The OSU Pride Center is one of seven Cultural Resource Centers at Oregon State University. According to their website, the center provides resources and support to LGBTQQIAA+ students, faculty, community members and allies through "education, outreach, program support, consultation, community development, visibility, and advocacy."[Pride Center]  The Pride Center is located in a freestanding home on the south east side of the OSU campus.



The OSU Pride Center

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Previous Cultural Centers provide a framework for LGBTQ+ student leaders to begin plans for their own dedicated space.[Ryan, R pg 71]


LGBTQ student advocates request funds for a "Queer Resource Center" from the Student Involvement Diversity Development office. $7,000 was added to its student fee budget request for 2001–2002.[Ryan, R]


After weeks of discussions involving people both on and off campus, student leaders vote unanimously to approve the budget. The Center's first location is a small office in the Women's Center.[Ryan, R][Pride Center]


Using the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Programs and Services Guidelines: Self Assessment Guide from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education[CAS] the Center successfully argues for the creation of an LGBT program at the university, an LGBT Program Coordinator, and a permanent independent location.[Ryan, R]


A suitable location for the Center's permanent space is identified and $120,000 is requested to remodel the location for use.[Pride Center]


Student government approves the budget and work begins on the new location.[Pride Center]


The Queer Resource Center, now renamed as the Pride Center holds it's Grand Opening on October 11th 2004 on National Coming Out Day.[Ryan, R]


1)   “Pride Center.” Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Oregon State University, 14 Feb. 2019, dce.oregonstate.edu/pc. Accessed March 19th, 2019

2)   Ryan, Robin. “The Evolution of an LGBT Center at a Public Institution.” New Directions for Student Services, vol. 2005, no. 111, 2005, pp. 71–74., doi:10.1002/ss.175.

3)   CAS Self-Assessment Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Programs and Services. Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, 2006.