May 1st Newsletter

Welcome to the May 1, 2017 Newsletter! We hope your finals week goes well. 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​​

  1. Rainbow Graduation
  2. Pride Alliance Intern Application


Continuing Series​​

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



  1. University of Arizona's Statement on Restroom Access
  2. Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts
  3. Think Tank Tutoring
  4. Dog Days with the Dean, April 26, May 3
  5. NASA Finals Brunch, May 2 
  6. AASA Open House, May 3
  7. Lotería con la Jotería, May 4th



  1. Conozca Sus Derechos / Know Your Rights
  2. LBTQ Grief Group, Weekly
  3. Gestaldt x2: A Solo Exhibit by Felicitas, May 6
  4. An Evening Under the Stars, June 3
  5. Call to Disabled Artists of Color in Southern Arizona, July 7


  1. Volunteer for Camp Brave Trails, June 25-July 1, July 23-Aug 5
  2. HED 350 Tier 2 Gen. Ed.
  3. LGBTQ Israeli Pride, June 4-14
  4. Apply to be a Think Tank Tutor
  5. Internships at the Jewish History Museum
  6. A Multicultural Leadership for the 21st Century Training Initiative, August 25-27



  1. UA Wildcat Pride Alumni Club Scholarship


  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
  6. Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College & Graduate Students Project
  7. Cambridge Survey on Gender Minority Adults
  8. Online Dating Preference



LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. ​​Rainbow Graduation

Here are all the details for the event:

Rainbow Graduation 2017:
The 10th Annual LGBTQA & Allied Graduation Celebration
Saturday, May 6th, 2017

4pm to 6pm
Gallagher Theater, Student Union, 1303 E. University
This festive and intimate end-of-the-year celebration will provide personal recognitions for the achievements of underrepresented sexual and/or gender identity(ies) at the UA. Rainbow Graduation is open to all graduating undergraduates, graduates, or professional school students (including allies!) to show their fabulous wildcat pride! Each graduate will receive a rainbowcord and certificate of honor, and a catered reception will follow the ceremony.

2. Pride Alliance Intern Application

Are you passionate about the LGBTQA+ and allied community? Are you interested in social justice work and professional development? Excited about programming for a myriad of events? Do you know of Pride Alliance already, and want to get more involved? If any of these sound like you, then the Pride Alliance internship is exactly where you need to be!

This internship is a collaborative program with the Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Pride Alliance that focuses on the development of programming and events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual (LGBTQA+) and allied students, staff, faculty, and alumni at UA.

Interns can receive up to 3 units of academic credit in a wide range of majors including public health, gender and women's studies, psychology, political science, and many more!

If you are interested, please visit for more information.

The deadline for fall intern applications is Monday, May 1st so do not miss your chance to apply!


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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 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 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. Safe Zone Workshops 


Safe Zone is in the process of being digitized! Because of this process, we will not be offering regular workshops for the rest of the semester. To request a group training, please see the information below.

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. University of Arizona's Statement on Restroom Access

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2. Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts

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3. ​Think Tank Tutoring

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4. Dog Days with the Dean, April 26, May 3


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5. NASA Finals Brunch, May 2

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6. AASA Open House, May 3rd 

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7. Lotería con la Jotería, May 4th

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Community Events


1. Conozca Sus Derechos / Know Your Rights


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2. 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: OR (520) 312 - 8923



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3. Gestaldt x2: A Solo Exhibit by Felicitas


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4. An Evening Under the Stars, June 3

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5. Call to Disabled Artists of Color in Southern Arizona, July 7

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1. Volunteer for Camp Brave Trails, June 25-July 1, July 23-Aug 5

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2. HED 350 Tier 2 Gen. Ed.

Enroll in HED 350 and share your college experiences with middle school students in Tucson!  This course is a Tier 2 Gen Ed and qualifies for the 100% Engagement Designation on your transcript.
Please view this link for a short video made by one of our SOAR Mentors:

Higher Education 350: STUDENT OUTREACH, ACCESS, & RESILIENCY IN EDUCATION - Mondays & Wednesdays 3-4:15pm

This course will introduce students to the role of individual, cultural, social and environmental factors that affect student academic achievement and the path to higher education in the United States. Students will be exposed to literature and discussions that will allow them to analyze the major theories and research conducted in the areas of college access, outreach, academic achievement, and resiliency.

The Service-Learning component of this course (known as Project SOAR) exposes students to these various factors first-hand as they serve as mentors to students at middle schools in Tucson. Students will bring their experience back to the classroom to enhance and refine their understanding of the course topics, and provide a local angle on the theories and literature discussed in-class. 

"My Brother's Keeper" HED 350 Sec. 001D 
Fall 2017 Monday & Wednesday 3pm-4:15pm 
Available on UAccess! 

This course is a section of Project SOAR that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to mentor local Tucson middle school students. This section focuses on the growing concern regarding postsecondary destinations of young males. Students enrolled in this course will learn about social and environmental factors that affect their mentees.

Project SOAR mentors said:

Best part about mentoring was

            ...working with my buddy who didn’t speak English. Breaking the language barrier was a great experience.

            ...seeing the smiles and joy from the mentees when we arrived on campus.

            ...being able to make a difference in their lives.

            ...each of my mentees now has college aspirations and a brighter view of what college has to offer them.

            ...I truly believe that this program has helped me just as much—if not more—than helping the students that I worked with. 

“My relationship with my mentee is the most important thing I gained from this is incredible to feel that you can make a difference.”

“My dream career is still to be a teacher. This class has only reinforced my want to be a teacher that makes a difference and advocates for the students. As a future teacher, I hope to incorporate my students’ lives into the classroom and

provide ways for them to connect and get excited about learning.”

Mentees said:

“Thank you for helping me with my homework and just talking to me.”

“Thank you for helping me pick a school.”

“Thank you for mentoring me and talking to me about college.”


If you have any questions please email at 

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3. LGBTQ Israeli Pride, June 4 - June 14

#AdventureAwaits Experience the energy of Tel Aviv’s legendary Pride Parade and celebrate Israel’s diversity on our LGBTQ Israeli Pride Experience! You'll spend 10 days exploring Israel with Israelis on our award-winning itineraries with specialized programming that connects you with Israel’s LGBTQ community.

Don't wait and miss out; this summer's program will travel in Israel from June 4-14 so apply now<>. Registration is now open and spots are filling up fast, don't wait and miss out!


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4. Apply to be a Think Tank Tutor


Join us for Fall 2017.

The THINK TANK is accepting applications for writing, math, science and business tutors. We welcome applicants from any major, and no prior tutoring experience is required. We provide training and mentoring (all training time is paid*).

Benefits include:

  • Flexible hours with a consistent schedule for the term. 
  • Earn pay raises each term as you complete additional training.
  • Develop career-ready skills in communication, problem solving, critical thinking, deeper subject knowledge, writing, interviewing, outreach, and more.
  • Leadership opportunities: Distinguish yourself through mentoring, leading training sessions, group facilitation, and project development.
  • Meet students from your major and from across campus; help them learn and succeed!

How to apply:

Find the application on our website ( and click on "Content Area Tutor." 

Questions, letters of recommendation, and completed applications should be sent to Laura Everett: Applications can also be dropped off at the THINK TANK front desk in Bear Down Gym.

*Please note, required training is held the week prior to the beginning of each term.

5. ​Internships at the Jewish History Museum

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6. A Multicultural Leadership for the 21st Century Training Initiative, August 25-27

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1. UA Wildcat Pride Alumni Club Scholarship

Dear future Arizona Wildcat:

On behalf of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, I want to thank you for your interest in The University of Arizona. The Alumni Association is made up of graduates who are very proud of their affiliation with their alma mater and want to maintain a life-long relationship with this institution.

One mission is to raise scholarship funds for incoming students to The University of Arizona. This year we will be offering several merit based scholarships to current UA students for the upcoming academic year based on the following criteria: academic excellence, leadership, service, and current student part of the LGBTQ community.

Link to scholarship information: 


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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:

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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
  • Please share the survey; Share the attached flier online!
  • You may take the survey at:
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

For your participation, you may choose to enter a raffle to win one of four $25.00 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: Feel free to learn more about her research on sexuality, gender, and families. Or visit the project Facebook page:


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 (


To participate, please follow the link:

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7. Cambridge Survey on Gender Minority Adults

We are researchers at the Gender Development Research Centre, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. We are now recruiting gender minority adults and cisgender adults (aged 18 years or above) to participate in an online survey looking at social adjustment and psychological well-being of gender minorities. We hope to learn more about similarities and differences between different groups and how things can be improved for gender minorities. This survey will take at least 20 minutes and all participants will be entered into a prize draw.

    In our survey, gender minorities are broadly defined as individuals whose gender identity and/or expression do not conform to the norms for the individuals’ sex/gender assigned at birth (e.g., individuals with gender dysphoria, transgender individuals, agender individuals, individuals with non-binary gender identities, and etc). Cisgenders refer to individuals whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

    As part of the recruitment, we are contacting directors and/or administrative officers of societies/groups/organisations offering support and services to gender minority adults. We would be very grateful, if you could kindly consider helping us to circulate the survey web link below via mailing lists, social media, and other ways that you see fit. Potential participants will find more information about the online survey by clicking at the web link.

    Our study is approved by the Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee. The IRB reference number for the study is PRE.2017.013. If you need further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your help would be highly appreciated! Please let us know what you think.

    Link to the online survey:


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8. Online Dating Preference

"I am an undergraduate Psychology student currently conducting research on Online Dating Preferences. I am looking for differences between heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual males and females.The survey is quick and short and should take no longer than 2 minutes. Also, the respondents will remain completely anonymous."