Texas Tech University

LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program

The Peer Educators Program is a student volunteer program for undergraduate and/or graduate students who assist with educational programming across the institution. Participating students are eligible to apply for future semesters upon successful completion of program expectations. 

Meet Our Peer Educators

Fall 2022

Alyssa Costa (she/they)

Alyssa Costa

I'm just your friendly neighborhood femme lesbian! I'm a second-year student majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, in hopes of someday earning my Ph.D. While working in the office, I have become extremely passionate about researching and improving student housing for queer students. You can find me playing rugby with TTU's Women's Rugby Team, scare-acting at Nightmare on 19th Street, or performing onstage somewhere.  

Darci Williams (they/she/he)

Darci Williams

I'm a queer, nonbinary student here at Tech. This is my third year studying Music Education, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. When I'm not at choir rehearsal, I'm probably reading gay books (Song of Achilles broke me), attempting to sew something, or making LGBTQIA+ buttons at the Office. 

Addyson Damron (they/them)

Addyson Damron

I'm a biology major hoping to go to medical school and focus on pediatric familial medicine. I am excited to be able to educate those around me about my community and bring us closer together. 

Ashton Aranda(she/they/theirs)

Ashton Aranda

I'm a third year double major in Mathematics and Vocal Performance. My pronouns are she/they/theirs and I'm genderfluid. Born to an Irish American mother and Hispanic father, I grew up in a heavily fundamental evangelist home and up until 2 years ago was heavily religious until accepting my bisexuality and eventual gender fluid identity in early 2021.

I have experience regarding the intersectionality of Christianity and homosexuality due to extensive studying regarding such during deconstruction. I am excited to share the knowledge I've gained through the tension born from my upbringing and queer identity and hopefully ease others going through the spaces I've had to grow through.

LeeAnn Bowman (they/she)

LeeAnn Bowman

I'm a Master's student in TTU'S HDFS Youth Development program, and my interest for the future includes bringing awareness to the impact of gender affirming care for young people. My passion is fighting for the rights of transgender youth and teens.

I'm also researching the disparities of how transgender murders, violence, and suicides are reported and tracked in the US. I'm a proud member of the LGBTQIA community. I'm currently working as a substitute teacher for Teachers Now at Harmony Public Schools.

I enjoy spending time with my family which includes my spouse, 2 sons, and 3 granddaughters; camping, gardening, and educating others about the LGBTQIA community.

Troy Scarborough (he/him)

Troy Scarborough

I'm a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. I've performed in The National Broadway Tour/Regional Productions of: The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wizard of Oz, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Romeo and Juliet/ Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Taming of the Shrew/Utah Shakespeare Festival and The Revival of For the Glory (The Civil War).

I'm a Social Justice Activist and frequent guest artist/lecturer with the Mint Museum, Charlotte Chamber Ensemble and Juneteenth artist for the House of Africa. I'm an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Winthrop University, York Tech and CPCC.

M.F.A. (University of Delaware); M.A. (Wayne State University); B.F.A. (North Carolina A&T State University); AMDA; Rising Second Year PhD Student at Texas Tech University; Union Affiliation: AEA.

Apply to Become a Peer Educator

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The application for becoming an LGBTQIA Peer Educator will be open on October 1st! Please look at the information and requirements below:

Minimum Requirements

  • Full-time undergraduate (enrolled in at least 12 semester hours) or graduate student (enrolled in at least 9 semester hours) at Texas Tech University; 
  • Cumulative 2.50 out of 4.0 grade point average (GPA); 
  • Short Answer Questions (see below under Application Items); 
  • Resume that includes the applicant's extracurricular activities, honors, achievements, memberships, etc.; and 
  • Two (2) references. 

Program Expectations

  • Assist in the delivery of two (2) pre-approved educational programs, including sessions held through IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship OR assist in the delivery of one (1) pre-approved educational program and the creation and hosting of one (1) approved social event.
  • allyVolunteer  30 hours during the semester with no more than three (3) hours per  week. The deadline for completion of volunteer hours is the last day of regularly scheduled classes.   
  • Participate in three (3) hour-long monthly development opportunities organized for Peer Educators. 

Application Information

Applications will be reviewed by staff members of the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, with interviews being offered on a rolling basis. Ten (10) openings for this position are available each semester, with priority being given to returning Peer Educators who successfully meet requirements.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 semester is November 14th

The application will close if all ten (10) spots are filled before the deadline!

CLICK HERE for LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program application!

Questions

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact the GA for Peer Education, Kaity Swecker, at rianne.swecker@ttu.edu