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Running for Mount Hood Community College Board of Trustees, Position 5

Self-motivated and passionate scientist who values education, community involvement, safety and security, family values, diversity, equity & inclusivity, and environmentalism. Dana believes that education is not a privilege, it is a right.

Why Education and Why Now?

We have the tools necessary to support people’s unique needs by asking what they are, and then honor them by leading each other in that direction. All people deserve to be seen and heard by community leaders. And equity in education is not only necessary, it is essential for a just and thriving society. Without it, we perpetuate a system of inequality that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

Listen to the people. Nearly 40% of MHCC students are food or housing insecure. Let’s work together to strengthen existing community services with MHCC campus so to better the basic needs of our community. We can work with local authorities to strengthen affordable housing options. MHCC students and families will benefit from greater access to community based gardens, food and clothing pantries, and pairing with local groups that can nourish the minds and bodies of our families.

Climate-Friendly. The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and Dana knows the climate crisis is a threat to our planet and our way of life. With a Masters in Science in biology, Dana believes science is real and climate change has started, and it’s our obligation to limit our impact. As a trustee, Dana will (1) work to reduce MHCC’s carbon footprint, promote sustainable practices, and create a more environmentally conscious campus culture; and (2) help build MHCC as a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, to help protect our planet for future generations.

Local Economics. As we embrace a more sustainable campus culture, we can strengthen relationships with local community based organizations, non profits, businesses, and other regional groups to work together in finding new solutions and building a cooperative economy to support a thriving East side. I believe that our community will be best supported by having more fast and affordable certificate programs in the STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) fields. Our future economy and growing wealth gap requires new ways of building careers that lead to a strong workforce.

Further, the MHCC community may benefit from more strategic facilities improvements such as the pool which may result in more traffic with swimming lessons, regional swim meets, increased hotel stays, increased food vendor traffic for the East side, and opening up possibilities for shared community spaces. Our East County families can be brought along in these processes to effectively share their needs – open swim nights? Scholarships for area non-profits to throw a pool party? Affinity-based community pool parties? Why not? We can find win-win solutions together that benefit all and allow our campus to be a hub where community comes together.

I trust that Dana will be a leader in supporting educational opportunities at MHCC that are accessible and lead to a vibrant economy, in industries that are growing.” -Dave Dyk, Gresham Finance Committee Chair

Images of kayaking to explore a dolphin pod in the Pacific Ocean and biking to support tourism in downtown Seattle.

Fairness and Respect. Dana believes it is essential for all individuals and groups to promote fairness, equality, and respect for all individuals regardless of their background, identity, or orientation. As a white-bodied, neurodiverse human who identifies as queer and has friends and family who identify as transgender, Dana understands intersectionality and will work to create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard, and where their unique perspectives and experiences are acknowledged and appreciated.

“Dana escuchará y responderá a nuestras necesidades. Dana will listen and respond to our needs” -Eddy Morales, Gresham City Councilor

A Sense of Belonging. As a person who understands that the “prepared environment” (a Maria Montessori term) is essential for creating spaces for children to independently explore their autonomy while secure, Dana also sees this as a societal problem. Dana wants to see a more inclusive culture at MHCC which celebrates diversity and promote a sense of belonging for everyone. This not only leads to a more positive and productive work or social environment but also promotes social justice and equity for all – a winning solution for everyone!

Left image shows Dana with other local leaders who work for the reduction of barriers and celebration of marginalized community members. Middle image is a flyer Dana made to increase awareness of community resources that are free and can offer support in times of need. Third image is to demonstrate Dana’s unwavering support for the LGTBQIA2S+ community.

Mental Health. Dana is studying Marriage and Family Systems Therapy, and will use her knowledge of mental health to promote policies which will best nourish the bodies and minds of student across the region, particularly those with marginalized identities. She believes that mental health care is more critical to our young people now than ever before, and it’s our job to create systems which nourish our student’s brains. As someone who has gone through her own mental health struggles as a parent and as a member of the LGTBQ+ community, she promise to use this knowledge to promote policies which will best nourish the bodies and minds of college students across the region, particularly those with marginalized identities that have to push through barriers some students never face. Let’s work to fix that so we all have the same fair shot.

“I have often found myself relying on Dana’s ability to be flexible enough to effectively work in a complex group dynamic while still maintaining an unwavering advocacy for underserved groups. Dana has always been willing to tackle the tough projects and has shown great capacity in ensuring the solution is focused on what best serves the community.” -Jack Hollis, Chair of the Gresham Charter Review SubCommittee

Left image shows Dana and their first residency cohort group who are studying to become systemic therapists together. Middle image is a list of mental health resources available for folks to reach out to as needed. Third image is Dana exploring local trails in her spare time to nourish her own mental health in a proactive and iterative fashion.

The Whole Child. Dana’s experience working on school board reminds her that it’s leaders job to promote the well being of the whole child, not just reading, writing, and arithmetic like the old days. Dana believes we have a responsibility to attend to social-emotional skills, empathy building, and other practical life skills to create globally productive residents who will thrive in a quickly changing world.

Dana is committed to listening to community and has been accountable and transparent with how she operates.” -Erica Fuller, Divine Legacy

Image shows Dana working on garbage removal in the Anacostia River while heading to the National Arboretum. To comply with the Clean Water Act, groups are required to capture 1.2 million pounds of trash from the watershed annually.

Standing with Dana:

  • Senator Kayse Jama
  • State Representative Ricki Ruiz, Hoa Nguyen
  • Metro Councilor Ashton Simpson and former Councilor Shirley Craddick
  • Gresham City Councilors Eddy Morales, Vince Jones-Dixon, Dina DiNucci
  • MHCC Board Annette Mattson, ShaToyia Bentley
  • MESD Board Katrina Doughty, Jessica Arzate
  • Oregon School Board Katrina Doughty 
  • Gresham-Barlow School Board President Mayra Gomez
  • Reynolds School Board Chair Ana González-Muñoz
  • David Douglas School Board Heather Franklin
  • Parkrose School Board Sonja McKenzie
  • North Clackamas School Board Libra Forde
  • Beaverton City Council Nadia Hasan
  • LCMCS School Board Marcela Wash, Gabriel Kjos
  • Gresham Charter Review Committee Members Jack Ardner, Jack Hollis 
  • Community Leader Amanda Squiemphen-Yazzie, Erica Fuller, Shani Harris-Bagwell
  • Gresham Finance Committee Chair Dave Dyk
  • East County Rising
  • NextUp Action Fund
  • Imagine Black
  • LGTBQT+ Victory Fund
  • Clackamas County Democrats

“Let us strive to create a world where every child has access to quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances, for it is through education that we unlock the potential of the individual and uplift the collective human spirit.”

-Dana Stroud


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Will you accept money from big businesses who continue to harm our environment or police unions?

I aim to build this campaign in an eco-friendly and grassroots fashion, working with individuals and families across East County and learning from and listening to the people who make Gresham and Clackamas great places to live! I pledge to not promote businesses that are not taking ACTION to reduce their climate impacts in meaningful and sustainable ways.

I pledge not to take contributions from the police, prison and incarceration industry, not to seek their endorsement and to publicly reject their independent expenditures. I will instead prioritize the wellbeing and safety of every member of our community.