Jan. 13th 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​​



Continuing Series​​

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


1. Countdown to Inauguration: Critical Dialogues, Jan. 13, 17, 18, 19

2. UA Presents "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"

    Jan. 15 

3. QTPOC Kickoff Event, Jan. 19

4. Campus Teach-In and March on Civic Engagement and Non-Violent

    Protest, Jan. 20

5. Welcome Back Spring Social, Jan. 25



  1. LBTQ Grief Group, Weekly


  1. Orientation and Welcome Leader Application, Jan. 31
  2. UA Green Guides
  3. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus
  4. Enroll in HED 331: Masculinity, Power, and Education
  5. Apply to be a PASS Advisor, Spring 2017
  6. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations
  7. World Outgames
  8. FHSD 604: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  9. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice
  10. GWS 300: The Politics of Resistance: Riots, Revolt, & Protest
  11. HED 397B: Project SOAR
  12. ENVS 397S: Sustainability Workshop and Opportunities in Green Leadership
  13. GWS: Trans Studies: Politics of the Personal
  14. Nursery Attendant Job Application
  15. Resident Assistant Application, Jan. 18th


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



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. Countdown to Inauguration: Critical Dialogues, Jan. 13, 17, 18, 19


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2. UA Presents "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere." Jan. 15



Sunday, January 15, 2017 3:00pm at Centennial Hall


Celebrate Dr. King and his work towards social justice with a free concert organized by UA Presents at Centennial Hall. The stirring program will feature artists  from the  UA School of Theatre, UA Poetry Center, an MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit and a special opening performance from the children of Ocotillo Early Learning Center.


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3. QTPOC Kickoff Event

Thursday, January 19th

​5:00 - 6:30 PM

MLK Building Rm 315


For more information contact cncarvajal@email.arizona.edu


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4. Campus Teach-In and March on Civic Engagement and Non-Violent Protest, Jan. 20

Teach-In 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on UA Campus (on stage in front of the Cactus Garden) with March from Old Main to El Presidio Park and concert to follow. Details below.

Mission statement: On January 20, 2017, the United States will face a new presidential administration that threatens the rights and safety of many in our community and challenges the tenets of our democracy.

While some of us believe it is important to respect the outcome of the election, we also believe it is vital to step up our civic engagement under these circumstances. This march is a public demonstration that the greater Tucson area is a community that is inclusive and respects the rights and dignity of all people regardless of faith, race, gender, ability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. We want to demonstrate in a peaceful manner that we, as a community, collectively affirm the rights of those who are most vulnerable. We want to affirm in public our solidarity to protect the rights of US citizens who are Muslim, the rights of undocumented students who came to America as children and are currently enrolled at colleges and universities, the reproductive rights of all women protected by law, the rights of individuals in the LBGTQ community, and the rights of African Americans who are victims of police shootings to a fair trial. These rights are legal and we stand together to protect them.

Teach-In on Civic Engagement and Non-Violent Protest

*Open to the Tucson community*


Monica Casper and Roberto Rodriguez, masters of ceremonies

Tohono O'odham Blessing


9:00 am Judith McDaniels, the importance of an informed citizenry and the public voices of activists

10:00 am Jeannine Relly, fact-checking and journalism

11:00 am Maha Nassar, deconstructing myths about Islam

12:00 pm Enrico Trevisani & Zaira Livier, youth organizing, DACA issues & sanctuary status

1:00 pm Nina Rabin, immigrant rights and U.S. law

2:00 pm Tyina Steptoe, history of the KKK and white nationalism in the U.S.

3:00 pm Denis Provencher and Annette Joseph-Gabriel, hate speech: what it is, where it is happening, and how to report it

4:00 pm Phyllis Taoua, organizing non-violent protest : history, dynamics, how to do it


Following the teach-in, please join us for an Inauguration Day March for Unity and Solidarity starting at 5 pm at Old Main as we march together to El Presidio Park on Alameda Street with a concert in the park to follow.

These events are open to the public and are wheelchair accessible. To request specific disability-related accommodation, please contact the event organizers.


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5. Welcome Back Spring Social, Jan. 25

Join your favorite campus queers for our first social event of the semester!

We will have games, trivia, free pizza, and much more!!


Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357959141243763/


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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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1. Orientation and Welcome Leader Application, Jan. 31


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2. 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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3. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus



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

5. 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 jlsjm5@email.arizona.edu OR in hard copy to room 28A of the Robert L. Nugent Building



Please visit our website at http://pass.arizona.edu/pathways-academic-student-success-program-has-openings-peer-advisors-spring-2017

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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6. 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


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7. World Outgames

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8. FSHD: Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships


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9. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice


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


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11. HED 397B: Project SOAR


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12. EDL 297A: Complex Issues in Social Justice


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


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14. Nursery Attendant Job Application


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15. Resident Assistant Application, Jan. 18

Resident Assistants (RAs) build community by putting on social, academic, health and diversity-focused programs to help residents get to know each other and to involve them in the hall community. RAs also play an important role in what goes on "behind the scenes" in our residence halls, making sure the buildings are safe, secure and comfortable environments in which to live. They help residents during the opening and closing of the residence halls, as well as throughout the year should residents choose to move out early or switch rooms during the year. RAs are responsible for facilitating and constructing an inclusive culture in their building. They do this by mentoring residents through personal, relational, social, cultural, emotional, and academic concerns. Additionally, RAs create a dynamic atmosphere in the residence halls which supports the individual achievement of residents and promotes a socially, culturally, and educationally enriching experience for everyone.

Applications open now through 11:59 p.m. on January 18, 2017


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1. Point Foundation Scholarship


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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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