Student Programming and Resources
How can I get involved in LGBTQIA life at Texas Tech?
Our student organizations are a vibrant and essential part of LGBTQIA student life here at Texas Tech.
- Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (TechGSA): Tech GSA is a student-led LGBTQIA and allies organization striving to make Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a safe and welcoming place to all students - regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Tech Waco Pride/Ally Coalition: The purpose of the Tech Waco Pride/Ally Coalition is to bring visibility to LGBTQIA issues, as well as provide support to Texas Tech University at Waco students and the surrounding community.
- PrideSTEM: PrideSTEM is a student professional organization at Texas Tech University of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- OUTlaw: OUTlaw's purpose is to build awareness of legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, promote social equality and acceptance, and foster an inclusive community at Texas Tech School of Law.
- TTUHSC Gay-Straight Alliance: The TTUHSC Gay-Straight Alliance provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community through advocacy and education geared towards eliminating healthcare disparities within our community.
Student-Centered and Affinity Spaces
In addition to our student-led organizations, the Office supports LGBTQIA student-centered spaces hosted by various departments across campus.
- LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association (FSGSA): The FSGSA supports faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify as LGBTQIA through networking opportunities, social activities, and advocacy on issues important to the community.
- First-year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS): Come get the FAQTS about LGBTQIA life at Tech! First-year And Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS) is a new affinity space for first year undergraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA), or are questioning their gender or sexuality. Join us to meet other LGBTQIA and questioning first-year students, hold conversations about navigating campus, and have fun!
- Queer Reads: Queer Reads is a space for the Texas Tech community to explore texts and topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
- Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC): Hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, this affinity space for LGBTQIA students of color aims to empower students in building community and reflecting on practices of healing and resiliency.
- Safe Haven: A Therapy Group for the LGBTQ Community: Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, Safe Haven is a small and unstructured group in a confidential environment that supports students in developing individualized coping strategies to increase social performance and satisfaction. Topics of discussion may include struggles with identity, acceptance, or general relationship concerns. For fall 2020, Safe Haven meets weekly on Tuesdays, 1 - 2:20 p.m. Contact Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join.
- Trans/Non-Binary Support Group: Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, this group is open to any student wanting to discuss and explore gender identity concerns. It is suitable for any student that is questioning or firm in their identity as being gender non-conforming. For fall 2020, Trans/Non-Binary Support Group meets weekly on Wednesdays, 5 - 6:20 p.m. Contact Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join.
- Student Intersectional Leadership Council (SILC): The mission of the Student Intersectional Leadership Council is to bring visibility and empowerment to Texas Tech University's diverse student body; to serve, represent, and include the marginalized; and to facilitate cultural competency throughout the community through education and engagement.
The Office holds signature programs throughout the year that are open to all campus community members. Ranging from social events to educatoinal opportunities, these programs are opportunities to learn more about issues of gender and sexuality and show support for Texas Tech's LGBTQIA community.
- IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship: Students, faculty, and staff make important choices to strengthen the inclusivity of the Texas Tech Campus. These actions range from the checking our assumptions, educating ourselves and others, offering solutions when needed, and connecting with available resources to support the LGBTQIA community.
- Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Series: This film series, held in partnership with Women's and Gender Studies, shares films that explore issues of gender and sexuality.
- Pride Week: Pride Week serves the Texas Tech Community through facilitating social and educational programs aimed at strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
- Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit: The Summit brings together participants from across the state and region to network with other leaders and community organizers, engage with social justice advocates, and learn from trailblazing professionals for LGBTQIA equality.
- Lavender Graduation: Begun at Texas Tech by the RISE Office, this gathering hosts our LGBTQIA students and their families (biological or not!), as well as other invited guests, for dinner and a recognition ceremony for participating graduates.
Support the Office's programming by volunteering with our Office! We could not pull off our signature programs, including Pride Week, the Big 12 Summit, and Lavender Graduation, without the generosity and support of our volunteers.
Refer to our Campus Resources page for more information on how the Office can support you on campus.