October 1st Newsletter

Welcome back to another semester which we hope is starting off on the right foot for ya'll!  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​​

Continuing Series​​

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


  1. Meet Your Major Fair, Oct. 5
  2. Activist Quilters and the Migrant Quilt Project, Oct. 7
  3. Coming Out Week 2016, Sept. 28 - Oct. 19
  4. Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 14 - Nov. 4



  1. ​Tucson Pride, Sept. 30
  2. Pride Events, Sept. 29-Oct.9
  3. UnSilencing Anatomies, Oct. 1 - Sept. 30
  4. Senior Pride, Oct. 8


  1. UA Green Guides
  2. EDL 297a: Intergroup Dialogue
  3. GWS 397s: STEM Diversity and Outreach
  4. HED 350: Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency in Education
  5. V. Steele Campaign Internship
  6. LGBTQ Health Survey
  7. Fresh Arizona - Health Care Survey
  8. RoSE Survey
  9. LGBTQIA Body Smart Panelists, Oct. 19
  10. Congressional Advocacy October Nominations, Oct. 21
  11. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress
  12. Anonymous Survey about Trans Experiences of Discrimination
  13. Spring 2017 Internship Applications for Grijalva, Nov. 10



LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events


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 mvanderv@email.arizona.edu 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 mvanderv@email.arizona.edu 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.


Saturday, October 22nd

Open Workshop: please register in advance here

General Education 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Tubac Room (SUMC 4th Floor)

Ally Development 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM San Pedro 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 email:wildcatsafezone@gmail.com 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.


    Campus Events

1. Meet Your Major Fair

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

2. Activist Quilters and the Migrant Quilt Project, Oct. 7


Friday, October 7, 2016 
9:00am to 12:00pm

Join us for a timely discussion about US immigration policy, migrant deaths, and quilting as activist practice. We welcome all Southern Arizona community members to view quilts made from migrant clothing collected in the Sonoran Desert, to learn about the Migrant Quilt Project, and to meet with quilters about their work.

The Migrant Quilt Project is an ongoing project facilitated by the volunteer group Los Desconocidos and the showing of their quilts is a Graduate Fellowship project funded by Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Volunteer quilters make quilts to memorialize and name each migrant that died in the Tucson desert sector in a particular year.

This half-day symposium is free and open to the public. This event will take place in the Tucson and Catalina Rooms at the Student Union. The 2nd Street Garage offers the closest parking for the general public.

More information here.

Event Location: 
Student Union Memorial Center 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85719

3. Coming Out Week 2016, Sept. 28 - Oct. 19


Happy PRIDE! See the calendar for events on and off campus! There is so much going on!

Also, Monday, October 3rd is the last day to sign up for the Out and Proud List in the Daily Wildcat!

We are hosting the 10th Annual “Out and Proud” List Project as a part of Coming Out Week 2016. This is a four-page center spread in the Daily Wildcat celebrating the out and proud LGBTQA+ and Allied members of our university. We need you to help us reach our goal of beating last year's 1100 published names! Please send your name in today and get all your friends and colleagues to as well. We are especially hoping to collect the names of more allies than ever. It's very meaningful to publish your name as an LGBTQA+ Faculty, Staff, Student or Ally so that we can continue to foster an inclusive environment on campus. Thank you in advance for making such a bold statement and including your name in this year’s Out & Proud List!

The heading of the ad will read: “We are your friends, classmates, professors, colleagues, co-workers, and health care providers, and we are OUT and PROUD. We are just a few of the talented and committed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and allied (LGBTQA+ and allied) individuals who contribute to the diversity and success of the UA community. We invite you to join us in celebrating Coming Out Week 2016!”

This will be followed by an OUT List with your names, titles and departmental information. There will be separate sections for Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni, and Allies.

Please submit your name and information to this unprecedented effort no later than Monday, October 3rd by noon. To sign up, please click here

If you have submitted your name in the past, we ask that you submit it again (we know it can be annoying to submit it every year, but we have to recollect names annually in case folks no longer are able to be “out” or their status changes). It's important because we have new people on campus, and it also helps us make this list the biggest yet! 

Thanks in advance for your support, and keep an eye out on Monday, October 10th for the spread in the Daily Wildcat :) 


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

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Community Events

1. Tucson Pride, Sept.30


Special Edition G3 Happy Hour
The Hut
305 4th Av (at 8th Street)



CATCH THE PARADE....             

Starts at 7PM
4th Avenue (from 2nd to 9th)

The 39th annual pride parade winds its way down fourth avenue right in front of The Hut, so we have a perfect spot!



RBAR & Herbert Alley
(along side the Rialto Theatre)


After the parade you'll want to head under the tracks to Congress Street where RBAR is hosting a free block party in the alley with food vendors, music and an outdoor bar PLUS the RBAR Lounge will be cleared for mingling and dancing.




w/Stars from RuPaul's Drag Race
Doors Open 8PM | Show at 9PM
The Historic Rialto Theatre
318 East Congress Street

$15 ADVANCE  |  $20 AT THE DOOR  |  $50 VIP MEET & GREET

Tommi Rose from Toucan's in Palm Springs hosts a high energy romp full of big attitude and even bigger hair with a cast from the Emmy Award-winning TV Show "RuPaul's Drag Race." Featuring Pandora Boxx, Mariah Balenciaga, Jasmine Masters, Venus D'Lite, and our own Tempest DuJour. PLUS Special Guest Katina Murphy in an emotional tribute to Orlando.

Get your General Admission tickets in advance.

Save $5 and go right in by getting your general admission tickets in advance. Available at The Rialto Theatre Box Office, Bookmanns and INDUSTRY Hair Studio (on Broadway). You can also buy them online at the Rialto Theatre Website (convenience fee applies).

VIP Meet & Greet 

Meet the Stars, enjoy appetizers from The Coronet and Mother Hubbards and exclusive SRO viewing area up front. VIP tickets are only available at the Rialto Box Office and Rialto Theatre Website.

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2. Pride Events, Sept. 29-Oct. 9

Tucson's annual Pride events are coming up quickly, a week or two early this year.  Here's the basic info:

Pride Service 2016:  Thursday, Sept. 29, 7pm. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third Street, west of Alvernon Way.  Reveille, Desert Voices and Reverb will perform

Pride Parade 2016: Friday, Sept. 30 4th Avenue, 7pm starting from Catalina Park, followed by a block party.

Pride Festival 2016: Saturday, Oct. 1 open 12-9 pm DeMeester Performance Center, Reid Park (a change from Kino Sports Complex).  Tickets $10 online, $12 at the gate.

AIDS Walk 2016: Sunday, Oct.. 9, 8 am Joel D. Valdez Main Library.  
Register at http://AIDSWALKTucson.com

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3. 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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4. Senior Pride, Oct. 8  

Come and enjoy the Southern Arizona Senior Pride!

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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: greenguides.arizona.edu

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: tinyurl.com/PostGreenOpportunity

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2. EDL 297a Course: Intergroup Dialogue

Earn 2 Units of Upper Division Elective Credit

This course is designed for students interested in taking leadership roles with organizing workshops, designing action projects and facilitating group dialogues.

EDL 297a is geared towards students who have participated in the Intergroup Spring Course but is open to students with a strong interested in social justice education.

Apply today! Space is limited!

Applications here: IGD Course Fall 2016: Application

Or available at http://commonground.arizona.edu

For more information:

Sarah Gonzales, Coordinator Common Ground Alliance:sarita@email.arizona.edu

Sponsored by Common Ground Alliance and Student Services Fee

*Late registration fees may apply

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4. HED 350 Course: Student Outreach, Access, & Resiliency in Education

Dear Wildcats!
Enroll in HED 350 and share your college experiences with middle school students in Tucson!

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

Join Project SOAR by enrolling in HED 350 on UAccess.

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) expose 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. 

Project SOAR mentors said:

Best part about mentoring:

            ...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 experience...it 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  mairwin@arizona.edu 


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5. V. Steele Intern Campaign

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6. 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.


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7. 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: http://bit.ly/FreshArizona

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8. 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 jlm@uga.edu
  • Please share the survey; Share the attached flier online!
  • You may take the survey at: http://tinyurl.com/rosewxw
Thank you so much for your time! We appreciate your help in adding to current knowledge on the health of LGBQ women!

 9. LGBTQIA Body Smart Panelists, Oct. 19

Request for Panelists from the LGBTQIA community

On Wednesday, 10/19, Martie van der Voort will be facilitating a BodySmart workshop on LGBTQIA body Image, and would love to utilize your experience with body image issues. Martie will come up with questions for you, and can provide them ahead of time, but would love for a broad range of us to tell a bit of our body image story, especially around LGBTQI and A issues. 

10/19, 5-6:15 pm

Campus Health, 3rd floor - De Armond Room

Snacks provided!

If you are interested and available, please contact:

Martie van der Voort at 

mvanderv@email.arizona.edu or at 


Thanks for your consideration!


  10. Congressional Advocacy October Nominations, Oct. 21


Congressional District Three

Bullying Awareness Congressional Advocacy Award

Nomination Form


The congressional recognition highlights an outstanding member of our District that has shown tremendous dedication to advocacy efforts that aim to eliminate the destructive and prominent problem of bullying in Congressional District 3.


Criteria includes:

·Demonstrating a commitment to the promotion of public awareness on the issue of bullying on and off school grounds

·Making a notable impact by educating and encouraging students, parents, and teachers to help end bullying in our community

· Reside or work in Congressional District Three


Please help us highlight outstanding bullying awareness advocates in our community in commemoration of Bullying Awareness Month by submitting your nominations. Our office will be accepting nominations until October 21, 2016.


Your Name: 

Your Contact Number:

Your email:

Best Time to Call:

Nominee’s Name:

Nominee’s Institution:

Nominee’s Address:

Nominee’s Phone:

Nominee’s Email:


Please provide specific examples of proven advocacy outcomes by the nominee with regard to national, state and/or community-level advocacy initiatives.


Please provide examples on how the nominee has encouraged/supported/motivated their colleagues to participate in bullying awareness advocacy work.


Choose one or two qualities that make your nominee truly outstanding and provide specific examples.


Additional information: 


Submit completed nomination form to Alexis Parada by e-mail at alexis.parada@mail.house.gov or by fax (520) 622-0198 on or before October 21, 2016.


11. Anonymous Survey about Sexuality/Minority Stress

 12. 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 watsonlb@umkc.edu

For your participation, you may choose to enter a raffle to win one of four $25.00 Amazon.com 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.

 13. Spring 2017 Internship Applications 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 Cristina.Villa@mail.house.gov. 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 atAlexandra.Martinez@mail.house.gov

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

Avondale District Office – Submit an application form, cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to Jennifer Papworth atJennifer.Papworth@mail.house.gov.

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