October 23rd Newsletter

Happy end of October!

We have lots of great opportunities and events to share with you in this edition of the newsletter. 

For an updated calendar of events, or for more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, please visit:

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs Website

 For up-to-the-minute event announcements, please "Like" us on Facebook:

 LGBTQ Affairs Facebook Page

 Pride Alliance Facebook Page


LGBTQ Affairs

Current Events & News


LGBTQ Affairs

Special Events

  1. Made for Flight Workshops
  2. Asexual Programming, Oct 28th 
  3. Fears & Queers: Halloween Event

Continuing Series

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



  1. Sustainable Bike Ride, Oct 24th
  2. Body Smart Discussion Series, Oct 28th 
  3. Disorienting AIDS Discourse, Oct 30th
  4. Man Up? Poetry with Tomas Stanton, Nov 4th
  5. Training Conference on Healthcare for Trans Youth
  6. SOS Service


  1. LGBTQ Gender-Expressive Professional Wear Workshop, Nov. 3  
  2. LGBTQ Aging Issues Community Dialogue, Nov 12
  3. World Aids Day in a New Light, Dec 1
  4. Reveille Shows: December 2015 and May 2016


  1. Wildcat Pride Scholarship
  2. Spring Fling Marketing Team
  3. Career Services Opportunities
  4. Alternative Spring Breaks 2016
  5. Teach For America
  6. Portraits Project
  7. LGBTQ Target Group Survey


LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Event

1. Made For Flight Workshops

Made for Flight is a Transgender youth and LGBTQ ally empowerment workshop series that incorporates transgender history, ally development, creative writing, and kite building to commemorate the lives of the Transgender individuals who have been murdered in the last year. Created and directed by local genderqueer poet and teacher TC Tolbert, Made for Flight creates a space specifically for youth voice during the preparation for, and the implementation of, each Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), culminating with a public display of hand-made kites and a handmade zine of youth poetry that celebrates the lives of murdered Transgender individuals.

Come to the LGBTQ Resource Center to help us make kites for murdered trans individuals this year! We would greatly appreciate help memorializing these people who were taken too soon and whose deaths didn't get the coverage they deserved. The Kites will be displayed in the all souls procession.
Dates for this workshop are:
October 26th, 4-6pm
November 4th, 4-6pm
November 10th, 2-4pm
November 19th, 3-5pm

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2. Asexual programming on Wednesday, October 28th, 11:30-1pm

We are putting on some cool asexual programing on Wednesday, October 28th. There will be two awesome and simultaneous things happening from 11:30am-1pm. On the UA mall, we will be tabling with information about asexual, aromantic, agender identities and more in honor of asexual awareness week. If you feel that you need an asexual 101 and do not know a lot, stop by the table to learn and chat with us about that! 
If you identify as asexual or do committed ally work around those identities, then come to our LGBTQ Resource Center (again, from 11:30am-1pm) for an "Ace Space," where asexual people have a place to talk to each other about issues they face, and anything else that they want to talk about. Allies are also very welcome, but we want to make sure that the discussion is led by people in the asexual umbrella and that they have a space to talk about asexuality.
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3. Fears & Queers: Halloween event October 30th, 6-8:30pm

Join us at the Women's Resource Center on October 30th from 6-8:30pm for our Fears & Queers night for Halloween! We will show halloween-themed media, have a costume contest, and eat fun food. 

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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 5-6pm in African American Student Affairs (AASA)

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

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2. Safe Zone Fall 2015 Workshop Schedule

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program committed to making The University of Arizona a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.

Upcoming Training and Registration Links:



Saturday, November 21st
Location: Main Library, A313/A314

General Education Training

Register HERE

Saturday, November 21st
Location: Main Library, A313/A314

Ally Development Training

Register HERE


Friday, December 4th
Location: Student Union, Sabino Room

General Education Training

Register HERE

Friday, December 4th
Location: Student Union, Sabino Room

Ally Development Training

Register HERE


Campus Events

1.  Sustainable Bike Ride, Oct 24th, 4pm  

Please see a statement from faculty fellow Paul Blowers below: 

If you've seen an email like this before, you know what to expect... If this the first time you are seeing one, I'm the Sustainability Office Engagement Faculty Fellow and I like to ride my bike to hyper local places that most students would not come across, and share the ride with students and my family (as they can attend). I like to connect with students who want sustainable lives and are willing to go out and about to find local things that are sustainable.

I'd like to help students explore what local and sustainable looks like.  My son and I will be at the flagpole by Old Main on this Saturday(10/24/15) at 4 pm.  Our idea is to help students and others explore what local and sustainable and bikeable might look like for a student on campus.  If you don't have a bike, here is how you can borrow one on Friday and then use it to join us (https://parking.arizona.edu/bikeshare/signup.php), as we will be on bike to get to where we want to go.  (You have to return the bike by Monday at 5 pm to the same place... )  My son and I would prefer that you also have a helmet to be a good role model, and if you don't have one, we'll work on why adult's skulls are stronger than his​.

We'll go out to dinner (my partial treat - the prior rides this semester have been very successful so I'm going to ask that if you come you bring about 5 bucks and chip that in and I'll pay the rest), stop at a local restaurant you would never find on your own, then stop one other place where we might leave some books we don't want anymore and acquire some new ones, and  then maybe one more stop before we are back at the flagpole at about 6 pm.  I know it's Homecoming weekend and there are a lot of other things going on, but I'm capitalizing on my daughter and wife being busy at their own events.

Learn about Tucson!  Learn about sustainability and local food/art, while extending your knowledge of geographic connectedness.  For this one, we'll be biking back at the cusp of darkness so make sure you have a front light and a back light for your bike/helmet/etc.

If you are interested in joining, email me at blowers@email.arizona.edu so I can help plan routes/details/and how to explain to my son what his expectations should be for the event and the discussions that we will have.  If we grow too big as a group, we may seek help in managing our group, which would be a good problem to have.​ 

Hope your week is going well,


P.S. if you joined previously and want to come again, just email away...​

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2. Body Smart Discussion Series: The Impact of Shame on Our Bodies, Oct 28th 5-6:15pm  

Body Smart Discussion Series: The Impact of Shame on Our Bodies

You won't want to miss Body Smart's upcoming series event! It's next Wednesday!

Body Smart is excited to welcome special speaker Lee Neagle, MA,  specializing in body image and resiliency. Join us from 5PM – 6:15PM at Campus Health Service in the DeArmond Room (3rd floor, B307) for this free exciting, engaging, and interactive discussion. Lee will be discussing how we can fight past the negative feelings of shame we may feel about our bodies from time to time with resilience, courage, and grace. 

For more information on all things Body Smart,  Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UABodySmart.

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3. Disorienting AIDS Discourse, Oct 30th, 9am-6pm

The day-long event is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required.  To sign up, click on the link below:



Tomás Stanton, who is a spoken word and teaching artist from Phoenix, AZ will be performing Wednesday November 4th at 6pm in Modern Languages 350.

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Here is the upcoming training conference on healthcare for trans youth. It is geared towards health professionals, but would probably be of interest to advocates, as well

Upcoming Training Opportunity!  



Comprehensive Approach to the Care of Gender Non-Conforming Children, Transgender Youth and Young Adults; An educational symposium for professionals


November 7th-8th

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson

Ongoing distress that results in an impairment of function about the incongruence between one's assigned birth sex and one's internal gender identity is termed gender dysphoria. In order to help alleviate this distress, many transgender youth require physical changes to their bodies in order to bring them into closer alignment with their internal gender identity. Unfortunately, access to competent mental health and medical care for those youth desiring gender transition is still extremely rare, and often inadequate in most places around the United States. This program is a comprehensive, two day symposium designed for professionals interested in providing sensitive and competent mental health and medical care for gender non-conforming children, transgender youth and young adults. While primarily didactic in presentation, this symposium also includes case studies, and audience activities designed to highlight the challenges of caring for this population, and to improve understanding of their needs. 


Over the two days of training, attendees will learn about: 

  • Childhood gender development
  • The different domains of psychosexual development
  • How to identify gender nonconforming children (GNC)
  • The role of pubertal suppression and cross sex hormones 
  • Cisgender privilege, and how it affects GNC youth
  • The role of mental health providers in the care of transgender youth
  • Developmental tasks of adolescents & how they differ for transgender youth
  • The importance of early mental health & medical care for transgender youth 
  • Cultural competency & advocacy in settings where care for transgender youth will be undertaken
  • 12 CE Credits (APA Approved) for Psychologists 
  • 12 CEU Credits for BBS-licensed psychotherapists (LCSWs, LPCCs, LMFTs) 
  • 12 CEs for Nurses provided by Banner UMC
  • Information on physician credit will be provided soon. For more information email Caroline Carter at ccarter@lagendercenter.com







Susan Landon, LMFT, is the director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. Ms. Landon has been providing mental health services for children, adolescents and their families for 25 years, and for transgender individuals for the past 10 years. She has also spoken around the country about the importance of competent mental health providers in this field. She is an expert in child development, with extensive experience assisting youth and young adults through gender transition. 



Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW, is the founder of Stonewall Counseling Center in Chico, California that was developed to provide no-cost mental health services for LGBTQ youth and adults. Currently Mr. Olson-Kennedy works as an Associate Clinical Social Worker at the Los Angeles Gender Center providing psychotherapy to transgender adolescents, adults and their families. An openly transgender man, Mr. Olson-Kennedy is a well known human rights activist and speaks around the country about the importance of rights for transgender individuals, with emphasis on identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege.





Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults including puberty suppression and cross sex hormones for the past nine years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, as well as spearheading a robust research program with transgender youth, she brings cutting edge knowledge to the field. Dr. Olson is the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health & Development at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States. Dr. Olson has appeared frequently on national television, and spoken all over the country to  educate the public about the needs of transgender youth. 





Unlicensed, Students, Unlicensed, Post-Degree 

Early Career Professionals & Parents/Family: $75

Licensed, Clinical Professionals w/CE: $225

Licensed, Clinical Professionals w/no CE: $200

Nurse w/CE: $100

Nurse w/no CE: $75



Unlicensed, Students, Unlicensed, Post-Degree 

Early Career Professionals, & Parents/Family: $100

Licensed, Clinical Professionals w/CE: $250

Licensed, Clinical Professionals w/no CE: $225

Nurse w/CE: $150

Nurse w/no CE: $125


*A small service charge will be added by the ticketing company







NOVEMBER 7th-8th


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University Medical Ctr

Tucson Campus

1501 N. Campbell Ave

Tucson, AZ 85724 

DuVall Auditorium













LAGC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAGC

maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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SOS is here for you!

We hope that you are having a great first semester here at the University of Arizona! With midterms here and registration right around the corner, we want to make sure that you have the information and resources that you need to finish strong!

Support. Opportunity. Success. is for UA students who find themselves facing questions or issues and are unsure about where to go for answers. Just reach out to SOS for round-the-clock support. Contact us any day, any time, with any question and we'll help you resolve it within 24 hours.

Based on some of the questions that you have asked over the last few weeks, we want you to have a quick list of offices that can help you meet your goals this semester.

Advising Resource Center: Information for advising by major and college, search UA degree options, access academic policies and advising assistance.

Academic Success & Achievement: Providing opportunities and strategies (time management, goal setting, self advocacy, and many more) to help you get the most out of your UA experience.

Career Services: Career coaching, interview prep, resume building, and Wildcat JobLink.

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid: Helping you to understand and manage your financial aid.

Think Tank: Centralized academic support for students that includes tutoring, exam preparation, supplemental instruction and writing support.

Don't forget that you can email us 24/7 at SOS@email.arizona.edu.


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1. ​ LGBTQ Gender-Expressive Professional Wear Workshop, Nov 3 12pm

The Anchor Project is presenting a Gender-Expressive Professional Wear Workshop at the ANCHOR Project (2801 E Broadway Blvd) on 11/3 at noon

The Anchor Project/The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

www.anchorprojectarizona.org | www.saaf.org 

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2. LGBTQ Aging Issues Community Dialogue, Nov 12th 1-4pm 

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3. World Aids Day in a New Light 

World AIDS Day 2015 promises to shed a new light on a life long journey to find a cure and an end to HIV and AIDS .  This year the World AIDS Day Committee in Tucson is embarking on a new collaboration with the Loft Cinema at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd will be the new home for this annual commemoration and community event. The Loft has graciously offered the use of their patios just to the east of the main theater  building on Tuesday December 1, 2014 from 4- 8 pm .  SAAF, TIHAN, The Peterson Clinic, Cope Community Services and El Rio Health Center will be in attendance to provide prevention awareness and on site confidential HIV testing. 

In addition, Reveille Men’s Chorus Reverb , The Esperanza Dance Project  and other community arts organizations will perform through the course of the afternoon.  A live on-air feed with an AIDS affected region of Africa is expected as are other Skype connection to World AIDS Day events in Southern Arizona are expected.  Food Trucks from the Tucson community will be available as well.

Please join us for this momentous occasion and shedding a new light on the HIV/AIDS crisis and the community wide effort to find a life-long cure.  For more information please contact : Rick Small , Heather Moroso and John Jackson through our World AIDS Day Tucson Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WorldAIDSDay.Tucson

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4. Reveille Shows: On Holiday & Big Gay Roadtrip 


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1. Wildcat Pride Scholarship

The Alumni Association is offering several merit-based scholarships to members of the LGBTQ community. Please see here for more info. 

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2. Spring Fling Marketing Team

Hello Wildcats!

Looking to get involved in the largest student run carnival in the nation? Well then now is your chance! Spring Fling 2016 is looking for wonderful volunteers to help with the Marketing Street Team! Spring Fling will be April 8-10, so please keep that weekend COMPLETELY reserved for Spring Fling if you are applying. The Spring Fling Street Team is a guerrilla marketing team that is comprised of enthusiastic students who work to promote Spring Fling all year long and provide special help at the event itself. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at alaguirre11@email.arizona.edu

Application link: Street Team Application

Employer Trek – Good Works; Great Careers (Non-Profit)

This employer trek is the last one for this semester; time flies by so fast! This trek is for students who want to learn about the professional and financial benefits of working for a major service organization. In partnership with the Arizona Governor’s office, we once again invite students to spend the day on an exploratory tour with two companies rooted in creating a positive future for our world.


Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. Since 1981, Southwest Human Development has been a leader in providing services for children and their families. For six consecutive years Southwest Human Development was voted one of the Valley’s “Best Places to Work” among large-sized companies.


Valley of the Sun United Way is keenly focused on achieving three community objectives: to ensure children and youth succeed, to end hunger and homelessness, and to increase the financial stability of families and individuals.  They partner with hundreds of organizations, including the NFL for the 60 Minutes of Play program.


When: Friday, November 6th, at 7:30 AM

Registration: Register online through Career Services at http://bit.ly/1jIq4gR

Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 3rd


Graduate Fair

If you are considering continuing your education and pursuing a graduate degree, UA Graduate School Day can help pave the way. By attending UA Graduate School Day, students will have the opportunity to talk to several different graduate schools and learn more about the programs they offer. 


The event is free. Just bring your CatCard and be ready to ask insightful questions of the college reps present. You should not only be ready to ask questions about prospective programs but also see that you are prepared to answer questions about your own interests and what you can bring to their campus.


When: Wednesday, November 4th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Student Union – 3rd Floor Ballroom

For more information see our website


Sustainability Panel

                The panel is comprised of professionals who focus on careers in sustainability; they will offer career insights and share information on their own career path to interested students. Panelists discuss trends in their field, critical skills needed and ways to develop those skills further, as well as providing advice on professional development, networking, resumes and how to maximize interviews for career success specific to that particular field. A networking session following the panel offers students an opportunity to connect directly with the employers in attendance.


When: Tuesday, November 10th, at 05:30 PM

Who: Various panelists

Where: Student Union – Catalina Room (3rd Floor)

For more information and to RSVP click go here


Walk-in/Office Hours

                As always, students are our first priority. We have walk in hours that vary everyday where students can come in to our office and receive guidance from Career Coaches. Additionally, our interns also have office hours where students can receive early career guidance as well as resume checks! There is always someone in the office to help answer student’s questions so there is no excuse to not stop by! Please encourage your students to take a visit to our office so we can help guide them through professional development opportunities!

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4. Alternative Spring Breaks 2016 trip applications

Want to make a difference during your Winter and Spring break? Have a passion for changing the world?

The University of Arizona Alternative Breaks organization has opened up its 2016 trip applications! 

If you are interested in participating in one of these week-long, jam-packed fun, service trips, just go to https://arizona.collegiatelink.net/form/start/81463. To apply for our weekend trip to Saguaro National Park go to https://arizona.collegiatelink.net/form/start/81457

The trips include meaningful service working with different social issues, and fun activities on free days with other University of Arizona students! Our student-led trips are amazing opportunities for anyone looking to breakaway from the norm and do something different! See our trip options below!

Weekend Trip (November 13th-15th)

Wildlife Preservation

Winter Break (January 3rd to January 9th

Poverty and Homelessness

Spring Break (March 12th – March 19th)

Healthcare Access

Poverty and Homelessness

Mental Health and Addiction 

Wildlife Preservation

Poverty and Marginalization

Please contact uaalternativebreaks@gmail.com with any questions.

Feel free to "like" our Facebook page (University of Arizona Alternative Breaks) to learn more about our organization and stay updated!

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5. Teach For America  

Teach, Lead, Make a Difference.


This year, nearly 9,000 corps members teach in 52 regions across the country, while nearly 42,000 Teach For America alumni continue to work from inside and outside the field of education to make an excellent education a reality for all.


Inspire your students and be inspiredStart an application today or reach out to yourcampus representative.


A few facts about TFA:

A few facts about Teach For America:

Students from ALL majors and backgrounds can apply. Here’s how it works

You do not need to be an education major or hold a teaching credential to apply. We’ll help you get there!

·         Earn a full salary and benefits ranging up to $50,000/year

·         Work in 1 of 52 different communities nationwide.

Read more about picking your regional preferences.

·         Empower kids from pre K through high school.

·         Get the coaching and support you need throughout your 2 year commitment.

·         Earn a teaching credential and opportunity to pursue an M.A. in Education.

·         Get financial help to get you started.


Why Teach? | Our Impact | Who We Look For | How to Apply




6. Portraits Project 

6 people from the full LGBT spectrum are needing for an art portrait project. For all information see the PDF here or email linogaribaldi@email.arizona.edu 

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7. LGBTQ+ Target Group Survey 

A UA student currently taking a Business Consulting class has been paired up with a local non-profit organization. Their team has been tasked to conduct an analysis of external stakeholder perceptions specific to a couple target groups that the company is interested in, including the LGBTQ community. 

Please take a minute to take give them your feedback. Click here to access the survey. 

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!