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January 2022 Edition

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Scholarship Opportunity

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement expresses gratitude to alumnus Ben Finzel '89, RENEWPR, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association for the establishment of a new scholarship for LGBTQIA students at Texas Tech: the RENEWPR LGBTQIA Endowed Scholarship. This will be an annual scholarship for LGBTQIA students in the College of Arts and Sciences and LGBTQIA students in any college at Texas Tech who plan to study abroad. The first scholarship of $500 will be awarded in Fall 2022.

Applications are currently open for the RENEWPR LGBTQIA Endowed Scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022. Students can apply on the
Texas Tech Alumni Association's scholarship webpage.

Special Recognition

Jacob Evans and Matthew Hernandez

Leadership/Service Scholarship for Spring 2022

Congratulations to Jacob Evans and Matthew Hernandez for receiving the Leadership/Service Scholarship for Spring 2022. This scholarship is awarded  to Texas Tech University undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the LGBTQIA community here at Texas Tech.
Jacob Evans is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and Human Development and Family Sciences. Through his experiences as a First Year Experience Mentor in the Honors College, Evans led conversations around gender and sexuality and listened to his students’ questions, excitements, and fears around coming out. After graduating, Evans will begin his journey at the TTU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, with the goal of running a practice that caters to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
"Receiving the LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship was an incredible honor, and I am so very thankful,” said Evans. “As a First Year Experience mentor to students in the Honors College, as a future physician, and as a citizen of the world, I strive, in everything I do, to be understanding of others and to learn from them to better myself.” 
Matthew Hernandez is a master's student in the Higher Education Administration program in the TTU College of Education. Hernandez is involved in a wide range of organizations serving the LGBTQIA community, including the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and Texas Pride Impact Funds. Previously having served as the Graduate Assistant for Peer Education in the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, Hernandez now works as the Coordinator of DEI Programming & Administration at the TTU Health Sciences Center. 
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, the springboard for my involvement in both leadership and service,” said Hernandez. “It is truly special that our university is committed to providing this scholarship to students and recognizing the significance of leadership for LGBTQIA people.” Logo

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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: February 9
  • Queer Reads: February 11
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: February 16
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association: February 24
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.
QTSOC: Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
Thursdays | 4 - 5 p.m.
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.

For Spring 2022, QTSOC will meet on Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m., on Zoom and in Doak Hall conference room 119.

To get involved, contact the Office program manager
Stephen Chao.
Join Queer/Trans Students of Color
Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals -- contact Brandon Turner at for more information.
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 first meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 9. To get involved, email organizers Brandon Turner and Amy Prause.

Join Q'nnections
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., beginning February 11.

To get involved, email Office program manager Stephen Chao.
Join Queer Reads
TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: 2/16/22, 7:30 p.m.
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
Wednesday, February 16 | 7:30 p.m.

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 February 16
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association Monthly Social: February 24, 5:30 p.m., Flippers Tavern
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
Thursday, February 24 | 5:30 p.m.
Flippers Tavern (1406 Avenue Q, 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 February 24

Peer Education Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! Spring 2022 Sessions
  • IGNITE! February 8: Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice!
  • IGNITE! February 16: Living Authentically: Supporting Transgender Identities
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! Allyship is Not an Identity: It's a Practice!
IGNITE! Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice
Tuesday, February 8 | 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Are you looking for an opportunity to gain foundational awareness about supporting your LGBTQIA peers? Join us in our first session of the sping semester on February 8 to discuss core competencies and how to actualize 'Allyship' in the spaces you occupy.

This session focuses on foundational information relevant to the LGBTQIA community, with an emphasis on cultural competence, structural competence, and methods for putting Allyship into practice. Participants will learn about the LGBTQIA acronym, models of gender and sexuality, pronoun usage, policies that impact LGBTQIA communities, and practices of Allyship. This is the primary introductory session offered within the IGNITE! program.
Register for IGNITE! on February 8
IGNITE! Living Authentically
IGNITE! Living Authentically: Promising Allyship for Transgender & Gender non-Conforming Individuals
Wednesday, February 16 | 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center 151 and Zoom
This session will focus specifically on the practice of Allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals through supporting them in being their authentic selves. Participants will learn about the distinctions between gender expression, gender identity, and biological sex, as well as about gender-inclusive pronouns and cisgender privilege. Participants will also brainstorm ways of practicing Allyship in their everyday lives.
Register for IGNITE! on February 16

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics - Tongues Untied: February 17
  • Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit - Register Today!
Queer Reels, Real Topics: Tongues Untied

Queer Reels, Real Topics - Tongues Untied

Thursday, February 17 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
SUB Escondido Theatre, Student Union Building

Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the Queer Reels, Real Topics screening of Tongues Untied (1989).

Made, in director Marlon Riggs's own words, to “shatter the nation's brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference,” this radical blend of documentary and performance defies the stigmas surrounding Black gay sexuality in the belief that, as long as shame prevails, liberation cannot be possible. Through music and dance, words and poetry by such pathbreaking writers as Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam -- and by turns candid, humorous, and heartbreaking interviews with queer African American men -- Tongues Untied gives voice to what it means to live as an outsider in both a Black community rife with homophobia and a largely white gay subculture poisoned by racism.

Film screenings are FREE and open to the Texas Tech and Lubbock community. Each film will be followed by a facilitated audience conversation. Please direct any questions to Office program manager Stephen Chao.

RSVP for Queer Reels on February 17
Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit: March 4 - 6, 2022, Virtual Conference
5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit

The 5th annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit will take place March 4 - 6, 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.

Visit the Summit web page to learn more about and register for the Summit. Regular registration ($25) is available until February 14, after which late registration ($45) will be available.
Register for the Summit

Resources and Scholarship Opportunities

In this Section:
  • We're Hiring! Graduate Assistant for Administrative Services and Graduate Assistant for Peer Education
  • 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
LGBTQIA Job Opportunities
Graduate Assistants for Administrative Services & Peer Education

We're hiring! Applicants for our Graduate Assistant positions must be graduate students enrolled full-time (9 credit hours or more) who possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Go to the Job Opportunities webpage to find detailed descriptions of each position.

Applicants may send their resume and cover letter to the Office at
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:
  • Black History Month 2022
  • Feed Your Body and Soul Week 2022
  • RHA Drag Show
Celebrating Black Culture & Community
Black History Month 2022
The Black History Month Committee, led by students from the Black Student Association and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with student organizations and departments across Texas Tech University comes together to honor, advocate, and educate the Red Raider community on the Black diasporic experience. This year's theme is “Celebrating Black Culture and Community”. Join us as we embrace our past to have a powerful future and to celebrate Black culture and communities.
Feed Your Body and Soul Week 
February 21 - February 25

Feed Your Body and Soul (FYBS) Week aims to help educate the campus community about healthy body image and eating disorders. FYBS is supported by Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE), Women's & Gender Studies, the Student Counseling Center, University Recreation, Hospitality Services, the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, the Center for Campus Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Texas Tech Athletics.

Reach out to RISE for more information.
12th Annual Texas Tech Drag Show: looking for local drag performers
RHA Drag Show 
Sunday, April 3
The 12th Annual Texas Tech Drag Show, hosted by the Residence Halls Association, is searching for local drag performers to showcase for the "Diamonds, Drag & Disco" show on April 3.

Apply to perform in the Texas Tech Drag Show by Sunday, February 6.

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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.

Barriers to Gender-Affirming Voice Services
This research study is researching barriers to gender-affirming voice services among gender expansive populations (e.g. transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc.). We are looking for participants who are 18 years or older, identify as part of the gender expansive community, and do not work or study in the field of speech-language pathology. Feel free to take this 5-minute survey if you qualify.

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.
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. 
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.

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

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