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February 2022 Edition

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Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit: Virtual Conference, March 4 - 5, 2022
5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit

It's finally here! The 5th annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit will take place virtually March 4 - 5, 2022.

The Summit brings together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education and beyond. The Summit also aims to celebrate the strides our communities have made and recognize the work that lies ahead. All LGBTQIA and allied community members who want to learn more about allyship, advocacy, and social justice are encouraged to attend.

We are proud to offer a total of 6.75 hours of
Continuing Education through the Summit, which is the equivalent of 0.675 CEUs. Continuing Education Credits for this learning activity will be awarded by Texas Tech University, Office of the Provost. Contact Jody Randall for more information on earning CEUs.

If you have not yet registered for the Summit, late registration ($45) is available through the end of the Summit. If you have registered, make sure to join our
Summit App, Whova. You can find the Summit schedule, start connecting with other attendees, and more!
Access the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit

Special Recognition

Meet Our New Team Members

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is excited to welcome two new members of our team: Kaity Swecker (they/them) and Rohan Brown (he/him). Kaity, who is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy, is joining as Graduate Assistant for Peer Education. Rohan, who is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the Rawls College of Business, is joining as Graduate Assistant for Administrative Services. We are excited to have you both!

"I'm so excited to be a part of the LGBTQIA Power Team! I've been at Texas Tech for going on five years now (Wreck 'Em!), so I'm ready to make some change! I will be helping to create new educational materials, especially for the IGNITE! program, as well as working with Peer Educators on different projects to support our LGBTQIA community on campus. I hope to add some new events to our calendar, something along the lines of unique educational events or get togethers for the community to support and meet one another. I'm so excited to meet you all and to work at the LGBTQIA Office! Wreck 'Em!" — Kaity Swecker

"I am excited and ready to begin my tenure as a part of the 'Power Team' in the position of Graduate Assistant for Administrative Services in the Office of LGBTQIA Education and Engagement at Texas Tech University. Through collaborative efforts, I will make my contribution to advancing the relationships between faculty, staff, students, Lubbock, the country, and the world."  — Rohan Brown


Featured Articles

Student Organization and Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
  • PrideSTEM
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • Queer/Trans Students of Color
  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: March 9
  • Queer Reads: March 11
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: March 22
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association: March 29
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
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. Our meetings promote an open-minded atmosphere and a new social experience for like-minded individuals. We will always be open to new ideas and suggestions in this organization and always welcome new members.

Throughout Spring 2022, Tech GSA will meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

To get involved, contact Tech GSA via email at or on TTU GSA's Facebook.
PrideSTEM is a student professional organization at Texas Tech University of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Throughout Spring 2022, PrideSTEM will meet the second and fourth weeks of the month.

To get involved, contact PrideSTEM via email at or on Instagram @ttupridestem.
OUTlaw's purpose is to build awareness of legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, promote social equality and acceptance, and foster an inclusive community at Texas Tech School of Law. Organization activities include, but are not limited to, panel discussions, guest lectures, film screenings, community activism, social events, and networking activities.
To get involved, reach out on OUTlaw’s Facebook, on Instagram @ttuoutlaw, or via email at
TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
The TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community through advocacy and education geared towards eliminating healthcare disparities within our community. The group is specifically open to folks who are involved at TTUHSC.

To get involved, email president Cole Birmingham (he/him) or join TTUHSC GSA’s Facebook.
Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
Zoom or Doak Hall Conference Room 119

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 Affinity Space is one way for the Office to support our LGBTQIA students of color.

The Office is still finalizing the meeting times for QTSOC in Spring 2022. However, if you are interested in getting involved, contact the Office program manager
Stephen Chao.
Join Queer/Trans Students of Color
Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals

Q'nnections is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify either within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. Q'nnections aims to create opportunities for socialization, professional development, and community building.

Throughout Spring 2022, Q'nnections will meet virtually every other Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 9. To get involved, email organizers Brandon Turner and Amy Prause.

Join Q'nnections
Queer Reads
Queer Reads

Queer Reads is a space for the Texas Tech community to explore texts and topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate.

The first book we are starting with for Spring 2022 is The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam. Throughout the semester, meetings will take place every other Friday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The next meeting will take place Friday, March 11.

To get involved, email Office program manager Stephen Chao.
Join Queer Reads
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
Tuesday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m. CT

The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) Pride Network connects Texas Tech University and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) alumni.
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting on March 22
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
Tuesday, March 29 | 5:30 p.m.
The Overton (2322 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock, TX 79401)

The LGBTQIA FSGSA supports faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify as LGBTQIA through networking opportunities, social activities, and advocacy on issues important to the community. Reach out to Dr. Kirsten Cook for more information.
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social on March 29

Peer Education Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! Spring 2022 Sessions
  • IGNITE! March 24: Faculty & Staff Panel
Proud Ally: Supporting the LGBTQIA Community at Texas Tech

IGNITE! Spring 2022 Sessions

The Peer Education Team is excited to announce the lineup of sessions for the spring semester! Find the schedule below:
  • February 8 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice! 
  • February 16 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Living Authentically: Supporting Transgender Identities
  • March 24 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Faculty & Staff Panel
  • April 5 | 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. 
    Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans
  • April 13 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon
    Navigating Authenticity & Career Preparation - Presented by University Career Center
  • April 19 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Home for the Summer: Navigating Identity Concealment
Go to the IGNITE! webpage to learn more and register for each session.
IGNITE! Faculty & Staff Panel: March 24, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Zoom
IGNITE! Faculty & Staff Panel: Supporting LGBTQIA Students
Thursday, March 24 | 1 - 2:30 p.m.
This session, facilitated by the IGNITE! educators, will feature faculty and staff from a wide array of departments and colleges as they share their experiences empowering LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech. Participants will also have a chance to share their own practices of Allyship on campus.
Register for IGNITE! on March 24

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics - March Update
Queer Reels, Real Topics -- March Update
Unfortunately, the March 5 screening of Two of Us has been canceled. Please feel free to return to the Queer Reels webpage or check out the Office TechConnect page for further updates.

Resources and Scholarship Opportunities

In this Section:
  • Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group
  • Transgender/Non-Binary Support Group
  • Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
  • LGBTQIA Scholarship Opportunities
TTU Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group
Safe Haven Group
Tuesdays | 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, Safe Haven provides a confidential environment to explore concerns related to sexual and/or gender identity. Topics of discussion may include struggles with identity, acceptance, or general relationship concerns. Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join the space.
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Fridays | 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, Trans/Non-Binary Support Group provides a confidential and supportive environment for any student wanting to discuss and explore their own gender identity. Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler (she/her) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
Tuesdays | 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Speech Language and Hearing Clinic - Suite 2A300
The Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program is a free resource for transgender individuals to gather with speech language pathologists, work on vocal presentation, and share support. The group meets in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at 3601 4th St. For any questions, contact organizer Dr. Angela Van Sickle via email at or phone at 806-743-9053.
LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
Wednesdays | 6 - 7 p.m.
1309 Akron St., Lubbock, TX 79405
Hosted by the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting is an all-inclusive meeting space for LGBTQIA persons within recovery from alcohol, drugs, and behavioral addictions. Contact Zach Osborne to learn more.

LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project: Call for Interviews
Oral History Archive Interest Form

The Office will be conducting oral history interviews for the Texas Tech LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project. We hope to draw from LGBTQIA and allied TTU alumni, current and former faculty/staff, and Lubbock community members. If you are interested in being interviewed for the project, fill out the Oral History Archive Interest Form.
The LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project, organized by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement in partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, collects archival resources and oral histories from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied community. The goals of the project are to:
  1. Collect and preserve the rich history of social progress relative to LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, and throughout west Texas;
  2. Create a collection of accessible materials that capture the past and benefit the present; and
  3. Establish a program to highlight the lived insights and knowledge of LGBTQIA people and allies.
The project's oral history interviews are available to the public online.

For any questions about the project, please email Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement program manager 
Stephen Chao.
LGBTQIA Scholarship Opportunities
We welcome students involved with the LGBTQIA community to apply for the following scholarships:

David Sassano Pride Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered in the fall and spring semesters, is awarded to undergraduate students involved with the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

Leadership/Service Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered in the fall and spring semesters, is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

Watland/Woody Endowed LGBTQIA Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered each school year, is awarded to undergraduate students involved with the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

RenewPR LGBTQIA Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is for an LGBTQIA student in the College of Arts and Sciences *or* an LGBTQIA student in any college who plans to study abroad. Apply by April 15, 2022.

Cross-Campus Collaborations

In this Section:
  • Women's Herstory Month 2022
  • A Public Talk with Juju Chang: March 4
  • 31st Annual ASAS Recovery Convention: March 5
  • Diversity Week: March 21 - 25
Women's Herstory Month

March is Women's Herstory Month at Texas Tech! Find more information online about this month's events, as well as the spotlights on Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech.
A Public Talk with Juju Chang
Friday, March 4 | 7 p.m.

Allen Theatre, Student Union Building
In honor of Women's History Month, and in acknowledgement of the recent violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, Texas Tech's Honors College, Humanities Center, and numerous campus partners are pleased to host a public talk with Juju Chang, Emmy Award journalist and anchor for ABC News' Nightline, 20/20, and Good Morning AmericaDiscussion topics will include anti-AAPI violence and sexual assault awareness. This event is free and open to the public.
31st Annual ASAS Recovery Convention
Saturday, March 5 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities
The Association of Students About Service (ASAS) invites you to join us for the 31st Annual ASAS Recovery Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in the Serenity Room at the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University, 1309 Akron Avenue. The event is 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. with free admission. Breakfast bites, snacks, and lunch is provided. This year's convention theme is "The Road to Recovery." Please join us to hear recovery speakers sharing their experience, strength, and hope from their addiction and recovery journeys.

Recovery groups represented are NAMI, SLAA, ACOA, CoDA, SMART Recovery, EDA, ALATEEN, and LGBTQIA All Recovery.

To learn more about the recovery groups featured, speakers, and the convention schedule, visit the
TTU ASAS website.
Diversity Week
March 21 - 25

Diversity Week is a week dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity throughout the community and Texas Tech University. Events, both fun and educational, will be planned throughout the entire week.

@TexasTechSAB on Instagram for event updates! View the Diversity Week website for more information on events.

 The Bulletin Board

List your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers!

Intimate Partner Violence and the Queer Community

This research project is seeking participants to complete a short (15 minutes) online survey focused on experiences of abuse and unhealthy behaviors in intimate relationship(s) in the LGBTQ+ community. All participants must be 18 or over, live in the United States, and be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. You will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a gift card ($100, $50, $20, & $10) for your participation. If you have any questions/concerns, please email Roxanna Ast.
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Rutgers University, School of Social Work, IRB #Pro20211001794
Transgender Embodied States of Recognition
This research project explores recognition and experiences using personal identification documentation (IDs) among people 18 years and older who live in the United States. The survey, which may take 10 to 30 minutes to complete, includes questions about your gender identification, IDs and experiences using them, name and pronoun recognition, your transition-related decisions, how you have felt in the past week, and basic demographic information. Contact Tre Wentling with any questions about this research and/or your participation. If you have any further questions regarding your rights as a participant, or additional questions, concerns, or complaints that you would like to address to someone other than myself, please contact the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity by phone at (719-255-3321). 

PrEP Knowledge of Texas Parents of LGBTQ Teens/Young Adults
Do you live in Texas? Do you have a teen or young adult who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community? Are you willing to share what you know about PrEP? Complete this short survey to see if you are eligible for the study. Those eligible and who complete the study will receive a $25 Amazon e-card.

Race & Mental Health Paid Study

The aim of this research is to better understand the contextual factors that influence gay, bisexual, and queer men of color's behaviors and attitudes related to mental health, physical health, and relationships. We are seeking participants who identify as gay, bisexual, or queer men of color and who are over 18 and live in the U.S. To participate, email Thomas Le at

  • Race & Mental Health
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Maryland, College Park, IRB # 1802523-2

#WhyNotMe - A Holistic, Developmental Approach to Promote Diversity in STEM

Are you a minoritized* individual who has a story about their journey in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)? *for example, a woman, a person of color, LGBTQIA, first in your family to go to college, and/or a person living with a physical disability? Researchers at Texas Tech University are seeking participants for a 10-minunte online survey about their experiences with the STEM fields. 

  • #WhyNotMe
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB #2021-387
Transgender Experiences
This research study is seeking transgender people to complete a 15-minute online survey regarding LGBTQ+ community connection! Participants must be at least 18 years of age, currently live in the US, identify as transgender, and speak fluent English.
Experiences of Queer Latinx Men at Hispanic Serving Institutions
We are looking for queer Latinx men between the ages of 18 and 28 to participate in a research study on experiences on a college campus. This study will involve a 60 minute confidential interview. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Research participation is completely confidential. Interviews may be conducted by phone or via video conferencing. Interviews conducted by phone will be audio recorded. Interviews conducted via video conferencing will be audio and video recorded. 
Relationship Satisfaction and Communication Among LGBTQ+ Individuals
This survey is anonymous and looks to ask questions about people's relationship experiences.
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.

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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