University of Texas at Austin                                                             Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Conferences & Paper Submissions


Hello Everyone!!

We hope that everyone is having a great semester so far! Our Fourth General Body Meeting is this Wednesday Oct. 22nd at 6pm in CLA 0.102. This week’s meeting is Ally training! An ally is” typically any non-LGBT person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT people, though LGBT people can be allies.”* We encourage all of members to bring an ally to the meeting this week. As usual, we will have food at the meeting. As a heads up, there are just three meetings left in the semester and we hope to see you as this semester comes to a close.  See you there!
Queer Texas Conference is quickly approaching! This year’s theme is Coming Out for Advocacy! QTC will be on Saturday, Nov. 8th. Register now using the following link: Our keynote speaker this year is Glen Maxey! Glen Maxey was the first openly gay member of the Texas Legislature. There will be a free t shirt along with breakfast and lunch provided. Attendance is free with a suggested donation of $5.
October is Relationship Violence Prevention Month & Disability Awareness Month. Voices Against Violence will be hosting Breaking the Silence tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21st from 7pm-9pm in the Texas Union (UNB) Ballroom. QSA will be there and we hope to see everyone there. To learn more about Breaking the Silence as well as other events this month visit:
Queer People of Color and Allies and the Multicultural Engagement Center is presenting this year’s Queer Leadership Initiative (QLI). QLI is a peer-education program that will teach students all about Queer theory, history, and social justice. Their first meeting was last Thursday, Oct. 16th and if you would like to attend there is still a chance! Fill out the following form: Meetings are every Thursday between Oct. 16th and Nov. 21st in the Texas Student Union Room 4.118 from 7pm-8:30pm. As a personal sidenote, I (Javier Rivera, Secretary of QSA) attended QLI as a freshman here at UT and learned so much about Queer theory and social justice.
If you would like to be involved in writing legislation for student government, please contact Lizeth Urdiales, our Legislative chair at:
Finally, early voting started today, Oct. 20th. If you are registered to vote in Travis county, you can vote at any poll for early voting. You can go vote in the FAC here on campus!
*Ally definition taken from GLAAD website
Make sure to like the official Texas QSA Facebook page here: Visit us at Follow us on Twitter @texasqsa




Call for Submissions: Musings of a #lonelyfeminist

due: Wednesday 11/05/2014
The Gender and Sexuality Center (SAC 2.112)

The Feminist Action Project is looking for submissions for our Fall edition of our zine, “Musings of a #lonelyfeminist.” We would like these submissions to reflect different ideas and definitions of feminism through prose, poetry, artwork, photography, rants, musings, open letters, journal entries, etc. Students, staff, and faculty may submit in person at the Gender and Sexuality Center (SAC 2.112) or online through


Applications for the CHANGE Institute (which will be held this semester on Friday and Saturday, November 14-15) have just opened!

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Are you interested in learning and expanding your awareness of diversity, social justice, and social responsibility? Do you want to enhance your leadership skills? Do you want to engage in dialogue with others? If so, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

The Leadership and Ethics Institute, in the Office of the Dean of Students, is proud to host The Fall 2014 CHANGE Institute: Transforming Self and Community. All currently enrolled undergraduate students at UT-Austin, who have never attended the CHANGE Institute previously are encouraged to apply. This transformative weekend institute, will focus on critical issues relating to diversity, social justice and social responsibility.

Please feel free to contact Jayme Dale Mallindine, Graduate Assistant for LEI, at if you have any questions or concerns.

When: Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 Where: Student Services Building (SSB) Glenn Maloney Room Who: We invite all enrolled students who have not attended CHANGE before to apply!


*Applications are due Tuesday, October 14th at 5pm! Space is limited!

7th Annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination

SummitSummer 2015

The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit invites interested parties in higher education to discuss what works and what does not work in regards to codifying inclusion of “gender identity and expression” into institutional policy.  The summit serves to find means to this end through discussion of divergent and respective strategies in regard to the inevitable barriers that always arise.

Future Host Proposal Guide

The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit (TTNS) Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals from universities and colleges in Texas to host the 7th Annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit in Summer 2015. All costs involved in the Summit are covered by the TTNS. We ask that the college or university allow us access to specified rooms at no charge.

If your university or college is interested in hosting the Summit in the summer of 2015, please submit a proposal with the following minimal requirements:

1) A room that can hold at least 100 people

2) Three additional rooms that can hold approximately 35 people each

3) Provide a liaison from your university or college to participate in monthly telephone conference call meetings and coordinate tasks associated with facilities

This proposal may be submitted via email to The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 27, 2014

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit TTNS is a 501(c)(3) organization

Thank You, Josephine P Tittsworth, ABD, LMSW, BSW, AA

NASW TX GLBT Equity Committee, Chair

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit, Executive Director