LGBTQ+ Resources

Mentorship

LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Do you need someone to talk to who understands what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ student at UH? Our mentors are here to help you work through any of the following areas in your life:

  • Setting and achieving personal goals.
  • Exploring your multiple identities (e.g. gender, cultural, religious, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • Finding a comfortable place in the community (e.g. UH, Houston, LGBTQIA+, etc.).
  • Discovering your purpose in life (e.g. your career path).
  • Developing mature relationships (e.g. friends, dating, accessing faculty, etc.)
  • Creating a balanced life (e.g. work, rest, and playtime!)

Mentors help you to clarify what you value, and then assist you with taking the steps to accomplish your goals.

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups are a fun, engaging way to connect with others in the LGBTQ+ community on campus.The groups are led by trained peer facilitators and provide a safe space for students to share experiences and support each other. Students form relationships that last beyond the group.

The groups also offer students the opportunity to explore social identities (i.e. transgender, lesbian, man, etc.). Each group has its own set of broad discussion topics and some fun activities that challenge students to expand their knowledge and develop their identities relative to their place in the world.

The types of groups vary each semester but have included:

  • LGBTQ+ General
  • Queer / Trans Students of Color
  • Bi/Pansexual
  • Transgender / Nonbinary
  • Polyamorous
  • Asexual

Cougar Ally Training

Mission

To increase the safety and comfort level for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) students, staff, and faculty at the University of Houston by training allies to be able to respond knowledgeably and sensitively to expressed needs.

Training

The training assists faculty, staff, and students in increasing their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people face. In a non-threatening setting, CAT teaches participants to create an accepting campus environment for UH’s LGBTQ population. Allies are given a placard to display as a visible statement of support for the LGBTQ community

Goals

Increase the diversity training of staff and faculty at the University of Houston. To provide factual information and dispel myths about LGBTQ individuals Reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus To provide a safe and open environment to talk about issues of sexual orientation Train safe and knowledgeable people to act as allies who are willing to provide support and information for LGBTQ staff, faculty, and students.

University of Houston LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Jesse Clayton Jacobs Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship honors the memory of Jesse Clayton Jacobs ('12), an alumnus of the University of Houston. The successful candidate of this $2000 scholarship will have been involved in the LGBTQ community in one or more ways in the last two years.

UH LGBTQ Resource Center Pride Scholarship - This scholarship is an essay contest for current UH students. The essay topic is "The benefits of being LGBTQ". Many times the LGBTQ community focuses on negative issues and problems that arise, so in this essay students will explore the joys, advantages, wonders, and benefits of being a member of this fabulous community. (2021 information coming in January)

LGBTQ Alumni Scholarship - This scholarship will be for $500 minimum and is for incoming freshmen, current undergraduate students, or current graduate students at the University of Houston.

Emergency Aid

This aid is for UH students who are having short-term financial difficulty related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The aid is intended to assist the student in maintaining or improving their academic standing. No applicant will be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. (Submission of this application does not guarantee the applicant will be awarded.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in and attending at least 6 financial aid eligible credits during fall or spring or summer classes to be considered for the grant.
  • Must be a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or show evidence of recent satisfactory progress.
  • A letter stating that coming out as an LGBTQ student while attending the University of Houston, the student has encountered a financial hardship that threatens the student’s ability to be academically successful.
  • The student is to provide a confirmation of the situation by a reference that verifies these circumstances.

Application Process

  • The student submits an application online.
  • The student will be contacted by the LGBTQ Alumni Association director of scholarships to discuss the student’s needs.
  • A plan of action will be created.
  • The director of scholarships will discuss the student’s action plan with the UH LGBTQ Alumni Association Board for the recommendation of award.
  • Executive Officers will make the final decisions on the amount and allocation of funds.
  • The Director of the UH-LGBTQ Resource Center will be made aware of all awards once a decision has been made.
  • Emergency aid will be awarded to a company or a business providing the services to the student. No funding will be made directly to the student.

This emergency aid may affect a student's financial aid. It is recommended that the student checks with the Financial Aid Department before accepting this aid.

Internships

College to Congress - A bipartisan nonprofit organization that provides exceptionally bright students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill.

Victory Fund - This internship program gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBTQ political activism and network with leaders in local, state and national politics. They accept interns throughout the year for the spring, summer, and fall semesters in External Affairs, Finance & Operations, Fundraising & Donor Development, Leadership Programs, and Political areas.

National LGBTQ Task Force - The Task Force offers graduate and undergraduate internships available during the fall/winter, winter/spring and summer terms for university students or recent graduates covering Communications, Creating Change, Development, Government Affairs Internship, Policy Institute Internship, Pride Internship, and Special Events.