October 2nd Newsletter

Happy September!
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


LGBTQ Affairs Special Event

1. Sign the Out and Proud Ad

We are hosting the 9th Annual “Out and Proud” ad project as a part of Coming Out Week 2015. 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 a LGBTQA+ student or as an 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 ad!

The heading of the ad will read: “We are your friends, classmates, professors, colleagues, co-workers, and health 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 2015!”

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 5th by 11:59pm. 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 12th for the spread in the Daily Wildcat :) 

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs for others, for their sakes and for our own." – Cesar Chavez

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2. Coming Out Week Resource Fair, Oct 7 10-2pm


Pride Alliance is proud to announce COMING OUT WEEK in October!! First and foremost, we will be having a celebratory Resource Fair on the Mall on October 7th from 10am-2pm. Come out and celebrate our community and connect with all of your campus and non-campus groups dedicated to making Tucson a queer-friendly place. Stop by and take a photo of you “coming out” of our closet door or make a colorful t-shirt! Then the following week, stay tuned for our many events! 

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3. Rainbow Family Reception, Oct 9 4-5:30pm


Come by and visit your on-campus home with your off-campus family! We'll be sharing food, drinks, conversation, and community at the LGBTQ Resource Center from 4-5:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

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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:




Friday, October 16th
Location: Agave Room, El Portal

General Education Training

Register HERE

Friday, October 16th
Location: Agave Room, El Portal

Trans 101 with Harvey Katz

Register HERE


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.  Entertainment Career Panel, Oct. 6 5:30-7pm 

Careers in Entertainment

Find out how some UA alums turned their interest in the exciting and trend-setting field of Entertainment into a rewarding career. Spoiler alert: No singing or dancing required. Students and alumni are invited to gain insight into how they might find a career in this field too.

Entertainment Career Panel & Networking Event

Tuesday, October 6th

5:30 pm to 7 pm

in the Catalina Meeting Room

on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Memorial Center


A UA Student Services fee grant has made this career panel/networking event series possible. Seating is limited and food and beverage is included (free!). Interested students and alumni can RSVP by clicking the Entertainment Career Panel RSVP link on this page: https://www.career.arizona.edu/events/panels-mixers . Walk-ins are welcome. All students and alumni are invited to attend.

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2.  UA Food Day, Oct. 14 10am-2pm 

UA Food Day 

Healthy + Sustainable + Affordable + Fair 

  • Exciting, interactive exhibits 
  • Games & Giveways 
  • Free Food

Bring non-perishable items to donate to the UA campus pantry!

There will also be a designated location for donations!


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3. Gina Chavez Performance, Oct 9 5-6:30pm

Gina Chavez performs at UA!   -   FREE

Austin’s 2015 “Musician of the Year”, as well as
“Singer of the Year”
“Song of the Year”
“Best Latin Band”

WHEN:                      Friday, October 9th, 2015
TIME:                         5:00 – 6:30 pm
WHERE:                    Gallagher Theatre

Join us for a fantastic musical experience.  Sponsored by the Guerrero Student Center, Hispanic Heritage Month event.  




4. Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series

When:  Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m., Fall and Spring Semesters
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 pizza. 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.
A full schedule of Deep Dish discussion topics can be found here.
Please contact Kate Freeman at (520) 621-0326 or e-mail her at freemank@email.arizona.edu for more information and/or if you are interested in presenting at a future date.


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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. Volunteer at AIDSWALK 2015 

2015 will mark the 27th Annual AIDSWALK Tucson. This event provides tremendous support to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation in helping to provide services like medications assistance, food programs, case management, housing, prevention programs, HIV testing and more. SAAF has raised millions over the past 20+ years with the help of the Tucson community.

This year’s goal is to have 2,000 walkers and raise more than $170,750 to help support the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. We hope you’ll walk with your community and help to support a healthier community this October 11, 2015 in Downtown Tucson for AIDSWALK 2015.

We are seeking volunteers for October 7th, 11th, and 12th to fill various volunteer jobs.

Positions fill up fast, so please select several options that you would to volunteer for. 

For individuals, please visit this link to an online sign-up form: https://saaf.wufoo.com/forms/i-want-to-volunteer-at-aidswalk-2015/

For more information on group volunteering at SAAF's largest annual fundraiser, AIDSWALK, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Webb at 520-547-6101 or mwebb@saaf.org

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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. 7th Annual Multi-Faith Pride Service, October 8 7-9pm


Fall Greetings Supportive Clergy, Collaborators, & Friends,

Please Join Us for Dancing the Bridge to Wholeness
7th Annual Multi-Faith Pride Service

A celebration of the journey from where we’ve been, to where we are now, to looking at what we want our community, local and global, to look like in a more positive future.

We have come a long way this past year and there is much to celebrate, but there is still much to be done. Please join us at this year’s celebration at St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church on October 8, 2015 at 7pm with an open heart for a hopeful future.

When: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 
Where: St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church 
4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ, 85718 
Time: 7-9pm including a light post service reception

St. Philip's is excited this year to be our hosts for "Dancing the Bridge to Wholeness!” Through their Believe Out Loud ministry, generous underwriting has been provided to bring Vivian Taylor, from the Boston area, as our honored guest speaker. Vivian is a transgender activist, writer, former chaplain assistant in the Army National Guard, and the past executive director of Integrity USA. Here is a link to a video about Vivian.We are so excited to have her with us and look forward to giving her a warm Tucson welcome!

Other highlights from the evening will include music from Desert Voices and Reveille Men's Chorus and Muslim participation for the first time. There will also be a meditation with crystal singing bowls and a special interpretative dance composition to India Arie's song, "I Am Light.” Come share an evening in your heart with Tucson's LGBTQ community as we "dance the bridge" to wholeness together!! An offering being taken at the service benefits Devereux adoption agency. Devereux has long supported LGBTQ couples and individuals in Arizona being able to foster and adopt children in need of loving homes. For more information about Devereux Arizona, please visitwww.devereux.org.

***At the post service reception, tickets will be sold for the Monday Oct. 12th screening of "Pride" at the Loft Cinema, along with a showing of the film trailer. Click here for more information about the film screening.***

For all the latest updates about this year's Pride Service, please visit:Our Facebook Event Page  or contact Marc Paley atmpinsights@gmail.com or Cameron Rau at cameron.rau@comcast.net this year’s service coordinators.​

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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. Call for Programs & Registration for NCLC

February 12th-14th, 2016
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ


Workshop Focus Areas:
As a presenter you have the option to present a 60 minute workshop or a 135 minute double-session workshop. Workshops will be offered in the following focus areas:
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Leadership and Groups
  • Leadership for Civic Engagement
  • Leadership for Social Justice
  • Leadership and Technology
  • Leadership in the Professional World
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Leadership and Best Practices 
We will begin notifying presenters of acceptance status by mid November 2015. If your workshop has been chosen, you will receive a confirmation with all the information you will need including: workshop date, time, and A/V equipment status. Except for U of A faculty and staff, all presenters must register for the conference byDecember 17th, 2015.
Click here to submit a workshop proposal
Registration Opens November 2nd, 2015
  • Early registration: $70 and includes the Keynote banquet, a T-shirt, workshops, and service projects. Early registration ends December 17th, 2015.
  • Regular registration: $80. Runs December 18th, 2015-January 14th, 2016
  • Late registration: $90. Runs January 15th-28th, 2016 (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:
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 12-14, 2016 at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. 

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3. 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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4. Stressbusters is recruiting  

Your UA Campus Health Service is recruiting students to join the dynamic, stress-relieving team known as Stressbusters. 

UA Stressbusters are part of a national program active at Harvard, Columbia, Missouri, Johns Hopkins, NAU & other schools. Trained volunteers are sent out to provide free five-minute back rubs and wellness info to students and staff at campus events, residence halls, meetings, and wherever else the stressed are gathered.

Stressbusters have fun together and enjoy helping others. There is an on-line application and short (group) interview in order to join. The minimum time commitment is 5 hours per semester. A one-time required training will be held on Friday, September 25th from 4-9pm at the Campus Health Service, led by Stressbusters founder, Jordan Friedman. All interested UA students (undergraduate and graduate) are welcome to apply.

What's in it for you?  Learn effective back rub and other stress reduction techniques, gain marketable customer service and communication skills, acquire experience working on a high-profile health initiative, make a huge difference in people's days, make friends, and relax. 

For more information, see the flier, or simply visit www.arizonastressbusters.com for more details and a stress-free application. Space is limited and the application deadline is September 18th.  Questions?  Call 520.621.4967 or email arizonastressbusters@gmail.com

5. 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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6. Become a Student Regent for ASUA 

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is honored to announce that we are in the process of selecting a new Student Regent to represent the Students of Arizona at the Arizona Board of Regents. This process requires a Selections Committee with representatives from ASUA, GPSC, U of A Faculty, the Presidents Office, and other campus organizations. We are in need of one student from the cultural centers to sit on our committee, and aid us in this selections process. We would like student members who are educated on issues facing the Universities and Arizona, as well as dedicated members who can attend the dates below. 
If you wish to familiarize yourself with the Arizona Board of Regents, and the Student Regent you can do so at the following link:
These dates below are Mandatory for all committee members. 

Tuesday, September 8: UA Student Regent application packets available

Monday, October 19: UA Student Regent application packet due

Monday, October 26: UA Student Regent Selection Committee meeting – application review (Times TBD) 

Monday, November 2- Friday, November 6: UA Student Regent interviews (Times depend on amount of applicants) Fairly flexible on these dates

Saturday, November 7: UA Student Regent Selection Committee meeting – semi-finalists selected (Times TBD) 

Tuesday, November 10UA Student Regent reception 5-7pm SUMC Santa Rita Room (Not Mandatory but highly encouraged, Free food) 

Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13: UA Student Regent interviews with Semi Finalists (Times TBD)

Monday, November 16: UA Student Regent Selection Committee meeting – three finalists selected

These dates are subject to slight changes. 

I have attached the application, along with the calendar layout of the selections process. Please feel free to review it, and email me at Michaelfinnegan@email.arizona.edu with any questions.

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!