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Out in Front LGBTQIA+ & Ally College Conference

Join us on Saturday February 27th, 2016 at Vanderbilt University for OUT in Front, the seventh annual LGBTQIA+ and Ally College Conference. Meet peers from across the state to share resources, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQIA+ and allied student leaders.

OUT in Front is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at a two- or four- year institution and folks enrolled in both traditional and trade school programs. The conference is free to attend.


The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the region in issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community and society at large. Each year, the conference strives to connect both individuals and communities with resources that will help to enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ and Allies in the South/Southeast. OUT in Front strives to enhance leadership development for LGBTQIA+ and allied students.


The purpose of OUT in Front is CLEAR:

Community Building * Leadership Development * Empowerment of All * Action for Change * Reaching Beyond


Apply to be on the OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ Conference 2016 Planning Committee!

It’s time to plan the OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ 2016 Conference and we want your help to do it!
If you would like to gain some valuable conference planning experience while learning about topics of interest in the LGBTQIA+ community, click here to fill out an application to be on the conference planning committee.

Applications are due by Sunday, November 1st, 2015.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get more involved in LGBTQI Life on Vanderbilt’s campus and meet some awesome people!


2015 Conference



Branching OUT

What does the theme mean? Branching OUT strives to explore all aspects of identity–from the history and awareness of identity to the current tools college leaders can use to affect change on campus and the community. We want all conference attendees to branch out of their comfort zone and into the communities present at OUT in Front.

Roots: are what ground you and draw in resources. In relation to LGBTQIA+ and Ally identities, the roots signify history, awareness, education, common language, and identity.

Trunks: are strong and provide you with room and spaces in which to grow. We see the trunk as a place to educate others, educate oneself, and talk about identity/self development, intersectionality and the tools needed for social justice and ally ship.

Branches: reach out into the surrounding area and are not afraid to grow into the community around it. For the LGBTQIA+ and Ally conference attendees, branches are the place to discuss impact, action plans, activism, change, policy work, and politics.


OUT in Front will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27th, 2015.

OUT in Front is held in the Sarratt/Rand Student Center


The conference is free to attend. Though lodging is not required to attend OUT in Front 2015 we acknowledge that many will be traveling to attend the conference. Free lodging options are not guaranteed but we will make every attempt to place each attendee who request lodging assistance. Please keep this in mind when registering.


Workshop Submission Deadline has passed. Stay tuned for a list of OUT in Front 2015 Workshops!

OUT in Front 2015 Schedule at a Glance:

Friday February 20th
7:00-9:00pm Early Check-in and Pizza & Movie Night at Vanderbilt Universities LGBTQI Life K.C. Potter Center.

Saturday February 21st
8:00am Check in & breakfast (provided by OUT in Front)
9:00am Welcome & Opening
9:30am-10:30am Session 1
10:35am-11:35am Session 2
11:35am-12:55pm Lunch (On your own)
1:00pm-2:00 pm Session 3
2:05pm-3:05pm Session 4
3:10pm-4:10pm Keynote
4:15pm-5pm Action Plan & Closing

Get Connected

We are asking the OUT in Front Community to Branch OUT through digital media & blogging! You can do so by submitting a blog post to the OUT in Front TumblrWhat we’re aiming to do in this space is to bring together the stories of different members of our OIF community as a sort of bonding experience/living scrapbook for attendees both new and old. Consider posting:

  • If you’ve attended OIF in the past, share your story! Type it up, use your unique voice and submit it for publication on the blog. We’d love to hear what you loved.
  • If this will be your first conference, tell us what you’re excited about! Tell us about you! Where are you coming from, and what are you most looking forward to?
  • If you’ve been approved to present a workshop at the conference (and we hope you ALL will submit your workshop proposals for consideration) then we would love a brief post with an overview of what your workshop entails.
  • ALSO! ALSO! ALSO! Document your time at the conference as well as your impressions afterward, and we’ll put them up here as well! We want the whole story.

For questions please contact Francesca Walker francesca.e.walker@vanderbilt.edu