In this episode, JoJo talks with River McKenzie (They/Them/Theirs) of TransPonder.
They talk about TransPonder and its purpose and growing impact on the Trans Community in Eugene.
River is a non-binary queer person who works with the LGTBQIA community in both their professional and activist spheres. They work as an Administrative Director at Odyssey Community Counseling at Emergence where they are developing a trans and gender diverse counseling program. River has been passionate about LGBTQIA activism for over 20 years, working within communities on both coasts and in the southern states via social justice art performances, community organization, and changing policies at institutions.
River’s experiences of living in a variety of areas, especially in rural Louisiana, inner city Memphis, Dallas, and rural Pennsylvania have focused their framework and way of thinking around anti-oppression and decolonization. They see this as a lifelong process of addressing their own place within the system and challenging the status quo in any organization in which they participate. They have used this framework to create more gender-inclusive policies and programming at Emergence, worked to change the culture around diversity at Oregon Country Fair and its Community Village, and brings this lens and approach to their work at TransPonder.
Dana talks about moving to Eugene and how different the education system is here compared to the ones she worked at in the southern U.S., and about the work the Eugene Education Foundation does locally and the importance of the organization to the community of teaching professionals.
They also discuss the importance of alternative funding sources for education and the complexities of working in the education field during COVID.
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In this episode Roger and JoJo talk about the toll that the pandemic is taking on EVERYONE’S mental health. From staggering statistics and some concrete ideas on how to deal with the never ending stress.
They take a deep dive into discovering and understanding the origin of our personal emotional response and share how we can equip ourselves with the tools to make good choices.
Roger wants all of us to know that we are not alone.
If you are interested in having Roger come and speak to your organization or business reach out to him at Roger.Brubaker@lanecountyor.gov or visit preventionlane.org
These are challenging times. Reach out if you need help or support. You are not alone.
EugCast is a volunteer-powered, cooperative chit-chat where we talk with people who may or may not live in the Eugene, Oregon area. We think they have some really cool stories to share, but we’ll leave that up to you, the listener, to decide!