Get Involved

Below is a non-exhaustive list of Portland-area organizations to help you get involved in your community. These organizations are not endorsed by the University of Oregon. If you have additional suggestions, please email

Portland Campus


  • Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon: preserves and promotes the heritage of Oregon’s diverse Arab-American community through programs and events.
  • Asia-focused Organizations: A curated list by Portland State University of local Asia-focused organizations.
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber: increases the economic advancement of Latinos in Oregon and SW Washington.
  • Latino Network: transforms the lives of Latino youth, families, and communities.
  • Say Hey: honors professionals of color who have recently relocated to Oregon or SW Washington and helps them connect with our region’s multicultural community.
  • Urban League of Portland: empowers African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security.


  • Basic Rights Oregon: A political action committee with the goal of ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBTQIA+: UO staff members support all students and help create inclusive communities.
  • Portland State University Queer Resource Center: provides students with support and community.
  • PQ Monthly: A monthly LGBTQ newspaper and website covering local Portland LGBTQ news and events.
  • Q Center: increases the visibility of and fosters connection within Portland’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) community.





  • AIGA: A diverse group of individuals working to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and cultural force.
  • American Institute of Architects: The voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.
  • Architectural Heritage Center: inspires people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable communities.


  • Multnomah Bar Association: A group of lawyers working for justice, service, professionalism, education, and leadership for their members and community.
  • Oregon State Bar: promotes respect for the rule of law, improves the quality of legal services, and increases access to justice.
  • Oregon Women Lawyers: transforms the practice of law and ensures justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession.