Welcome to the SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network

About Us

SOL is a student-fee funded organization that focuses on Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) folk while putting on events and programming for individuals to embrace their full selves without compromising a piece of themselves in the process. SOL is who you fully are. Looking at all of your identities and acknowledging they all matter at the same time. While we acknowledge the intersection of all identities we focus particularly on the intersection of sexuality and race/ethnicity.

We provide support through educational programming, student advocacy, and ally building across among undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff at Oregon State University.

SOL is a metaphor not an acronym. “Sol” is the Spanish word for sun. Like the sun, SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network is intended to brighten our campus by improving its climate. As the sun shines on us all, SOL’s purpose is to provide support for all of the intersections of identity.

 

SOL Staff photo

SOL Staff

From left to right:

  • Marisa Moser - Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Mariah Pounders - Peer Facilitator
  • Adrianna Davis - Leadership Liaison
  • Justine Anaya - Leadership Liaison

Our History

Timeline

  • 2002: The brainstorming of SOL first started by graduate student Derron Coles.
  • 2003: the first meeting was held and the name of the organization was decided
  • 2004: SOL gained recognition as an official student organization
  • 2006: SOL gained its first funding, from Dr. Larry Roper, for student positions, advertising, honorarium, and general event dollars (prior, all work hours were completed by volunteers and events were paid for out of pocket by the student volunteers)
  • 2008: Funding was unable to be secured from Intercultural Student Services so Dr. Larry Roper re-allocated funds from his budget to help sustain the student leadership positions
  • 2015: SOL has their first dedicated Graduate Teaching Assistant and Professional Staff to help support the organization

History of SOL’s Name

  • SOL is a metaphor not an acronym. “Sol” is the Spanish word for sun. Like the sun, SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network is intended to brighten our campus by improving its climate. As the sun shines on us all, SOL’s purpose is to provide support for all of the intersections of identity.SOL was chosen for the following reasons:
  • SOL is commonly known to mean sun in Spanish; therefore, using sol instead of sun or solar, brings the multicultural aspect of the group into play.
  • Often, persons of color do not feel that they are a part of the LGBTQQIA community. We argue that this is not the case because you cannot create a rainbow without a bit of Sol!
  • Soul is also a term used to describe the intangible energy that connects us to each other and gives us the empathy that causes us to care for others.
  • SOL is pronounced “soul”, a term often associated with the African American community from which some of our members originate.
  • The sun’s rays are used to make a prominent symbol of the LGBTQQIA community, the rainbow.
  • The organization has a purpose to brighten our campus by improving its climate.

Our Resources

  • Seven Cultural Resource Centers that include (resource depends on location):

    • Computers and Printing
    • Lounge
    • Study Space
    • Library
  • QTPOC books incorporated in the Pride Center Library

Our Location & Hours

SOL’s administrative office is located within the Pride Center, but we hold office hours during the open hours of all seven of the Cultural Resource Centers on campus.