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.

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.

Discussion Group Facilitator

Students are encouraged to facilitate discussion groups. Simply request to be trained, choose your topic, schedule the time and duration, and you will be set to go. LGBTQ Resource Center staff will provide any needed support. Email Lorraine Schroeder at lschroeder@uh.edu 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.

Ally 2.0 Series

Ally 2.0 is a workshop series 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.