November 15 Newsletter

We are in the midst of Transgender Awareness Week, full of incredible programming to attend. Take this opportunity to learn about, learn from, support, and remember incredible trans folks.

Have a safe Thanksgiving Break with your chosen and/or given families, and we will see you with our next newsletter in December (brrr). 

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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Current Events & News


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Special Events

  1. Transgender Awareness Week, Nov 13-23rd
  2. International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20th, 6pm

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule 


  1. Residence Life's Advocates Coming Together Hunger Banquet, Nov 17th 5:30pm
  2. Transgender Patient Perspectives 12pm-2pm
  3. NASA Spiritual Symposium, Nov 21st 8:30am- 12pm
  4. 2nd Annual PULSE CAT Pre-Health Blast, Nov 22nd 8:30 am- 1:30pm
  5. Native American Heritage Month, Oct 26th-Nov 22nd
  6. ​Attend the National Collegiate Leadership Conference!
  7. Deep Dish Lunch Time Speakers Series Thursday in McClelland Park Fall and Spring Semester, 1:00pm
  8. Meet the Dean: Mondays 12-1pm and Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm
  9. UA Art Museum Mapping Q: Oct 8th-Dec 3rd, 4:30-6pm
  10. Register for a Trans and Genderqueer Literature Class
  11. Douglas Nielsen Collection Gallery: Aug-Jan 
  12. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Application
  13. Campus Health's Living Wild Magazine


  1. Reveille Men's Chorus Presents "Tis the 20th Season" 
  2. Lets Get Better Together 2015 Conference


  1. SPEAC Spring Internship
  2. Apply for Intergroup Dialogue Spring 2015 Courses
  3. Submit a Proposal for 2015 Let's Get Better Together Conference
  4. Join the Men's Project
  5. Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program
  6. Become a Think Tank Tutor
  7. Generation Z Study


LGBTQ Affairs Events



November 13-23, 2014 will mark Tucson's 9th Annual Transgender Awareness Week. The week is a celebration of trans identities and an acknowledgement of the infinite number of genders that exist in our world. It is an effort to bring together people who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, two-spirit, agender, butch, femme, gender fluid, and all gender fabulous people with our allies.  It is an opportunity for people in the community who want to know more!  This event is held in conjunction with the Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a vigil and candlelight procession on Thursday Nov. 20th to honor those lost to anti-transgender hate crimes.

The week will feature a variety of events around the city as well as on the University of Arizona campus. All events are open to the public—to individuals having questions about gender diversity, and those who wish to be more enlightened about the lives and issues of people all across the gender spectrum.  Highlights include a multitude of trainings and workshops, a resource fair with educational displays, and screenings of relevant films. The project is a collaboration between the University of Arizona's LBGTQ Affairs Office, Pride Alliance, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), Fluxx Productions, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church and others.

A detailed event calendar can be found on the SAGA Website  and on the UA’s LGBTQ Affairs Website

For more information, contact:

SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance)                        

(520) 477-7096


University of Arizona

LGBTQ Resource Center

(520) 621-7585

2. International Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20th: 6pm 


The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor and mourn transgender people who have died in the past year, and raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and people who are targeted because of their gender identity and/or gender expression. The outdoor vigil at the Old Main fountain on the UA campus will be followed by a procession to Fluxx Studios on 4th Ave and 9th St. The Facebook event can be found here

We will gather at 6pm to begin reading names.

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 205

This is a peer to peer discussion group that provides a safe environment  to connect, share experiences, and show support for each other. 

LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Suppor Group
Tuesdays 1-2pm in the 3rd Floor Highland Commons, SE Corner

This group is open to UA students of all genders who have experienced interpersonal violence/abuse and identify as LGBTQ+

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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, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.



Upcoming Training and Registration Links

Wednesday, November 19th

Career Services, SUMC 4th Floor
Advanced Safe Zone: Trans 201 Webinar

Higher education is just beginning to grasp the needs of a growing transgender and other gender-nonconforming student population on today’s college campuses.

     What does this mean for your institution? Housing and recreational offerings, campus records management, health insurance models and care, sex discrimination policies and compliance with federal guidance — are just a few of the complex issues at hand.Your institution’s nondiscrimination policies, physical safety measures and campus climate must be designed and monitored to ensure you protect and support the transgender and other gender nonconforming populations within your community.

     Join our expert presenters Shane Windmeyer, Exec. Dir. & Co-Founder of Campus Pride and author Genny Beemyn as they review specific strategies and best practices for making your campus community an environment that actively supports this unique population."

Register here

Friday, December 5th
Ventana Room, SUMC 4th Floor

Campus Events

1. Residence Life's Advocates Coming Together Hunger Banquet, November 18th: 6pm

It's finally time for the 20th Anniversary of Hunger Banquet, hosted by Residence Life's Advocates Coming Together. Hunger Banquet is an event bringing attention to food insecurity as it relates to poverty on both a global and local scale. We ask that participants fast with us (not eating, but drinking LOTS of water) for 30 hours prior to the event if your health allows. This is the average amount of time that a food insecure person goes without food, so take a walk in someone else's shoes for a cause! Doors open at 5:30. If you want to fast for the full 30 hours, the time to start is 12 pm on the 17th. We will break our fasts together at Pima Lodge. We will see you there!

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2. Transgender Patient Perspectives, November 20th: 12-1pm

Its Transgender Awareness Week! As part of the events, MedPride will host a discussion around trans identities and trans experiences with medical professionals. Michael Woodward, MPH student and former Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, will lead a panel of trans people who will share their experiences and answer questions. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by 11/18 to We hope to see you there! 

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3. NASA Spiritual Symposium: Walk in Beauty, Walk in Balance, November 21st: 8:30am-12pm 

The University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs (NASA) invites you to attend the Walk in Beauty, Walk in Balance Spiritual Symposium scheduled for Friday, November 21st. This event will mark the beginning of an annual gathering to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.


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4. 2nd Annual PULSE CAT Pre-Health Blast , November 22nd: 8:30-1pm


2nd Annual PULSE CAT Pre-Health Blast
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the health professions?Do you want to know what will it take to be competitive?Take a tour of the pre-health Route by attending this workshop!

Where:  Arizona health Sciences Center (AHSC)
When:  Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event)
8:30 am - 9:00 a.m. Registration-DuVal Auditorium Lobby 


Rotation I            Getting to Know Faculty           
Rotation II           Health Professional Student Panel          
Rotation III          What are Admission Committees Looking for?  
Rotation IV         Getting Clinical or Volunteer Experience?
Lunch                    Panelist and Student Question & Answer

Limited Seats Available, RSVP at
For questions, contact Josie Gin Morgan at or 621-6346

Sponsored by The Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science (CLAS) Pre-Health Professions Advising Center and Pre-Health PULSE CAT Ambassadors (Funding provided by the University of Arizona Student Affairs Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grant)

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5. Native American Heritage Month, October 26th - November 22nd 

There are a TON of amazing events happening as a part of Native American Heritage Month! 


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6. Attend the National Collegiate Leadership Conference  




Registration Opens November 1st!


Registration Opens November 1st, 2014

  • Early registration: $65 and includes the Keynote banquet, a T-shirt, workshops, and service projects. Early registration endsDecember 18th, 2014.
  • Regular registration: $75. Runs December 19th, 2014-January 15th, 2015
  • Late registration: $85. Runs January 16th-29th, 2015 (or until we reach capacity). Late registration does not include a t-shirt.


Register early to secure your spot at this year's conference!!

If you would like more information on the conference, please visit the NCLC website:

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What is the National Collegiate Leadership Conference?
NCLC is a three day student-run conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for more than 600 college students from across the nation.  

Conference Features

·         Spans three days at the University of Arizona

·         Over 80 workshops

·         Community Service projects with local organizations

·         Networking opportunities

·         Motivational speakers

·         Keynote speaker and banquet

·         Awards ceremony

·         Leadership Enrichment Certification

When is the National Collegiate Leadership Conference?
The conference will be held February 13-15, 2015 at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. 


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7. Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series, Thursdays in McClelland Park 

When:  Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m., Fall and Spring Semesters
Where:  McClelland Park, Room 402

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.

Make Deep Dish part of your weekly routine!

The Particulars:
Casual. Deep Dish lasts just an hour, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Thursdays in McClelland Park, Room 402 (a small conference room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and stunning views), on the University of Arizona campus.

Conversational. We start with 10 minutes or so of "dish" as we eat before the featured presentation, and we also leave plenty of time for conversation, questions, and feedback afterwards.

Informal. Some presenters feel like reading a paper, but others talk in a less structured way for 15-20 minutes about something related to LGBT research, social justice issues, or community-building measures.

Food. Did we mention the pizza? Veggie slices and water provided, but feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch if you prefer.

Please contact Kate Freeman at (520) 621-0326 or e-mail her at for more information if you are interested in presenting at a future date. 

Find a schedule of speakers here

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8. Meet the Dean, Mondays and Thursdays in the Nugent Building 

Meet the Dean

Mondays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Check-in at the Nugent Building Front Desk

Questions about navigating the UA? Have an idea about how to improve the student experience? Visit Kendal Washington-White, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with an administrator dedicated to helping you have the best experience possible during your time at the UA. Rumor has it she serves milk and cookies! Check it out!

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9. UA Art Museum Mapping Q Outreach Project, October 8th - December 3rd

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is proud to announce the launch of its new outreach program, Mapping Q. Mapping Q is a community based program developed in collaboration with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The program is open and available to all youth ages 14-24. Through skill development training and museum-based activities youth will be invited to question the heteronormative practices of institutions, such as the history of art and the display of art.

If interested email or 

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10. Register now for a Trans and Genderqueer Literature Class


Register now for GWS 300, Special Topics Section 791:

Trans and Genderqueer Literature

In this groundbreaking course, we will study poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by trans and genderqueer authors. We will explore a variety of theoretical, cultural, and political contexts as we analyze the evolving literary discourses on trans and genderqueer experiences. You do not need to be trans or genderqueer identified to take this course. In fact, I encourage allies to sign up!  

Class will be held Mondays, 5:30-8pm at UA with TC Tolbert.

This class can be counted as an elective in the English or Creative Writing major or minor.

For more info, go to 

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11. Douglas Nielsen Collection Gallery, August to January at the Center for Creative Photography

Douglas Nielsen is a professor in the School of Dance - and an art collector since the 1970's.  The exhibit at the CCP will fill all 5 galleries, and represent photographs he has collected over the last 40+ years.

These photographs -131 in all- are by 60 fine art photographers including Jimmy DeSana, Arthur Tress, Laurie Simmons, Jock Sturges, Catharine Opie, Jo Ann Callis, Herb Ritts, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, etc. All of these images are from Nielsen's personal collection, and many of them have never before been shown. Many of these images deal with gender, sexuality, and identity.

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12. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Applications

The UA Alternative Breaks Organization has opened up its Winter and Spring Break 2015 Applications! If you are interested in participating in one of these week-long, jam-packed fun, service trips, just go HERE to apply! The trips include meaningful service working with different social issues, and fun activities on free days with other U of A Students! Our student-led trips are amazing opportunities for anyone looking to breakaway from the norm and do something different! There are 6 trips this year (5 during Spring Break and 1 during Winter Break). See our trip options below!

Winter Break (January 3rd to January 10th)
Poverty and Homelessness (New Orleans, LA)

Spring Break (March 14th to March 21st)
Healthcare Access (Denver, CO)
Poverty and Homelessness (New York City, NY)
Equity in Education (Las Vegas, NV)
Environmental/Conservation (TBD)
Poverty and/or Human Rights (TBD)

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

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

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13. Campus Health's Living Wild Magazine

Hey Wildcats! Check out the latest edition of "Living Wild!"  A magazine by Campus Health filled with juicy topics just for you.

  • What's Your Fitness IQ?

  • Snacks: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

  • What Resilient People Do Differently

  • Quiz: Take Your Relationship's Temperature

  • Good Drugs Gone Bad

  • And So Much More!

Direct Link: 

Community Events

1.Reveille Men's Chorus Presents "Tis the 20th Season," December 5-7th 

Reveille Men’s Chorus presents “TIS THE 20th SEASON.”  A holiday celebration of their 20th anniversary year spreading music, laughter and a mission of “Changing Lives Through Music” to Southern Arizona and abroad!


Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 8pm

Sunday, December 7th at 3pm

Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


Ticket Prices are:

$25 General Admissions

$20 for Seniors and Students with valid ID


Tickets maybe purchased through

Group Tickets Available.

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions regarding the application,  or need additional information, please contact Jane Otenyo at

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2. Apply for Intergroup Dialogue Spring 2015 Courses

Earn 2 Units of Upper Division Elective Credit (EDL 270) 
Intergroup Dialogue's Spring 2015 Program

Intergroup Dialogue at the University of Arizona is a 2 credit program where students meet weekly to engage with issues of social group identity, conflict and working together to create a more socially just community. Program participants work with trained student facilitators in a supportive small group environment. Intergroup Dialogue is coordinated through the Common Ground Alliance UA and sponsored by funding from the Student Services Fee.   

To be considered for the program, applications must be submitted by FRIDAY, November 25th.

Course Dates/Times
Sections of this course will meet Wednesdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm during the Spring semester. Once selected to participate in the program, we will assign you to one of three sections of the course. Courses focus on race, gender and sexual orientation

How Can I Sign Up?
To apply for the program, Click on this link:

Sign up today!

The program is open to all students but we're only able to award undergraduate credit at this time.

For more information, contact Sarah Gonzales

Intergroup Dialogue is sponsored by the Student Services Fee and coordinated through the Dean of Students Office and Residence Life. Common Ground Alliance is a program comprised of African American Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, Guerrero Student Center, Native American Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Affairs and the Women’s Resource Center.

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3. Submit a Proposal for the 2015 Let's Get Better Together Conference

The deadline to submit a proposal is December 5th, 2014. To send submissions or ask questions, please email

The Men's Project is a dynamic University internship program that engages college male culture to improve the experiences of University of Arizona students. Undergraduate student interns participate in small-group discussions and oversee a variety of programs that challenge notions of masculinity and male identity. Through educational outreach in the form of discussion groups, workshops, and on-campus events, The Men's Project empowers students to openly discuss the issues that are most important to college men today. As an organization, The Men's Project centers around three core principles: explore, educate, and equity. Each principle addresses gender identity at individual, interpersonal, and systemic levels respectively to encourage a better understanding of one's own experiences and provide skills to foster a healthy culture of masculinity on campus.

Internships available for course credit, or on a volunteer basis.

Applications due Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.


2015 Student Fellowship Competition Now open

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. The program seeks students with an interest in learning how their proposals can be strengthened through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review.

Fellows must attend spring and fall workshops led by experienced faculty. The spring workshop prepares fellows to undertake summer exploratory research, while the fall workshop helps fellows draw lessons from their summer research experiences and develop their dissertation and funding proposals. Fellows must also conduct at least 6 weeks of summer research and refine drafts of their proposals through an online and interactive writing platform in preparation for the fall workshop.Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Travel and accommodations to attend both workshops, as well as most meals, are covered by the DPDF Program.

Eligibility: The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship is open to pre-ABD doctoral students who are enrolled in PhD programs at accredited universities within the United States. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines are welcome to apply.  For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website.

Contact: For mroe details about the program and how to apply, please go to Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.

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6. Become a Think Tank Tutor!

Become a tutor!

The THINK TANK is now hiring for spring 2015!

Positions are now available for tutoring in writing, math, physics, chemistry, economics, accounting, MIS 111 and statistics. We accept tutors from any major!

Benefits include:

  •          Flexible hours and paid training
  •          Opportunities to earn CLRA (College Reading and Learning Association) Tutor  Certifications and pay raises for completing training
  •         Leadership and mentoring opportunities
  •          Reinforcement of content knowledge and training on learning and tutoring methods

To apply, please provide the following materials in addition to the application form:

  •          Letter of recommendation(s) from an instructor in each discipline you apply to tutor in
  •         Brief essay detailing why you are interested in tutoring. If applying for a writing position, you must also respond to a scenario on the second page of the application.
  •         Unofficial transcript (including transfer transcripts)         

Application form available at under “Content Area Tutors”

To request more information please contact Mel Williams, Tutor Coordinator at the Think Tank Completed applications can be turned in to Mel by email or dropped off at the Think Tank Bear Down Gym front desk.

The deadline to apply is December 4th!

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7. Generation Z Study Opportunity

We are requesting your participation in a study to learn more about Generation Z college students. In this study, we aim

to explore the following in relation to those born in 1995 or later:
·         Characteristics, styles and motivations
·         How they learn, engage, communicate, and form relationships
·         Pertinent social issues and outlook on life
·         Demographics

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Your participation will be incredibly valuable to learning more about this population. The survey link is:

For questions, concerns, or complaints about the study you may contact Corey Seemiller at 520-626-0084. For questions about this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Human Subjects Protection Program at 520-626-6721 or online at This study has been approved by IRB at the University of Arizona.

Thank you for your participation.

Corey Seemiller, PhD
Director of Research & Assessment, OrgSync, Inc.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Meghan Grace, M.A.
Coordinator of Leadership Programs, University of Arizona

Thanks for your support! See you out and about!