March 25th Newsletter


Happy March!

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

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LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. MSM Discussion, Part 2, March 25th 3-5pm
  2. Transgender Day of Visibility Resource Fair, March 31st
  3. "Manning Up" reading with Michael Woodward, March 31st 6:30pm
  4.  UA Writing Skills Workshops at the LGBTQ Resource Center
  5. Brown Bag with Dr. Galarte: Non-Binary Gender Expression and Androgyny, April 1st 12pm 
  6. Free HIV Testing, April 8th 10-2pm
  7. ​7th Annual Rainbow Graduation, May 8th 6pm
  8. An Evening with Laverne Cox, May 4th 7pm 

Continuing Series

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



  1. 5th Annual Miranda Joseph Lecture, March 26th 6-7pm
  2. Career Service's Diversity Networking Reception, March 31st 4pm
  3. "The Homestretch" Film, April 1st 7pm
  4. Workshops for Emerging Leaders
  5. oSTEM Hangout with ASAPScience Youtube Group, April 7th 7pm
  6. Women in Leadership Breakfast and Panel, April 11th 9am
  7. ACT Stomp it Out series: Using Inclusive Language
  8. Masculinity and Men of Color, April 21st 5pm
  9. Spring 2015 Deep Dish Schedule



  1. Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, April 21st 
  2. BICAS Ride & Wrench event: March 30th
  3. ​Tucson's Take Back the Night, April 8th
  4. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 


  1. Dillard's Professional Dress Fashion Show, March 29th 10:30am
  2. Executive Director Application for VolunteerUA​
  3. Donna Swaim Travel Scholarship
  4. PFLAG Scholarship
  5. 2015 Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship
  6. ​Acts of Greatness magazine submission opportunity
  7. Survey on UA Undergraduate College Stress
  8. BlaqOUT Conference: April 10-11th​ 
  9. Hey baby! Art Against Sexual Violence Art Show Series
  10. oSTEM Executive Board Positions for 2015-16
  11. Intergroup Dialogue EDL 270 Class for Fall 2015
  12. Consider the Social Justice Wing for 2015-2016
  13. UA Federal Reslations Internship
  14. NQAPIA Conference, August 6-9th


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Real Talk: Men Who Have Sex With Men Discussion, Part II, March 25th at 3pm. 

On March 25th from 3-5pm join us in the LGBTQ Resource Center (SUMC Room 404-O) for Real Talk: Men Who Have Sex With Men (Part II) with Dr. Tadd Pace from the UA College of Nursing, Wendell Hicks, Miss Jai Smith, and Abe Varelas from Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and Miguel Soto from the Pima County Health Department as we discuss sex positivity and learn from one another about our triumphs and fears when it comes to sex. 
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2. Transgender Day of Visibility Resource Fair, March 31st from 10-2pm

Join us on the mall as Pride Alliance celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility. There will be both interactive and educational activities as you learn about transgender people, how to engage in supportive ally work, and interesting histories that you may not have known!
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3. "Manning Up" Reading with Michael Woodward, March 31st at 6:30pm

As a celebration of the Transgender Day of Visibility, Michael Woodward will be reading from his contributions to the book "Manning Up," a collection by transmen about transmen. This event will take place at the LGBTQ Resource Center on March 31st at 6:30pm. There will also be free food. 

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4. UA Writing Skills Program at the LGBTQ Resource Center, March 31st and April 7th at 10am

Heather Severson, a writing tutor from the UA Writing Skills Improvement Program, is standing by to help you with your writing needs at the LGBTQ Resource Center’s Walk-In Tutoring Sessions. Graduate and undergraduate students; all disciplines; and all writing projects welcome. No appointment necessary!

The workshops will happen on Tuesday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 7th from 10-11am

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5. Brown Bag with Dr. Galarte: Non-Binary Gender Expression & Androgyny, April 1st at 12pm 

Join our faculty fellow Dr. Galarte as he leads a discussion focused on non-binary gender expression at the LGBTQ Resource Center on April 1st at 12pm. We will touch on the topics of how non-binary folks express their gender, the masculinization of androgyny, the "transition narrative", and others. All people of all gender identities and expressions welcome! FREE bagels and coffee!

6. Free HIV Testing, April 8th from 10-2pm 

It's that time of year again where we team up with Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation to bring you Free HIV Testing in a little event we call Status Update.  This event will take place  April 8th.  Don't miss out on this opportunity! Testing will occur in 20 minute intervals from 10am to 2pm (for example: 10:00-10:2010:20-10:40, and 10:40-11:00).  All you have to do is email your top 3 time slots to It is super easy, private, confidential, and your name or information will not be used for any reason other than scheduling/confirming your appointment.  Space is limited, so sign up today!


7. 7th Annual Rainbow Graduation, May 8th at 6pm

Are you graduating this May (or December 2015)?  Do you want to participate in a graduation ceremony for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual or allied? Rainbow Graduation is open to all graduating undergraduates, graduates, or professional school students to show their fabulous wildcat pride!

Be recognized for your academic efforts and achievements at the 8th annual Rainbow Graduation on Friday, May 8th at 6pm in Gallagher Theater in the Student Union. Graduateswill receive rainbow cords, a certificate, and will be the guests of honor at a catered reception following the ceremony.

If you would like to participate, please email all of the following information to us by April 24th @ noon:

1.   Your name as you'd like it to appear on your certificate
2.   Major(s)
3.   Graduating degree
4.   Career goal(s)
5.   Your favorite quote
6.   Electronic picture of yourself

This information will be included as part of a PowerPoint presentation that will be shown as you are recognized during the ceremony.
7. The name, email address, and phone number of your presenter:

As a graduating student, we ask that you please select someone who will present you at the ceremony. The person you select will have 30 seconds to say a few words about you. This person could be a friend, partner, family member, professor, mentor, neighbor, or whomever you choose. 

Please RSVP to us at byApril 24, 2015 @ noon (or sooner if you can)! Please make sure to include all of the requested information!

Here are all the details for the event:

Rainbow Graduation 2015:
The 8th Annual LGBTQA & Allied GraduationCelebration
Friday, May 8th, 2015

Gallagher Theater, Student Union, 1303 E. University

This festive and intimate end-of-the-year celebration will provide personal recognition of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual (LGBTQA) and allied seniors, as well as graduating graduate school and professional school students at The University of Arizona. Each graduate will receive a rainbow cord and certificate of honor, and a catered reception will follow the ceremony.  You must register by April 24th to participate.


We look forward to honoring you in May!

-The Rainbow Graduation Planning Committee


8. Laverne Cox at the U of A!! May 4th at 7pm 

LGBTQ Affairs and WEB are bringing you an evening with Laverne Cox, trans superstar from the show "Orange is the New Black" and all-around amazing person. The event will take place in the SUMC Grand Ballroom on Monday, May 4th at 7pm (but doors open at 6pm). The event is Free with a Catcard and $20 at the door for the public. 


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:





Friday, March 6
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training


Ally Development Training



Friday , April 17
Location: Ventana Room

Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 

General Education Training


Ally Development Training



Campus Events


1. 5th Annual Miranda Joseph Lecture with Paul Amar, March 26th at 6pm 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

UA Center for Creative Photography (1030 N. Olive Road)
Reception immediately following on the patio of College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture (1040 N. Olive Road)

In this lecture, Paul Amar articulates new approaches to the study of sexuality politics and police states, offering new ways to read and to confront emergent forms of global power by examining the pivotal, trendsetting cases of Brazil and Egypt. Addressing gaps in the study of neoliberalism and biopolitics, Amar describes how coercive security operations and cultural rescue campaigns confronting waves of resistance have appropriated progressive, antimarket discourses around morality, sexuality, and labor. The products of these struggles—including powerful new police practices, religious politics, sexuality identifications, and gender normativities—have traveled across an archipelago, a metaphorical island chain of what the global security industry calls "hot spots." Homing in on Cairo and Rio de Janeiro, Amar reveals the innovative resistances, moral-nationalist logics, and unexpected alliances that have coalesced in new polities emerging from the Arab Spring and South America's Pink Tide. These have generated a shared modern governance model that he terms the "human-security state."

Paul Amar, Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program, is a political scientist and anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development specialist at the United Nations. His books include: Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013); The Middle East and Brazil (2014), and The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism, which was awarded the Charles Taylor Award for "Best Book of the Year" in 2014 by the American Political Science Association.

Now in its fifth year, the Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture is an annual event of the Institute for LGBT Studies. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Paul Amar. We will also be hosting a “Deep Dish” conversation with Amar. Both events are free and open to the public.

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2. Career Services' Diversity Networking Reception, March 31st at 4pm

The Diversity Networking Reception will be taking place on Tuesday, March 31st from 4:00-5:30pm in the Career Services Suite, Room 411 of the Student Union Memorial Center. This event is an opportunity for interested students to connect with employers who value the University of Arizona’s unique student body and diversity in their workplace and employees.

Please RSVP online at by Friday, March 27th.

This event is free. Light refreshments will be served. Dress is professional. Students in attendance will be entered to win one of multiple $100 scholarships.  

For questions concerning access, requests for a sign language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Mary Frances at 621-2746 or via email.


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3. DocScapes and Lesbian Looks present "The Homestretch" Film, April 1st at 7pm

THE HOMESTRETCH (Anne de Mare and Kirstin Kelly, 2014)
The Screening Room/127 E. Congress
Wednesday April 1, 7pm

A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.

"The Homestretch" follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Co-presented by DocScapes and Lesbian Looks, with support from the McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families

Post-screening discussion with representatives from Primavera Foundation, Our Family Services, and Wingspan/Eon

More info at

LL 2015 sponsors:  Institute for LGBT Studies, Hanson Film Institute, McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, School of Theatre, Film & Television, German Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Primavera Foundation, Our Family Services, Wingspan, Puertas Abiertas

Complete season information at

DocScapes ( is a project of the Hanson Film Institute and the UA Center for Documentary, with major support from the UA Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry


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4. CSW's Workshops for Emerging Leaders, April 2nd and May 7th at 5:30pm

Where: Silver and Sage room in Old Main
When: 5:30-6:30pm on April 2nd and May 7th

This workshop series, featured recently in Lo Que Pasa, will bring together UA campus and Tucson community leaders who whose talks will focus on the key qualities that emerging leaders need to succeed in the dynamic, twenty-first century workplace. The CSW Workshops for Emerging Leaders will address the following questions:

·         What key traits should emerging leaders develop to advance equity, opportunity, and diversity in the workplace?

·         How can emerging leaders think differently to shape a better workplace and a more engaged community?

·         How can leaders respond effectively to micro-aggressions or utilize kindness to effectively build their team and organization?

These workshops are open to anyone on campus or in the community. Workshops allow time for questions, as well as for networking with speakers and other audience members. Through consistent, monthly dialogue, we will build a stronger community of future leaders who are committed to equity, opportunity, and balance for a diverse workforce.

Light refreshments will be provided and there is no need to RSVP; however, space may be limited based on demand.

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5. oSTEM hangout with ASAPscience Youtube group, April 7th at 7pm

Mitch and Greg from youtube's wildly popular ASAPscience channel who are going to call in for a virtual hangout to tell us about their experiences being LGBT in science and their journey to the field of scientific communication/stardom. They have this awesome coming out video they made that year (take a peek:

oSTEM is also raffling off a copy of their first ever book and will live-tweet questions to them during the session! TECHNOLOGY MEETS SCIENCE MEETS QUEER PEOPLE: who could ask for anything more? 

Folks who want more information can email 


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6. Women in Leadership Breakfast & Panel, April 11th at 9am  

Hear from accomplished women leaders and learn first-hand about their diverse journeys to positions of power and influence as a part of New Leadership Arizona. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11th in the Pima room of the Student Union from 9am-12pm. There is limited space available, so please RSVP by Friday, April 3rd here or by email to

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7. ACT Stomp it Out Series: Using Inclusive Language 

Join Advocates Coming Together (ACT) this semester for their annual programing series on using inclusive language – Stomp It Out! Come learn about words related to race and racism, disability and mental illness, & gender identity and gender expression that hurt others. In the end, we pledge to eliminate these words from our vocabulary by covering our hands and feet in paint, and literally stomping them out! Dinner served at all events! #ACTstompitout #uasojo


All events at 7pm:

·         Tuesday 3/31 - Disability and Mental Illness - Maricopa hall

·         Thursday 4/16 - Gender Identity and Expression - Colonia de La Paz hall


8. Masculinity and Men of Color Discussion Group, April 21st

This discussion group will provide a safe space for all students to connect and share experiences around masculinity in higher education. Because of the declining college enrollments of men of color and low income backgrounds, this group will meet to discuss challenges of masculinity and intersecting identities.

This event will be in African American Student Affairs-UA Room 100 on Tuesday, March 24th from 5:00-6:30 PM


Visit the Facebook page at

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9. 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 for more information!

March 26: Paul Amar: A Conversation with Paul Amar: Thinking in New Ways about LGBT justice in the Middle East and South America

April 2: Stephen Russell: Generations: Identity and Health in Three Cohorts of LGB People

April 9: Bruv Luv: Self Reflection, Listening to Women's Voices & Coming Together with Men to Make Justice: Anti-patriarchy Organizing within Social Justice Communities

April 16: Alex Karaman: Queering Palestine: An Exploration of Affective and Cultural Production in Isreal- Palestine

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Community Events

WHAT:           The Second Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast 

WHY:             To celebrate personal and professional accomplishments that help promote and advance Harvey Milk’s dream for a just and inclusive society for those who are excluded – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, and the disabled.  

WHEN:           April 21, 2015 from 8: 00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Tucson Doubletree, 445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

WHO:             Stuart Milk, President and co-founder, Harvey Milk Foundation, and nephew to Harvey Milk (keynote speaker)

Hon. Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson

Guy Atchely, News Anchor, KGUN 9 (emcee)

Expected to attend: Adriana Zavala Badal, Former Mayor, Bisbee, AZ.  In 2013, Ms. Badal and four council members passed Arizona’s first municipal ordinance legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

HOW:             By accepting nominations for three prestigious Harvey Milk Foundation awards, by announcing the recipients, and by presenting the awards during the Second Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. The awards are:  

  • The Harvey Milk Community Award:  for an outstanding business owner who demonstrates and supports diversity at his or her place of business.
  • The Harvey Milk Legacy Award:  to honor a person who has worked on diversity issues over a long period of time
  • The Milán Rózsa Youth Award:  for a person under the age of 26 who works to promote social, political, economic or environmental change in the community.

All nominations should be less than 250 words and sent to  

This event is important to Tucson and to Arizona because in 2013 Tucson, Tempe and Sedona became Arizona’s second, third and fourth cities, after Bisbee, to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.  Also a few months after same-sex marriage became legal in Arizona in October, 2014, the cities of Tucson, Phoenix, and Tempe were given a perfect score of 100 by the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index which tracks how U.S. cities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.  The three cities were also designated "All Stars" for excelling on matters of equality without relying on state law.  The Human Rights Campaign is a national gay-rights organization.  

In addition, the breakfast is an excellent way to recognize and thank City of Tucson elected officials, community leaders, and many residents for designating Tucson an “immigrant friendly” community and for supporting civil and legal rights for its residents.  One example is the work by UA College of Law professors to restore civil and legal rights to convicted individuals who have completed their sentence.

The Second Annual Tucson Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast tickets can be obtained for a tax-deductible contribution of $35 online at Eventbrite at  Underwriter and Sponsorship opportunities may also be handled through the same website. Learn more about this event by visiting 

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2. BICAS Ride & Wrench 

BICAS is pleased to invite UA students and faculty to "Ride & Wrench" on 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:

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

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3. Tucson's Take Back the Night

Tucson's Community Take Back the Night is Wednesday April 8th!

MARCH! Bring your walking shoes and channel your inner activist!!! Poster making, speakers, flash mob rehearsal! Sam Lena Library 1607 S 6th at 4pm!

Youth Rally! For our young protesters! Poster making, speakers, flash mob rehearsal! Armory Park at 4:30pm!

Survivor Speak Out and Main Event! We will then converge on Hotel Congress at 6pm to Take Back the Night! Speakers and performers include: Monica Jones, Natalie Nguyen, Flight School, Kristen Nelson, Fluxx Dance, Esperanza Dance, and more!

ASL and simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available!

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

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1. Dillard's Professional Dress Fashion Show, March 29th at 10:30am

Dillard’s Professional Dress Fashion Show
Sunday, March 29th, 10:30am to 12:30
Tucson Mall @ 4500 N. Oracle Rd.

Just before UA’s big Spring Career Fair (March 31 & April 1), Dillard’s is opening up the runway and hosting this Dress for Success Professional Dress Fashion Show. Join in the fun!

·         Free breakfast

·         Fashion show focused on Professional Dress

·         Clinique make-up tutorials

·         Raffles for gift baskets featuring fragrances and

·         Giveaways from the trendiest brands such as Michael Kors, Sam Edelman, Gianni Bini and Antonio Melani

Limited seating available...You must register to attend. Sign up TODAY at

Event sponsored by UA Career Services and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

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2. Executive Director Application for VolunteerUA 

Hi Wildcats!

Are you interested in working with non-profits? Do you want to make a big impact on our campus and community? It is with great excitement that we release our first director application this afternoon! If you are interested in applying for the position of Executive Director for VolunteerUA, it is out now! The application is due Thursday, March 26th at 5pm. You can access it at

Please feel free to contact Tatum Hammond, Administrative Vice President Elect, with any questions, comments or concerns.

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3. Donna Swaim Travel Scholarship

Alumni, friends, and family of Dr. Donna Swaim have created an endowment to honor her academic influence and mentorship during her prestigious career at The University of Arizona.  Dr. Swaim believes that students who travel abroad with faculty will not only benefit academically, but will also perceive their faculty as more approachable and accessible, resulting in stronger student-faculty relationships.

A committee from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management / Academic Initiatives and Student Success will select two (2) recipients of the Donna Swaim Travel Abroad Scholarship.  Each recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship.

Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. The online application form can be found here:

For more information see: ​/sites/

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4. 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  For further information you may also contact PFLAG at, 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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5. Monique Witting Writer's Scholarship

his scholarship honors the life and work of Monique Wittig, French novelist, poet and locial 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.


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

Direct questions to:   Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship

                                    Gender & Women’s Studies Department

                                    Leigh Spencer, Program Coordinator


                                    Phone: 520-621-5656

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6. Acts of Greatness Magazine Accepting Submissions

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 


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

Please send your submissions to

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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7. Survey on UA Undergraduate College Stress

Dear Undergraduate Students,


You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducting for a research project on college stress within emerging adults. Your participation will involve completing a survey about your experience transitioning to college. You must be in your first two years of college, at least 18 years old and legally responsible for yourself to complete the survey.


This survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Once you finish, you can enter a drawing to win one of five $10 gift cards to The drawing will take place April 3, 2015


This project has been approved by University of Arizona Human Subjects Protection Program (#1412594503). Participation in the research study is not required, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. Participation in this project is completely voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into the prize drawing, but personal information for the drawing will never be linked to your survey responses. Entries are limited to one entry per person and participation is void where prohibited by law.


For more information and to take the survey please click on or copy and paste the following link to your internet browser's address bar:


Questions about the survey? 


We would like to thank you in advance for your participation. 

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8. BlaqOUTConference, April 10-11th

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 or LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi Thibodeaux at or 951-827-2267. Visit for more! 

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9. Hey Baby art show series

Hey Baby | Art Against Sexual Violence is planning an upcoming art show series, starting April 24th to May to raise awareness of and bring about an end to sexual violence. We invite art, writing, performance, acts and actions that explore and excavate, the conditions or environments under which we/society allows, even prefers, undermining and dehumanizing people. This license, an unmarked threshold crossed by all of us under the pretense of expedience, competence and or merit, encourages and intoxicates us into thinking that human dignity is a luxury afforded only when the norms of systems and institutions are satisfied.

We encourage and welcome submissions around a myriad of topics, by April 16th. You can see more at and

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10. oSTEM Executive Board Positions Available for 2015-16 School Year!

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) seeking Executive Board members for 2015-16 school year

oSTEM is seek a few committed and passionate LGBT+/allied students to fill our executive board for next school year! Together, the e-board works to plan meetings and events that coincide with our organizational goal of encouraging greater LGBT+ leadership and visibility in STEM science fields. We are looking to hold elections for the following positions: President, VP of Administration, VP of Community, VP of Finance, VP of OUTreach, and general Executive Staff. General requirements and preferred qualifications are as follows:

(1) Be a current undergraduate/graduate student at the University of Arizona in good academic standing.
(2) Active participation during and attendance to bi-weekly executive board meetings
(3) Plan and execute bi-monthly general body meetings with intermediate social, professional development, and networking events.
(4) Assist in the set-up and cleaning up before/after and attendance at events/meetings
(5) Flexibility, works well in team settings, and has the ability to complete delegated tasks in a timely and appropriate manner.

(6) able to commit around 10 hours monthly to administering oSTEM and attending events/meetings

(1) Participation in oSTEM Executive Board retreat (the weekend before the start of the school year, Aug 21-23), where we will plan events for the upcoming school year in Bisbee, AZ (cost: ~$100 for the weekend)

We welcome any and all interest or inquiries! If you are interested, please email with your name, class standing, department, the position(s) you are interested in filling, and a short paragraph describing yourself and what you hope to bring to the executive board. Specific duties assigned to each position can be found below. Thank you all for your interest in oSTEM. Together, we can make our second year an even larger success than our first!


Cole Eskridge
President/Chapter Founder, oSTEM@UA


  1. Plan and make agenda for monthly general membership meetings
  2. Plan and make agenda for bi-weekly Executive Board meetings
  3. Seek sponsorships and partnerships for oSTEM@UA from local or national corporations/institutions.
  4. Spearhead grant-writing (when necessary) to support oSTEM@UA activities
  5. Delegate tasks as appropriate to other board members.
  6. Facilitate conflict that arises within the organization.
  7. Attend ASUA club workshop (at beginning of elected semester) as well as semesterly LGBT+ student leader meetings.

Vice-President of Administration:

  1. Take and keep track of attendance at general body meetings and events
  2. Maintain oSTEM@UA’s contact listserv (adding and removing names when needed)
  3. Take detailed minutes of all general body and Executive Board meetings
  4. Make meeting minutes available to entire membership
  5. Work with the executive staff to delegate administrative duties.

Vice-President of Community:

  1. Maintain and curate oSTEM@UA’s social media platforms (facebook, twitter, CollegiateLink site, etc)
  2. Publicize all events/meetings to general membership and campus community including, but not limited to, emailing the listserv, posting to the facebook group, “tweeting”, creating posters/flyers, distributing posters/flyers, etc.
  3. Brainstorming and planning social activities for oSTEM@UA

Vice-President of Finance:

  1. Attend ASUA club workshop at beginning of elected semester.
  2. Keep a ledger of oSTEM’s finances (excel spreadsheet, etc)
  3. Submit reimbursement form for events, food, etc.
  4. Oversee financial dealings
  5. Maintain oSTEM@UA’s club bank account.

Vice-President of OUTreach:

  1. Maintain partnerships and communication with other UA student organizations/offices.
  2. Manage volunteer opportunities in our community (UA, Tucson, LGBT, etc.)
  3. Serve as a liason to other organizations.
  4. Attend semesterly LGBT+ Leaders meeting with President.

General Executive Staff (3-4 positions)

  1. Contribute the  administration of oSTEM with tasks delegated by the VP of Administration
  2. Collaborate with the executive to plan and execute meetings/events

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11. Take the InterGroup Dialogue Class EDL270 Fall 2015 Class 

Intergroup Dialogue Fall 2015 Facilitation Course: EDL 270
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm 

Are you interested in exploring social justice and everyday activism? This three credit course is designed for students interested in diving deeper and advancing their own social justice education in order to take a leadership role with organizing workshops, designing action projects, participating in community activism, facilitating small group dialogue, and studying the relevance and importance of identifying and resisting the manifestations of oppression. Participants will be invited to engage in regular on-going personal reflection, and use provided readings to advance their knowledge and ability to engage in both learning and taking action for social change. 

This 300 level course is geared towards students who have participated in the Intergroup Dialogue Spring Course but is open to students with a strong interest in social justice education. Students interested in facilitating in the Spring Dialogue Course must take this program to be considered for a future facilitation position.

Through this 3-credit course, students can expect:

1.       Weekly 2 hour group meetings facilitated by both graduate and professional staff.

2.       Weekly readings and journal assignments that will encourage increased knowledge of how oppression impacts different identities.

3.       The opportunity to design and execute a small group project to address oppression on campus or in the community.

Apply Here:

For questions, please email Sarah Gonzales at 

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12. Live in the Social Justice Wing Next Year

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 or contact

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13. Federal Relations Summer and Fall Internship

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14. NQAPIA Conference, August 6-9th

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has invited the Consortium to attend, bring student groups, and submit workshops for:


“Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement”

A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

August 6 to 9, 2015:  Chicago, IL


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for Conference Workshops, Arts/ Cultural Programs,

Networking Caucuses, Pre-Conference Convenings.

Submit Proposals to by Extended Deadline of March 11.


If you have any questions or need support relating to the proposal deadline, please contact Glenn Magpantay (Executive Director of NQAPIA) directly.

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!