September 21st 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

 

Best,
LGBTQ Affairs



Current Events & News

 

LGBTQ Affairs
Events

Special Events

  1. Bisexual Awareness Week Tabling, Sept 23rd
  2. Pride Alliance Open Meeting, Sept 23rd
  3. LGBTQ+ Grad student, staff, faculty mixer, Sept 25th

Continuing Series

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

Campus
Events

 

  1. Voluteer opportunities with the Peace Corps and Raul Grijalva
  2. Hispanic Heritage Month Event: Lalo Alcaraz
  3. APASA Dining and Dialogue
  4. Judith Butler- "Said with Buber: Versions of Binationalism"
  5. Deep Dish Lunchtime Speaker Series
  6. Cine Club Fall Lineup

Community
Events

  1. DocScapes Film Series: Dreamcatcher 
  2. Volunteer at AIDSWALK 2015
  3. World Aids Day in a New Light
  4. 7th Annual Multi-Faith Pride Service

Opportunities

  1. Wildcat Pride Scholarship
  2. Study opportunity for lesbian and bisexual women
  3. SAGA is hiring 2 part time positions
  4. Stressbusters is recruiting
  5. Attend the Raising the Bar conference
  6. Become a Student Regent for ASUA
  7. ​Video series on masculinity and men's bodies
  8. Arizona in the French Caribbean Summer Program

 


LGBTQ Affairs Events

 

LGBTQ Affairs Special Event


1. Tabling on the mall for Bisexual Visibility Day, September 23rd 10-2pm   

Come out and see us tabling on the mall in honor of bisexual visibility day and bisexual awareness week! We will discuss myth-conceptions around bisexuality, have discussions at our table, and look at famous bisexual celebrities!

Join us on the mall on Wednesday, September 23rd from 10-2pm!

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2. Pride Alliance Open Meeting, September 23rd 5-7pm   

Do you want to get involved with Pride Alliance? Want to meet other people and make friends? Come to the Pride Alliance open meeting and work on crafts, give input on the events you want to see, and socialize with other peers!

Join us in the Ventana room (on the 4th floor of the Student Union) on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5-7pm!
 
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3. 2015 Annual LGBTQ+  Mixer, September 25th 5:30-7:30pm   

Come one and all to this year's LGBTQ+ Grad Student, Staff & Faculty Mixer! Shimmy on down to the Copper Hall in Hotel Congress September 25th. From 5:30pm - 7:30pm we'll have hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and plenty of hip-and-happening folks to mix and mingle with.  Don't identify as LGBTQ+? NO PROBLEM. Allies are more than welcome to attend as well. So come on down and have a gay 'ol time with us!

Find our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450062741860562/
Like, share, and invite your friends and colleagues! 


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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:

 

 


September


Friday, September 25th
Location: Student Union, Ventana Room

10:00-12:30pm
General Education Training

Register HERE


Friday, September 25th
Location: Student Union, Ventana Room

1:00pm-3:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register HERE


October


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

10:00-12:30pm
General Education Training

Register HERE


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

1:00pm-3:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register HERE


November


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

10:00-12:30pm
General Education Training

Register HERE


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

1:00pm-3:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register HERE


December


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

10:00-12:30pm
General Education Training

Register HERE


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

1:00pm-3:00pm
Ally Development Training

Register HERE

 

 

Campus Events


1. Volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps with Raul Grijalva, September 22nd 1:30-3:30pm

Congressman Grijalva and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be holding an event to promote opportunities with the Peace Corps on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. This event, which will take place at the PCC Community Campus, is cohosted by PCC and the UA. This event will offer opportunities for Q&A with returned Peace Corps volunteers, the Peace Corps director, and Congressman Grijalva.

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2. Hispanic Heritage Month event: Lalo Alcaraz, September 24th 12:30-1:45pm

Lalo Alcaraz, known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated,

politically themed Latino daily comic strip, and for his radio program, Pocho Hour of Power, will be at the UA

Thursday, September 24th from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm in Chavez Building, room 109.

Lalo will share his political perspective from a cartoonist point of view, and will preview his new television show, “Bordertown,” which he warns “the sensitive should avoid.”  Why?  Come meet him on September 24th, and we will all find out together if we are ‘the sensitive.’

 

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3. APASA's Dining and Dialogue, September 28th 5:30-7:30pm

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) is hosting the first part of their Dining and Dialogue! 

Last year, APASA hosted 3 Dining & Dialogue events to provide a space for students across the UA community to talk about important issues impacting their lives. We discussed diversity at the UA, cultural appropriation, budget cuts and attended an AZ Board of Regents tuition hearing. This year, we're kicking things off with a discussion about Gender & Gender Roles, led by APASA & LGBTQ Affairs leaders.

Dinner is provided. Space is limited to 25 participants.

 


4. Judith Butler- "Said with Buber: Versions of Binationalism," September 29th 7-9pm

 

Judith Butler will give a public presentation at the University of Arizona on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley (http://complit.berkeley.edu/?page_id=168).

Dr. Butler’s presentation is one of the culminating events of the Mellon-funded project “Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging” (https://relsec.arizona.edu/).

The title of Dr. Butler’s talk on September 29 is “Said with Buber: Versions of Binationalism," and will take place in the ENR Lecture Hall.

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5. 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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6. Cine Club Fall Lineup 

Cine Club is a UA film club organized by Graduate Students from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The club's main mission rests in providing a stereotype-free look into Hispanic and Latin American cultures through film. During the fall 2015 semester, Cine Club will continue its mission by hosting a series of queer film from Latin America, Spain  and Brazil to further expand students' understanding of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian cultures.

 

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Community


1. DocScapes Film Series: Dreamcatcher, September 22nd 7pm 

 The DocScapes film series is pleased to partner with the British Council and film distributor Women Make Movies to present a free screening of the award-winning documentary Dreamcatcher, the most recent film by internationally acclaimed British filmmaker Kim Longinotto, at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, on Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm. Producer Lisa Stevens, and the main subject of the film, Brenda Myers-Powell, will be there in person to introduce the film and participate in a post screening dialogue with the audience.

Dreamcatcher is a vibrant portrait of activist, and former teenage prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell as she bravely advocates for change on the streets of Chicago, offering a way out of exploitation to prostitutes, and young rape victims. Dreamcatcher lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of these young women, their families, and communities, as well as Brenda's unflinching intervention that turns these desperate lives around. Watch the trailer here. 

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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 8th 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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Opportunities


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. Study opportunity for lesbian and bisexual women

We are looking for lesbian or bisexual women (ages 18 and over) to participate in an online research study examining the influence of family relationships on sexual behavior and attitudes.  Participants will complete an online questionnaire that takes about 35 to 45 minutes. This questionnaire will ask about your teenage years, your life now, and your family relationship history.

If you are interested, go to the following URL:  www.Tinyurl.com/LBstudyUA

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle DelPriore (Tel: 520-610-0239; Email: ddelpriore@email.arizona.edu).

This study has been reviewed and approved by The University of Arizona Human Subjects Protection Program. Participation in this research is voluntary and is not required to enter into the raffle, and you may withdraw from the study at any time. Your responses to this research are strictly confidential. Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize drawing to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.  Entries are limited to one per person, and participation is void where prohibited by law. Drawing takes place on January 22, 2016.

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3. SAGA Is Hiring 2 Part Time Positions!

SAGA is hiring two part time positions (which can be filled by one person). Please see the press release and job descriptions (position 1 and position 2) for your use. The job descriptions are posted on SAGA's web site: http://sagatucson.org/wp/
 

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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. Attend the Raising the Bar Student Leadership Conference 

Raising the Bar is a student leadership conference addressing alcohol and other drug issues, prevention, and change at Arizona college and universities. We are advertising the conference to student government leaders, residence life student employees, health advocates, peer educators, fraternity and sorority members, college athletes, and student leaders at UA, NAU, ASU, ERAU, Pima Community College, and Yavapai College. Our hope is they learn something new, develop skills, and take their momentum back to campus to create change! The breakout sessions will cover topics like AOD and sexual violence, experiential learning for alcohol programs, creating meaningful student programs, and sessions about prescription drug use among college students.

Raising the Bar will be held Saturday, September 19th from 10am - 5pm at ASU West in Glendale, AZ. We are providing free lunch and can reimburse for mileage (carpooling encouraged)!

An informational flyer is attached here, along with the registration link (bit.ly/RaisingTheBar15). This is our second year of the conference and we had an overwhelming positive response from attendees last year - we are looking forward to duplicating it this year.

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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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7. Be a part of a video series on Men's Bodies

 
A student is  currently working on a video series project about men and their bodies. For more information, see below! 
 
I would love to gather a further biases of knowledge about masculinity, media portrayal of men's bodies, identity, and the outcomes of being a man in society. If you are willing to provide me with information concerning any of these topics (personal or literary) it would be awesome. Also, if you are interested in speaking in a video I am more than welcoming to that idea as well.
 
Feel free to call, email, text or find me in person!
Cell: 360-609-7666

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8. Arizona in the French Caribbean Summer Program

The new Arizona in the French Caribbean summer program in Martinique co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the department of French and Italian. Please see all information on the attached flyer as well as:

https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-french-caribbean

http://africana.arizona.edu/scholarship/africana-studies-awards-arizona-french-caribbean

11 competitive awards of $1,500 each are available for this program

NO KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH NEEDED/REQUIRED

AFAS and AFAS affiliated faculty: please post the attached flyer/links on your D2L pages and forward the links and announcements to all your students from this semester and past semesters. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: students who already took AFAS 345 or AFAS 314 and would still like to go can. They will receive credits under AFAS 399 instead.
 

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