Feb. 1st Newsletter

We hope your semester is off to a great start! Here are some events and opportunities happening on campus and in the community.

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. ASUA & GPSC Statement
  2. Queer-e-oke, Feb. 2nd


Continuing Series​​

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



  1. Lesbian Looks presents "Southwest of Salem", Feb. 2
  2. Diva La Paz, Feb. 3
  3. UndocuPeers Training, Feb. 17
  4. Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts



  1. LBTQ Grief Group, Weekly
  2. Celebration of Love, Feb. 1
  3. Hockey is for Everyone, Feb. 26


  1. UA Green Guides
  2. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus
  3. Enroll in HED 331: Masculinity, Power, and Education
  4. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations
  5. World Outgames
  6. FHSD 604: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  7. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice
  8. GWS 300: The Politics of Resistance: Riots, Revolt, & Protest
  9. HED 397B: Project SOAR
  10. ENVS 397S: Sustainability Workshop and Opportunities in Green Leadership
  11. GWS 310: Trans Studies: Politics of the Personal
  12. Nursery Attendant Job Application
  13. UA Take Charge Cats Application, March 27
  14. TRANSforming Gender Conference, March 10/11
  15. Victory Congressional Internship, Feb. 17
  16. Alternative Spring Break


  1. Point Foundation Scholarship
  2. PFLAG Scholarship


  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. ASUA and GPSC Statement

2. Queer-e-oke, Feb. 2nd

Join Pride Alliance and Delta Lambda Phi to sing in the new semester- the queer way! Bring your friends and show off your singing skills or just come to watch and hang out with other cool queer, trans, and allied folks! Free pizza and drinks!

The event is in the Games Room of the Student Union (bottom floor near the Cellar) on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 6 PM.



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 mvanderv@email.arizona.edu 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 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.


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 here.

January 31st

General Education Training: 10 AM - 12:30 PM 

Ally Development: 1 PM - 3 PM

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. Lesbian Looks presents "Southwest of Salem"

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: The Story of the San Antonio Four (Deborah Esquenazi, 2016)

Loft Cinema
Thursday February 2, 7:30pm

Co-presented by DocScapes, with support from the Confluence Center, the Institute for LGBT Studies and Puertas Abiertas

Post-screening discussion led by Gender & Women's Studies Assistant Professor Francisco Galarte

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting 'True Crime' tale.

"Has your blood pressure been sufficiently raised by shows like "Making a Murder" and movies like the "Paradise Lost" trilogy?  Buckle up becuase we've got another unbelievable true crime story that will leave you equal parts fascinated and furious."  --INDIEWIRE, April 2016


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2. Diva La Paz, Feb. 3


Have you ever wanted to attend a drag show? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community? Have you ever wanted to ensure that your Friday night is filled with fun and excitement? Look no more, as DIVA LA PAZ is back and better than ever!

Join in on the fun with the Colonia de la Paz staff and Hall Council on Friday, February 3rd in Colonia de la Paz on the University of Arizona’s campus. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the event kicking off promptly at 7:00pm, but be sure to come early for a seat!

During the 21st edition of Diva la Paz, you will witness a walkthrough of our newly created pride room, an array of pre-performance routines from UA organizations, a drag show featuring some amazingly talented divas from the Tucson community, and a Q&A session to learn more about the LGBTQ+ and Drag communities.

This event is proudly sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Residence Life department and Residence Hall Association.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064419247002389/                  



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3. UndocuPeers Training, Feb. 17

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4. Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts


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Community Events


1. LBTQ Grief Group, Weekly


LBTQ Grief Group (WEEKLY!!!)

January Dates:  Thursday, January 12th, 19th, and 26th from 1:30 - 3:00 PM 

Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita Ave

FREE drop-in group for lesbian, bisexual, trans, 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. 

For more information: soazseniorpride@gmail.com OR (520) 312 - 8923


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2. Celebration of Love, Feb. 1

PFLAG Tucson's 2017 Celebration of Love will be this coming Wednesday, February 1, at 7:00 pm at the Ward VI City Council Office at 3202 E. 1st Street.  Please join us to regale Tucson's LGBT couples and their wonderful relationships.  PFLAG will provide refreshments.  While we have asked for RSVPs, please feel free to come without one.  RSVP to pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org520-360-3795, if you want to. This year's celebration will feature a special presentation of the relationship of Mick Meader and Richard Holmes, long-time PFLAG supporters and me.  We will have photos and readings about them.

3. Hockey is for Everyone, Feb. 26

Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) is the National Hockey League's official youth development program. HIFE provides support and unique programing to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey.

The HIFE initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essential life skills, education and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.

There will be a game Febuary 26th @ 6:30PM against the Buffalo Sabres


Promo Code: PRIDE

$27 – Upper Level Ticket Option

$59 – Lower Level Ticket Option


The price of the ticket includes entry into the game as well as a rainbow Coyotes-tee



1. 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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2. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus


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



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4. 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,heubergs@email.arizona.edu

5. World Outgames

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6. FSHD: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships


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7. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice

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


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9. HED 397B: Project SOAR


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10. ENVS 397S: Sustainability Workshop


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


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12. Nursery Attendant Job Application


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13. UA Take Charge Cats Application, March 27  


"The Take Charge Cats located in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences are hiring for the 2017-2018 school year. Our undergraduate students teach personal finance workshops to middle and high school students in the Tucson community.

We would appreciate it if you could share this news with your students to let them know of this opportunity. We accept applications from students of all majors, and we encourage diversity within our team.  The students can apply through our website or through Wildcat Job Link. The link to our application on our website is http://takechargecats.org/join-the-team/ and our student Wild Cat job listing is 793791. We encourage students to apply by March 27th.  We will conduct interviews in April, and we plan to hire our new Take Charge Cats by May to start in August.  If you would like, I can send you a hiring flyer to include with your message to students."


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14. TRANSforming Gender Conference, March 10/11


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15. Victory Congressional Internship, Feb. 17


The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.

The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2017 Conference.

Applications for Summer 2017 are due Friday, February 17th – find out more and apply now athttps://victoryinstitute.wufoo.com/forms/q2jhs300dhakbh/ .

The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.

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16. Alternative Spring Break

Still needing plans for Spring Break??? Want to make a difference on a weekend or during you Spring break?? Have a passion for changing the world?

The University of Arizona Alternative Breaks organization has some available spots on our Spring Weekend and Spring Break trips! As a University of Arizona student, you could participate in the following trips:

Spring Break Trips (March 11th-18th):

Coastal Restoration- Miami FL (2 SPOTS AVAILABLE) $700 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will be working with both Biscayne National Parkland Everglades National Park. Participants will be focusing on habitat restoration of sea turtle nesting beaches and other sensitive coastal areas. 

Affordable Housing- Dallas TX (4 SPOTS AVAILABLE) $200 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will be working with Habitat for Humanity in the Dallas area.

Labor Trafficking (San Diego). Participants may also have the opportunity to work alongside the families that Habitat for Humanity serves.

Women's Rights- San Francisco CA (1 SPOT AVAILABLE) $200 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will be working with multiple organizations working with women's rights issues. These may range from homelessness, poverty, youth development, domestic violence, sexual assault, etc. 

Mental Health- Denver CO (4 SPOTS AVAILABLE) $200 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will mainly be working with the organization Chelsea's Place, which works with elders suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Participants will also spend a day cleaning up Columbine Memorial to get a different outlook on how mental illness effects our communities. 

Labor Trafficking- San Diego CA (7 SPOTS AVAILABLE) $200 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will be working with the organization Border Angels. Some of the work participants can expect to do includes water drops, speaking with individuals affected by labor trafficking at Friendship Park and Chicano Park. 

Weekend Trip (February 17th-19th):

Environment- Saguaro National Park, Tucson AZ (7 SPOTS AVAILABLE) $40 fee includes housing, all transportation and food

Participants will be working on trail work, trail brushing and possible rehabilitation projects within Saguaro National Park. This trip will also include informative nature walks, stargazing, sunset hikes, etc. 

If you are interested in participating in one of these life-changing, jam-packed fun, service trips over a weekend or Spring Break go to: https://arizona.collegiatelink.net/organization/alternativebreaks/availableforms (Please sign in with your UA NetID to complete the form)

Again, the trips include meaningful service working with different social issues, and fun activities on free days with other University of Arizona students! Our student-led trips are amazing opportunities for anyone looking to breakaway from the norm and do something different! Spots will go on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get your application in today and make arrangements to get your payments in.


Please contact uaalternativebreaks@gmail.com with any questions.



1. Point Foundation Scholarship


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2. PFLAG 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: http://bit.ly/FreshArizona

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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 jlm@uga.edu
  • Please share the survey; Share the attached flier online!
  • You may take the survey at: http://tinyurl.com/rosewxw
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 watsonlb@umkc.edu

For your participation, you may choose to enter a raffle to win one of four $25.00 Amazon.com 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.


6. 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: agoldberg@clarku.edu. Feel free to learn more about her research on sexuality, gender, and families. Or visit the project Facebook page: www.facebook.com/transgnc.


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 (humansubjects@clarku.edu).


To participate, please follow the link:



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