September 15th 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​​

  1. Grad Mixer, Sept. 16

Continuing Series​​

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


  1. Dog Days 
  2. GRL and DLP Rush, Sept.12-23
  3. Lecture Series, Sept. 14-28
  4. Lesbian Looks 23rd Annual Film Series, Sept.29



  1. ​8th Annual Multi-Faith Pride Service, Sept. 29
  2. Pride Events, Sept. 29-Oct.9
  3. Gay Pride Parade, 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. Parent and Family Programs: Award Nominations, Sept. 23
  8. RoSE Survey



LGBTQ Affairs Events


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. 2016 Annual Grad Mixer, Sept. 16

Calling all grad students to come join us in our annual mixer Sept. 16th at Hotel Congress! Hope to see you there!

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, neutrois, agender, 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.


3. 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.


Wednesday, September 21st

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 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. Dog Days

Back by popular demand, Dog Days with the Dean in Nugent 100 starting at 11 am tomorrow, September 7th.

Spread the word and come get some puppy love.

2. GRL and DLP Rush, Sept.12-23

Have you ever wanted to join a Greek organization? Did you know that the U of A has two LGBTQ+ (and allied) Greek organizations?

 Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL), a progressive and inclusive sorority, and Delta Lambda Phi (DLP), a progressive and inclusive fraternity, both have rush week events coming up! Check out their calendars of events below and don't forget to follow them on social media.




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3. Lecture Series, Sept. 14-28

Will Today’s Heated Rhetoric Lead to Potential Genocides?
Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28, 12pm-1pm, UA Hillel Foundation Mountain Room

Participate in this timely campus-wide dialogue exploration of societal dynamics which have historically led to genocide. Explore the roots of genocide and current political discourse to reflect on the state of the world today.

Session 1: Classification

Session 2:  Symbolization

Session 3:  Dehumanization

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4. Lesbian Looks 23rd Annual Film Series, Sept. 29


WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE (Barbara Hammer, 2015)
Thursday Sep 29
Loft Cinema
FREE admission

IN PERSON:  Barbara Hammer

The 23rd annual season of Lesbian Looks opens with Barbara Hammer's 2015 lyrical documentary Welcome To This House (2015). The film explores the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979, subject of 2014 LL opening night feature REACHING FOR THE MOON)--her life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure.  Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories.  Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant, with music composition by Joan La Barbara.

Post-screening Q&A with the legendary Barbara Hammer in person!

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Community Events

1. 8th Annual Multi-Faith Pride, Sept.29

We want to invite you and those of your community to this year's Eighth Annual Pride Service, to be held on Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 pm at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church at 3809 E. Third Street, Tucson.  In light of recent events in the LGBTQ community and globally, this year's theme is "Sanctuary" with all of it's many manifestations. We want to cultivate a sense of safety by acknowledging all beings as sacred, belonging to the human family, and by welcoming all into spiritual community.

Due to the high percentage of youth suicides in the LGBTQ+ community and a tremendous need in Tucson to support youth, this year's service project will benefit the efforts of SAAF, who is in the process of procuring and building a permanent home for our Eon LGBTQ+ youth center.

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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

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3. Tucson Gay Pride Parade, Sept. 30

Tucson Gay Pride is preparing for it's 16th annual Pride Parade on September 30th 2016 which goes down 4th Ave. a popular hangout for artist of all types. Would love to have UofA march in the parade.

We are also preparing for our 39th annual Gay Pride Festival being held at Reid Park on October 1st 2016 

Tucson held the very first Gay Pride in Arizona which unfortunately evolved from the ashes of tragedy in the late 1970's for complete history follow the link below. 

Our festival has evolved through out the decades. Our Mission/Goal goes far beyond "Gay Rights". The Gay Pride Festival is about embracing the many different cultures that make us individually unique and special.

By sponsoring Tucson Gay Pride you are lending your voice which says you support "Cultural Diversity" The following link gives our sponsorship levels. 


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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:

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. 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

For more information:

Sarah Gonzales, Coordinator Common Ground

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 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 


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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. Parent and Family Programs: Award Nominations

Hello from Parent & Family Programs,

Each year, we honor a Parent/Family Member of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year at Family Weekend for their dedication to the UA community. The Parent/Family Member of the Year Award is given to the parent, family member, or guardian who has the most positive impact on the life of the student or students they support. The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has given a great amount of their time and energy to supporting the UA Parents & Family Association. Nominations for both awards may be submitted by UA students, faculty, and staff members, so I encourage you to distribute the attached nomination forms to your respective communities.

Completed nominations should be sent in a Word document or PDF via email to by September 23 at 5:00pm. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

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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
  • Please share the survey; Share the attached flier online!
Thank you so much for your time! We appreciate your help in adding to current knowledge on the health of LGBQ women!