January 15th Newsletter


Welcome back, all! We hope you enjoyed your break, and are excited to jump back into classes!

We have lots of great opportunities and events to share with you in the new year. Get involved and start 2015 off with a bang! 

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:

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LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. First Pride Alliance Open Meeting of the Semester, January 21st 5-7pm

Continuing Series

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



  1. ​Register For National Collegiate Leadership Conference
  2. Study Abroad with Vivir Mexico
  3. Black Life Matters Conference, January 15-17th
  4. Undergrad Research Opportunities, January 21st
  5. Openings for a Trans Literature Class 
  6. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Application



  1. Tucson Transgender Advocacy Group Reorganizes
  2. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 2015


  1. Participate in the Victory Congressional Internship Program
  2. SPEAC Internship
  3. Write Opinion Columns for the Daily Wildcat
  4. Academic Skills Tutor Positions
  5. Participate in a Research Study on Gender, Youth, and Dress Code


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. First Pride Alliance Open Meeting, January 21st 5-7pm  

Come to the Tubac room from 5-7pm in the Student Union and participate in Pride Alliance's first open meeting of the semester! Get a chance to give feedback about what you want to see on campus, meet other students, and get more involved with the awesome U of A LGBTQA+ and allied community! 

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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:



Saturday, Jan 24
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V98EDiXkWfCr3Z93_hZFpMk8SODQW_iWmW0uT_4ufKo/viewform?usp=send_form

Ally Development Training

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FrvOIYSRlvTQ3cp4qP6kX6z0itsIkCH6CCI2Ze8Nbno/viewform?usp=send_form



Friday, Feb 20
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training

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

Ally Development Training

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


Friday, March 6
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training

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

Ally Development Training

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


Friday , April 17
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training

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

Ally Development Training

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


Campus Events

1. Register Today for the National Collegiate Leadership Conference!

Register for the 2015 National Collegiate Leadership Conference!

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Register TODAY for the National Collegiate Leadership Conference!

Regular $75 Registration ends on Thursday, January 15th!!

Late $85 registration ends on January 29th.

Conference Features:

·         Spans 3 days at the University of Arizona

·         Over 600 participants from across the country

·         Three inspirational speakers

·         Over 80 leadership workshops

·         Community Service projects with local organizations

·         Tucson excursions

·         Networking opportunities

·         Awards ceremony

·         Leadership Enrichment Certification


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2. Study Abroad with Vivir Mexico!  

UA Cultural Center Study Abroad Program “Vivir Mexico: Culture, History & People” Presentation

Now including the sites of Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Puebla!
When: 1. Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 1:30 pm @ Nugent Building Room 205
2. Friday, January 16, 2015 @ Noon @ Nugent Building Room 205
Who can participate: Any UA Student

Did you ever want to experience Study Abroad, but thought you could not afford it?

Did you ever wonder how Studying Abroad benefits your college experience?


Come and learn about the Study Abroad Experience “Vivir Mexico” presented by the UA Cultural Centers and Mexican American Studies. This program is one of the least expensive study abroad programs at the University of Arizona. See how you can earn six credits this summer learning about the culture, history and people of Mexico and the political and social bilateral issues faced by Mexico and the US. Truly immerse yourself in the culture and history by visiting important sights such as the ancient pyramids and the freedom trail; and learn about the country that shares a border with the US from the Mexican Senate and the US Embassy. Spend one week in Mexico City,one week in Guanjuato, and one week in Puebla and experience why UNESCO has designated them as “World Heritage” cities for their cultural and artistic wonders. 

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3. Black Life Matters Conference, January 15-17th   

The Black Life Matters Conference

Jan. 15-17th
Student Union Memorial Center - South Ballroom


Join the University of Arizona and the Feminist Wire for the first ever Black Life Matters Conference, a collaborative endeavor to share, dialogue, and advance race relations in the United States. The conference is free, but register soon because space is filling up fast! You can sign up by clicking here or visiting http://www.blacklifemattersconference.com/

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5. Register now for a Trans and Genderqueer Literature Class

Register now for GWS 300, Special Topics Section 791:
Trans and Genderqueer Literature
In this groundbreaking course, we will study poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by trans and genderqueer authors. We will explore a variety of theoretical, cultural, and political contexts as we analyze the evolving literary discourses on trans and genderqueer experiences. You do not need to be trans or genderqueer identified to take this course. In fact, I encourage allies to sign up! You do, however, need to have a basic understanding of trans and genderqueer identities. We will build upon that knowledge quickly, so it will be important that you have done some work/reading on your own. 
Class will be held Mondays, 5:30-8pm at UA with TC Tolbert. First class is Monday, Jan 26, 2015.
This class can be counted as an elective in the English or Creative Writing major or minor.
If you have questions about the class, please email me at tctolbert (at) email.arizona.edu.
Non-degree seeking students can take the course but they have to have official non-degree seeking status. If this applies to you, be sure to apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student. Go here: http://admissions.arizona.edu/other/non-degree-seeking-studentshttp://admissions.arizona.edu/other/non-degree-seeking-students


For more info, go to www.uatransliterature.com 

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6. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Applications

Hosted by the University of Arizona Cultural Centers, the 2015 UA Alternative Spring Break in Northern Arizona will help students gain insight about the Navajo and Hopi cultures and traditional ways of life through delivering significant and direct service to both communities. Students will be engaged in multiple cultural experiences as well as service learning projects throughout multiple cities in Northern Arizona, which include Tuba City and Chinle. Service learning experiences include but are not limited to: renovating community-wide facilities, assisting elders at the senior community center, mentoring youth, performing farm duties, and preparing for and participating in traditional blessing ceremonies. These experiences are geared to provide knowledge on social issues and give insight about traditional and contemporary views of Native American communities. Student participants also have the opportunity to earn 1 upper-division credit through LAS.

 Dates: Saturday, March 14, 2015 to Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 Costs: $150 per individual which will cover food, travel, lodging, and cultural activities  

Here at UA Alternative Breaks, we believe that there is no limit to the change you can bring to our world. So let's make some change, one trip at a time!

Please contact  uaalternativebreaks@gmail.com with any questions. Feel free to "like" our Facebook page to learn more about our organization and stay updated with us! 

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Community Events

1.Tucson Transgender Advocacy Group Reorganizes



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) today 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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2.Save the Date for the Lets Get Better Together Conference, May 8th 2015

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The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Summer 2015.


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 2015 Conference.


Applications for Summer 2015 are due Monday, January 19 – find out more and apply now at https://victoryinstitute.wufoo.com/forms/2015-victory-congressional-internship/


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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2. Students Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC) Spring 2015 Internship

Are you interested in sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking prevention? Do you want to gain event planning experience or be a part of an on-campus movement? If you said yes to either of these questions, then you should consider applying for the UA ‘s Oasis Program Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Spring 2015 Student’s Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC) internship!

SPEAC is a social justice-oriented student group dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Through education and outreach, SPEAC aims to advocate for survivors, inspire action within the UA student community, and challenge the culture and social structures that perpetuate sexual and relationship violence.

If you have any questions regarding the application,  or need additional information, please contact Jane Otenyo at jko1@email.arizona.edu

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The Daily Wildcat is seeking undergraduate or graduate students to be Opinions Columnists during the Spring 2015 semester. Applicants must demonstrate superior research and writing skills and an ability to contribute to a diverse desk that exposes issues in the UA community and engages national dialogues. Successful applicants will also be inquisitive, passionate, and creative.

Columnists must attend Sunday afternoon pitch meetings and publish columns of 500-600 words on a weekly basis. A limited number of alternative publishing schedules may be available to exceptional applicants with extremely limited time availability.

Interested students should send a resume and persuasive writing sample of 500-2500 words to Jacquelyn Oesterblad at jacquio@email.arizona.edu. Finalists will be interviewed.

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The THINK TANK is hiring Academic Skills Tutors. Click HERE to see the job description. Questions and applications can be directed to Cassandra Hirdes, Academic Services Coordinator via e-mail at chirdes@email.arizona.edu.
5. Participate in a research study on gender, youth, and dress codes


A reasercher form Occidental College in California has extended an invitation to University of Arizona students to participate in research on the experiences of trans and gender diverse youth.
Her research is on the experiences of gender diverse youth (ages 15-23) with high school dress codes, and serves to analyze how binary-enforcing clothing restrictions in school affect the gender presentations of these students. 
Participation involves a 30-60 minute semi-structured interview over Skype or the phone. 
Contact Emma Gerch if you have any questions:

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