Dec. 2nd Newsletter

We hope this semester is going great for everyone!  Here's some cool events to help you finish strong! 

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. Homo for the Holidays, Dec. 7
  2. Pride Alliance Intern Applications

Continuing Series​​

  1. Support Group
  2. QTPOC Meetings, every Thurs.
  3. Safe Zone Workshops
  4. AROspACE Meetings, every Mon



  1. Dog Days with the Dean, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 30
  2. After Orlando, Dec. 5
  3. NASA Social Injustice Session, Dec. 6
  4. Free HIV Testing, Dec. 7
  5. One Community: A Procession & Vigil of Affirmation, Dec. 8
  6. Finals Survival Week, Dec. 8, 9, 10, 12
  7. NYT Op-ed


  1. Making Spirits Bright, Dec. 2,3,4
  2. LGBTQ 101 & SAAF Tour, Dec. 7
  3. LBTQ Grief Group, Dec. 8
  4. SAAF's Healthy Relationship Summit, Dec. 10, 11


  1. UA Campus Pantry Food Drive
  2. Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Dec. 16
  3. UA's Student Advisory Board, Dec. 31st
  4. UA Green Guides
  5. V. Steele Campaign Intern
  6. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus
  7. Apply to Become a UA Tutor
  8. Enroll in HED 331: Masculinity, Power, and Education
  9. Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College & Graduate Students Project
  10. Apply to be a PASS Advisor, Spring 2017
  11. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations
  12. World Outgames
  13. FHSD 604: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  14. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice
  15. GWS 300: The Politics of Resistance: Riots, Revolt, & Protest
  16. HED 397B: Project SOAR
  17. ENVS 397S: Sustainability Workshop and Opportunities in Green Leadership
  18. GWS: Trans Studies: Politics of the Personal
  19. Trans POC Study
  20. Apply for Compost Cats


1. Point Foundation Application


  1. LGBTQ Health Survey
  2. Fresh Arizona Healthcare Survey
  3. RoSE Survey
  4. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress
  5. Anonymous Survey about Trans Experiences of Discrimination



LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Homo for the Holidays, Dec. 7


It's the most wonderful time to be queer! Come celebrate with Pride Alliance on December 7th to relieve your finals week stress and stock up on good cheer before we leave for the winter. We'll have holiday goodies,cookie decorating, and more! Wear your best holiday (ugly) sweater and bring a small ($5 max.) gift for the Rainbow Elephant exchange! 


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2. Pride Alliance Intern Application

Intern applications for Spring Semester are due Monday, December 5th. Earn academic credit, gain leadership skills, and find community with an incredible group of people! Applications can be found here


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 Fall 2016, this group will meet every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm in room 412 of the Student Union from August 30 2016 to December 6th. 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 or 621-3334.

Queer People of Color & Two Spirit Discussion Group
This group will meet Thursdays 5-6:30pm in the Guerrero Student Center, Chavez Building Room 217. 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, neutroisagender, 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 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.


AROspACE Meetings Every Monday


An Aromantic and Asexual Discussion Group

Mondays, 5:30pm

LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Union Room 404-O

Starts Sept. 19th

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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.

We are currently at full capacity for our last training of the semester.  Our  next Safe Zone training will be in January 2017.

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 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. Dog Days with the Dean, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 7



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2. After Orlando, Dec. 5


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3. NASA Social Injustice Session, Dec. 6


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4. Free HIV Testing

FREE HIV testing in partnership with the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation will be on campus next Wednesday, December 7th from 10am-1pm. All you have to do is email your top 3 time slots to Testing will occur in 20 minute intervals from 10am to 1pm. It is private, confidential, and your name or information will not be used for any reason other than scheduling/confirming your appointment. Facebook event is here


5. One Community: A Procession & Vigil of Affirmation, Dec. 8


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6. Finals Survival Week, Dec. 8, 9, 10, 12

A SAEM/AISS initiative… Finals Survival Week kicks off next Wednesday, December 7!

Join SAEM/AISS departments on the UA Mall, 12/7 beginning at 6 pm for our UA Holiday event (with Wildcat Events Board, The Board, and Cats After Dark), complete with ice-skating, horse carriage rides, snacks, hot chocolate, and more! In addition to UA Holiday, Campus Recreation will also be hosting a variety of other FREE events (open to staff) during finals week – check some of our events below: 

Zen Day on Dead Day

Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 2-5:30 pm

Main Library Plaza

Join us for a FREE yoga and meditation starting at 


Relaxing Art Classes

Thursday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 11 @ 6-8 pm

Outdoor Recreation 


Group Fitness Classes – View full schedule HERE

Friday, Dec. 9 through Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Room B and Spin Studio

Group fitness classes include: Zumba, Yoga, Cycle, Pilates, and many more!


Try a SCUBA Class

Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 4-8 pm and Monday, Dec. 12 @ 6-10 pm

Pool Area

No experience necessary, beginners welcome


Mini Triathlon

Monday, Dec. 12 @ 3-4 pm

Pool Area

Swim, bike, and run! Beginners welcome


For more Campus Recreation events, visit:

For events across campus, visit:

7. NYT Op-ed

"I’m circulating this link to the NYT op-ed page, because I think it of first-level importance to those of us in higher ed, regardless of our political leanings.  I’ll leave to you whether to distribute it to the Outlist, but I’m advocating that."



Community Events


1. Making Spirits Bright, Dec. 2, 3, 4


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2. LGBTQ 101 & SAAF Tour, Dec. 7


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3. LBTQ Grief Group, Dec. 8

Weekly support group starting Thursday, December 8th from 1:30-3 PM

Free group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women 18 years of age and older who are looking for an accepting space to share about loss.

Facilitated by the Director of the YWCA's Women's Counseling Network.

At the Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N Bonita Ave. Tucson, AZ 85745



4. SAAF's Healthy Relationship Summit, Dec. 10-11

APPLY TODAY: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation Healthy Relationships Summit – December 10-11

The Youth Life Project, a program of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is hosting a Healthy Relationships Summit to give participants the tools to identify and prevent dating abuse and sexual violence. During this 2-day intensive, participants will learn skills for self-advocacy and negotiating boundaries, how to help friends, conflict management, and lead the way in building a culture of consent for fostering healthy and equal relationships.

Where: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (375 S. Euclid, Tucson, AZ, 85719)

Date: December 10-11 (Must Attend Both Days)

Time: 9am-5pm



•All participants who attend both days of the 2-day summit will be given a gift card of $10.

•If participants need help with transportation, we can provide bus passes as well on a needs basis.

•Certificate of completion of the Safe Dates curriculum for attending both days.

Follow this link to complete the online application today:

For further questions or information, please email Michael Webb at


1. UA Campus Pantry Food Drive

The Dean of Students OfficeDisability Resource CenterGraduate and Professional Student Council, and Associated Students of the University of Arizona are hosting a food drive from November 18 – December 8, 2016, to benefit the UA Campus Pantry.

The UA Campus Pantry is a non-profit organization run by volunteers committed to helping students and staff who suffer from food insecurity. 

Food donation boxes will be placed at the following locations to accept unopened, non-perishable donations:

·         African American Student Affairs

·         ASUA

·         Dean of Students Office

·         Disability Resource Center

·         Graduate and Professional Student Council

·         Guererro Student Center

·         LGBTQ Affairs

·         Veterans Education and Transition Services

·         Women's Resource Center

Food Insecurity Facts:

·         Food insecurity = skipping meals or not getting proper nutrition because you cannot afford it.

·         Food insecurity rates on college campuses are often double that of the general population.

·         A recent study of ASU first-year students estimates 34% experience food insecurity.

·         The likelihood of suffering anxiety or depression increases with food insecurity.

Additional resources:

How Many College Students Are Going Hungry? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students (Students Against Hunger)

We can make a difference!


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2. Mariposas Sin Fronteras  

Internship opportunity for both undergrad and graduate students.  Application deadline is Dec. 16th!


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3. UA's Student Advisory Board

Join UA's Student Advisory Board! Application deadline is Dec. 31st.

Application Link:

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4. 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:

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:

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5. V. Steele Campaign Intern


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6. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus



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7. Apply to Become a UA Tutor

Become a Tutor!


Spring 2017 tutoring positions available at C.A.T.S. Academics, S.A.L.T. Center and Think Tank in math, physics, chemistry, geosciences, business, education, social sciences, humanities, and languages. We accept tutors from any major.


Benefits of being a tutor include

·  Flexible hours and paid training.

·  Opportunities to earn CLRA (College Reading & Learning Association) tutor certifications and pay raises for completing training.

·  Becoming a leader and mentor. Seasoned tutors mentor new tutors and lead trainings. Interviewing, outreach and other opportunities are also available in later semesters.

· Gaining mastery of content knowledge and tutoring methods. Helping others learn challenges you to think about and apply your knowledge in new ways each day.


Interested and want more info? Attend an Info Session at the SALT Center in the Patricia A. Bartlett Building, Room 120.

· Tuesday 10/11, 5pm

· Wednesday 10/19, 5pm

· Thursday 10/27, 5pm

· Wednesday 11/2, 5pm



Please note, there is paid, mandatory training the Monday and Tuesday before spring term begins. Tutors must also maintain a 3.0 and have an A/B in the course(s) they wish to tutor.

C.A.T.S. Academics: To request more info, contact Aaron Davis at

Completed applications should include a resume, cover letter, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.


S.A.L.T. Center: Click on “Become a SALT Center Tutor.” Questions can be directed to Carlos Williams or Blake Cesarz


Think Tank:  under “Content Area Tutor.”  To request more info, contact Mel Williams at Completed applications can be turned in to Mel by email or dropped off at the Think Tank Bear Down Gym front desk. Wildcat Joblink:789519.

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8. Enroll in HED 331 "Masculinity, Power, and Education," Spring 2017

9. Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College & Graduate Students Project 

Abbie Goldberg, a Professor of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester MA, is conducting a survey of trans/gender-nonconforming college students (including recent graduates) and graduate students regarding their perspectives and experiences on a range of topics, including trans advocacy and needed supports/services on college campuses.Students with non-binary gender identities are particularly encouraged to participate, as their experiences are rarely represented in research. Students may participate if they identify as trans, gender-nonconforming, gender questioning, genderqueer, agender, or anywhere on the gender-nonconforming spectrum. The survey, which was informed by focus groups and consultation with trans/gender nonconforming college students, takes about 25-30 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. Individuals can elect to be entered in a lottery for one of 10 $50.00 Amazon gift cards; individuals’ names and email addresses will not be connected to or traceable to the data that they provide. 


Please contact the principal investigator of the study, Abbie Goldberg, with any questions or feedback, or to request to be informed of study findings: Feel free to learn more about her research on sexuality, gender, and families. Or visit the project Facebook page:


This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB).  Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. James P. Elliott: (508) 793-7152 or by e-mail (


To participate, please follow the link:

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10. Apply to be a PASS Advisor, Spring 2017

The PASS (Pathway to Academic Student Success) Program provides peer advising, workshops, individualized plans, and continuous support to improve students’ persistence towards graduation to students who are on academic probation for the first time in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Medicine (Pre-Physiology), Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health and the Eller College of Management.*
*You do not need to be a student in one of these colleges to be a PASS PA.

Individuals in this position meet with a roster of students one-on-one to help improve their academic performance, help students identify campus resources that would be valuable to them, and help students develop skills and knowledge required to be a successful student and graduate from the University of Arizona.

  • PAs decide their own schedule between 8am and 5pm M-F. PAs are required to be available a minimum of 15 hours a week, up to a maximum of 25.
  • Salary Level:  $8.25/hr
  • Start date: 1/5/17
  • Approximate Hours Per Week:  15-25


Applicant Qualifications:

·         A minimum of 30 units taken (Sophomore standing, Juniors and Seniors preferred)

·         Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA (3.0 preferred)

·         Enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in the Fall 2016 semester

·         Must be available to work a minimum of 15 hr/week.


Peer Advisor Responsibilities:

·         Be able to attend PAID training sessions the week before classes start for the Spring semester (January 5-10, Thu/Fri/Mon/Tues)

·         Attend staff meetings every Wednesday from 8:00am—8:45am

·         Serve as a resource to 20-40 student participants

·         Be knowledgeable of campus resources and help students transition into the University (training provided)

·         Prepare for and conduct all bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with students

·         Provide a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment for students to learn

·         Maintain confidentiality & record/input student information into database


*All PASS team members must abide by the University of Arizona Code of Conduct and the University of Arizona Academic Code of Integrity.*

How to Apply:

Please download and submit the completed application form (attached) along with all additional documentation to Sam Becker at OR in hard copy to room 28A of the Robert L. Nugent Building



Please visit our website at

Or contact:

Samantha Becker

Phone: (520) 621-8554

Robert L Nugent Building Rm 28A

1212 E University Blvd.

Tucson AZ 85721

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11. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations

UA Federal Relations is currently accepting applications for Spring 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 UA 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


If any further questions, please contact Shannon at 520-621-9191,


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12. World Outgames

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13. FSHD: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships


14. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice

15. GWS 300: The Politics of Resistance: Riots, Revolt, & Protest

16. HED 397B: Project SOAR

17. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice

18. GWS 310: Trans Studies - Politics of the Personal

19. Trans POC Study

Hi! I seek transgender people of color to participate in a two-hour group interview during the first week of January 2017 in Central Tucson. The study is focused on the school experiences transgender people of color and involves the use of focus group interviews to improve policy and school counseling services. Participants will receive a $60 gift card to participate. Please contact Jack Simons at or (520) 389-0870 to register. Thanks!


20. Apply for Compost Cats


1. Point Foundation Scholarship



1. LGBTQ Health Survey

Fresh Arizona is a project funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services with the purpose of helping populations disparately impacted by tobacco use.  The project will use the data from the “Perceptions of Cigarette Smoking and Other Tobacco Product Use” to inform statewide strategies and activities to reduce initiation of tobacco use and increase access to effective tobacco use cessation services.

Adults, 18 years old and older, identifying as gender and sexual minorities – lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and others – are thought to have much higher rates of tobacco use than the general adult population.

Fresh Arizona needs your help to better understand pathways to tobacco use and to effective cessation for adults identifying as gender or sexual minorities.  

 If you identify as a gender or sexual minority, please follow the link and complete the survey; and

Thank you for helping Fresh Arizona to address local community needs across Arizona and assisting us with filling some data gaps related to cigarette smoking and tobacco product consumption.


2. Fresh Arizona - Health Care Survey

SAAF has partnered with a statewide coalition, Fresh Arizona, to learn more about the health needs in our community. They have created this survey in order to gain more insight into perceptions around tobacco use among LGBTQ adults in Arizona. 

Please take this survey and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues to help better address health concerns important to the LGBTQ community.  The information gathered by this survey will increase LGBTQ representation and visibility in health data and help improve healthcare for LGBTQ people. 

Please follow this link to take the survey:

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3. RoSE Survey

On behalf of Dr. Jessica Muilenburg at the University of Georgia, I invite you to participate in and share the Romantic, Sexual and Emotional health (RoSE) Study. The purpose of this study is to understand the sexual and mental health of women who love other women. Participation involves taking a 15-20 minute electronic survey – we would greatly appreciate your help!

Here are a few things you need to know about this research study:
  • You must be 18 years or older. You must identify as a woman who has romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women.
  • Due to the lack of representation of transgender, non-binary and asexual women, we especially encourage you to participate if you belong to one of those groups.
  • Participation is completely voluntary. In exchange for participation, all respondents will be entered to win one of two $20 Amazon e-gift cards. Anyone who does not wish to participate in the research can still be entered into the drawing for the gift card, just please contact
  • Please share the survey; Share the attached flier online!
  • You may take the survey at:
Thank you so much for your time! We appreciate your help in adding to current knowledge on the health of LGBQ women!

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4. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress

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5. Anonymous Survey about Trans Experiences of Discrimination

Dear Potential Participant,

My name is Luke Allen, and I am a counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I am currently part of a research team, led by my adviser Dr. Watson, conducting a study investigating transgender individuals’ experiences of discrimination. In order to participate, you must a) identify as an individual of transgender experience (for example, gender queer, trans woman, trans man, nonbinary trans individual, gender fluid, and so on), b) be 18 years of age or older, and c) be able to read the English language.

If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, one time only. If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link:

Or, if you would like further information, please email Laurel Watson at

For your participation, you may choose to enter a raffle to win one of four $25.00 gift cards.  In addition, a $2 donation to a local organization serving transgender individuals (Kansas City Anti-Violence Project) will be made for each participant, for a maximum of $650.

This study, protocol number 16-113, has been approved by University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Institutional Review Board. If you have any concerns about your rights as a participant your concerns please call 816-235-5927

Thanks for your consideration.

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