September 18th Newsletter

Hey there, Wildcats,

Come rain or shine, there are always awesome queer events going on and off campus to check out!  Happy September, and we will see you in October (with some rain inbetween, hopefully)! 

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


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Current Events & News


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Special Events

  1. LGBTQ+ Graduate Student, Staff, and Faculty Mixer: September 19th 5-7:30pm
  2. ​Pride Alliance Open Meeting: September 24th 5-7pm
  3. Out and Proud Ad

Continuing Series

  1. Support Groups
  2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule 


  1. Hispanic Heritage Month Events: September 15th- October 15th
  2. Our Voice, Our Vote Gubernational Forum: September 21st 6-7:30pm
  3. Black Student Union Know your Rights Forum: September 24th 5:30pm 
  4. Arizona Queer Archives Stewardship Event: September 30th
  5. Deep Dish Lunchtime Speakers Series: Thursdays 12-1 pm
  6. Meet the Dean: Mondays 12-1pm and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  7. Douglas Nielsen Photography Collection: August - January 
  8. UA Alternative Breaks: January and March
  9. UA Art Museum: October 8th, December 3rd 4:30-6:00pm 


  1. Tucson Latin@ LGBTQ Pride: September 14th-19th


  1. Join the Campus Health Stressbusters Team 
  2. Diversity Student Job Posting
  3. Victory Congressional Internship
  4. Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award
  5. Call for Spring 2015 Deep Dish Presenters
  6. Masculinity and Intersections Class
  7. NEW Leadership Arizona
  8. Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

LGBTQ Affairs Events


1. LGBTQ+ Graduate Student, Staff, and Faculty Mixer: September 19th 5-7:30pm


Join us for the Annual LGBTQ+ Graduate Student, Staff & Faculty Mixer on September 19th from 5:00-7:30pm @ La Cocina in Old Town Artisans! 

This is a great occasion for LGBTQA+ and allied graduate students to get to meet other graduate students and to network with UA faculty and staff. There are not many opportunities to connect with LGBTQA+ and allied faculty and staff across campus, so take advantage of this chance, the great location, and the great people! RSVP on our Facebook event here!

This event is brought to you by the Graduate Professional Student Council, the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the Institute for LGBT Studies, and OUTReach

2. Pride Alliance Open Meeting: September 24th 5-7pm

Come join us at the Tubac room on September 24th from 5-7pm to learn how to get involved with volunteer opportunities with Pride Alliance, give us feedback about what you would like to see happen on campus this year, and get to know the programming board and each other even more!

3. Join the Out and Proud Ad 

We are hosting the 8th Annual “Out and Proud” ad as a part of Coming Out Week 2014. This is a two-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 600 published names! Please send your name in today and get all your friends 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 2014!”

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 by Monday, October 6th , no later than 12pm. 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 13th for the spread in the Daily Wildcat! 

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 5:30-6:30pm in Nugent Room 205

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

LGBTQ Abuse Survivors Suppor Group
Tuesdays 1-2pm in the 3rd Floor Highland Commons, SE Corner

This group is open to UA students of all genders who have experienced interpersonal violence/abuse and identify as LGBTQ+

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2. Safe Zone Fall 2014 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, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.



Upcoming training and registration links:

Friday, October 17th
Mesquite Room, SUMC 3rd Floor
Tuesday, October 28th
Tubac Room, SUMC 4th Floor
ADVANCED: "A is for.." 
This Advanced Safe Zone will be an interactive discussion about all those identities that start with A - asexual, agender, aromantic, ally, etc.
Friday, November 14th
Ventana Room, SUMC 4th Floor
ADVANCED: "Trans101" 
This Advanced Safe Zone will provide an overview of gender identity and expression, discuss terminology and definitions, identify disparities and risks within the trans community, dispel myths and misunderstandings, and explain specific ways you can be an ally to trans people everywhere.
Friday, December 5th
Ventana Room, SUMC 4th Floor

Campus Events

1. Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15th!

Join Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. For more information on programs and events please check out Chicano/Hispano Student Affair's Facebook page!

2. ASUA and Arizona Public Media Gubernational Forum, September 21st in Centennial Hall 

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona is proud to invite all students to the 2014 Our Voice, Our Vote Gubernatorial Forum taking place this Sunday! ASUA and Arizona Public Media will be co-hosting the first Gubernatorial Forum at UA campus since 2006 to expose the campus to candidates for Arizona's next governor.

You can submit questions that can asked to the candidates live on stage. Submit questions to or on ASUA social media using #OurVoiceOurVote. Let our voice and presence be heard and felt this November!

Sept. 21st 2014 at 6pm
Centennial Hall
Doors open at 5pm
FREE – General Admission. Pick up your tickets at the Main Bookstore, A store, or UA Visitor Center. 

3. Black Student Union Event, September 24th in the Kiva room  

Join the Black Student Union this week as we continue to get to know each other and develop our agenda for the upcoming year. During this week’s meeting we’ll be dialoguing about next week’s upcoming event, the Know Your Rights’ Forum, an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with racial profiling and your rights when engaging law enforcement.

4. Arizona Queer Archive Stewardship Event, September 30th at the McClelland Park Building

Arizona Queer Archive Stewardship Event
Tuesday, September 30th. Reception at 5:30pm, Presentation from 6:30-7:30pm
McClelland Park Building, Room 102 (650 N. Park Ave)

Please join Susan Stryker, Director of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, and Institute staff members and volunteers as they discuss the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA), an Institute project spearheaded by Tucson activist, filmmaker, and archival studies Doctoral Candidate, Jamie A. Lee. Launched at a public meeting last October, the AQA now houses the library and organizational records of Wingspan, which sadly closed its doors this summer, as well as materials from LGBTQ faculty members at UA, video oral histories from community members, the personal papers of LGBTQ activists and residents in Southern Arizona, documentation of the Southwest Feminists Reunite group, and other vital evidence of LGBTQ life in Tucson and the surrounding area. Come see archival artifacts, watch video clips of life stories, and learn about opportunities for volunteering with or financially supporting this important university/community collaboration. Please RSVP by September 15th to or (520) 209-2858

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5. Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series, Thursdays in McClelland Park 

When:  Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m., Fall and Spring Semesters
Where:  McClelland Park, Room 402

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 food. 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. Most presenters are local, but we also feature presentations from visiting scholars when we are lucky enough to know about their visits in advance.

Make Deep Dish part of your weekly routine!

The Particulars:
Casual. Deep Dish lasts just an hour, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Thursdays in McClelland Park, Room 402 (a small conference room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and stunning views), on the University of Arizona campus.

Conversational. We start with 10 minutes or so of "dish" as we eat before the featured presentation, and we also leave plenty of time for conversation, questions, and feedback afterwards.

Informal. Some presenters feel like reading a paper, but others talk in a less structured way for 15-20 minutes about something related to LGBT research, social justice issues, or community-building measures.

Food. Did we mention the pizza? Veggie slices and water provided, but feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch if you prefer.

Please contact Kate Freeman at (520) 621-0326 or e-mail her at for more information if you are interested in presenting at a future date. 

Find a schedule of speakers here

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6. Meet the Dean, Mondays and Thursdays in the Nugent Building 

Meet the Dean
Mondays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Check-in at the Nugent Building Front Desk

Questions about navigating the UA? Have an idea about how to improve the student experience? Visit Kendal Washington-White, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with an administrator dedicated to helping you have the best experience possible during your time at the UA. Rumor has it she serves milk and cookies! Check it out!

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7. Douglas Nielsen Collection Gallery, August to January at the Center for Creative Photography

Douglas Nielsen is a professor in the School of Dance - and an art collector since the 1970's.  The exhibit at the CCP will fill all 5 galleries, and represent photographs he has collected over the last 40+ years.

These photographs -131 in all- are by 60 fine art photographers including Jimmy DeSana, Arthur Tress, Laurie Simmons, Jock Sturges, Catharine Opie, Jo Ann Callis, Herb Ritts, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, etc. All of these images are from Nielsen's personal collection, and many of them have never before been shown. Many of these images deal with gender, sexuality, and identity.

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8. UA Alternative Breaks 2015 Applications

The UA Alternative Breaks Organization has opened up its Winter and Spring Break 2015 Applications! If you are interested in participating in one of these week-long, jam-packed fund, service trips, just go HERE to apply! The trips include meaningful service working wtih different social issues, and fun activities on free days with other UofA Students! Our student-led trips are amazing opportunities for anyone looking to breakaway from the norm and do something different! There are 6 trips this year (5 during Spring Break and 1 during Winter Break). See our trip options below!

Winter Break (January 3rd to January 10th)
Poverty and Homelessness (New Orleans, LA)

Spring Break (March 14th to March 21st)
Healthcare Access (Denver, CO)
Poverty and Homelessness (New York City, NY)
Equity in Education (Las Vegas, NV)
Environmental/Conservation (TBD)
Poverty and/or Human Rights (TBD)

Want more information on these trips? Come stop by our Information Session/Fundraiser Night at Mama's Hawaiian BBQ on Tuesday September 23rd starting at 10am! Here at UA Alternative Breaks, we believe that there is no limit to the change you can bring to our world. So let's make some change, one trip at a time!

Please contact with any questions. Feel free to "like" our Facebook page to learn more about our organization and stay updated with us! 

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9. UA Art Musuem Mapping Q Outreach Project

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is proud to announce the launch of its new outreach program, Mapping Q. Mapping Q is a community based program developed in collaboration with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The program is open and available to all youth ages 14-24. Through skill development training and museum-based activities youth will be invited to question the heteronormative practices of institutions, such as the history of art and the display of art.

If interested email or 

Community Events


1. Tucson Latin@ LGBTQ Pride, September 14th-19th 

Puertas Abiertas presents Tucson Latin@ LGBTQ Pride 2014. These events are open to everyone, and you can find out more on Facebook 

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1. Join the Campus Health Stressbusters Team 

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

Student Stressbusters are trained volunteers sent out to provide free five-minute backrubs 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 join. The time commitment is minimal: 5 hours per semester. A one-time required training will be held onWednesday, October 1st from 5:30-9pm at the Campus Health Service. Undergrads and grad students are welcome to apply.

What's in it for you?  Learn effective backrub 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 attached flier, or simply visit for more details and a stress-free application.  Space is limited and you must apply by September 28th.

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2. Diversity Student Organizer Job Posting

ASUA Office of Diversity and Inclusion currently has positions available to engage students in student government here at the University of Arizona. 

Student Organizers will work with a team on important student issues, more specifically underrepresented populations and student groups!  Apply today to empower students and address their concerns to the student body and overall UA community. 

The deadline has been extended through Friday, September 17, 2014. Attached is the job posting for more information. Engage! Empower! Advocate! Contact Jose Guadalupe Conchas Jr. at if you have any questions. 

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3. Victory Congressional 2015 Internship

The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Spring 2015.

The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2015 Conference.

Applications for Spring 2015 are due Monday, October 27 – find out more and apply now at

The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.





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4. Soroptimist Live Your Dreams Award

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award is the signature project of Soroptimist International of Desert Tucson. Their club is one of nearly 1,500 clubs that make up Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization for business and professional women committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formally Women’s Opportunity Award) are cash awards given to motivated women who are the primary financial supporters of their families and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The recipients of the awards seek to improve their lives by gaining additional skill, training or education, but do not have the resources to do so. These cash awards are meant to o!set any costs associated with the recipient’s e!orts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, child care or transportation costs. Their club is seeking applications from eligible women for this award.

Applicants can find application documents in emailable/writable form at in the awards section. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15, 2014. If you have any questions, email Linda Grissom at

The Institute for LGBT Studies is seeking presenters for Spring Deep Dish 2015; to be held every Thursday from February 5th untilApril 16th, in Room 402 of the McClelland Park Building, Noon to 1:00pm, on the University of Arizona campus.

Have a paper on a LGBT-related research and/or social justice topic that you wish to present?  Would you like to share information about a LGBT community initiative that you are developing? Want a chance to meet scholars, community members, students, and others interested in discussing LGBT-related research, social issues, and/or in building LGBT community across the University of Arizona campus and Tucson?  If so, Deep Dish is the place for you!

Deep Dish is a weekly lecture series hosted by the Institute that is casual, conversational, informal and, best of all, there is free pizza!The goal of Deep Dish is to build diverse networks across the University of Arizona and the larger Tucson community, as well as provide a space to share information among faculty, students, staff, and community members interested in LGBT research and social issues.

If you are interested in being a speaker for Deep Dish Spring 2015, please drop Kate Freeman a line at or give her a call at 520-621-0326, so that your speaking slot can be reserved ASAP.  

To see the exciting speaker line-up for Deep Dish Fall 2014, please visit:

1 Unit Course Opportunity! Learn about Masculinity while giving back to the Community! Course begins Wednesday September 10th and runs through the end of the semester! No late registration fee for the course. Enroll today!

This course provides a broad-based introduction to masculinity, its social constructions, and how it intersects with race, poverty, sexual orientation and other identities. Students will explore current theoretical ideas and debates about masculinity formation through weekly readings and discussions, as well as have the opportunity to engage with male youth in an outreach initiative entitled Man Up and go to College! That seeks to increase the number of local young men that consider college as a future pathway.

Current research points towards lower numbers of minority and low-income males enrolling into colleges and universities, so Man Up seeks to counter that by sending college student panels into local high schools and through a masculinity speaker series and high school conference. Earn 1 unit, explore masculinity and give back to the community!

Course: Masculinity and its Intersections

Day/Time: Wednesdays from 8:00-8:50am

The course is offered through College of Education’s Center for the Study of Higher Education

If you are interested in enrolling please email Graduate Assistant Bryant Valencia at:  


NEW Leadership Arizona 2014-2015

Cost: FREE

NEW Leadership Arizona is a leadership development series aimed at empowering women's leadership among Arizona college students! Join us, as you hear inspiring stories from distinguished speakers, develop skills that will give you the tools you need to build your own brand of leadership, connect with other passionate students from across campus, create and implement an action project to spread the ideas you care about, and learn from significant women from within the community.

Meeting dates:

2014: 9/29, 10/27, 11/17

2015: 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/27

For more information & to apply, visit or email!

2015 Student Fellowship Competition Now open

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. The program seeks students with an interest in learning how their proposals can be strengthened through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review.

Fellows must attend spring and fall workshops led by experienced faculty. The spring workshop prepares fellows to undertake summer exploratory research, while the fall workshop helps fellows draw lessons from their summer research experiences and develop their dissertation and funding proposals. Fellows must also conduct at least 6 weeks of summer research and refine drafts of their proposals through an online and interactive writing platform in preparation for the fall workshop.Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Travel and accommodations to attend both workshops, as well as most meals, are covered by the DPDF Program.

Eligibility: The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship is open to pre-ABD doctoral students who are enrolled in PhD programs at accredited universities within the United States. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines are welcome to apply.  For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website.

Contact: For mroe details about the program and how to apply, please go to Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.

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Thanks for your support! See you out and about!