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Closet Conversations

Closet Conversations are interactive discussions designed to engage participants in meaningful dialogue around sensitive issues. These discussions allow the dissection of systems that weaken the aims of social justice, equality, and democracy. Conversations span amongst issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation and are set in various living and learning spaces throughout the Vanderbilt residential community.

Times, Locations and Dates will vary.



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010 at 8pm


Join Vanderbilt Students, Faculty and Staff as we engage in an interactive dialogue designed to explore the spread of bullying around the country and how bullying impacts our campus.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided

Co-sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life

VanDiversity Week 2010: Be Counted!!!

April 12 – 17, 2010
Raising awareness of diverse identities on our campus through celebrations of culture.Monday, April 12, 2010

  • I Am Vanderbilt
    Sarratt Promenade, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
    Come out to Sarratt Promenade and leave your mark! Be counted in the Vanderbilt census, have your picture taken, and learn about your peers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • Lavender Graduation Celebration
    SLC Board of Trust Room, 5:30PM
    Celebrate the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied graduating undergraduate and graduate students. Keynote speaker will be Mr. Michael B. Keegan.
    RSVP Required – visit Vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi
  • Closet Conversations: Feared or Ignored
    Towers West Formal Lounge, 8:00PM
    Engage in interactive dialogue exploring the hidden prejudice and bias which students face.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

  • World on Wednesdays, 12:00PM
    SLC Lower Level Meeting Rooms 1 &2
    Find out about the richness and struggles of the Roma People from Fulbright Scholar, Cristiana Gigore.
  • International Lens, 7:00PM
    Sarratt Cinema
    View the documentary “The Believers” about the world’s first transgender gospel choir and engage in discussion with panelist Tamura King, Andrea Tucker, and Benjamin Macarthur, from the Department of Religious studies, following the film.

Friday, April 16, 2010

    K.C. Potter Center, 12:00PM
    Enjoy a brown-bag lunch with members of the Queer and Questioning group in the Divinity School.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

  • inVUsion
    Alumni Lawn, 2:00PM
    Spice Up Your Life with a carnival sponsored by Multicultural Leadership Council.
    Purchase tickets fro $8 from Sarratt Ticketmaster
  • For Colored Girls
    Sarratt Cinema , 7:00PM
    Experience Vanderbilt’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem which deals with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion.
    Purchase tickets for $5 from Sarratt Ticketmaster

For more information on the programs contact:

Traci R. Ray   Associate Director, Residential Education

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