Signature Programs

Involvement

Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Squad

The Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Squad is a student leadership program for the LGBTQIA+ and ally students. Participants represent the Center, plan outreach initiatives and events, and create a welcoming environment for all in the LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC). Students must apply by the deadline. Preference will be given to students who are not already committed to multiple leadership roles.

Speakers Bureau

Consider joining the Speakers Bureau. A speakers bureau consists of a panel of trained volunteers who are willing to speak about their lives and experiences to various groups on campus such as classrooms, student organizations, and residential halls. A speakers bureau can be a meaningful and empowering experience for you, in addition to being a useful form of community service.

Peer Mentoring Program (Mentor)

Have you comfortably integrated your sexual and/or gender identity into most facets of your life? Do you want to help others do the same? Mentors are role models, guides, misconception challengers, motivators, and door openers. A mentor’s mission is to help students develop a positive LGBTQIA+ identity while successfully adapting to life at UH.

Volunteer Program

Students have the opportunity to get involved on campus by volunteering at events, workshops, awareness tables, and in the office for the LGBTQ Resource Center. Attend a training and volunteer according to your own schedule. Accrue volunteer hours and earn incentives.

Trainings will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 8/29/19 (11:00pm - 11:45pm)
    Student Center North Synergy Rm. 212
  • Wednesday, 9/4/19 (12:00pm - 12:45pm)
    Student Center South Museum District Rm. 211
  • Monday, 9/9/19 (1:00pm - 1:45pm)
    Student Center South Museum District Rm. 211
  • Thursday, 10/10/19 (10am - 10:45am)
    Student Center South Museum District Rm. 211

Coming Out Monologues

Do you have a story to tell? Or, would you like to perform someone else’s story? Every year we partner with GLOBAL for a production of the Coming Out Monologues. The Coming Out Monologues gives LGBTQIA+ students the opportunity to share their own stories and experiences. Some stories are sad and some funny, but all empower people to embrace their identities and teach others about the LGBTQIA+ community.

Coming Out Monologues Planning Committee

Application Priority Deadline: Tuesday, June 9, 2019, 9pm

The LGBTQ Resource Center is planning ahead for the Fall 2019 Coming Out Monologues. We are looking for a team of creative, motivated, and dependable students to join the Coming Out Monologues planning committee. Position description are listed below.

Position Descriptions

Co-Director- 2 positions - The two co-chairs will work together to oversee all aspects of the event planning and implementation. They will work closely with the LGBTQ Resource Center staff to set and follow timelines, and ensure all committee members are on track with assigned duties. They will be responsible for script selection, auditions, and the performance.

Marketing & Outreach – 2 position – This position is responsible for collaborating with Creation Station in creating fliers and posters for the call for scripts, auditions, and the performance. They assist with outreach efforts (getting the word out), through social media, fliers, newsletters, campus posters, etc. This position will also design the program for the day of the conference.

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator– 1 position – This position is responsible for outreach efforts (getting the word out), through social media, fliers, newsletters, campus posters, etc. for the call for scripts, auditions, and the performance. They will also be responsible for determining volunteer needs and coordinating volunteers.

Stage Manager – 1 position – This position is responsible for assisting staff with determining and requesting building and room set-up needs, including AV, tables, chairs, and signage. They will help determine volunteer needs.

Committee members must be able to attend two meetings during the summer 2019 (remote attendance is possible). The time commitments is 3-4 hours per week from the start of Fall 2019 until the date of the performance. Expect more of a time commitment the two weeks prior to the performance.

Click here to apply to the conference planning committee and list options for interview times. You are welcome to apply for more than one position.

Performance Date: Wednesday October 30, 2019

Discussion Group Facilitator

Students are encouraged to facilitate discussion groups. Simply request to be trained. The LGBTQ Resource Center staff will contact you about training dates and provide any needed support. Email Jamie Gonzales for more information.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor LGBTQIA+ and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.

Support

Peer Mentoring Program (Mentee)

Do you need someone to talk to who understands what it means to be a LGBTQIA+ or questioning student at UH? Our mentors are here to help. The Mentoring Program helps LGBTQIA+ students gain support and validation, in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while they work on their goals.

Discussion Groups

The purpose of the LGBTQA discussion groups is to provide a safe space for students to express their thoughts, perspectives, and opinions on issues, knowledge, and trends in the queer community. These groups offer students the opportunity to explore social identities (i.e. transgender, women, men, etc.). Each group has its own set of broad discussion topics that challenge students to expand their knowledge and develop their identities relative to their place in the world.

Education and Awareness

Affirm LGBTQ Ally Leadership Program

This program provides engaging workshops and programs that increase students' knowledge and understanding of the lives of LGBTQIA+ people. Students will also gain skills in how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. Improvement in these areas enhance students' ability to effectively engage and work with diverse populations. Upon completion, students will earn the AFFIRM LGBTQ Ally Leadership Certificate.

Cougar Ally Training

This training assists faculty, staff and students in increasing their awareness of issues that LGBTQIA+ people face. In a non-threatening setting, Cougar Ally Training teaches participants to create an accepting campus environment for UH’s LGBTQIA+ population. Allies are given a placard to display as a visible statement of support.

Cougar Ally 2.0 Workshops

Cougar Ally 2.0 Workshops are for those on campus seeking to expand their knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants do not have to complete the basic Cougar Ally Training to attend. Workshops in this series can cover an array of identities and topics such as: transgender, intersex, asexual, non-binary, sexuality, pronouns, religion, intersectionality, and more.

National Coming Out Day

October 11th is National Coming Out Day and every year we celebrate throughout the month to raise awareness. Not only do we host The Coming Out Monologues that gives LGBTQIA+ students the opportunity to share their own stories and experiences and teach others about the LGBTQIA+ community, we host speakers, performers, and educators, photo campaigns, and more.

World AIDS Day

Recognized on December 1st, World Aids Day raises awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS Awareness Week educates the campus community about AIDS and its impact on the local and global communities.

Pride Partners

University of Houston departments are now able to show their support of the LGBTQ Resource Center and of the LGBTQIA+ community by becoming a pride partner. Simply fill out the Pride Partner Application. The LGBTQ Resource Center Advisory Board will review your application and either grant you UH Pride Partner status, or provide you with feedback regarding further steps needed to achieve UH Pride Partner status.