Welcome to Orientation! We would like to acknowledge the land we are on. The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today peoples from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, as well as the Chinook and Cowlitz Nations. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

If you have any questions throughout the day, our check in Smith Memorial Student Union (Ballroom, 355) will remain open for the entirety of the program.
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Sophie Kristensen

Portland State University, Learning Center
Sophie (they/ she/ elle) is a graduate student in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education program. As an undergraduate, she studied mathematics, engineering, and technical theatre. She graduated from PSU with a BS in Mathematics in 2019. As a disabled and multiracial femme, Sophie is especially interested in working with women and femmes of color in STEM fields, as well as students with disabilities. That said, she is more than happy to support any student in working through challenges and accomplishing their goals. Outside of the Learning Center, Sophie is a Peer Mentor in the PSU WRC and an academic advisor at Portland Community College. They are also a theatrical scenic artist who enjoys getting messy while painting sets for local theatre companies. In their spare time, they enjoy lounging around with their dog Macy, preferably near the ocean, drinking Earl Grey tea.  Sophie is one of our designated STEM coaches for the Engineering, CS, Math, & Physics and Health, Science, & the Earth pathways.