LGBTQ Community Council
The LGBTQ Council is a group of community members that work collaboratively with university leadership with the goal of promoting the well-being of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The Council provides community support to create a safe and inclusive environment for UA students, faculty, and staff. We also serve as UA ambassadors to the LGBTQ Community off campus.
Our meetings are the first Monday of every month from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
The LGBTQ Community Council is dedicated to actively building, sustaining, and strengthening efforts to bridge the University of Arizona and Tucson communities by utilizing an intersectional and culturally humble approach (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/newsletter/2013/08/cultural-humility.aspx). To lead in a developing inclusive excellence (http://diversity.arizona.edu/odiex) to improve the experiences of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations while providing students, staff, faculty, and community members the ability to thrive and grow.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns or want to get involved please contact us.
Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships
You can sign up for our LGBTQ Community Council here listserv here: https://list.arizona.edu/
- Advocate for healthcare for transgender faculty and staff, and their families and dependents.
- Achieve the University of Arizona’s goal of Inclusive Excellence. http://diversity.arizona.edu/odiex
- Update the Campus Pride Index, and work to improve rankings. The most recent Index can be found here at https://www.campusprideindex.org/campuses/details/221?campus=university-of-arizona.
- Advise department leads on areas LGBTQ issues.
- Our Campus Pride Index was 4.0 in 2013.
- Our Campus Pride Index has increased to 4.5 stars in 2016.
Liane Wong, Co-chair, Centra Realty
Jai Smith, Co-chair, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Aimee L. Graves, MA, CPS, Easterseals Blake Foundation
Andrés Cano, Pima County District 5
Bobbie Vande Griff
James Scott P Pignatella
Scott Blades, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)
Institute for LGBT Studies
- Culturally humble - ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the [person].
- Inclusive Excellence - a strategy for transforming the University of Arizona into an institution that conceptualizes inclusiveness and excellence as one in the same, makes inclusiveness ubiquitous, assigns responsibility for inclusiveness to everyone on campus, and utilizes a broad definition of diversity and inclusiveness.