November Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Recognizing our LGBTQIA & Allied Graduates
  • Special Announcement: Jody Randall Announced Vice President at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Special Recognition: Jaylin Goodloe
  • Reflection: Transgender Remembrance Vigil
  • Holiday Break Resources
  • 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

Congratulations to our December 2021 Graduates!


The Office would like to recognize all LGBTQIA and allied December 2021 graduates. Your accomplishments are many, and we are proud that you have achieved this milestone despite the tumultuous past year-and-a-half we have all endured.

All LGBTQIA students graduating in December 2021 are welcome to pick up a lavender cord if you do not have one already. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to pick up a cord. Please reach out to or stop by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement on the second floor of the Student Union Building to pick up a cord.

All LGBTQIA graduating students also have access to a one year free membership with the Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network. Please email by Sunday, December 12, to receive this membership access.

Know that we will continue to serve as a resource for you as you become alumni of Texas Tech. Once again, congratulations to you all, and know that our Office is always here to cheer you on as you move forward on your journey!

Special Announcement

After 5 years of service at Texas Tech University, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement's founding director, Jody C. Randall will transition into a new role as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). 

In this role, Ms. Randall will be responsible for oversight and strategic management of TTUHSC's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in alignment with the institution's values-based culture. Her service will extend across the TTUHSC enterprise from Lubbock to El Paso, Amarillo, Abilene, Odessa, and Dallas. Jody will begin serving in this capacity on January 1, 2022 and will be based in Lubbock -- remaining close to her many friends and colleagues from Texas Tech's academic campus.

Though she is departing her role with the Office, her impact and legacy at Texas Tech will forever be felt. 

"Over the past five years, we have accomplished so much," said Randall. "We quite literally put Texas Tech on the map for our commitment to inclusive learning, living and work environments. I am so deeply proud of the work the 'Power Team' has done in collaboration with so many students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners."

Read more about Ms. Randall's appointment as Vice President.

Always Part of the Team

Congratulations to Jaylin Goodloe for completing her master's program in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy in the College of Human Sciences. Jaylin will graduate on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the United Supermarkets Arena with a Master's of Science.

Jaylin joined the team in August of 2019 and hit the ground running working a Pride festival on her first day. She served for two-and-a-half years as the Graduate Assistant for Administration. Ms. Goodloe's drive and passion never faltered -- even through navigating the pandemic and life as a graduate student. Her fellow team members will always remember the wonderful moments shared with her while she served in her role with the Office. 

Upon graduating, Jaylin will be returning to her home state of Mississippi, where she will work as a child therapist in Biloxi. 

Thank you, Jaylin, for all of your work, and we love you!

The Power Team

Transgender Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life

On November 11, the Office honored and acknowledged the precious lives the world lost to violence and transphobia in 2021. Sixty-five names of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals were read in recognition of their passing due to transphobic violence.

Each year, Transgender Day of Remembrance is recognized on November 20. It is a day to reflect, but also a day to cherish and affirm our trans family members that are still alive today as they grieve.

To all of our trans siblings, no matter where you are, you are loved so much.

Holiday Break Resources

Helpful Resources for Returning Home for the Holidays

Featured Article

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section (listed in chronological order):

  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: December 1 & 15
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association: Last 2021 Meeting
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: December 14
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: December 8
Q’nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Every Other Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.
Next Gathering: December 1
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 to (1) hold 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
Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
Wednesday, December 1
SUB Lubbock Room
Join Tech Gender & Sexuality Association for its final meeting of 2021!

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. Reach out to president Kennedy Evans or message the Tech GSA Facebook page to learn more!
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 group.
Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
PrideSTEM: 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).

LGBTQIA in Education Affinity Space: This space aims to support LGBTQIA and allied community members affiliated with the College of Education.

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.

Interested in the following upcoming student organizations and affinity spaces for Fall 2021? Reach out to Office administrator Stephen Chao to receive updates!
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting December 14
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program - Accepting Spring Applicants!
  • IGNITE! Spring Sessions Announced
  • IGNITE! February 8: Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice!
LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program
Accepting Spring 2022 Applicants!
Apply Here

The LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program is a student volunteer program for undergraduate and/or graduate students who assist with educational programming across the institution. Scholarships in the amount of $250 are awarded at the conclusion of a semester upon successful completion of program expectations. Participating students are eligible to apply for future semesters upon successful completion of program expectations. 

Learn more about the LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program. To apply, please submit the required materials and answer application questions in this form. Applications are accepted until January 14, 2022.

Spring Peer Education Sessions Announced!

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 PM Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice! 
  • February 16 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM Living Authentically: Supporting Transgender Identities
  • March 24 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Faculty & Staff Panel
  • April 5 | 12:30 - 1:45 PM 
    Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans
  • April 13 | Time TBD
    Navigating Authenticity & Career Preparation - Presented by University Career Center
  • April 19 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM
    Home for the Summer: Navigating Identity Concealment
IGNITE! Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice
February 8 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
TLPDC 151 & Via Zoom

Register to attend the Virtual Session
In-Person Registration Available Soon!
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 8th 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 to Attend Virtually on February 8

Scholarship Opportunities

David Sassano Pride Scholarship
Accepting Applications for Spring 2022!

Apply Here

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Austin native David Sassano, '98 alumnus of Texas Tech University. Since graduating, he has made a career as a healthcare executive. He has served for the last 10 years on the Black Tie Dinner Board of Directors, the nation's largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community. David resides in Dallas with his partner, Don, and two Australian Shepherds.

This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $500. Two recipients may be chosen for the spring semester and two recipients may be chosen for the fall semester. Recipients may only be awarded the scholarship once (i.e. spring or fall, $500). The scholarship will be applied to the recipient's account by the TTU Scholarship Office.

Find more information, along with requirements for this scholarship here.

LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship
Accepting Applications for Spring 2022!

Apply Here

The LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship is awarded to Texas Tech University undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the LGBTQIA community. Scholarships are for $500 (one-time payment), with two scholarships awarded in the fall semester and two scholarships awarded in the spring semester. The scholarship will be applied to each recipient's studen business account. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship multiple semesters but are ineligible to do so for two consecutive semesters.

Find more information, along with requirements for this scholarship here.

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • We're Hiring! Graduate Assistant for Administration
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics: Tongues Untied - February 8
  • Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit - Call for Proposals & Registration
  • Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group: Resuming Spring 2022!
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • Receive Updates on Student Organizations and Affinity Spaces
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
We're hiring! Applicants for the Graduate Assistant for Administration position must be graduate students enrolled full-time (9 credit hours or more) and possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Find a detailed description of the position by clicking here.

Applicants may send their resume and cover letter to the Office at

World AIDS Day
December 1, 2022

The Office recognizes and honors World AIDS Day in an effort to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS around the world. Observed each year on December 1, World AIDS Day commemorates the lives lost to AIDS-related illnesses.

Visit the Office's installation on December 1 in the Student Union Building to learn more about HIV/AIDS, how to support individuals living with the disease, and how to prevent the spread. The display will be located in front of the bookstore from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Queer Reels, Real Topics
Tuesday, February 8

7:00 p.m.
Student Union Building | Escondido Theatre


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

Queer Reels, Real Topics is a film series hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement. Serving as an extension of the classroom, this film series merges education with entertainment about the LGBTQIA community.  Films of all genres serve an important community function by affirming lives; making the invisible, visible; and educating audiences about other folks' stories and histories.

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 administrator Stephen Chao.

RSVP on TechConnect

5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit
Call for Proposals
Submissions Accepted through December 20, 2021

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.

We invite students, higher education faculty and staff, working professionals, activists, and community members to present work related to this year's theme, “See the Rainbowed Skies Above.” 

Visit the Summit web page to learn more about the conference. Submit a proposal to present at the Summit here.
5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit Registration

Registration for the 2022 Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit is right around the corner! Opening December 6, registration grants access to participate in all Summit festivities, plenary sessions, and educational sessions. Opportunities for virtual participation will be available and will include plenary sessions and select educational programs.

Information on registration prices can be found on the Summit web page. Students who would like to attend but face financial hardships are encouraged to contact the Office at
Safe Haven Group
Resuming Spring 2022!
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 Amanda Wheeler (she/her) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Resuming Spring 2022!
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 Amanda Wheeler (she/her) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 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 Betsy Contreras to learn more.

LGBTQIA Archival & 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 & 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.

The Bulletin Board

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LGBTQIA+ Hope & Emotion Regulation

Do you identify in the LGBTQIA+ Community? Are you interested in helping the community better understand how we can advocate for our mental health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are invited to participate in a brief survey that requires you to respond to various questions about stressors, social support, and your mental health! We are specifically looking for individuals aged 18 or older who feel their sexuality or gender identity is something other than completely cis-gender.

#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. 

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.
  • 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.
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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