Kennedy Sparrow is currently Receptionist for College of Design Student Services. They serve on University Senate Committee Sexual Orientation Attraction Gender Identity and Expression, City of Eugene Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, are an alumnx of Basic Rights Oregon’s Catalyst Transgender Leadership Program and mentor for the 2020-21 cohort, present Gender Inclusion trainings with Basic Rights Oregon, and is organizer and lead host of a monthly Sober Social event with Transponder. In collaboration with a student staff, they installed maps throughout Lawrence Hall providing how to locate ADA-compliant and all-gender bathrooms.
Kennedy’s background is working with 16-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness, and has seen firsthand the interplay of how this affects college students. They continue advocating in collaboration with this population, presenting workshops on Housing First at state conferences and organizing with emerging group PDX Queer Housing. In their role as receptionist, they have the experience of working alongside academic advisors, career advisors, instructors, and graduate and undergraduate students, within which they advocate for trans, disability, and racial justice. Their core values and daily praxis are Harm Reduction, Social Justice, Compassionate Communication, Trauma-Informed Care, Positive Youth Development and Engagement, and Compassionate Communication.