LAVA: LGBTQIA+ Association of Vanderbilt Alumni

Welcome to LAVA!

The Vanderbilt LGBTQIA+ Alumni Group was created to connect LGBTQIA+ alumni with each other and the university community. Find out what's happening at Vanderbilt today by checking in with the Office of LGBTQI Life.

Get Involved

Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ Community? Join LAVA today and be a part of our inclusive community! In the 10 years since its creation, our group has continued to grow, host events, provide networking opportunities and fundraise for the LGBTQI Life Fund.

Members receive newsletters and invitations to exclusive LAVA events that include social gatherings, networking opportunities, and student support activities.

Please select if you're interested in getting involved as a volunteer as a Community Agent. Community Agents play an important role in fostering a strong LAVA Alumni community by staying up-to-date on the latest campus news, connecting with classmates and the university, encouraging attendance at events and driving support of Vanderbilt during key campaigns.

LGBTQI Life Fund

Make a gift today and impact the life of a student.

The LGBTQI Life fund is used to support the programmatic efforts of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt. Your gift will help promote visibility and acceptance at Vanderbilt.

LAVA Leadership

  • Jackson Vaught, BA'16

    Jackson Vaught, BA'16

    President | He/Him/His

  • Donna Dodson, BS'94, MDiv'00

    Donna Dodson, BS'94, MDiv'00

    Outreach Chair | She/Her/Hers

  • Taylor Gutierrez, BE'17

    Taylor Gutierrez, BE'17

    Engagement Chair | He/Him/His

  • Bethany Howard, BA'18

    Bethany Howard, BA'18

    Student Support Co-Chair | They/She

  • Andrew Granholm, BA'16

    Andrew Granholm, BA'16

    Student Support Co-Chair | He/Him/His