An Open Letter to the Community,

As a Christian university, in the spirit of respect, love, and humility, Concordia University-Portland accepts the charter as proposed by the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) club. We remain committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we support all students, particularly people from groups who have historically been marginalized.

In addition to the approval of the charter, the university will immediately take the following steps:

  • Enhance our equity initiatives by dedicating a safe space program, with staffing, for LGBTQ+ students.
  • Invite all members of the QSA club to meet in person with the president.
  • Facilitate trainings in supporting LGBTQ+ students for all faculty, staff and administration.
  • Convene a diverse group of community and church leaders to foster a sustained dialogue around LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Re-open the discussion around the club and events policy.

We look forward to furthering Concordia’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, fulfilling our ongoing mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society.

Charles Schlimpert, Ph.D.


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