Community Service

Adelante Mujeres Bridge

Adelante Mujeres (Women Rising) is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose goal is to educate and train low-income Latina women in the Cornelius, Forest Grove area to the GED level. Some of the women wish to continue their studies, and CGE has collaborated with ELI to design a bridge program that provides classes especially desi

gned for the students to give them a sense of the type of material in and the pacing of college courses with the goal that some of the students may matriculate into college. There are currently 14 students in the bridge program, and Nancy Christoph has now extended the program so that the Adelante students are interacting with Pacific language students. We will approach Ford Family Foundation for funding for the extension of this program.

Adelante Chicas

Adelante Chicas is the first program in Oregon, located in Forest Grove, to offer an approach to empowering Latina girls. The program works with Latina families, offering after school programming, promotes healthy lifestyles, and provides leadership and community service opportunities.

As a partner of Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity, some of the programs seen on campus include self-defense lessons, important life skills training, and literature taught by Drs. Nancy Christoph and Mariana Valenzuela.

To help support this cause, you can become a volunteer, or make a donation to the program.

For more information on the program and what you can do to help, call 503-992-0078, or visit their website at

Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn)

Since the summer of 2004 CGE has been teaching a program for the Latina custodial workers how to use computers.

Queer Programming

CGE and PFLAG in cooperation with Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland) presented on 2/4 a performance/workshop based on the Laramie Project (murder of Matthew Shepard). We produced The Laramie Project in October of 2007 and will do so every odd numbered year.

Housing Development Cooperation of NW Oregon

This organization addresses needs of the Hispanic/agricultural workers community. Initial discussions have taken place about how CGE can serve the women of this community. One idea is that the women in the housing projects and a group organized by CGE participate together in cooking classes with the goal of producing a Forest Grove Community cookbook.

Take Back the Night

Each year we will partner with other groups to do a local Take Back the Night event.



Oregon Against Trafficking Humans

Mission Statement:

To prevent the exploitation of men, women and youth, by educating and promoting practical community engagement by Oregonians in order to end the tragedy of human trafficking.

Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) was established in 2008 by the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force (OHTTF) to encourage citizens to “Take The Oath” to help combat the growing scourge of human trafficking within the state of Oregon.

OATH is a part of Pacific University and is partnered with the Center for Gender Equity. Currently Katrina Lungren and Michele Castro are heading up Pacific’s chapter of OATH as co-chairs.