May Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Texas Tech Earns Second Straight 5-Star Ranking on National Inclusivity Index
  • Special Recognition: Lavender Yearbook
  • 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

Texas Tech Earns Second Straight 5-Star Ranking on National Inclusivity Index
By Glenys Young, TTU Office of Communications & Marketing

The university is one of just two in Texas to receive the top score on the Campus Pride Index.

Over the past several years, Texas Tech University's commitment to inclusivity has been demonstrated by a consistently rising score on the Campus Pride Index (CPI), a national assessment tool that evaluates the progress of colleges and universities in becoming more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals and allies.

For the second straight year, the university is one of just two in Texas to receive a five-out-of-five-star score on the index. This also is the fifth consecutive year Texas Tech has earned the CPI Premier Campus designation.

“Being recognized again with the five-star ranking by Campus Pride underscores Texas Tech as a national leader committed to inclusive educational and workplace environments,” said Jody Randall, director of the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement. “It has been said we must ‘dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible,' and that is exactly what we are doing at Texas Tech. From here, it's possible.”

Texas Tech's rise to a repeat five-star ranking is no small feat, considering the university was listed as a two-star institution less than five years ago. The campus Victory Bells will ring at 2 p.m. Tuesday (June 1) in recognition of the achievement.

Campus-wide inclusivity efforts are led by the Power Team in the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, part of Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI). They receive support from numerous areas on campus, including Auxiliary Services, the Center for Campus Life, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of the President, the Office of the ProvostRisk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE), the Student Counseling Center and Texas Tech Athletics, among many others.

“While the past year has presented many unfamiliar challenges, Student Affairs has been guided by our core values to encourage holistic well-being, foster diversity with inclusion, support, serve and empower students, and uphold honor and integrity,” said Catherine A. Duran, vice provost for Student Affairs. “Student Affairs congratulates the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for leading Texas Tech to another five-star designation on the Campus Pride Index. Their leadership represents our core values in practice and helps make Texas Tech a student-centered institution.”

To receive an annual CPI rating, institutions respond to an eight-part assessment used to evaluate the current campus environment. In addition to an overall CPI score, they also receive a sexual-orientation score and a gender identity/expression score, which consider only questions specifically referencing how well the institution supports its community in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

“Once again, we are so very proud to be recognized in this way,” said Carol A. Sumner, the university's chief diversity officer and vice president of DDEI. “We continue to serve our diverse campus community with intention and purpose. A five-star rating demonstrates that our ongoing commitment to our LGBT community remains a priority.”

Texas Tech earned a five-star score on the majority of the components assessed: academic life, campus safety, counseling and health, student life, and support and institutional commitment. The university also sustained a five-star score on recruitment and retention, due largely in part to an ongoing collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions.

Special Recognition

Lavender Yearbook

Congratulations to our LGBTQIA and allied graduates of the classes of 2021!

View our Lavender Yearbook here!

Featured Article

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • Queer / Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC)
  • TTAA Pride Network: Membership Meeting: June 15
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: June 23
  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: June 30
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 Pride Network Meeting
RSVP for FSGSA Art Workshop and Social
Q’nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Every other Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m., starting June 30
This group is affiliated with the LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association and is open to faculty, staff, administration, and graduate students who either identify within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 years of experience or less in the field. 
The purpose of this group is to establish a place for open discussion, brave conversations, and a space to find a sense of belonging. The purposes are (1) a debriefing space for local, national, and world news, (2) allow for an expression of emotions on news and policies, (3) provide and share resources and experiences to each other, (4) create this common gathering space, and (5) allow for emerging professionals to share professional development opportunities both on campus and within the field. 
Register for Q'nnections

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • We're Hiring: Peer Education Student Assistant
  • IGNITE! Fall Lineup
  • 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
Are you interested in joining our team? We are hiring a Student Assistant for Peer Education, who will be responsible for assisting with IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship, researching data for educational programs, and being an engaged member of the Power Team.
Apply for the
Student Assistant position online.

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
Fall Lineup

Check out our fall lineup for IGNITE! sessions! Participants will have the opportunity to join virtually or attend in-person. Registration details are coming soon, so stay tuned! In-person sessions will be held in the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC), housed in the northeast portion of the University Library. 
Please direct any questions about the IGNITE! program to Matt Hernandez (he/him).
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:
  • LGBTQIA Summer Socials
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
  • Raider Rainbow Welcome: August 27
  • Lavender Graduation: May 13 (Registration deadline May 3)
LGBTQIA Summer Socials
Thursdays, 7 – 8 p.m. CDT (times may change)
June 10, June 24, July 15, July 29

Searching for queer community over the summer? All LGBTQIA and allied students (both current and incoming) are welcome to join in the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement's virtual LGBTQIA Summer Socials! From speed-friending to online games to TV watch parties, this space is here to keep folks connected through the summer. Come through to see old friends and make new ones!

For any questions about the space, email Office administrator 
Stephen Chao.

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

Over summer and fall 2021, the Office will be conducting oral history interviews for the Texas Tech LGBTQIA Archival and 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 administrator 
Stephen Chao.

Raider Rainbow Welcome is an opportunity for the LGBTQIA community and others committed to their practice of “allyship” to welcome one another to the new academic year and familiarize themselves with the programs planned for the fall semester.

If you are unable to make it in-person to the event, you can also join our community online on Zoom!

RSVP on TechConnect so that we know you are coming.

Register for Raider Rainbow Welcome

The Bulletin Board

Want to list your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers
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. 
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

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