September 2nd 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


LGBTQ Affairs Special Events

1. Queers and Root Beers, Sept. 7

Queers and Rootbeers- Kiva Room, Wednesday, September 7th 5-7pm

Join us for our first open meeting of the year– Queers and Rootbeers! Stop on by and meet new people, show off your trivia skills, and enjoy our fabulous root beer floats. 

2. Queer Sex Ed, Sept. 14

If your traditional sex ed class left you with some questions -like it did for us -come join us for Queer Sex Ed Sept. 14th in the WRC!

3. 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.

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.


Community Events

1. Labor Day Pool Party, Sept. 5

Wesley's Labor Day Barbecue & Pool Party.

The event is from noon-4 p.m.Sept. 5, at their lovely home in Oro Valley, which is located at 2038 W. Three Oaks Drive. 

We will be carpooling from the Campus Christian Center parking lot (715 N. Park Ave.), at 11 a.m.  Students can RSVP on our website at, our Facebook page, WesleyFellowship@Tucsonwesley, or our U of A page at

Please RSVP by Friday the 2nd!!

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2. G3 Gay Happy Hour, Sept. 9

G3 welcomes everyone 21+ regardless of gender, orientation and identity.
Just $6 gets you in and we cover the first drink!
(Credit Cards are excepted with a $1 Service Fee)
Wear White if you Want to,
but Labor Day will be OVER!
It's always the right time for a gay happy hour however, so put those white shoes back in the closet and sashay over to Sullivan's Steakhouse where cocktails and a fun crowd await you! 

Sullivan's serves up a mean cocktail as well as a selection of tasty appetizers in a cozy wood-paneled bar and bricked patio. In the mood for some beef? (and who isn't) They grill up some of the best steaks in town. Call to make a dinner reservation at (520) 299-4275.
The September 2016 G3 Gay Happy Hour
5-9PM | Friday September 9
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Corner of River & Campbell
(next to P F Changs)
Free parking in their lot plus valet is available. ADA Accessible.
This Month's Charity Partner
We're pleased to help support Tucson Pride which has a new spirit thanks to a fresh Board of Directors. They'll be on hand to share what's being planned this year.

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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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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. ISRC Job Opportunity, Sept. 8

The Immigrant Student Resource Center (ISRC), the newest addition to the amazing work of the UA Early Academic Outreach office, is now open. The ISRC helps recruit & retain immigrant students at the UA. We provide academic, career, scholarship, & social support to currently enrolled immigrant students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permits, undocumented students, & students with mixed-immigration status families. We also train university staff, faculty, & administrators how to work more effectively with immigrant students.

Look for our new office in the Chavez Building soon. Until then, check us out on Facebook & Instagram.


Also, the ISRC is hiring! Are you a UA student looking for a chance to grow your leadership skills, develop public speaking skills, or help other students connect to campus resources? Apply to be on our student staff or get internship credit.


Job applications are due September 8, 2016. Details are at


Click for JOB DESCRIPTION          

Click to APPLY

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6. V. Steele Intern Campaign

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8. 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.