LGBTQ Community Council

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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.


June 4, 2018
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Administration Bldg., Regents Room, 7th floor


  • Monday, May 7, 2018 – Agenda (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, April 2, 2018 – Agenda & Guest: Sabrina Vazquez, Senior Director, UA State Relations (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 – Agenda & Guest: Michelle Sun, UA Campus Pantry Advisor (Minutes)
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 – Agenda & Guest: (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, January 8, 2018 – Agenda & Guest: (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, November 6, 2017 – Agenda & Guest: (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, October 2, 2017 – Agenda & Guest: Marla Franco, Director, SAEM/AISS Assessment and Research (Agenda | Minutes | Survey)
  • Monday, September 11, 2017 – Agenda & Guest: Jesus Trevino’, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Senior Diversity Officer (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 – Agenda & Guest:  Dr. Monica J. Casper, UA Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Inclusion, Social and Behavioral Sciences  (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 Agenda & Guest:  Helena Rodrigues, UA AVP Human Resources and Thomas McDonald Chief of Staff/Operations Manager, Business Affairs and Human Resources  (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Agenda & Guest:  Glenn Matchett-Morris, Ph.D., Associate Director, UA CAPS, David Salafsky, M.P.H., Director, UA Health Promotion and Preventive Services   (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, April 3, 2017  -  Agenda & Guest:  Shawna Larson, Co-Chair, UA Social Justice and Residential Life Education, Rosalinda Rodriguez, UA Housing Assignment Manager (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, March 6, 2017 – Agenda & Guest:  Syndric Steptoe, Associate Director, UA Athletics, Lacey John, Assistant Director, UA C.A.T.S. Life Skills (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, January 23, 2017 – Agenda & Guest: Chief Brian Seastone, UAPD (Agenda | Minutes)

Mission Statement

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 ( To lead in a developing inclusive excellence ( 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.

Karla Morales
Program Coordinator, Sr., Government and Community Relations
T 520-621-5522

You can sign up for our LGBTQ Community Council here listserv here:



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Andrea Carmichael, Chair

Jai Smith

Liane Wong

Adela Licona

Aimee L. Graves

Andrés Cano

Blaine Tucker

Casely Coan

Corrie E. Brinley

Dax Hicks

Deanna Lewis

Gib Murray

James Scott P Pignatella

Jen Hoefle Olson

Jill Koyama

Joseph Howell

Kent Burbank

Lauryn Bianco

Mari Herreras

Michelle Pitot

Melissa Stablein

Patricia Hohl           

Scott Blades

Steve Zupcic


LGBTQ Affairs

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.