events planned for the semester including a Hocus Pocus themed open-house in partnership with the SMC on October 15th, a Coming Out Day event on October 11th, Drag Queen shows, and rainbow-co events to be determined.
“We want them to have the best experience they can,” said Zack Robie, the LGBTQ+ Projects Coordinator at the CGE and a junior studying creative writing. They help develop all the events that CGE hosts by planning them through an LGBTQ+ lens.
CGE is also the host of Queer Let’s Talk, which is a safe space for students to come talk with a counselor and/or an LGBT-identified CGE member about any questions or concerns they may have about their identity or to just learn more about the community. Queer Let’s Talk is hosted every Thursday from 12-1 pm in the CGE lounge where you can check out their calendar wall for more event times and locations. — Ashley Meza
Ashley Meza was born and raised in Portland and is a senior studying journalism. She is currently the student life section editor and hosts the Index Podcast. She holds the DACA Coordinator position at the Student Multicultural Center and enjoys making short films in her free time.