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LGBTQI Life E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]




As we are gearing up for the 2021-2022 academic year, we are excited to announce new employees, new trainings, and new opportunities to get involved.

The Office of LGBTQI Life’s team is lead by Director Dr. Stephanie Mahnke (she/her), the Assistant Director Yasja Hemmings (they/them), and the Program Coordinator Katja Tetzlaff (they/them.) Get to know us by stopping by the KCPC, scheduling a training, or seeing us at events like Transfer and Law Student Orientations. We are excited to offer resources and support, and better know our LGBTQI community and allies!

To kick off the school year, we are starting an event series titled Queer Intersections, where we will be hosting movie nights, book clubs, group discussions, and more around intersecting identities among LGBTQI people. Watch out for details on these events.

Interested in a Straight Facts or P.R.I.D.E. program workshop for your unit or classroom? Get in touch!

Let us know what kind of programs and events you are interested in by completing our Office of LGBTQI Life Survey.


New Discord Server

Interested in joining our Discord Server for events, games, movie nights, and more? Click here to request to join our new Discord Server.

Employment Opportunities

Our Office is hiring an Administrative Assistant.


The Inclusive Connector

Inclusive Connector

To learn about news, events, and happenings related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, sign up for the Inclusive Connector. Please sign up here.

LGBTQ+ Policy Lab

On the left are colored triangles in a gradient from dark blue to gold pointing to the words "Vanderbilt University LGBTQ+ Policy Lab" in black text.Check out the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab, who connects researchers, students, and community members interested in the causes and consequences of LGBTQ+ policies. In addition to events throughout the year, be sure to check out any research participation opportunities that may be relevant to your students.

Trans Buddies: VUMC Program for LGBTQ Health

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTQ Health is an innovative effort to improve healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) patients, including the Trans Buddy Program. Apply to be a Trans Buddy by e-mailing lgbtq.health@vumc.org or signing-up here.

Clark Lab LGBTQ+ Teen Mental Health Research

The Clark Lab mission is to disentangle why lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people disproportionately experience severe, adverse mental health outcomes. If you are the parent or guardian of a teen aged 13-17 in Tennessee, see if your teen is eligible to participate in a conversation about mental health and earn $40. Find out more at ClarkLabVU.com.

PRISM Research Lab

Vandy PRISMPRISM (Power, Resistance & Identity in STEM Education) is a research lab that engages in scholarship to inform equitable teaching and student support practices in undergraduate STEM. Please share with your students that the lab is looking for two part-time research assistants for Latinx in College Mathematics and Queer Students of Color in STEM.


Creating Change Conference and Proposal Deadline

The Creating Change call for proposals deadline is Sept 9. The Office of LGBTQI Life is here to help your students write and submit their proposals. Students accepted can also apply for funding from the KCPC to cover travel and accommodations!

International Bisexuality Research Conference

The International Bisexuality Research Conference, a free, daylong conference for anyone interested in learning about bisexual, pansexual, Two-Spirit, queer, fluid, polysexual, plurisexual, and unlabeled experiences, is being held virtually Sept 24.

Nashville Children’s Theatre Performs “She Kills Monsters”

The Emerging Artists Company presents “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen at the Nashville Children’s Theatre’s on August 5-7. This high-octane dramatic comedy is laden with homicidal fair, as well as a story of finding your true self and battling the monsters within. Fore more information and to purchase tickets, see their website.

Queer History South

Archines for All YallQueer History South is a network of professional and community members invested in preserving and promoting LGBTQ archiving and history in the US South. Queer History South 2022: Archives for All, Y’all is a conference about the research and preservation of LGBTQ history in the US South taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Register here.

Register to vote with Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote

The focus of Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote is to encourage every member of the university community—students, staff and faculty—to participate in the democratic process and exercise their right to register and vote in elections held in their districts of residence, whether they be at the federal, state or local level. Sign up for 2022 primary and general election reminders as well as register to vote in the general November election here.


LGBTQI+ Affinity Group for Faculty and Staff

This group is a place for employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group, known as the Glammadores, will host regular meetings aimed at providing resources for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies, including social networking, meetups, guest speakers, support navigating workplace interactions and more. For more information or to join, contact Linzie Treadway or Derek Nido

Bi/Pan/Fluid Affinity Group

A blue square with dark blue tiled edges and a purple rectangle in the upper right corner features the words The Bi/Pan/Fluid affinity group provides a supportive and brave space for people who want to explore bi/pan/fluid or otherwise non-straight/non-heterosexual identities and experiences. Join us for conversation, exploration, and fun! Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

BlackOut Affinity Group

BlackOut is an affinity group that facilitates the coming together of black LGBTQIA+ members of the Vanderbilt community in order to provide support and share space and experiences. BlackOut is co-sponsored by The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

Queer & Asian Affinity Group

Q and A Queer and Asian Affinity Group logoThe Queer and Asian (Q&A) affinity group provides space for students who are LGBTQIA2S+ and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander. Join us for resources, conversation, and fun! Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

Willow Affinity Group

WilWillow provides an affirming, open space for women, women-aligned people, and lesbians attracted to other women, women-aligned people, and lesbians to discuss their experiences, share resources, and find a focused, supportive community where their identities are centered. Join us for meetings, movie nights, and more! Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

*Interested in being a facilitator? Fill out this form.

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