April Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: FSGSA "Young Professionals" Affinity Space
  • Special Recognition: Dr. Kirstin Cook, Inclusive Excellence Award, Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Featured Article
  • Affinity Group Updates
  • Peer Education, Sessions and More
  • Looking Ahead: Programs and Resources
  • The Bulletin Board
  • Support Our Progress

A Good Lead is Everything

LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association (FSGSA)
"Young Professionals" Affinity Space Planning Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Are you interested in being part of a "young professionals" affinity space for LGBTQIA and ally individuals? Join us for this planning meeting and be part of forming this new group.
RSVP for FSGSA "Young Professionals" Planning Meeting on May 5

Special Recognition

Our special recognition this month is to Dr. Kirsten Cook, associate professor of accounting in the Rawls College of Business, and coordinator of the LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association for receiving an Inclusive Excellence Award from Institutional Diversity. 

Congratulations to Dr. Cook and the other award recipients! 

Other honorees at Celebrate Diversity this year include Dr. Angela Lumpkin and Dr. Damon Hill, Jr. 

Featured Article

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • Queer / Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC)
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: May 17
  • TTAA Pride Network: Membership Meeting: May 18
Queer / Trans Students of Color Affinity Space
Register for QTSOC 

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement recognizes that systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia disproportionately impact LGBTQIA students of color – and particularly Black LGBTQIA students. The Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC) Affinity Space is one way for the Office to support our LGBTQIA students of color.
Affinity spaces aim to empower students to share their emotions and experiences while reflecting on practices of healing and resiliency -- both of which provide the energy to continue acting for change and justice. These spaces are here for us to share our pain, our hope, and our joy together as a community.
Over summer 2021, the Office will continue to host QTSOC meetings virtually. Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date about our meeting times! We ask that individuals only participate in this affinity space if they self-identify as both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual).

You can learn more about QTSOC on our website. Email Office administrator Stephen Chao to join the space.
Register for QTSOC
RSVP for FSGSA Virtual Social
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! Scheduled Sessions and Visits
  • O4U Engineering Conference: September 9-12 (Registration Deadline: June 6)
  • Fall 2021 Course Offering: WGS 2300-006 - Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, Sexuality & Queer Feminisms

Visit the IGNITE! web page for information about future scheduled sessions and visits to classrooms, departments, and university-affiliated student organizations. Questions and/or concerns regarding the IGNITE program can be directed to Matt Hernandez (he/him), Graduate Assistant for Peer Education.
Out for Undergrad (O4U) hosts a weekend-long professional development conference for high-achieving LGBTQIA undergraduate students who are studying or interested in engineering. This year's O4U Engineering Conference will be held virtually from September 9-12. There are three rounds of rolling admission. Two have already closed. The next is June 6.

This conference is free to attend for students. If you decide to register, please let the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement know. We would like to support more Texas Tech students participating in O4U conferences.
Apply for the O4U Engineering Conference by June 6
Fall 2021 Course Offering: WGS 2300-006
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, Sexuality & Queer Feminisms

CRN 42291
T/TH, 3:30 p.m., Face-to-Face

Are you interested in exploring the foundations of feminist thought and practice? How about with a focus on sexuality and queer feminisms? Consider taking WGS 2300-006 and be part of the undoing and redoing!

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • Tech GSA Re-Launch Series
  • Lavender Graduation: May 13 (Registration deadline May 3)
  • Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
  • LGBTQIA+ All-Recovery Meetings
Looking for LGBTQIA and allied community on campus? Come participate in the Tech Gender & Sexuality Association (Tech GSA) Re-Launch Series!
Tech GSA is a student-led LGBTQIA and allies organization striving to make Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a safe and welcoming place to all students -- regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. With the support of the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, Tech GSA is re-launching itself for the fall 2021 semester. Throughout the summer, the Office will continue hosting virtual and in-person events for LGBTQIA and allied students at Texas Tech – join our mailing list to get updates on meeting times!

Email Office administrator Stephen Chao if you are interested in joining!
Register for TechGSA Re-Launch Series
Lavender Graduation
May 13, 2021, 5:30 p.m. CDT, In-Person and Virtual

Registration Deadline: May 3, 5:00 p.m. CDT

While COVID-19 continues to restrict many in-person gatherings, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is pleased to provide opportunities to recognize our graduates virtually and, if interested, collect their materials in-person and pose for a keepsake photograph.

The Office will be compiling a yearbook and a short video showcasing our participating LGBTQIA graduates to post on May 13! We want to give each participant the opportunity to reflect on their time at Tech, share some of the lessons they have learned, and honor the mentors who have shaped the person they are today. We are also able to mail their Lavender Honor Cord, Lavender Scholar lapel pin (graduate students), and other Lavender Graduation materials.

This year's Lavender Graduation is open to any LGBTQIA student, as well as any student committed to their practice of "allyship," who is graduating in May, August, or December 2021 from Texas Tech University (any school, college, and campus) or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in any of the various components of this year's Lavender Graduation. Submissions close at 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 3.

If a student graduated in 2020 but did not participate in Lavender Graduation, they can sign up to receive materials using this form.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Office at 806-742-5433 or
Register for Lavender Graduation

Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group

The Student Counseling Center offers two LGBTQIA support groups this semester: Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group. Led by Dr. Amanda Wheeler, both groups meet weekly and provide community support both in and outside the group. 

Safe Haven provides a safe environment to explore concerns related to sexual and/or gender identity. Topics of discussion may include struggles with identity, acceptance, or general relationship concerns. Safe Haven meets on Fridays at 2:30-4:00 p.m.
The Trans/Non-Binary Support Group is open to any student wanting to discuss and explore gender identity concerns. It is suitable for any student that is questioning or firm in their identity as being gender non-conforming. The Trans/Non-Binary Support Group meets on Mondays at 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler if you are interested in joining either group!

The Bulletin Board

Want to list your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers
Effects of Family Rejection for Latinx Trans and Non-Binary People
Do you identify as Latine/x and trangender/non-binary and have experienced rejection (defined broadly) from family? Álvaro Gamio Cuervo (they/el/elle) is conducting a research study on the effects of family rejection for Latinx trans and non-binary people. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Massachusetts at Boston, IRB # 2021038
Transgender Student Experiences at Southern Institutions
The purpose of this research study is to explore the experiences of transgender students at southern universities. Research focusing on the unique experiences of transgender students in this distinct part of the country is understudied. Looking more deeply at the intersection of region and gender is an important part of the Trans narrative that has yet to be explored through research. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Alabama at Birmingham, IRB # 300006610
LGBTQ College Student Health During COVID-19
To our fellow LGBTQ college students, organizations, and support staff: We are writing to invite LGBTQ students to participate in a brief survey that will help us document and identify the needs of LGBTQ college and university students nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The past year may have created new challenges and/or opportunities in your learning and day-to-day life as an LGBTQ college or university student. We acknowledge that out of concern for your sexual orientation and/or gender identity you may be facing unique challenges and experiencing concerns for your health, safety, and wellbeing. We want to ensure that the needs of LGBTQ college students are not being overlooked. Please consider participating in this anonymous and short 5-10 minute survey: As we look ahead to what the COVID-19 pandemic might mean for the future, your responses will help ensure colleges and universities across the country know how to best support LGBTQ students. At the end of the survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter a lottery to win one of twenty $20 Amazon Gift Cards. We hope that your participation in this survey will inform the needs of the LGBTQ community during this difficult time. In solidarity, Gilbert, Lena, Lindsay, Emilio, and Tara For any questions about the survey or study, please contact Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Health & Society Vanderbilt University.
College Health Study
We are looking for undergraduate students enrolled full-time to participate in a research study about eating habits & body image of sexual minorities. You are eligible to participate if you are a full-time student at Texas Tech University and are at least 18 years old. If you are interest in participating, contact the research assistant for this study, Nicole Morris and put COLLEGE HEALTH in the e-mail subject line. The research assistant will provide you with additional information and a screening questionnaire to determine if you qualify. If you qualify, you will be contacted and provided with specifics about how to participate. For the study, we will ask you to fill out several questionnaires about your thoughts, feelings, and activities and will take approximately 1.5 hours. For participating in the study, you will be entered into a drawing with a 1 to 20 odds of being selected to obtain $40. 
Relationship Satisfaction and Communication Among LGBTQ+ Individuals
This survey is anonymous and looks to ask questions about people's relationship experiences.
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB # 2020-725
Polyamory and Identity
We are currently recruiting participants for an online study about polyamory and identity. Participation entails completing a brief 30-45 minute survey, answering questions related to demographics, identity, and attitudes, and reading short statements. We are looking for polyamorous adults (18+). Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of thirty $10 Amazon gift cards. Responses will be completely confidential. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB # 2020-436
2GETHER USA – A National Online Male Couples Project
2GETHER USA is an online relationship education program and research study designed to help male couples navigate the complexities of same-gender loving, queer, bi, and gay men’s health and the health of their relationships. 2GETHER USA looks to provide couples with relationship tools and sexual education to help them strengthen their relationship in the years to come.
Owning Our Power
This study seeks to understand trans and/or nonbinary students' perspectives on and experiences of campus sexual assault. We are currently recruiting for a study asking trans/nonbinary undergraduates to share their experiences with or perspectives on campus sexual assault. We plan to use this information to create the first intervention designed to reduce risk of sexual assault for these students. Students can choose to participate in an online focus group ($20 compensation), and those who have experienced unwanted sexual contact since enrolling in college can also choose to participate in an online survey ($25 compensation). Our study is designed for people who identify as trans/nonbinary/gender-diverse, are 18-25 years old, and are current undergraduates in the US. There is very little research regarding trans experiences of sexual violence in college, and all interventions currently available are for cisgender women. We hope to change the narrative around campus sexual assault and make college campuses safer for trans/nonbinary students. We are hoping that you would be willing to participate and share the information for our study with your networks. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Michigan, IRB # HUM00168758
Gender and Attachment in LGBTQ Relationships
Participation includes completing an online survey that will take 15-45 minutes to complete. To participate in the study, you must have had at least one same-sex romantic relationship and/or identify as transgender. Participants must be 18 or older and participation will be completely confidential without the need to provide your name. Some questions may be sensitive in nature, so keep in mind that you can choose to discontinue at any time.
Owning Our Power
The goal of this study is to understand what sexual violence against transgender and nonbinary college undergraduates looks like. Most of the research on sexual assault against college students has been about cisgender women. Trans and nonbinary students have their own stories and unique challenges. Sexual assault prevention has focused on cisgender women, but trans/nonbinary students need their own solutions that addresses the types of assaults they experience. This study will be used to develop the first intervention designed specifically to prevent sexual assault against trans/nonbinary students. The information you provide about your perspectives and/or experiences is valuable and will be used to: Understand what unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault look like for trans and nonbinary undergraduates Create the first intervention designed to prevent unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault for trans and nonbinary undergraduates Advocate for better policies to support trans and nonbinary students.
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Michigan, IRB # HUM00159234

Support Our Progress!

Supporting our progress with a contribution to our LGBTQIA Fund for Excellence can be done online!

You can also support our progress by meeting a need identified by the Office!

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