February 16th Newsletter

 

Happy February!

We have lots of great opportunities and events to share with you in this edition of the newsletter. 


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

 

Best,
LGBTQ Affairs



Current Events & News

 

LGBTQ Affairs
Events

Special Events

  1. Advanced Safe Zone with Scott Shofield: Gender Self-Esteem, February 18th 12-2pm
  2. Becoming a man in 127 EASY Steps: A performance by Scott Schofield. February 18th 6pm
  3. Volunteer to join the Pride Alliance Angel Project for February 24th

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule 

Campus
Events

 

  1. Meet the Dean Spring 2015 Hours
  2. Black History Month Events Schedule
  3. Spring 2015 Deep Dish Schedule
  4. Milennials and Microagression, Feb 17th, 9am 
  5. 22nd Annual Lesbian Looks Opening Night: Feb 19th 7pm

Community
Events

 

  1. A Day with Masha Gessen: Feb 2nd
  2. Rev it up! Reveille Roundup: Feb 21st 6:30pm
  3. ​BICAS Ride & Wrench event: Feb 23rd and March 30th
  4. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 2015
  5. Tucson Transgender Advocacy Group Reorganizes 

Opportunities

  1. Consider the Social Justice Wing for 2015-2016
  2. Victory Congressional Fellowship for Graduating Seniors
  3. Personal Statement Triage: Feb 17th
  4. ​Greatness magazine submission opportunity
  5. 2015 Graduate Student Internship
  6. PFLAG Scholarship
  7. 2015 Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship
  8. BlaqOUT Conference: April 10-11th 
  9. ASUA Election Candidate Packets Available 
  10. Graduate Student CRA at La Aldea Apartments

 


LGBTQ Affairs Events

 

LGBTQ Affairs Special Events


1. Advanced Safe Zone Workshop with Scott Schofield: Gender Self-Esteem, February 18th 12-2pm

Gender Self-Esteem
Wednesday February 18th, 12-2pm
Saguaro Room, El Portal 

Join ASUA Pride Alliance and University of Arizona LGBTQ Affairs for a workshop with Scott Turner Schofield on self-care, self-love, and gender confidence. While resources exist to meet the needs of a person with low self-esteem, what preventative measures exist? What can we do every day to feel better, before we need to seek help for how bad it can get? Gender Self-Esteem takes a holistic view of personhood - including intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, sexual and gender orientation, size, ability, religion, geography, and class - and offers exercises to meet each individual on their own terms to create their own ritual of self care. Participants leave with their own plan for building the life they want, and, if they choose, an accountability buddy from the group.

Pizza will be served! RSVP here with your preferred toppings

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2. Becoming a man in 127 EASY Steps, a performance by Scott Schofield, February 18th 6pm 

Becoming a man in 127 EASY Steps
Wednesday February 18th,  6pm
Women's Resource Center, CSIL 4th floor of the student union

Irreverent and dynamic, graceful and playful, Becoming A Man In 127 EASY Steps engages the deep questions and the locker room jokes about what it means to "become" a man. Moving beyond the transgender narrative that focuses on the experience of transition, Schofield explores the drama and hilarity of living a new life in the "opposite" gender.

This event is co-sponsored by ASUA Pride AllianceUniversity of Arizona LGBTQ AffairsFORCE - University of Arizona, and The Men's Project - University of Arizona.

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3. Volunteer for the Pride Alliance Angel Project for February 24th
 

Pride Alliance is looking for people to volunteer for the Angel Project as either Angels, Speakers, or tablers during Brother Jed's visit in shifts between 9am to 3pm, Tuesday, February 24th  Every year the infamous Brother Jed brings hate to our campus. He tells us we are evil, essentially and innately wrong, and condemns us to hell. His arrival means that for three days our campus will not be able to provide a safe, accepting, and supportive learning environment for its students. Because of the University of Arizona’s free speech policy, he is able to make our students, faculty, staff, and community members feel unwelcome in their own home.

This year, as in past years, our students are standing up. On Tuesday, February 24th from 9am to 3pm, Angels will surround Brother Jed, providing a physical barrier between him and our community. Although we cannot drown him out, we can provide safe passage for people to walk across the mall without Jed singling them out for discrimination and symbolically stand up against the hate he preaches.

 

The Angel Project is a response against extremist Christian hate. Angels wear harnesses with large wings made of white fabric attached. Six angels will stand silently in front of Brother Jed. Serving as an angel is an emotionally difficult but extremely rewarding task. One to two people will act as the Angels’ speaker and will answer questions from passerby’s and the media about the project, Jed, and why the community is taking a stand against hate speech. Pride Alliance will be tabling in order to direct people affected by his presence to places where they can find safety and support.

 

We ask that each Angel and Speaker signs up for an hour long shift (or more!) and commits to joining us for one of two Angel training sessions where we will go over procedure, history of the Angel Project, and self-care as a group. Training sessions will take place in the LGBTQ Resource Center, one on Friday, February 20th from 1-2pm and one on Monday, February 23rd from 4-5pm. At 3pm, we will regroup and debrief with debrief and practice self-care with free pizza in the LGBTQ Resource Center.

 

If you are interested in serving your community as an Angel please sign up on the attached GoogleDoc and RSVP to kathermanson@email.arizona.edu with which training session you will attend. Also, please feel free to contact us for more information at any time.

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LGBTQ Affairs Continuing Events



1. Support Groups

LGBTQ Affairs provides support groups to people who need some support in their lives. Those include: 

LGBTQA+ Support Group
Tuesdays 4-5:30pm in the SUMC Room 412 (4th Floor Conference Room)

This is a safe space for UA students, faculty, and staff to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQA+ and Allied community. 

Gender Spectrum Support Group
Mondays 3-4pm in the 3rd Floor Highland Commons, SE Corner

This is a support, therapy, and education group for UA students dealing with gender identity, gender dysphoria, and issues related to gender. There is a $5 a week charge, that can be billed to Bursar's

QPOC and Two-Spirit Discussion Group
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm in Nugent Room 203

This is a peer to peer discussion group that provides a safe environment  to connect, share experiences, and show support for each other. 


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2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.


 

 

Upcoming Training and Registration Links:

 

February


Friday, Feb 20
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

11:00-1:30pm
General Education Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ek54_Hc6gPQaqYRF7gOA2up-XsJ_ugvVcf_NZmnPWvw/viewform

2:00-4:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18f_3ULgOejlsBftY5pEamyrHKifKOdWGGmd7OqpC85s/viewform


March


Friday, March 6
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

10:00-12:30pm
General Education Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FTfTsb6p_Xombaaj05bXv6juSN_Y8BXjMHRklfkfB5E/viewform

1:00-3:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1djr2C99o2gWHot7oV6_r_W69E89EByqZGDOybFIfss8/viewform


April


Friday , April 17
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

9:00-11:30pm
General Education Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yoTcCcqscSdRskXMyxm4u5gwML_i7IHDr-85l3F8D34/edit

12:00-2:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fcvcaWkBPtvcGdO_63lnKBtOvu3Duznl_2HLleXFRh8/viewform

 

Campus Events


 

1. Meet the Dean! Spring 2015 Hours   

Visit Kendal Washington White, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students during her Meet the Dean hours! Stop by Nugent 100 Mondays from 12-1pm or Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm and chat with her. These hours are open from February 2nd to May 14th. 

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2. Black History Month Events 

We have an amazing series of events happening across campus this year for Black History Month. Each week we’ll post updates about what events are happening and how you can get connected. Events include a collaboration with LGBTQ affairs, The Family Room dance class on Tuesdays where you can learn to vogue, walk the runway, and werk those heels!

Ancestor Wisdom of the Week:

“Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
 so get yourself
a little loving
in between.”

For more detail on all events, please visit the African American Student Affairs online calendar at http://aasa.arizona.edu/calendar or check out their facebook page (African American Student Affairs-UA).

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3. Spring 2015 Deep Dish Schedule 


Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series
When:  Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m., Fall and Spring Semesters
 
Think deep (like "smart") and dish (like "gossip"), Deep Dish is our 10-times-a-semester, lunchtime speaker series that focuses on sharing and discussing LGBT-related research, community initiatives, and social justice issues. It's casual, conversational, informal--and best of all, there's free food. Deep Dish is our homage to an old-fashioned lesbian potluck, where we can build diverse networks and share information among faculty, students, staff, and community members interested in LGBT research and social issues. Most presenters are local, but we also feature presentations from visiting scholars when we are lucky enough to know about their visits in advance. 

Visit https://lgbt.arizona.edu/deepdish for more information!

Feb. 5

Eva Simone Hayward

Under Water Race: Notes On Ellen Gallagher

402

Feb. 12

Zury Zanz Reyes

The Leader of the Pack: Theorizing the Alternative Masculinities of the Alpha Male

402

Feb. 19

Thomas Strong

Is HIV a Foetus?: Comparing Discourses of Contraception and HIV Prophylaxis

402

Feb. 26

John-Michael Warner

Queering U.S. Landscape Art

402

Mar. 5

Alex Barksdale

(Re)Claiming Radical Trans and Queer Histories

402

Mar. 12

Sandy Davenport 

LGBTQ Older Adults and Project Visibility

402

Mar. 26

Paul Amar

A Conversation with Paul Amar: Thinking in New Ways about LGBT justice in the Middle East and South America

402

Apr. 2

Stephen Russell 

Generations: Identity and Health in Three Cohorts of LGB People

402

Apr. 9

Bruv Luv

Self Reflection, Listening to Women's Voices & Coming Together with Men to Make Justice: Anti-patriarchy Organizing within Social Justice Communities

402

Apr. 16

Alex Karaman

Queering Palestine: An Exploration of Affective and Cultural Production in Isreal- Palestine

402

 

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4. Milennials and Microaggression Presentation, February 17th

"I'm Not Racist, But..." Millennials and Microaggression 

Presenters: Dan Xayaphanh & Matice Moore

Tuesday, February 17th from 9am-10am

SUMC, Presidio Room

Description:

Discrimination has a major impact on the student experience. The insidious forms of discrimination that occur in classrooms, residence halls, in the workplace and throughout our campus can be particularly difficult to identify and address, but impact students’ health and overall perception of the university. During this interactive session, participants will learn about how varying levels of microaggression are experienced by marginalized students at the UA, and will have the opportunity to creatively develop proactive strategies and supportive spaces to help students dialogue about identity, power, and discrimination. Lastly, participants will learn how the UA’s cultural programs and resource offices are an available resource for addressing discrimination and providing a culturally affirming experience at the UA. 

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5. 22nd Annual Lesbian Looks Opening Night, Feb 19th 7pm 

22nd Annual Lesbian Looks Opening Night: Thursday Feb 19th, 7pm

Tru Love (Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, 2013, Canada)

Loft Cinema

A touching story of mourning and cross-generational desire set in Canada’s frigid winter.  Toronto’s gray, snow-capped skyscrapers form a fitting backdrop for Tru and Alice, who kindle a close connection in their search for relief from desolate periods they have each been weathering in solitude. Alice’s mature elegance shines through to Tru, a 30-something commitment-phobe who has fled from romantic entanglements ever since running away from homophobic parents as a teenager. Alice has accumulated her own share of burdens over the course of her life; she became a widow just months earlier, and finds in Tru — played by co-director and co-writer Shauna McDonald — a partner for exploring romantic desires she repressed throughout her long marriage.

Winner of 14 International Film Festival Awards, and named one of 2013’s Top Ten Films by Huffington Post, UK.

http://trulovethefilm.com/          trailer: http://vimeo.com/102416199

Our 2015 season includes two award-winning documentaries, LL favorite Monika Treut's latest film, and an all-new season of Virtual Lesbian Looks webseries (coming soon!).  Complete season info is available at lesbianlooks.org

LL 2015 is presented by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, with major support from the Hanson Film Institute and the McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families.  Co-sponsors this year include the Department of German Studies, the Primavera Foundation, Our Family Services, and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Complete info on LL 2015 at lesbianlooks.org
Like us on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lesbian-Looks-Film-Series/162885077061214

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Community Events


1. A day with Masha Gessen, February 2nd  

Renowned Russian & American journalist, author, and activist Masha Gessen is coming to Tucson on Monday, February 2nd! Both of her talks are free and open to everyone. 

What Is It About the Gays? 
4-5pm
UA Hillell Foundation

Putin's War Against the West
7-8:30pm
Tucson JCC


2. Rev it up! Reveille Roundup hosted by David Fitzsimmons, Feb 21st 6:30pm 

Get your tickets here to the Reveille Roundup on Feb 21st! This benefits the Joel Meister Scholarship Fund, remembering a former member of the chorus and the board of directors for Reveille Men's Chorus. As a retired professor of public health at the UA, the chorus adopted its public health mission to bring understanding around LGBT and AIDS issues. After his pasing, the chorus felt that his commitment to tackling tough issues through music should be honored. Reveille dedicated the scholarship fund to his memory and dedication. 

 

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3. BICAS Ride & Wrench 

 

BICAS is pleased to invite UA students and faculty to "Ride & Wrench" on Feb 23rd or March 30th from 4-6pm. Ride & Wrench is a brand new way for the UA community to connect with BICAS WTF Workshop.

BICAS WTF Workshop is a weekly workshop for people who identify as women, girls, transgender, trans*, genderqueer, femme, &/or feminine to learn and practice bicycle mechanics.

We are excited to offer this fun & FREE opportunity for UA students and faculty who identify as women, trans*, &/or femme to enjoy a leisurely bike ride lead by BICAS staff, a welcome tour and refreshments at BICAS' WTF Workshop, and a short demonstration on a basic bicycle repair topic.

You may register for either date online at: bicas.org/wtf-wrench-ride/

Dates: February 23rd  or
March 30th
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: FREE!
Meeting Place: Women's Plaza of Honor


4. Save the Date for the Lets Get Better Together Conference, May 8th 2015

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5. Tucson Transgender Advocacy Group Reorganizes
 

Contact:

Abby Louise Jensen, Vice President    www.sagatucson.org

C. Michael Woodward, Treasurer        520-477-7096
 

Tucson Transgender Advocacy Group Reorganizes
 

(TUCSON, AZ) The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) announced that it has reorganized as an Arizona nonprofit corporation in order to continue its work supporting Southern Arizona’s transgender and gender nonconforming community, a role it has served in the community for nearly 17 years. The organization’s official name is now “Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Inc.”

 

“We believe the future is very bright for trans people, and we appreciate the support we have received from our allies in the media, the government, and the public, since our founding,” said SAGA co-founder Kevin Q. Maxey, MD, who was appointed Chair Emeritus of the Board at the first meeting of the Board of Directors. “However, substantial barriers remain to the well-being of trans people in employment, housing, health care, and many other facets of our lives. SAGA continues to represent Southern Arizona’s gender variant people and their families, and we take an active role in creating a world free from bias, stereotyping, and discrimination based on gender identity or expression.”

 

In addition to Dr. Maxey, the incorporating directors and officers of the board include Miki Odawa, President; Abby Louise Jensen, Vice President; C. Michael Woodward, Treasurer; and Erin M. Russ, Secretary.

 

One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country, SAGA was initially formed in 1998 by a group of transgender individuals in Tucson who realized that the community needed an organization to support transgender and other gender-variant people. At the time of its formation, SAGA was an informal, grassroots group that met regularly in borrowed rooms and worked on an ad-hoc basis. In 2004, SAGA merged with its fiscal sponsor, Wingspan LGBT Community Center, to create a stronger, more visible organization.

 

With the closing of the community center in summer 2014, SAGA members agreed it was time to return the organization to independent status. SAGA has now incorporated and applied for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to insure its future success and independence. (Once approved, that status will be retroactive to the date of its incorporation, November 17, 2014.)

 

For more information, please call 520-477-7096, e-mail info@sagatucson.org or visit the SAGA website at www.sagatucson.org. Donations can be made by clicking on the “Donate Now”, or mailing a check to SAGA, PO Box 41863, Tucson, AZ 85717.

        

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SAGA envisions a world free from bias, stereotyping, and discrimination based on gender identity or expression. SAGA works to ensure that the basic rights of all people are protected, and that they can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community regardless of their gender identity or expression.

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Opportunities


1. Thinking of Living on Campus for 2015-2016? Consider the Social Justice Wing!

Are you passionate about diversity and social justice? Want to live in a community of affirming, passionate people? Consider living with Residence Life in Pima, just north of the student union. Gender-inclusive roommate pairs and suite bathrooms are available!

Need more information?  Visit http://www.life.arizona.edu/home/hall-living/featured-communities/social-justice-wing or contact socialjustice@life.arizona.edu.

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The Victory Congressional Fellowship, a year-long, full-time congressional fellowship beginning May 27, is now accepting applications through February 17.

The Victory Institute will bring an emerging LGBTQ leader to Washington, D.C., for a year-long intensive fellowship. The program includes travel to and from Washington, D.C.; a generous stipend of $28,000 through May 25, 2016; reimbursement for health insurance of up to $400 per month; as well as paid registration for the LGBT Leaders 2015Conference in Las Vegas, NV, this November.

The fellow will support the executive director of the LGBT Congressional Equality Caucus, co-chaired by six of the openly LGB members of Congress. Applicants with strong written communications and web skills are highly preferred, regardless of academic degree and major. Future fellows may support a particular congressional office or committee.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship are due Tuesday, February 17 – find out more and apply now at https://www.victoryinstitute.org/programs/victory-congressional-fellowship.  

The Fellowship is open to recent graduates of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, political affiliations, academic majors and degrees (including those other than political science). Applicants must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program within the last three years (as of May 27, 2012).

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3. Personal Statement Triage, February 17th 

Pre-Health Professions Advising Center Presents:

Personal Statement Triage

Bring your personal statement!  Don’t have one?
We’ll share ideas and advice with you!

Tuesday, February 17th
11 am – 1 pm
Grand Ballroom, Student Union
(Back left corner)
During the Health Professions Expo

Questions?  Contact:  Cassandra Peel (cpeel@email.arizona.edu<mailto:cpeel@email.arizona.edu>

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It’s official – Acts of Greatness‘s new LGBTQ youth magazine is ready to accept submissions!

Greatness magazine will showcase the freshest art and writing by, for, and about LGBTQ youth. The magazine invites youth (up to age 23) from around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world they see around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humor.

We welcome all kinds of artwork and writing: nonfiction, essays, memoir, poetry, short stories, travelogue, flash-fiction, advice, interviews or reviews (books, plays, TV shows, movies), photography, illustrations, etc. either by LGBTQ youth or about LGBTQ youth.

We ask that all submissions be in by March 31, 2015. This way we can distribute the magazine for May 2015.

Greatness will be available online at actsofgreatness.org. 

Bonus:

The first 40 people who submit to Greatness will receive a free print of our cover (see above image)!

Please send your submissions to hello@actsofgreatness.org.

Writing should be emailed as a Word attachment. Please also include a bio of up-to 150 words. We will consider one piece of prose (story, essay, memoir, review, etc.) at a time, and up to 3 poems.

We will also feature artwork by, about, and for LGBTQ youth. Please send samples or links to your online portfolio for us to consider it.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about what to submit. We’re happy to hear from you.

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University of California, Riverside

2015 Summer Internship for Housing & LGBT Concerns

Graduate Student Internship – Joint appointment with Housing Services and LGBT Resource Center

Full time, 6 weeks – Start date Tuesday, June 16, end date Friday, July 24, 2015.

Room and board June 15 – July 24, 2015 at a rate equal to wages paid + $425 stipend.

Deadline to apply: February 20, 2015.

Essential Functions:

Intern will receive supervision by LGBT Resource Center staff and training on aspects of directing an LGBT Resource Center (programming, training, advocacy, budgeting), as well as gain valuable experiences working with a large housing program. Activities include:

Project – Intern will develop and complete a project to be shared with members of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. The project will be developed once the intern is on-site.

Housing Activities – Intern will meet with Housing staff to determine tasks or activities that will assist in the development of Residence Life training and programming (e.g. training modules for Housing student staff, program efforts with Stonewall Hall, Welcome Week planning).

Summer Orientation Activities – Intern will help facilitate “Building Commons Ground” sessions during New Student Orientation, working alongside staff in the ethnic and gender program offices. Intern may also assist with outreach tabling during the Activities Expos.

Professional Development Activities – Intern will participate in staff discussions regarding student affairs issues, supplemented by readings and resources, on topics such as career development, professional/personal boundaries, budgeting, and serving diverse student populations.

Center Activities – Intern will interact with students and visitors to the LGBT Resource Center, including opportunities to facilitate student discussion groups or present summer programs.

Site Visits – Intern will visit LGBT Resource Centers at campuses such as UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, the Claremont Colleges, CSU San Marcos, and UCLA.

Qualifications:

Currently enrolled graduate student within a student affairs graduate program. Experience working with Housing/Residence Life or with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students in a higher education environment. The successful candidate will understand sexual orientation, gender identity, and student development issues; be sensitive to the effects of racism, sexism, heterosexism, genderism, and other forms of oppression on the student experience; and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application:

Please provide the following via email (nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu): a Resume and Cover Letter explaining the relevance of the internship to your career objectives in the field of LGBT resources in higher education AND the skills you hope to gain from this internship experience. Deadline is February 20, 2015.

The University of California, Riverside enrolls approximately 18,000 undergraduate students. 25 percent of UC Riverside students live on campus in school housing. This is 75 percent of the freshman class. The student population is culturally diverse, with approximately 75% of undergraduates identifying as Asian Pacific Islander, African American, Latino/a, or Native American. The LGBT Resource Center, established in 1993, provides support, education, and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Learn more on the web at http://www.ucr.eduhttp://www.out.ucr.edu, or http://www.housing.ucr.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Tubbs
Director, LGBT Resource Center
951.827.2267nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu

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6. PFLAG Scholarship 

This year again PFLAG Tucson will be awarding several $1,000 LGBT scholarships in the name Gene Moore, our past president, and one $1,000 scholarship in the name of Art and Mark Woodland.  These scholarships will go to southern Arizona high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students to attend an institution of higher education, wherever that may be.

This year's application materials are now available on PFLAG Tucson’s website at http://www.pflagtucson.org/scholarships.  For further information you may also contact PFLAG at 520-360-3795pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org, P.O. Box 36264, Tucson, AZ 85740.  The application deadline is March 31, 2015, and we will make our award decisions in mid-April, to be followed by our awards reception on May 6 at the Ward VI City Council Offices.    
 

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7. 2015 Monique Wittig Writers's Scholarship 

This scholarship honors the life and work of Monique Wittig, French novelist, poet and social theorist. Wittig was a professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1990 to 2003. First published as a novelist, Wittig’s fiction revolutionized French literature. Mary McCarthy called her “the best writer anywhere of her generation.” Wittig’s fiction, as well as theoretical writing, has had a fundamental and worldwide impact upon feminist theory and lesbian and gay theory.

In honor of Wittig, the Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship will foster innovation in literary forms and the connection between politics and language. It will allow University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students to allocate more time to their writing.

This scholarship is open to writers in all fields including literature, film, theater, poetry, essays and new/mixed media. The winner will be expected to present from the work in progress at the awards ceremony toward the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Applications should include the application form (here) and a cover letter indicating how the student’s work addresses the political and artistic goals of the scholarship, and how the project relates to the student’s other work, and where possible, the work of Monique Wittig. It should also include a writing sample (or other artistic sample) from the project that will be helped by the award, and a plan that demonstrates how the scholarship will aid the student in completing his/her project.

Checklist:

1) Completed Application Form

2) Cover Letter

3) Writing Sample from your project—8-18 pages (if prose, double-spaced)

4) A plan on how this scholarship will facilitate the completion of your project

5) Compile all the components of the application into one PDF, with a file format = last name of the applicant.PDF  (e.g., smith.PDF)

Applications due April 1, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Submit applications via email to Professor Sandra Soto at sotos@email.arizona.edu.

Direct questions to:   Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship

                                    Gender & Women’s Studies Department

                                    Leigh Spencer, Program Coordinator

                                    Email: spencerl@email.arizona.edu

                                    Phone: 520-621-5656

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The UCR LGBT Resource Center is pleased to announce the Second BlaqOUT Conference on April 10-11, 2015 @ University of California, Riverside.

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/African American or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBTQ Spectrum, to apply to attend.

If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on May 1-3, 2015 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The QPOC Conference is open to all individuals.

Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.

The workshop proposal form will be available online in January 2015.

The general application to attend will open online in February; please apply by March 28th, 2015.

Once you have been selected for the BlaqOUT Conference, you have until April 3, 2015 to pay registration fees or your spot will be given to another individual. Registration is $20 with a T-Shirt included in the registration fee. If you do not want a T-Shirt, Reduced Registration is $10. 

Questions? Email blaqoutucr@gmail.com or LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi Thibodeaux at toi.thibodeaux@ucr.edu or 951-827-2267. Visit http://blaqoutucr.blogspot.com/ for more! 

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9. ASUA Election Candidate Packets Available 

To students involved in cultural centers, resource centers, and diverse clubs and organizations! 

ASUA handles more than a 1 million dollar budget, oversees all clubs and organizations on campus, and has access to President Hart and many other important administrators! It's time to make it representative and a diverse place for different ideas and identities to thrive! 

I encourage every cultural and resource center to convince their student leaders to pick up a packet and run for an ASUA elected position! 

Candidate packets are available NOW for pickup at the front desk of the ASUA Office (in the SUMC) Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pmWe highly encourage anyone interested in running for office to pick up a packet or come to the office with any questions about the elected positions, the campaign process, and the election itself. Signature requirements for candidacy have been lowered to encourage more students to run for elected offices!

The ASUA Elections Department will be available to meet in posted office hours or by appointment. Packets are due on Wednesday February 4th, 2015 at NOON. Any

additional information about the elections process can be found at the ASUA Elections Website:

 http://elections.asua.arizona.edu/ASUAElections/Elections.html

If you have any additional questions or support please contact the ASUA Diversity Director atjlupecon@email.arizona.edu

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Hey, Graduate Students! Are you looking for an opportunity to serve as a leader, mentor, and resource to a diverse on-campus community of graduate and international students? Do you like to plan fun events and work closely with a supportive team of talented fellow grad students? Would you like to do all of that, AND earn free housing at the same time? Apply to be a CRA at La Aldea Apartments! Applications are due by Sunday, February 8th! More information and application materials for the 2015-2016 school year can be found at this link:http://www.life.arizona.edu/home/graduate-housing/community-resident-assistant.

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!