November 1st Newsletter

We hope this semester is going great for everyone!  Here's some cool events to help keep you going! 

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. Nature is Soooo Gay, Nov. 2
  2. Decolonize Your Diet, Nov. 3, 4
  3. Lesbian Looks presents Real Boy, Nov. 15

Continuing Series​​

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


  1. Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 14 - Nov. 4
  2. Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 1 - 19
  3. Native American Heritage Month Kick-off Social, Nov. 1
  4. Dog Days with the Dean, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 30
  5. Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Presentation, Nov. 3
  6. Vivir Mexico Information Session, Nov. 4th
  7. Portraits, Nov. 9-17
  8. Highway of Tears, Nov. 9


  1. UnSilencing Anatomies, Oct. 1 - Sept. 30
  2. Southern Arizona Senior Pride: A Variety Show and Fundraiser, Nov. 13
  3. Stop Housing Discrimination Against LGBTQ Older Adults, Nov. 14


  1. UA Green Guides
  2. V. Steele Campaign Internship
  3. LGBTQ Health Survey
  4. Fresh Arizona Healthcare Survey
  5. RoSE Survey
  6. Spring 2017 Internship Application for Grijalva, Nov. 10
  7. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress
  8. Anonymous Survey about Trans Experiences of Discrimination
  9. LGBTQ Internship Opportunity for Undergraduate Student, Nov. 21
  10. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus
  11. Apply to Become a UA Tutor
  12. Enroll in HED 331: Masculinity, Power, and Education
  13. Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College & Graduate Students Project
  14. Apply to be a PASS Advisor, Spring 2017
  15. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations
  16. World Outgames




LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Nature is Soooo Gay, Nov. 2

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2. Decolonize Your Diet, Nov. 3, 4

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3. Lesbian Looks presents Real Boy, Nov. 15 

Lesbian Looks continues its 23rd annual season of film screenings with REAL BOY, the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.


“Bennett Wallace, a trans teenager facing heartaches and joys … is charming, funny and insightful throughout.” –Chicago Tribune

“A multifaceted coming-of-age narrative that never succumbs to sensationalism.”—HeadStuff

“An uplifting journey of discovery and self-awareness”—Austin 360 

“Rich with realness, struggle, triumph, and love. Hands down the best doc I’ve seen about a boy’s transition into manhood.”—Ian Harvie, comedian and actor, Transparent


Co-sponsored by the Honors College, Pride Alliance, and the Office of LGBTQ Affairs


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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. Advanced Safe Zone and Classroom Curriculum Workshops 

The Safe Zone program includes both the General Education and Ally Development trainings. You can attend one or both trainings. Those who attend the Ally Development training must have previously completed the General Education training. Participants who complete both will receive a Safe Zone placard to display in their on campus space.  Advanced trainings occur at least once a semester and are open to anyone who has attended General Education.

Please register in advance to attend any Safe Zone training.


Friday, November 18th

​Open Workshop: please register in advance here

General Education: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Santa Cruz Room (SUMC 3rd Floor)

Ally Development: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Santa Cruz Room (SUMC 3rd Floor)

Please refer registration issues, special accommodations, and any questions to the Graduate Assistant for Ally Development with the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Cole Eskridge. Cole can easily be reached by or phone: (520) 626-1996. 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.


1. Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 14 - Nov. 4



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2. Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 1 - 19


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4. Dog Days with the Dean, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 7


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5. Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Presentation, Nov. 3

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6. Vivir Mexico Information Session, Nov. 4

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7. Portraits, Nov. 9 - 17

“With the removal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2010 and the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015 by the Supreme Court, LGBT+ people scored a number of important victories in the United States. However, in our attempt to respond to the edifice of normativity, queer people paid a price. Our fight for the acknowledgement of diversity and the creation of a world of authentic social justice has been greatly compromised in our struggle to gain acceptance by society. We came close to believe that bills like hate legislation would protect us from homophobia and discrimination.

Orlando was a wake-up call.”

Portraits adds to the efforts of queer artists and intellectuals who point at the shortcomings of the supposed efforts by power and the media to make queer people visible because they still–often deliberately–leave a lot of us in the dark. Drawing from thinkers like Audre Lorde, we miss the mark if we settle for the mere tolerance of differences, instead of securing their place as necessary polarities that contribute positively to the creation of cultural, material and intellectual capital, as well as the transformation of reality. 

Following reflections from arts-based research authors and methodologies, Lino Garibaldi adopts multiple approaches to portraiture. In this series of paintings, he explores queer people’s identities using traditional media, and invites them to make their own portraits using the spoken word. Portraits is another contribution to foster understanding and allow for meaningful conversations between people within a broader spectrum of human sexuality.

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8. Highway of Tears, Nov. 9

Please join NASA for the movie screening of "Highway of Tears." The film concerns the notorious Highway of Tears murders on British Colombia Highway 16 between 1969 and 2011. The documentary explores the possible effects of systemic racism on the investigation, beginning with the Canadian Indian residential school system and including the popularity of the song "Squaws Along the Yukon" by Hank Thompson in the 1950s. Discussion to follow.


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Community Events

1. Unsilencing Anatomies, Oct. 1 - Nov. 30

UnSilencing Anatomies is a city-wide series of events and public engagement opportunities organized by Kore Press, a small literary press downtown. The series is about the roles that medical humanities, art, and personal story play in health disparities among minorities.

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2. Southern Arizona Senior Pride: A Variety Show and Fundraiser, Nov. 13

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3. STOP Housing Discrimination Against LGBTQ Older Adults, Nov. 14


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1. UA Green Guides  


The Green Guides are UA students' one-stop-shop for all things green on campus and in Tucson!​ The Guides include:

- Green Course Guide & Green Degree Guide: help students choose relevant environmental and sustainability-related classes, majors and minors.

- Green Engagement Guide: lists timely opportunities for students to get involved in green internships, research, projects, events, clubs and volunteering.

- Green Career Guide: allows students to find post-college jobs in green fields.

Check out the Guides here:

The Green Engagement Guide also has a webform for administrators, faculty and community leaders to add green involvement opportunities for which they may need student volunteers, interns or assistants. That webform can be found here:

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2. V. Steele Campaign Intern


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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.


4. 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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5. 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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6. Spring 2017 Internship Application for Grijalva, Nov. 10

                     Rep. Grijalva Accepting Spring 2017 Internship Applications

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva is currently accepting applications for spring 2017 internships in Washington, D.C. and his various Southern Arizona district offices.

***The deadline to apply for these positions is Thursday, November 10th***

In Washington

In the D.C. Congressional Office, interns work closely with legislative and press staff, conduct legislative outreach and research, answer office phones, distribute mail, communicate with constituents, and may have the opportunity to assist with activities in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.  In the Natural Resources Committee, interns assist committee staff with administrative support, conducting legislative research, compiling data, and drafting correspondence. In addition, interns in both offices may attend committee hearings, briefings, and meetings.

Preference is given to students and individuals from Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, although all qualified applicants are carefully considered. Interns are unpaid and are responsible for lodging and transportation. Applicants are highly encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities that may be offered through their respective institutions or by other programs.

Anyone interested in working in the D.C. Congressional office should submit a cover letter, resume, and a one-page writing sample to Cristina Villa, Rep. Grijalva’s Internship Coordinator, at Those seeking to apply directly with the U.S. Natural Resources Committee should indicate this in their application. 

In Tucson, Somerton & Avondale

Interns at district offices help staff provide constituent services to residents of the Third Congressional District. Interns also perform administrative tasks and may be asked to work on special projects for public outreach, events and other needs of the office. Internships for the Tucson, Somerton, and Avondale offices are available at the beginning of each semester. There is no hard deadline, but earlier applications may be given priority.

Tucson District Office – Submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Alexandra Martinez

Somerton District Office – Submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Martha Garcia at

Avondale District Office – Submit an application form, cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to Jennifer Papworth

Internship application deadlines and program dates:

o   2017 Congressional Internship Dates:

§ Application Deadlines:

§ Spring: November 10, 2016

§ Summer: March 1, 2017

§ Fall: June 30, 2017

§ Internship Program Dates:

§ Spring: January - May

§ Summer: May - August

§ Fall: September -December


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7. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress

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8. 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.

 9. ​LGBTQ Internship Opportunity for Undergraduate Student, Nov. 21

The Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies is an exciting, one of a kind research institute at the University of Arizona. The mission of The Institute is to promote LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming. The Institute’s Undergraduate Intern position involves a variety of event coordination, social media, and administrative skills. This internship will provide the opportunity for a University of Arizona undergraduate student to interact with local and visiting scholars engaged in LGBTQ research and to become conversant in the ways scholarship circulates as written, spoken, and performed both on and off campus.


  • Assist Program Coordinator with campus LGBTQ programming and events.

  • Update on-line calendars with our events, including both campus and community calendars

  • Manage Facebook and social media presence for The Institute for LGBT Studies

  • Provide administrative office support to professional staff including copies, scanning, typing, filing, deliveries, list-serve management, database entries, and website updates

  • Other duties as assigned


  • General awareness of social and political issues impacting LGBTQ individuals

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other computer and online platforms

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage time

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to respond to e-mails in a timely and professional manner.

10 Hours/Week • Spring 2017

To Apply: Please submit a completed application via email by
Monday, November  21, 2016 to:

Kristen Nelson, Program Coordinator

It is the policy of The University of Arizona to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Spring 2016 applications due by 11:59 pm on Monday, November 21st, 2016.

  1. General Information


Email Address:  

Phone Number:


Year in School:


Month/Year of Graduation:

  1. Academic Credit

Please highlight or circle the letter next to the type of credit you would like to receive.

a. Gender and Women’s Students (GWS) Internship Credit

-    Students will be enrolled in GWS 393 – Internship

-    Grades are S, P, C, D, E, I, and W and will be determined by Institute of LGBT Studies’ Director and/or GWS Director of Undergraduate Studies.   

b. Independent Study

  • Students will arrange an independent study within their home department. Applicants will need to identify a faculty member within their department to serve as an advisor for their internship.

  • Grades are S, P, C, D, E and will be determined in collaboration between the departmental advisor with input by the by Institute of LGBT Studies’ Director.

  • If you would like to do an Independent Study, please provide the following information:

  • Have you confirmed academic credit with your home department? (y/n)

  • Which department?

  • Number of Academic Credits:

  • Departmental Contact Person name and email address:

  1. Essay Questions (please answer all of the following questions on a separate sheet of paper)

  2. How did you hear about our internship program?

  3. Why are you interested in this internship with The Institute for LGBT Studies?

  4. What experiences do you have in the areas of LGBTQ Studies, organizing programming, and/or social media management? What courses and/or experiences have influenced your thinking and knowledge about these areas?

  5. Have you ever been involved in organizing programming or events? Give an example.

  6. Is there anything else we should know about you? What would you bring to this internship, as far as experience, interest, personality traits, or anything else?


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  10. Become a Journalist for Pride Campus



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11. Apply to Become a UA Tutor

Become a Tutor!


Spring 2017 tutoring positions available at C.A.T.S. Academics, S.A.L.T. Center and Think Tank in math, physics, chemistry, geosciences, business, education, social sciences, humanities, and languages. We accept tutors from any major.


Benefits of being a tutor include

·  Flexible hours and paid training.

·  Opportunities to earn CLRA (College Reading & Learning Association) tutor certifications and pay raises for completing training.

·  Becoming a leader and mentor. Seasoned tutors mentor new tutors and lead trainings. Interviewing, outreach and other opportunities are also available in later semesters.

· Gaining mastery of content knowledge and tutoring methods. Helping others learn challenges you to think about and apply your knowledge in new ways each day.


Interested and want more info? Attend an Info Session at the SALT Center in the Patricia A. Bartlett Building, Room 120.

· Tuesday 10/11, 5pm

· Wednesday 10/19, 5pm

· Thursday 10/27, 5pm

· Wednesday 11/2, 5pm



Please note, there is paid, mandatory training the Monday and Tuesday before spring term begins. Tutors must also maintain a 3.0 and have an A/B in the course(s) they wish to tutor.

C.A.T.S. Academics: To request more info, contact Aaron Davis at

Completed applications should include a resume, cover letter, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.


S.A.L.T. Center: Click on “Become a SALT Center Tutor.” Questions can be directed to Carlos Williams or Blake Cesarz


Think Tank:  under “Content Area Tutor.”  To request more info, contact Mel Williams at Completed applications can be turned in to Mel by email or dropped off at the Think Tank Bear Down Gym front desk. Wildcat Joblink:789519.

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 12. Enroll in HED 331 "Masculinity, Power, and Education," Spring 2017

 13. 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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14. Apply to be a PASS Advisor, Spring 2017

The PASS (Pathway to Academic Student Success) Program provides peer advising, workshops, individualized plans, and continuous support to improve students’ persistence towards graduation to students who are on academic probation for the first time in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Medicine (Pre-Physiology), Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health and the Eller College of Management.*
*You do not need to be a student in one of these colleges to be a PASS PA.

Individuals in this position meet with a roster of students one-on-one to help improve their academic performance, help students identify campus resources that would be valuable to them, and help students develop skills and knowledge required to be a successful student and graduate from the University of Arizona.

  • PAs decide their own schedule between 8am and 5pm M-F. PAs are required to be available a minimum of 15 hours a week, up to a maximum of 25.
  • Salary Level:  $8.25/hr
  • Start date: 1/5/17
  • Approximate Hours Per Week:  15-25


Applicant Qualifications:

·         A minimum of 30 units taken (Sophomore standing, Juniors and Seniors preferred)

·         Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA (3.0 preferred)

·         Enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in the Fall 2016 semester

·         Must be available to work a minimum of 15 hr/week.


Peer Advisor Responsibilities:

·         Be able to attend PAID training sessions the week before classes start for the Spring semester (January 5-10, Thu/Fri/Mon/Tues)

·         Attend staff meetings every Wednesday from 8:00am—8:45am

·         Serve as a resource to 20-40 student participants

·         Be knowledgeable of campus resources and help students transition into the University (training provided)

·         Prepare for and conduct all bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with students

·         Provide a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment for students to learn

·         Maintain confidentiality & record/input student information into database


*All PASS team members must abide by the University of Arizona Code of Conduct and the University of Arizona Academic Code of Integrity.*

How to Apply:

Please download and submit the completed application form (attached) along with all additional documentation to Sam Becker at OR in hard copy to room 28A of the Robert L. Nugent Building



Please visit our website at

Or contact:

Samantha Becker

Phone: (520) 621-8554

Robert L Nugent Building Rm 28A

1212 E University Blvd.

Tucson AZ 85721

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15. Spring 2017 Internships Available in UA Federal Relations

UA Federal Relations is currently accepting applications for Spring Internships. Federal Relations serves the interests of the University of Arizona with the federal government, federal elected and appointed officials and their staff, and federal agencies. 

Interns work on campus in the Federal Relations office located in the Administration Building. Responsibilities include professional assistance for UA Federal Relations on a broad range of issues, including legislative tracking and analysis, as well as professional interaction with public officials and their staff members.

This is an unpaid position, though you can earn college credit through many majors; we will work with your College Advisor to facilitate this. Your number of hours per week depends on the number of course units you are pursuing.

Professional dress required.

If interested please email or deliver cover letter and resume (including 2 references) to:

UA Federal Relations

Attn:  Shannon Heuberger, Dir. for Federal Legislative Affairs

Administration 313

PO Box 210066

Tucson AZ 85721-0066


If any further questions, please contact Shannon at 520-621-9191,


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16. World Outgames

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