Safe Zone Resources
Below is a list of campus and local community resources addressing needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Central Oregon Community College believes that diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and beliefs enrich the learning experience of our campus. As a result, we are committed to providing work and learning environments that respect and educate about cultural differences. Our success in this endeavor relies on our ability to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff, and by creating a respectful and inclusive campus community. All members of the campus share in the responsibility to foster a climate of mutual respect and caring.
COCC's Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizen status, veteran status or any other classes protected under State and Federal statues in any educational programs, activities or employment.
Karen Roth, Director of Multicultural Activities
Coats Campus Center 216
The overall commitment of the College and the COCC Diversity Committee is to create a welcoming campus climate that supports the rights of individuals and reflects respect for diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideas. The Diversity Committee is the sponsor of the Safe Zone Program. To find more information about the Safe Zone Program visit the website at
Affirmative Action Officer /Title IX Officer
Diane Ross, Assistant Director of Human Resources
104 Newberry Hall
This office coordinates COCC's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs and activities which seek to maintain a learning and working environment committed to fostering diversity, equality, mutual understanding and personal success. Complaints of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual orientation discrimination in educational, student life and employment activities should be immediately reported to this office.
Campus Public Safety
Bend Campus: Boyle Education Center 161
Redmond Campus: Lloyd Johnston
The Campus Public Safety Office handles all aspects of campus safety and security issues on the Central Oregon Community College campus.
Code Blue Emergency Towers Locations:
- Junger Culinary Center
- The Quad
- The parking lot across from the Coats Campus Center
- In front of the library
- The library parking lot
- The Science Building
- The Health Occupation Building
Emergency Phone Locations:
- Behind Boyle Education Center
- In front of Newberry Hall
CAP Center, Personal Counseling
Lower level of the Library
COCC provides this service to students through a partnership in which the College has contracted with St. Charles Behavioral Health to provide professional counselors on campus. SCMC has numerous therapists with a wide range of experience in all aspects of mental health. All counselors hold master's degrees in their field and are licensed professional counselors.
Alicia Moore, Dean of Student and Enrollment Services
Coats Campus Center 213
Director of Student Life
Coats Campus Center 214
The Office of Student Life serves all students in many capacities. They are allies to all students and work to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities for a quality education. At the same time, they are the folks who help students to understand that some choices and some behavior is not acceptable.
Deschutes County Suicide Hotline
24-Hour Crisis Hotline, Deschutes County Mental Health
Tri-County Crisis Response Team
Central Oregon 211
211 or 866-442-0954
Connect with an Information & Referral Specialist and/or a variety of community agencies and programs.
Human Dignity Coalition
155 NW Irving St., Bend
Human Dignity Coalition has been working to advance and safeguard human rights, dismantle oppression and promote equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community in Central Oregon for more than 19 years.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network of Central Oregon
As a way for queer youth and their allies to join forces, areas GSAs are present in many local high schools. For more information, contact the Human Dignity Coalition office listed above.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – Oregon
Lesbian/Bisexual Women’s Connection of Central Oregon
Find out about upcoming events in the local lesbian/bisexual women’s community. For more information on outings and to sign up for the newsletter, contact Human Dignity Coalition listed above.
Queer Youth Space
QYS is a twice-monthly drop in night located at the Downtown Health Center. Monthly activity nights include open mic's, pizza parties, movie nights, games, trips to the teashop and more. Queer and allied youth have access to adult mentors, peer counselors, and sexual health information during QYS hours. For more information and meeting times, check the Human Dignity Coalition website or call the HDC at (541)385-3320.
PFLAG Central Oregon
PO BOX 9182 Bend, OR 97708-9182
Parents, Families and Friends of lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education, education, and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
The Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) seeks to create safe schools and communities where every family can belong, every educator can teach, and every child can learn regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The OSSCC believes that all youth deserve to feel safe and welcome in our schools and communities.
Jobs with Justice
Central Oregon Jobs with Justice is a coalition of unions and community organizations working together for economic and social justice. This coalition was organized by local union activists. They felt strongly that what Central Oregon workers needed was a labor-community coalition to fight for their rights.
Nativity Lutheran Church
60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend
A Christ-centered, multi-generational community journeying together through life’s ups and downs. They seek to create space for peace, inclusion, dialogue and common purpose with all people.
First Presbyterian Church
230 NE Ninth Street, Bend OR 97701
“We are a vibrant, diverse, passionate, compassionate community of Christ, joyfully dancing to the rhythms of divine grace. Led by the Holy Spirit, guided by scripture and empowered with the Gospel, we welcome all people, especially young adults and families, to walk the journey of faith.”
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
157 NW Franklin Ave, Bend OR
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon is an intergenerational liberal religious community dedicated to energizing life-long learning, freedom of belief, caring fellowship, spiritually meaningful services, and engaged social action.
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