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LGBTQI & Ally Student Groups
Student groups provide support, affirmation and programming for all students, whether graduate or undergraduate.

LGBTQI Life Programs
Our programs provide opportunities for meaningful campus engagement and connections to other students. Joining our listserv and connecting to us on social media will also help a student learn about the menu of opportunities we provide.

Continuum (Psychological & Counseling Center)
Continuum is an insight-oriented group for those currently experiencing stress in relation to sexuality identity and/or gender identity.  Individuals who seek out this group may find themselves hesitant to seek out services named for the LGBTQI population.  They may not subscribe to any particular label or may be unsure of the utility of categories.  Others who seek out this group may wish to share the descriptions that suit them best within an accepting and supportive environment.  Facilitators begin each group with a discussion of safety for all members and prompt conversation of identity related issues.

Trans@VU
Provides critical information for transgender and gender-nonconforming students when navigating Vanderbilt.

Student Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits at Vanderbilt (Dean of Students)
Students may register their spouse or partner with the Dean of Students office in order to allow them to receive a Commodore Card and the benefits associated within.

Reporting bias or discrimination
The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department (EAD) is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment and related retaliation within Vanderbilt University, whether the complaints originate internally or externally.

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Academic Resources

Women and Gender Studies
The goal of WAGS is to transform traditional ways of knowing—in and out of the classroom—by reaching across epistemological and methodological divisions to foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives on gender, sexuality, and identity in everyday lives. WAGS offers a Major, a Minor, an Honors Program, and a Graduate Certificate. Our undergraduates can select from six thematic concentrations within the program.

The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality (Divinity School)
The Carpenter Program is designed to foster conversation about religion, gender, and sexuality. The program is not partisan in theological outlook or political orientation, nor is it focused solely on the academic community. Rather, it seeks to provide education and encourage communication within and across religious affiliations, ideological bases, and cultural contexts.

Library Research Guides
Compiled by Vanderbilt librarians, all of the resources found within these research guides are available in one of the Vanderbilt libraries or online. Included are resources for instructors and lists of films we have at Vanderbilt. These guides are not intended to be a comprehensive resource – rather a good starting point for research. Please feel free to make suggestions for additions to the guides.

To obtain books/articles that Vanderbilt does not subscribe to, or to set up an appointment with a librarian to talk about your LGBTQI related research project: Ask a Librarian

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Vanderbilt Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Program for LGBTI Health
New in the summer of 2012, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTI health is an innovative effort to improve healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) patients that is housed within the Office for Diversity in Medical Education.  LGBTI patients experience disparities in access to and quality of care, leading to preventable, adverse health outcomes including elevated risk for specific chronic diseases and increased rates of suicide and depression. The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health works to address these disparities, improve the health of LGBTI patients, support education around LGBTI Health, and foster research on the optimal ways to care for LGBTI patients and families.

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