April 15th Newsletter


Happy GAYpril, y'all! We have a lot of awesome opportunities and events to share with you as we near the end of the semester!

For an updated calendar of events, or for more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, please visit:

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs Website

 For up-to-the-minute event announcements, please "Like" us on Facebook:

 LGBTQ Affairs Facebook Page

 Pride Alliance Facebook Page


LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events​​

  1. Destress Day in the Center, April 19th
  2. ​Second Chance Prom, April 30th
  3. Rainbow Graduation, May 6th 

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule


  1. Mapping Q, February 3rd-April 20th
  2. APASA'S Dining and Dialogue Part 3, April 20th
  3. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, April
  4. Graduate Course: Cartographies of Desire



  1. Anti-Violence Project Program and Call for Volunteers
  2. National Conferemce on Leadership and Diversity, April 22nd-23rd
  3. Recruiting Performers/Speakers for Take Back the Night, April 28th
  4. ​Smithsonian Series at TCCC, April 15th


  1. Student Union Job Fair, April 16th
  2. STEM Diversity & Outreach Course
  3. Employer Treks at Career Services, April 15th and 22nd
  4. Federal Relations Summer/Fall Internship
  5. Career Lab Webinar, April 20th
  6. Intern with the HRC
  7. Engineering Conference Campus Ambassadors
  8. Fall Deep Dish, 2016
  9. Queer Grad Conference, April 15th
  10. ​Sexuality and Disability SSII
  11. ​HED 350 Course: Student Outreach, Access, & Resiliency in Education
  12. THINK TANK Academic Skills Program Positions



  1. National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Scholarship

LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Destress Day in the Center, April 19th 

Feeling stressed out as finals approach? Need a break to get a mini-massage, have some tea, and relax with coloring books? Come to the LGBTQ Resource Center from 11am-4pm to have some time to destress and relax!

2. Second Chance Prom, April 30th  

Join us for our annual Second Chance Prom! It will be a night full of dancing, drag performers, games, food, and fun. This 1920's themed event will include mocktails, pearls, and the best party of the century. 

This is a FREE and open event for everyone to experience a prom with the people they want in the clothes they choose. We recommend semi-formal, 1920's attire– think Leo from the Great Gatsby ;) – but anyone and everyone are welcome. 

The dance will be held in the MAC gym of the rec center, which is a private venue with a seperate entrance on 7th street and Highland (there will be lots of signage the night of the event)

We hope to see you all there! 
"A little party never killed nobody"

3. Rainbow Graduation, May 6th  


Are you graduating this May (or December 2016)?  Do you want to participate in a graduation ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of underrepresented sexual and/or gender identity(ies) at the UA? Rainbow Graduation is open to all graduating undergraduates, graduates, or professional school students (including allies!) to show their fabulous wildcat pride!

If you would like to participate, please fill out the google form here that will contain all of the below information. The only information not on the google form is the photo, which must be emailed to uarainbowgraduation@gmail.com by April 25th @ noon:

1.   Your name as you'd like it to appear on your certificate
2.   Major(s)
3.   Graduating degree
4.   Career goal(s)
5.   Your favorite quotation

6.   Any leadership positions you have held in an organization that does social justice and/or LGBTQ+ community work
7.   Electronic picture of yourself

This information will be included as part of a PowerPoint presentation that will be shown as you are recognized during the ceremony.
8. The name, email address, and phone number of your presenter:

As a graduating student, we ask that you please select someone who will present you with your rainbow cord and certificate. The person you select will have 30 seconds to say a few words about you.  This person could be a friend, partner, family member, professor, mentor, neighbor, or whomever you choose.

*If you are having trouble finding a presenter or have any concerns about the presenter in general, please let us know. We can work with you and can make accommodations to ensure you have the best experience possible. 


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Continuing Series

1. Support Groups

We work with many organizations across campus to offer support groups for LGBTQ identified students.
We are committed to helping you find the support you need. Here are our current groups:

LGBTQA Support Group
During Spring 2016, this group will meet every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm in room 412 of the Student Union from January 19 to May 3. This group is a safe space for UA students, staff and faculty to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the the LGBTQ and Allied community. This group is facilitated by LGBTQ staff to provide resources and guidance. It is free and confidential. For more information, contact Martie van der Voort at mvanderv@email.arizona.edu or 621-3334.

Queer People of Color & Two Spirit Discussion Group
This group will meet  Thursdays 5-6pm in the LGBTQ Resource Center on the 4th floor of the Student Union. This is a peer to peer support group that provides a safe and comfortable environment for LGBTQ and Two Spirit students of color to connect, share experiences, and support each other.

Gender Spectrum Support Group
This group will meet every Monday during the school year from 3-4:00pm. Check in at CAPS, third floor of the Campus Health Building,

This group is designed for UA students who are dealing with gender identities outside of the traditional binary system, whether transitioning from the gender assigned at birth, identifying as some combination of genders, neither gender, or questioning the role of gender in their lives. Terms such as transsexual, two-spirit, neutrois, agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, transgender (and more) have been used to describe these identities. The low cost ($5 per group,  billable to Bursar’s,) is for those who might need support and/or therapy to process their gender identity, deal with family and friends’ reactions, identify options of a transition process, and gather resources and support for issues related to gender. For more information, contact Martie van der Voort at mvanderv@email.arizona.edu or 621-3334.

There are also many groups within the community.
Please feel free to schedule a meeting with Jennifer Hoefle Olson, LGBTQ Affairs Director, to help figure out what group is best for you.

2. Advanced Safe Zone and Classroom Curriculum Workshops 

The Safe Zone program includes both the General Education and Ally Development trainings. You can attend one or both trainings. Those who attend the Ally Development training must have previously completed the General Education training. Participants who complete both will receive a Safe Zone placard to display in their on campus space.  Advanced trainings occur at least once a semester and are open to anyone who has attended General Education.

Please register in advance to attend any Safe Zone training.


Thursday, April 20th
Location: Student Union, San Pedro Room (3rd Floor)

"A is for..." Workshop 

Register HERE

Tuesday, April 21st
Location: Student Union, Mesquite Room (3rd Floor)
**Co-Sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Council**

Queering Campus Classrooms: Creating LGBTQA+ Inclusive 
Classrooms and Departments 

Register HERE

Friday, April 22nd
Location: Student Union, Ventana Room

General Education Training

Register HERE

Friday, April 22nd
Location: Student Union, Ventana Room

Ally Development Training

Register HERE 



Tuesday, May 10th
Location: Student Union, Pima Room (3rd Floor)
**Co-Sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Council**

Queering Campus Classrooms: Creating LGBTQA+ Inclusive 
Classrooms and Departments 
Register HERE

Please refer registration issues, special accommodations, and any questions to the Graduate Assistant for Ally Development with the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Cole Eskridge. Cole can easily be reached by email:wildcatsafezone@gmail.com or phone: (520) 626-1996. To request a training specifically for your department, group, or student organization please submit the Safe Zone Training Request Form at least 30 days before your event.


    Campus Events

1. Mapping Q, February, Feb. 3rd- April 20th 

Greetings all,
I am thrilled to announce to the community that Mapping Q is back and bigger than ever! We have now grown to include four Tucson arts and cultural intuitions, including MOCA, the Tucson Museum of Art, the UA School of Art  and of course the UA Museum of Art. Partnering once again with SAAF, we are working to create an inter-organizational community wide dialogue working with LGBTQ+ youth.

Mapping Q is an innovative community arts education program that invites LGTBQ+ youth to explore representations of self within art, museums, and the wider community. This year’s program runs February 3 – April 20. The exhibition will open May 19 at the UAMA. Participants are welcome to join anytime!

Please join us in supporting Tucson LGBTQ youth and share this with your peers and colleagues.

2. APASA's Dining and Dialogue Part 3, April 20th


Register here.


3. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, April 

4. Graduate Course: Cartographies of Desire  


Professors Manuel Muñoz & Adela Licona of English are offering a joint course, open to graduate students across disciplines, that explores how desire is imagined, manufactured, read, and understood in visual images, music, texts, and textualities.  ¡ Join us !

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Cartographies of Desire: Making Meaning of Latin@ Texts and Textualities

Professors Manuel Muñoz  & Adela C. Licona

Cartographies of Desire is a course that will map the terrains of Latin@ texts and textualities and use that map, following Toni Morrison, to create “space for discovery intellectual adventure, and close exploration… without the mandate for conquest” (265).  As we interrogate–read and write–these works, we will draw from a range of authors and theorists, including Felicia Luna Lemus, Helena María Viramontes, Catriona Rueda Esquibel, and Roy Pérez and a wide variety of genres and expressive forms to chart how creative cultural productions manifest desire across a variety of terrains. 

This course is innovative for its cross-disciplinary approach to reading, writing, and analysis. It will be jointly taught by a rhetorical scholar and a creative writer:  students across disciplines will have the opportunity to participate in a studio workshop with Professor Muñoz and have exposure to literatures of critical and cultural theories with Professor Licona.

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ENGL 596H-003 / ENGL 696………………………………............. Manuel Muñoz & Adela C. Licona

3:30-6:00 PM

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For more information email Profe Licona:aclicona@email.arizona.edu

Community Events

1. Anti-Violence Project Program and Call for Volunteers

Anti-Violence Project Program Description:

The mission of the Anti-Violence Project is to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities of southern Arizona. We advocate for survivors of violence and provide resources for the safety and support of survivors, their friends, and family members.

Program Eligibility:

All lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning persons who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate violence are eligible for services.

Services Offered Through The Anti-Violence Project:

  • 24-hour Bilingual Crisis Line
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Safety Planning
  • Case Management
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transportation
  • Housing

The Anti-Violence Project provides services free of charge with the exception of housing services. Clients in housing pay a portion of their income in rent.

If you are in crisis and need immediate support call:

Anti-Violence Project 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Hotline at 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387


If you have questions about this program or are interested in enrolling in case management services please contact Celia Beier, AVP Lead Case Manager at cbeier@saaf.org or at 520-547-6148.

Volunteers Needed for the Anti-Violence Project!

The Anti-Violence Project provides supportive services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual violence, and hate violence. Community members in need of these services are connected to care and support through a 24-hour bilingual crisis line which is operated by dedicated volunteers. We are in urgent need of more volunteers to help staff the crisis line and support LGBTQ members of our community experiencing violence

The Anti-Violence Project invites community members to attend our nest Anti-Violence ProjectAdvocacy Training. The dates of this training are:

  • Thursday, April 14th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday, April 15th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 16th, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Monday, April 14th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 19th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 21st, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This training will prepare volunteers to operate the Anti-Violence Project Crisis Line using an empowerment model of strengths-based, trauma-informed, and harm-reduction techniques.

Requirements For Volunteers

  • Volunteers must be eligible for level 1 fingerprint clearance card. 
  • Volunteers must agree to take one shift with the Anti-Violence Project 24-Hour Crisis Line per month.


Please contact the Anti-Violence Project Lead Case Manager, Celia Beier, at (520) 547 – 6148, or email to cbeier@saaf.org if you have questions about our program, volunteering, or are interested in attending the training to become a volunteer.

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2.Community Writing Workshop and Poetry Reading, April 24th 

How I Survived the Gays Rights Movement as a Trans Person of Color

Saturday, April 24th

1:00-2:30pm  Community Writing Workshop 

3:00pm Poetry Reading and Q & A.

Both will take place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library at 101 N Stone Ave. Spread the word!


This workshop invites new and experienced poets to explore identity within the queer community and provides tools for addressing power and privilege dynamics. This free workshop is for LGBTQIA folks and those in solidarity.


J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet based in Seattle by way of NYC. He is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around and And then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inappropriate Jokes about Death.


He is the founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency.

We want you to be a part of the inaugural National Conference on Leadership & Diversity!

We are all Seeds: See Diversity Through Our Eyes

April 22 – 23, 2016

du Bois Center at Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

The Conference will encompasses topics including but not limited to: stereotypes, anti-blackness, LGBTQIAP, intersecting identities, school to prison pipeline, the Prison Industrial Complex, Machismo, ableism, homelessness, expanding higher education for students of color and LGBTQIA students, social movements and activism, and portrayals of cultural histories.  In addition to the conference we will also feature “Tunnel of Oppression,” a series of installments depicting forms of oppression and injustice followed by discussion and reflection.

This Conference is FREE for students, graduate students and administrators/advisors.

You are responsible for your own travel & lodging (see link for details).  Workshops are open for all registered participants.

To register, please click on the following link forhttp://nau.edu/uploadedFiles/Administrative/EMSA_Sites/Folder_Templates/NCLD%20Registration%20Form.pdf or information about the conference http://nau.edu/IMS/National-Conference-on-Leadership-and-Diversity/

We are in process of submitting information about the NCLD conference to include details about the concurrent sessions on the website.  Until those changes are made, please email muticultural@nau.edu for questions.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016 by 5pm

Please forward this information to student organizations or those who may be interested

Taran McZee M.Ed

Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Services

Northern Arizona University


928-523-2549 Office

928-523-9444 Fax

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4. Smithsonian Series at TCCC, April 15th

Kumu Hina tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian kumu, or teacher, community leader, and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s traditional embrace of māhū — those who embody both male and female spirit.


1. Student Unions Job Fair, April 16th 

The Arizona Student Unions is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a job fair to hire for the fall semester! If you know anybody looking for a job next semester, read the information below:

Work for the Arizona Student Unions!

Get a head start on the fall semester job hunt and attend our job fair!

Where: Student Union Memorial Center

When: Saturday, April 16th

Who: Open to all students who are looking for a job starting in the Fall 2016 semester

How: REGISTRATION REQUIRED Please send an email to unionshr@email.arizona.edu to reserve your spot!

For questions please email unionshr@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 626 9205 


4. Federal Relations Summer/Fall Internship


UA Federal Relations is currently accepting applications for both:

·         Summer Internships

·         Fall Semester Internships

Federal Relations serves the interests of the University of Arizona with the federal government, federal elected and appointed officials and their staff, and federal agencies.

Interns work on campus in the Federal Relations office located in the Administration Building. Responsibilities include professional assistance for the Office of Federal Relations on a broad range of issues, including legislative tracking and analysis, as well as professional interaction with public officials and their staff members.

This is an unpaid position, though you can earn college credit through many majors; we will work with your College Advisor to facilitate this. Your number of hours per week depends on the number of course units you are pursuing.

Professional dress required.

If interested please email or deliver cover letter and resume (including 2 references) to:

UA Federal Relations

Attn:  Shannon Heuberger, Dir. for Federal Legislative Affairs

Administration 313

PO Box 210066

Tucson AZ 85721-0066



5. Career Lab Webinar, April 20th 

The Career Lab is hosting a webinar next week that will help students organize their mornings to make the most of their busy days (especially since finals are around the corner).

Career Lab Webinar: Top Morning Rituals for a Successful Business Day

Where: Online

When: Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The UA Alumni Career Lab is hosting a career webinar open to all students. Entrepreneur, real-estate investor and UA alumna Lisa Song Sutton ’06 will guide you through some of the top morning rituals of the world’s most successful business people.  Sutton has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider – use her insights to effectively prepare for the busy day ahead. Registration is free and signing up only takes a couple of minutes.

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Vhn36v

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6. Intern with the HRC


Hello & greetings from Washington, DC! ​

We wanted to let you know that the application for HRC summer internships is now available. In Washington, DC, there are 30 unique program areas from which applicants can choose - a position for nearly every interest and career field. We also have internships available in our Project One America (POA) offices in Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR and Jackson, MS. 

Each intern plays an integral role in their department, working closely with their supervisors and ​other staff. In addition, we offer weekly brown bag seminars, a mentorship program and the opportunity to meet some of the foremost LGBT​QA leaders from all over the world. Class credit is available as are full-time and part-time positions available. You can find more information, as well as the application itself, at www.hrc.org/intern.


7. Engineering Conference Campus Ambassadors

The admissions team is looking for motivated undergraduate students to help out as Campus Ambassadors.

As a Campus Ambassador, students will be responsible for spreading the word about the our conference to the LGBT undergrad engineering population at your school. This will involve reaching out to campus organizations and departments, meeting with student organization leaders and administrators, and ensuring that every LGBT engineering undergrad on campus knows about the opportunity to apply to the Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference. Students interested in becoming a Campus Ambassadors should apply here: https://airtable.com/shrpPkrk7mk2JLnRm


8. Fall Deep Dish 2016

The Institute for LGBT Studies is seeking presenters for Fall Deep Dish 2016; to be held every Thursday from September 8th until November 10th, in Room 402 of the McClelland Park Building, Noon to 1:00pm, on the University of Arizona campus.


Have a paper on a LGBT-related research and/or social justice topic that you wish to present?  Would you like to share information about a LGBT community initiative that you are developing? Want a chance to meet scholars, community members, students, and others interested in discussing LGBT-related research, social issues, and/or in building LGBT community across the University of Arizona campus and Tucson?  If so, Deep Dish is the place for you!


Deep Dish is a weekly lecture series hosted by the Institute that is casual, conversational, informal and, best of all, there is free pizza!The goal of Deep Dish is to build diverse networks across the University of Arizona and the larger Tucson community, as well as provide a space to share information among faculty, students, staff, and community members interested in LGBT research and social issues.


If you are interested in being a speaker for Fall Deep Dish 2016, please drop Alexa Spielhagen a line at aspiel@email.arizona.edu, so that your speaking slot can be reserved ASAP. 



9. Queer Grad Conference, April 15th


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10. Sexuality and Disability SSII

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11. HED 350 Course: Student Outreach, Access, & Resiliency in Education

Dear Wildcats!
Enroll in HED 350 and share your college experiences with middle school students in Tucson!

Higher Education 350: STUDENT OUTREACH, ACCESS, & RESILIENCY IN EDUCATION - Mondays & Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

Join Project SOAR by enrolling in HED 350 on UAccess.

This course will introduce students to the role of individual, cultural, social and environmental factors that affect student academic achievement and the path to higher education in the United States. Students will be exposed to literature and discussions that will allow them to analyze the major theories and research conducted in the areas of college access, outreach, academic achievement, and resiliency.

The Service-Learning component of this course (known as Project SOAR) expose students to these various factors first-hand as they serve as mentors to students at middle schools in Tucson. Students will bring their experience back to the classroom to enhance and refine their understanding of the course topics, and provide a local angle on the theories and literature discussed in-class. 

Project SOAR mentors said:

Best part about mentoring:

            ...working with my buddy who didn’t speak English. Breaking the language barrier was a great experience.

            ...seeing the smiles and joy from the mentees when we arrived on campus.

            ...being able to make a difference in their lives.

            ...each of my mentees now has college aspirations and a brighter view of what college has to offer them.

            ...I truly believe that this program has helped me just as much—if not  more—than helping the students that I worked with.

“My relationship with my mentee is the most important thing I gained from this experience...it is incredible to feel that you can make a difference.”

“My dream career is still to be a teacher. This class has only reinforced my want to be a teacher that makes a difference and advocates for the students. As a future teacher, I hope to incorporate my students’ lives into the classroom and 

provide ways for them to connect and get excited about learning.”

Mentees said:

“Thank you for helping me with my homework and just talking to me.”

“Thank you for helping me pick a school.”

“Thank you for mentoring me and talking to me about college.”





If you have any questions please email  mairwin@arizona.edu 


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12. THINK TANK Academic Skills Program Positions

Become an Academic Skills Tutor at the THINK TANK! 

The THINK TANK is now hiring for Fall 2015 for Academic Skills Tutors(AST)!  We accept ASTs from any major.The deadline to apply is May 1st. 

Benefits include: 

  • Flexible hours (5-20 hours)
  • College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certification and pay raises for completing training. 
  • Becoming a leader and mentor
  • Gaining mastery of learning techniques and methods. 

Want more information? Have questions? Attend a recruitment meeting at the Bear Down Gym THINK TANK location 5-6pmThursday, 4/9 or 4/23 or Monday 4/13.

A full position description is available on Wildcat JobLink, Academic Skills Tutor #772010.

Apply: http://thinktank.arizona.edu/information/jobs  under Academic Skills Tutors. Please note that there is a paid, mandatory training the week before school starts (August 19-21). 

For more information contact Amanda Parkman, Academic Skills Coordinator at aparkman@email.arizona.edu. Completed application can be turned in electronically or dropped off at the THINK TANK Bear Down Gym front desk.



1. National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Scholarship


Deadline: ~early June
NOGLSTP eligibility: STEM students; Two $5000 scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming academic year. One $5000 scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one $5000 scholarship will go to a graduate/professional level student. Students currently enrolled at any U.S.-based college or university are eligible to apply. 

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