OSHU Pride Employee Resource Group records, 2006-2021

Overview of the Collection

OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group
OSHU Pride Employee Resource Group records
2006-2021 (inclusive)
1.40 linear feet
Collection Number
The OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group, formerly known as the Coalition for Health and Affirmation for Sexual Minorities (CHASM), began as an affinity group for LGBTQ+-identifying students and faculty in 2007 and has since grown to become an official employee resource group for all OHSU employees. Through their efforts in conducting preliminary research on supporting LGBTQ+-identifying colleagues, organizing campus-wide outreach and events, and the identification of major goals for the group, OHSU Pride remains an integral part of OHSU's mission to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace today.
Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. MC:LIB
Portland, OR
Telephone: 5034945587
Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

As early as 2006, some members of the OHSU faculty began research on how to better provide support, mentorship, and resources for the health and wellbeing of their LGBTQ+ colleagues, who comprise an underrepresented and underserved community within general medicine, healthcare practice, and healthcare leadership.

In the fall of 2007, students, faculty, and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry began meeting in an effort to create an organization to represent the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, and queer individuals who make up the OHSU community. The goals were to build a sense of community at OHSU for "sexual minorities," as well as to act as a source of visibility and advocacy for all sexual minorities who interact with OHSU. Out of this effort emerged the Coalition for Health and Advocacy for Sexual Minorities (CHASM).

Shortly after the group's inception, CHASM began to increase its visibility and membership through the coordination of several notable events. These include the coordination of an annual food drive, the 2011 CHASM retreat, and the 2009 CHASM film festival (featuring screenings of Scout's Honor, Transgender Life & Health, and Lavender Limelight). The group also played an instrumental role in organizing OHSU's first march in the Portland Pride Parade in 2010 alongside the Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (CeDMA, now known as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion). The research on LGBTQ+ employee resource groups carried out prior to CHASM's formation was one of several resources that helped inform the evaluation and revision of practices and policies across the university, and in 2011, OHSU was named a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign in the Healthcare Equality Index.

CHASM's preliminary research on supporting LGBTQ+-identifying colleagues, their campus-wide outreach efforts, and the identification of major strategic goals for the group culminated in the submission of the OHSU Pride founding project charter on December 17, 2010, leading to the formal creation of the OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group. With a mission "to foster an inclusive environment that promotes LGBTQ wellness, education, research and advocacy within and across OHSU and the community," this group continues working to make OHSU a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+-identifying employees in the present day.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group records house the organizational records of the OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG), formerly known as the Coalition for Health and Affirmation for Sexual Minorities (CHASM). This collection, which dates from 2006 to 2021, consists of foundational and organizational records, research and development records, meeting minutes, invoices and financial records, event programming, newsletters, ephemera, and photographs, evidencing the group's existence from pre-charter, affinity group-level research to present-day activities as an official employee resource group on campus. Topics of interest addressed by this collection include the logistics of forming an affinity group (and later, an employee resource group) at OHSU, evidence of their successes as a group through the proliferation of ephemera and organization of campus-wide events, and instances of past research on how to better support LGBTQ+ employees. This collection offers insight on initiatives taken by past OHSU staff and faculty to create a more inclusive campus environment for LGBTQ+-identifying colleagues.

This collection is unique in that it evidences the activities of the group over the course of its existence, ranging from preliminary discussions and developmental research on the group's purpose and functions to recent newsletters about ongoing programs and activities. While this collection is primarily composed of general organizational records and internal correspondence, there are also digital photographs and event-specific ephemera which illustrate the group's growth and involvement with the broader OHSU community since its inception. Additionally, the records in this collection generally highlight the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into OHSU Employee Resource Group policies and best practices, which has helped to foster a more inclusive working environment for OHSU faculty and staff in recent decades. Researchers interested in the general development of employee resource groups at OHSU, research pertaining to the creation of LGBTQ+-specific employee resource groups, and visual representative sampling of OHSU Pride's programming and initiatives throughout its existence will find this collection an insightful resource.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

OHSU Pride Employee Resource Group records, Collection Number 2019-036, Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives

Restrictions on Use

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives (HC&A) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections, however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with HC&A to determine if we can provide permission for use.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title. Records within each folder are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Some records were transferred by group chair and co-founder Patrick Holmes in early 2019 during Steve Duckworth's research for the then-upcoming LGBTQ+ exhibit; no transfer documentation was completed though as Patrick left the organization before completing it. Additional records were added later as a result of an accrual, which included digital images from events and newsletters sent via email.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, general 2009 April 10-2014 June 9
1 2 Ephemera and design proofs 2010 May 12, undated
1 3 Events: CHASM Retreat 2011 February 16
1 4 Events: Film Festival 2009 April 6-2009 May 31
1 5 Events: Food Drive 2008-2010 November 4
1 6 Events: Pride Meet and Mingle 2012 September 13-2012 November 14
1 7 Events: Pride Parade (2010) 2010 May 4-2010 June 20
2019-036 2022.04.15 Events: Pride Parade (2010) photographs 2010 June 20
2019-036 2022.04.15 Events: Pride Parade (2019) photographs 2019 June 21
1 8 Foundational and Operational files 2008 June 2-2011 August 12
1 9 Invoices and Financial records 2010 May 5-2012 November 14
1 10 Minutes, general 2008 December 12-2012 May 15
2019-036 2022.04.15 Newsletters 2020 July 29-2021 June 18
1 11 Research and Development records 2006 January 17-2011 October 11
2019-036 2022.04.15 Scanned documents (from 2019 exhibit) 2009-2012
Box object
2 1 OHSU Pride T-shirt circa 2019
2 2 OHSU Pride Badge Holder circa 2018

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Employee affinity groups
  • Employees
  • Gay pride celebrations
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities
  • Transgender Persons