September 4th Newsletter

Hey there, Wildcats!

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to see all of you here. Whether you're a returning wildcat, a new wildcat cub, or a wildcat parent or alum, we are excited to tell you about these events and opportunities on and around the UA. Make sure to check out the Finding Community Welcome and Kim Coco Iwamoto's talks as some upcoming awesome events!

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. Finding Community Welcome: September 4th 6-8pm
  2. QPOC Lecture Series: Kim Coco Iwamoto, September 5th
  3. ​First Pride Alliance Meeting: September 10th 5-7pm
  4. Queer Sex Ed: September 17th 4-6pm

Continuing Series

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


  1. College of Medicine Diversity Seminar: September 9th 12-1pm
  2. Arizona Queer Archives Stewardship Event: September 30th
  3. Douglas Nielsen Photography Collection: August - January 


  1. "A Kid Like Jake" play: September 2nd-14th
  2. G3 Gay Happy Hour: September 12th 5:30-8:30pm
  3. Tucson Latin@ LGBTQ Pride: September 14th-19th


  1. The Edge Development Series
  2. Masculinity and its Intersections class, 8-8:50am on Wednesdays
  3. NEW Leadership Arizona
  4. Diversity Student Job Posting
  5. Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program

LGBTQ Affairs Events


You are invited to the 5th Annual UA Finding Community Welcome!

With close to 40,000 Wildcats at UA, it is often daunting to find your place on campus. The Finding Community Welcome will introduce students to different communities on campus and how to get involved in them. There will be free food, speakers, performances, student clubs, and amazing raffle prizes! FREE t-shirt to the first 200 attendees! Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event!

Presenters include:
• African American Student Affairs (AASA)
• Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA)
• Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs (CHSA)
• Disability Resource Center (DRC) 
• Native American Student Affairs (NASA)
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs
• Women’s Resource Center (WRC)

Also, for any students interested in writing and performing a collective piece in support of the Ferguson, MO community and Mike Brown’s family during the Finding Community Welcome, please contact Sarah Gonzales at

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a sign language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact We look forward to seeing you there and please feel free to invite your friends. All UA students are welcome!


2. Queer People of Color & Two-Spirit Lecture Series Presents: Kim Coco Iwamoto, September 5th

Friday, September 5th: Talking Trans & Elected Officials: A Conversation With Kim Coco Iwamoto
Location: Nugent Building, Room 205
Time:  1:00-2:00pm

For this installment of the Queer People of Color Lecture Series, please join us for a conversation with Kim Coco Iwamoto about her path from "Transexual Menace Street Activist" to an elected State Official. As the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the nation, Commissioner Iwamoto will talk about the challenges of translating radical activism into policymaking and political change. She will invite us to ask how we can stay committed to progressive politics as we negotiate institutional life. Can we stay radical as the university disciplines us all? And if so, how?  

You can find our event on Facebook here

Friday, September 5th: Gaveling the 'Transgender Tipping Point'
Location: James E Rogers College of Law, Room 164 (1201 E. Speedway)
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
If Laverne Cox heralds the 'transgender tipping point' for the United States culture at large - as her cover story in Time Magazine promises - how are law and policy still lagging behind? Are law schools training new lawyers, judges, and politicians to think critically about the lived realities of transgender people in the U.S.? To begin to answer these questions, please join us for a conversation with the Honorable Kim Coco Iwamoto, Esq., Hawaii Civil Rights Commissioner, about her path from transgender activist to the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in the nation. 

3. First Pride Alliance Open Meeting, September 10th 5-7pm at the Tucson room

Come join us at the Tucson room on September 10th 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! 

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4. Queer Sex Ed, September 17th 4-6pm at the Women's Resource Center

Queer Sex Education is our traditional interactive talk facilitated by the wonderful Jai Smith. Learn about sex education, consent, and fisting protocal(s) at the Women's Resource Center from 4-6pm! Everyone is welcome and don't feel too shy to come! All experiences and comfort levels with sex ed, consent, love, and queer sex are 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 5:30-6:30pm 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, September 12th
Ventana Room, SUMC 4th Floor
Workshop is full; registration is closed.
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. Office of Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Seminar, September 9th 12-1pm at the College of Medicine

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the College of Medicine will be holding our next Diversity Seminar on Tuesday, September 9. Lunch will be provided during the talk, so we are asking for RSVPs here:

2. 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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3. 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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Community Events

1. "A Kid like Jake" Film screenings, September 2nd-14th at the Invisble Theatre

September 2*-14, 2014
*Preview $20. All other performances $30
Group Discounts Available

IT kicks off its 44th anniversary season with the Southwest Premier of A KID LIKE JAKE, by Daniel Pearle and directed by Kevin Black. Alex and her husband Greg want only the best for their precious four-year-old, Jake. When they apply to New York City private schools, part of what makes Jake special - his passion for Cinderella and dress-up - starts to cause concern. Straight from NY's Lincoln Center, this 2013 Award winning play starring Anna Augustowska, Lori Hunt, Cynthia Jeffery, and Gabe Nagy is a searching look at the hot-button issues of gender identity in children. 

Please call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information, or go to for online ticket sales by OvationTix. 






















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2. G3 Gay Happy Hour, September 12th 5:30-8:30pm at the Underground


Be prepared to break a sweat at the next G3 ---- not just because Tucson summers are hot, but because September is gonna be sexy! Okay, not really. The place is air-conditioned. 

The location for our September G3 is "The Underground." This dark and sultry former cellar below Zen Rock nightclub has been restored, exposing the original 19th century masonry walls. New couches in a deep whorehouse red leather accentuate the sexy vibe which permeates the space. A killer new sound system and a cozy bar complete the relaxed lounge feeling you'll enjoy once inside.
The September 2014 G3 Gay Happy Hour
Friday September 12
111 East Congress Street, Downtown Tucson

Find us on Facebook and visit our website

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3. 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. The Edge development series

Real World Ready starts here @ The Edge. The Edge is a 9-week career and leadership development series covering topics cited by employers as critical to what they look for in future employees. Brought to you by Leadership Programs and Career Services, the Edge is designed to give students the edge when seeking internships and jobs. Limited to just sophomores and juniors, sign up begins August 25 through September 5. Encourage students to sign up today on the Career Services website at

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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!

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. 

Cover letters and resumes are being accepted through Friday, September 12, 2014. Attached is the job posting for more information. Engage! Empower! Advocate! Contact Jose Guadalupe Conchas Jr. at if you have any questions


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!