Erin Rook

Erin Rook

Erin Rook
He / Him / His
Bend, OR

As a former journalist, Erin brings a reporter’s curiosity and passion for social change through storytelling to his equity facilitation and consultation. Erin currently does educational equity work for Oregon State University–Cascades and Better Together. He previously worked for Saving Grace, where he helped lead efforts to expand outreach and access for underserved survivors of domestic/sexual violence and provided cultural competency trainings for advocates across the state and region.

Erin  is committed to cultivating compassionate conversations about challenging topics and giving people the tools to engage with curiosity and respect across difference. His non-judgmental approach honors that every participant must start from where they are at, with the knowledge that they have. 

As a white, queer man with a minority faith background and an invisible disability, Erin draws from his experiences of privilege and marginalization to connect with participants from diverse backgrounds. His experiences growing up and living in small Oregon towns give him a valuable frame of reference for the experiences and perspectives of Central Oregonians.

Erin believes that creating more welcoming, equitable, and just communities benefits all of us. He frequently works with service, medical, civic, and other organizations to improve their LGBTQ and cultural competency and enjoys crafting custom strategies to address unique challenges. 

Erin enjoys creating new curricula and making every workshop an engaging and action-oriented experience. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Simmons College and plans to pursue a M.S. in Education, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Selected Clients/Partners

Bend Young Professionals Summit, Network of Volunteer Administrators, Bend Park and Recreation District, High Desert Museum, Saving Grace, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Heart of Oregon Corps, City of Bend, Community Conversations, MUSE Conference, Mosaic Medical, St. Charles Health System.