May 1st Newsletter


Happy May!

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


LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. Second Chance Prom, May 2nd 7pm
  2. An Evening with Laverne Cox, May 4th 7pm 
  3. ​7th Annual Rainbow Graduation, May 8th 6pm

Continuing Series

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



  1. Finish Strong to gear up for finals, May 4th
  2. CSW Workshop for Emerging Leaders, May 7th


  1. SAGA Tipping Point Party, May 9th
  2. Reveille presents 'When I knew'
  3. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference, May 8th 


  1. WSIP Tutoring for Finals, May 4th-7th
  2. ​AZ's Annual Career Mixer, May 27th 
  3. Research Participants needed: LGBTQ opinions on government​
  4. Research Participants needed: Generations Project
  5. Donna Swaim Travel Scholarship
  6. Out for Undergrad Conference application
  7. METRO Center of Tucson mentorship program
  8. Intergroup Dialogue: Fall 2015 Facilitation Course
  9. LAW 461/561 Fall 2015 Class
  10. LRC 595a Fall 2015 Class
  11. HED 197a Fall 2015 Class
  12. Become an Academic Skills Tutor at the Think Tank
  13. Consider the Social Justice Wing for 2015-2016
  14. UA's Oasis Program: SPEAC Internship
  15. UA Federal Reslations Internship
  16. NQAPIA Conference, August 6-9th


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Second Chance Prom, May 2nd at 7pm 

Come fall down the rabbit hole and over the rainbow with us as we transform the Grand Ballroom into our very own WONDERLAND on Saturday May 2, 2015 for Second Chance Prom Hosted by the Queen Bee herself, Di Va, and special  performances by Anton Smith, and Flow Cats. 

You are cordially invited to this semi-formal event intended to provide an inclusive space to recreate a high-school-like prom experience that allows attendees to express themselves with the partners and outfits of their choice. Join us in celebrating love, friendship, community and wonder with music, drag performances, dancing, treats, games, prompictures, and a night that promises to get curiouser and curiouser!

Second Chance Prom is a FREE event open to all queer, trans, and allied people! Doors open at 7pm so don't be late for this very important date! 

2. Laverne Cox comes to UA! May 4th, 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.There are no advanced ticked sales

3. 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.


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:


Workshops often fill to capacity quickly! Please register early. 



Dates To Be Decided


General Education Training

Register: To Be Decided

Ally Development Training

Register: To Be Decided


Friday , June 5th
Location: UA Library, Room A313/314 

General Education Training


Wednesday , June 10th
Location: UA Library, Room A313/314

Ally Development Training


Campus Events

1. Finish Strong to gear up for finals, May 4th 10:30-1:30

May 4th
Table at the Mall

Academic Success & Achievement (ASA) and the THINK TANK are proud to announce their lineup for Finish Strong—events, workshops and activities to help UA students gear up for finals:

Want to finish the semester with confidence? The THINK TANK will staff a table to help you make a plan so you can approach your papers and final exams with confidence! Learn about academic resources and get your questions answered.

2. CSW Workshop for Emerging Leaders, May 7th

Where: Silver and Sage room in Old Main
When: 5:30-6:30pm on  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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Community Events


1. Save the Date for the SAGA Tipping Point Party!

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Reveille Men’s Chorus presents “When I Knew”

A journey of discovery through the personal stories of chorus members

Saturday, May 2nd at 8pm
Sunday, May 3rd at 3pm

Temple of Music and Art
330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ


Tickets available at or with a Reveille member
$30 general admission
$25 for seniors and students with ID

Group sales and discounts: 520-304-1758



When I Knew

May 2nd|8pm and May 3rd|3pm
Temple of Music and Art

330 S. Scott Avenue

Join us in celebrating 20 Years Changing Lives Through Music as we present a journey of discovery through stories of our chorus members through song. 
Featuring the performance of musical selections from radio, film, the Broadway stage and electrifying men's choral literature celebrating diversity and acceptance!

3. Lets Get Better Together Conference, May 8th 2015

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1. WSIP Tutoring for Finals, May 4th-7th

Last week of spring walk-in tutoring (no appointment needed): May 4 – 7

Guerrero Student Center, Monday 5/4, 10:15 – 11:45 am

AASA Student Center, Tuesday 5/5, 10:15 – 11:45 am

NASA Student Center, Wednesday 5/6, 10:15 – 11:45 am

APASA Student Center, Thursday 5/7, 10:15 – 11:45 am

Ø  Last day of spring tutoring: May 8. Visit to make an appointment.

Ø  NEW! Summer tutoring will be available in 2015. Visit our website for information.

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2. AZ's Annual Career Mixer, May 27th 4:30-7:30pm

For More Info Contact: Julie Trujillo @ 520/906-1873

Arizona’s Annual Career Mixer: Keeping the best university talent local

Are you looking to stay in Arizona to begin your career? Lumberjacks, Sun Devils and Wildcats are invited to gather for a one-of-a-kind career networking opportunity on Wednesday, May 27th, from 4:30pm – 7:30pm atSkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center; Building #3, Synergy Room I & II; 1365 N. Scottsdale Rd.; Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Hosted by the University of Arizona Career Services, Arizona’s Career Mixer is open to the three state universities’ students and alumni.  Whether potential candidates are just starting their job search and finishing their degree or looking for that next dream job, these employers have career opportunities NOW.

Our express goal is to help talented students and alumni meet excellent companies committed to keeping them in our beautiful state.  This statewide event focuses on connecting companies that have immediate hiring requirements and students and alums, who may not have had the time to search for a job until now.

We recognize that today’s job seekers place a strong emphasis on culture and value fit when considering potential employers.  The format of Arizona’s Career Mixer will promote meaningful conversation between job seekers and potential employers.

Companies like Black Diamond Networks, Charles Schwab, GoDaddy, New York Life, PLS Logistics and Professional Sports Publications, have incredible opportunities for students interested in staying in Arizona and establishing their professional career here.  Encourage students and alums to come meet these outstanding employers May 27th in Scottsdale.

For more information and to see a complete list of the companies participating, visit:

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3. Research participants needed: LGBTQ opinions on government 

Researchers from the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona are studying attitudes among the LGBTQ community in Arizona. They are recruiting participants to take part in a brief and completely anonymous online survey regarding their opinions of politics and government officials. The researchers are interested in finding out why members of Arizona’s LGBTQ community do or do not choose to participate in politics and what their opinions are regarding current government officials both here in Arizona and in Washington D.C. Responses from non-LGBTQ identified people are valuable and are also encouraged to participate. This survey should take 10-15 minutes and has received UA IRB approval.

Your participation would facilitate a better understanding of what motivates this important part of our population to engage in the democratic process. Thank you!

The survey can be accessed here:

If you have any questions please contact:

Meghan Bergersen at


Samara Klar, Ph.D. at

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4. Research participants needed: Generations Project

You are invited to participate in the GENERATIONS PROJECT - A study about the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Your input will help in understanding problems that face our community.
Eligible participants will receive a $75 incentive to participate in an interview.

For more info and to find out if you’re eligible, please go this website [] or call [520-621-1026].

Thank you for your help!
Recruitment material code: 0307

5. Donna Swaim Travel Scholarship

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 Fall 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.

Please take a look at the attached application for more information .  If you have any questions regarding the application,  or need additional information, please contact Jacqueline Chau at We hope to work with you in the future!

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6. Out for Undergrad's Marketing Conference 

Out for Undergrad (O4U) seeks to connect high-achieving LGBT students with top-tier companies across the financial, consulting and tech industries. This year, they  are launching a new conference called the Out for Undergrad Marketing Conference (OUMC), where we will connect students with recruiters from top consumer packaged goods, retail and marketing firms 

The conference will be held in October 2015. Because of O4U’s fantastic sponsors, attendees' airfare, food, and lodging are entirely paid for through scholarships.

Find the application here

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7. METRO Center of Tucson mentorship program

There's a fun new opportunity available for UA students and other volunteers to mentor youth from at-risk environments right here in Tucson. The METRO Center of Tucson is offering a program, called I Choose Me, that is different from many other mentoring models. We emphasize youth and their mentors working in groups and being involved in the community. Whether it's organizing an event or volunteering in a community garden, mentors and mentees build relationships while participating in projects and service.

We are seeking motivated individuals to be volunteer mentors in the I Choose Me program. Mentoring with METRO is a great way to help young people succeed while building one's own aptitude for working with youth and teaching life-skills.

Please check out the brochure and see our video (just 1 minute!) to learn more about the mentoring program at the METRO Center programs and opportunities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (720) 255-8950 or Nicholas Mares to call the METRO Center at (520) 327-5980.

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8. 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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9. Take the LAW 461/561 Fall 2015 Class 

LAW 461/561 is a brand new class offered by the College of Law to all majors this fall, with a goal of teaching students about federal policy and preparing them for Congressional Internships. Congressional Internships provide a prestigious opportunity for students to cultivate their professional skills while learning about public policy- both broadly and as it relates to their areas of interest. UA students from diverse fields including, but not limited to, Public Health, Journalism, Government and Public Policy, Environmental Science, Criminal Studies, Pre-Med, and even Entomology, have benefited from the Congressional Internship experience.

Offered to both graduate and undergraduate students, LAW 461/561 will help build skills in reviewing, analyzing, and drafting legislation and other documents for targeted audiences within the policymaking framework- all of which are valuable skills for practitioners in any policy-related field. While students are not required to apply for a Congressional Internship afterwards, students who would like to learn more about such opportunities are highly encouraged to take this course. Students will learn strategies for successfully obtaining a Congressional Internship, excelling as an intern, and making the most of an internship opportunity.

Interested students are welcome to contact UA Federal Relations or the College of Law with any questions.  

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10. Take the LRC 595a -Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Children's and Young Adult Literature Fall 2015 Class 


LRC 595a - Race, Gender & Sexuality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Tuesdays, 4:15-6:45 pm 

Dr. Carol Brochin (

In this course, we will examine issues of race, gender, and sexuality as they intersect across a variety of texts including picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and graphic novels. We will pay particular attention to texts by queer authors of color and bilingual books that reflect the growing Chican@/Latin@ (im)migrant population in U.S. schools. Readings will include articles from critical, feminist, and queer theorists as well as researchers who draw from a variety of methodological approaches including: narrative, textual, discourse and critical content analysis. These readings will help frame how we read and examine books by award winning authors such as: Maya Christina Gonzalez, Jacqueline Woodson, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Malinda Lo, Nancy Garden, Meg Medina, Ann Peters, and Alex Sanchez to name a few. The major projects in the class will include the development of a text set around student directed themes as well as a substantive research/analytical paper. During this class, we will also examine the epistemological, curricular, and pedagogical implications for implementing these texts into classrooms across a variety of settings. This course is beneficial to educators, scholars, and teachers interested in the ways in which feminist, racialized, linguistic, queer, and transgender perspectives are represented in books written for both children and youth. 

If you would like more information, you may find the full syllabus here

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11. Take the HED 197a Sec 005 (Masculinity and Its Many Intersections) Fall 2015 Class 


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12. Become an Academic Skills Tutor at the THINK TANK

Become an Academic Skills Tutor at the THINK TANK!

The THINK TANK is now hiring for Fall 2015 for Academic Skills Tutors(AST)!  We accept ASTs from any major.The deadline to apply is May 1st. 

Benefits include: 

  • Flexible hours (5-20 hours)
  • College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certification and pay raises for completing training. 
  • Becoming a leader and mentor
  • Gaining mastery of learning techniques and methods. 

Want more information? Have questions? Attend a recruitment meeting at the Bear Down Gym THINK TANK location 5-6pm Thursday, 4/9 or 4/23 or Monday 4/13.

A full position description is available on Wildcat JobLink, Academic Skills Tutor #772010.

Apply:  under Academic Skills Tutors. Please note that there is a paid, mandatory training the week before school starts (August 19-21). 

For more information contact Amanda Parkman, Academic Skills Coordinator Completed application can be turned in electronically or dropped off at the THINK TANK Bear Down Gym front desk.

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13. 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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14. SPEAC 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 Fall 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.

Please take a look at the application here for more information .  If you have any questions regarding the application,  or need additional information, please contact Jacqueline Chau at We hope to work with you in the future!

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15. Federal Relations Summer and Fall Internship

Alternative Breaks is currently searching for 12 site leaders to lead our winter and spring Alternative Breaks trips! 

As a site leader, you are responsible for planning a service-based trip of 12-15 students to anywhere in the US! You will plan all logistics for the trip including, but not limited to, the social issue you will work with, the housing site, the reflections, and much more! For more information on duties and responsibilities, please see below. Cost of the trip for site leaders is half of the participant fee ($350 for flying trips and $100 for driving trips).

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Plan and implement all logistics for trip including service site, housing site, reflections, meals, and free day activities.

·         Hold 4 all trip meetings with participants and advisor(s) prior to the trip. 

·         Plan and implement pre-trip and post-trip service opportunities in Tucson. 

·         Plan and implement fundraising activities. 

·         Manage participant application process including grading applications and updating participant list throughout the year.

·         Attend 1:1 meetings with AB advisor and Associate Director of Alternative Breaks in spring semester. 

·         Attend weekly 1 hour Site Leader meetings beginning in September and ending in March. 

To apply, please visit: The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17th at 5pm. For more information or for questions, please feel free to contact Megan Forecki at

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16. 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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