April 28th 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. Second Chance Prom, April 30th
  2. Rainbow Graduation, May 6th 

Continuing Series​​

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



  1. Finals Survival Week, May 4th through May 12th​
  2. Cultural Center Convocations
  3. Readings from 'Near Knowing,' April 28th



  1. Anti-Violence Project Program and Call for Volunteers
  2. Tucson Take Back the Night, April 28th


  1. Webinar: Financial Planning for the LGBT Community, May 17th
  2. Students for Sustainability Applications Open
  3. Hiring Students for Dean of Students Office
  4. Federal Relations Summer/Fall Internship
  5. UA Green Guides
  6. Fall Deep Dish, 2016
  7. EDL 297a: Intergroup Dialogue
  8. SERP 497k: Sexuality and Disability
  9. GWS 397s: STEM Diversity and Outreach
  10. HED 350: Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency in Education
  11. 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. 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"

2. 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 May 2nd @ 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.


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. Finals Survival Week - 5/4 through 5/12

Finals Survival week has many FREE events to help with your stress during finals. See the image for more information. 

2. Cultural Center Convocations 

The cultural centers all have their own important and wonderful commencement ceremonies! See the list below for more details

3. Readings from 'Near Knowing' - 4/28 


Below, please find a poster announcing the Thursday, April 28, 7 pm reading of Fenton Johnson, associate professor, Creative Writing Program, and Brian Blanchfield, newly appointed staff member at the Poetry Center.  Please disseminate widely.

Fenton is a longtime gay activist, both nationally and in Tucson and at the U of Arizona, and recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, among his many literary honors.  He’ll be reading from his fifth book and latest novel The Man Who Loved Birds.  Brian is one of the nation’s leading up-and-coming gay essayists and poets, having received most recently a prestigious Whiting Award, recognizing emerging talent under 40.  He’ll be reading from his essay collection Near Knowing.


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. Tucson Take Back the Night - 4/28 

Please join us on Thursday, April 28, at the House of Neighborly Service for an evening of empowerment, awareness and support as we stand up and speak out against sexual violence.

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual event to raise public awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and support survivors in peaceful vigilance. This year’s event will include live local music, dance performances, special guest speakers, community art, a candlelight vigil, resource tables and opportunities for survivors to speak out and be supported.

TBTN is free and open to all ages. The House of Neighborly Service is located at 243 W 33rd St. 

For more information on the event, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/861710253871884/.

Take Back The Night 2016 is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, the Culture of Peace Alliance, CODAC, COPE, the Gloo Factory, Fluxx Studio & Gallery, The Pima County Attorney’s Office, La Frontera, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, YWCA of Southern Arizona & House of Neighborly Service, and other community partners.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and needs support, please call the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) at (520) 327-7273.








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1. Webinar: Financial Planning for the LGBT Community, 5/17 


Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBT community, to be broadcast Tues. 5/17/16, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EDT. Available to anyone at the UA, no charge.

Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBT community Covers the specific challenges faced by the LGBT community – both financial and legislative, even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling – and potential solutions to address them.

To register people need to go http://www.tiaa-cref.org/ve. First time users need to sign in – which involves giving name, university, email address and position. After that you can log in at will using your email address for user name and the password tiaa.

Feel free to pass on information about this webinar to anyone who may be interested.

If you are interested in forming connections between social justice and environmentalism and working on projects around those connections, consider applying to be a Social Justice committee intern for ASUA Students for Sustainability! Fall 2016 interns will develop programs and projects in collaboration with the cultural and resource centers that will address environmental issues from a social justice perspective. 

Interns will be paired with the cultural/resource center of their choice and directly collaborate with these centers to develop meaningful environmental justice programming. The application (and more information) can be accessed by clicking here, and it will stay open until the start of the fall semester. You may also apply to be in other committees if interested, and there is the option to take the program for credit! 


3. Hiring students for Dean of Students Office 

Good Afternoon,

The Dean of Students Office is looking for at least two energetic and qualified students to work at the front reception desk beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. Work Study is required for these positions.

I have link a job description and application. If you know of any students who might be interested in this opportunity, please have them read over the job description (which includes qualifications), complete the application and either email it to me or drop it off at the front desk in the Dean of Students Office. The Office is located in the Robert L. Nugent Building, Room 100.

Any questions can also be directed to Judi Molina at jdmolina@email.arizona.edu.


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. UA Green Guides  


The Green Guides are UA students' one-stop-shop for all things green on campus and in Tucson!​ The Guides include:

- Green Course Guide & Green Degree Guide: help students choose relevant environmental and sustainability-related classes, majors and minors.

- Green Engagement Guide: lists timely opportunities for students to get involved in green internships, research, projects, events, clubs and volunteering.

- Green Career Guide: allows students to find post-college jobs in green fields.

Check out the Guides here: greenguides.arizona.edu

The Green Engagement Guide also has a webform for administrators, faculty and community leaders to add green involvement opportunities for which they may need student volunteers, interns or assistants. That webform can be found here: tinyurl.com/PostGreenOpportunity

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6. 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. 

7. EDL 297a Course: Intergroup Dialogue

Earn 2 Units of Upper Division Elective Credit

This course is designed for students interested in taking leadership roles with organizing workshops, designing action projects and facilitating group dialogues.

EDL 297a is geared towards students who have participated in the Intergroup Spring Course but is open to students with a strong interested in social justice education.

Apply today! Space is limited!

Applications here: IGD Course Fall 2016: Application

Or available at http://commonground.arizona.edu

For more information:

Sarah Gonzales, Coordinator Common Ground Alliance:sarita@email.arizona.edu

Sponsored by Common Ground Alliance and Student Services Fee

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8. SERP 497k Course: Sexuality and Disability - Session II

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10. 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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11. 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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