Wishing all students a great start to the academic year!
Thank you to all undergraduate students and campus partners who joined us for our Welcome Reception last Friday and participated in our new send-off tradition! Students enjoyed rainbow cake and pancakes, outdoor games, fun giveaways, and writing encouraging messages to fellow students as they start the new academic year.
LGBTQI LIFE UPDATES
Out In Front Conference: Call for Volunteers
Do you want conference planning experience? We are looking for students who want to be part of our Out in Front Planning Committee. Commitment is attending 2 meetings a month and availability for February 23rd. Contact Steph Mahnke for more information.
In-person P.R.I.D.E. Training will take place in the KCPC on Thursday, September 29th from 12:00-3:00pm. RSVP here!
New Discord Server
Interested in joining our new Discord Server for events, games, movie nights, and more? Click here to request to join.
Let us know what kind of programs and events you are interested in by completing our Office of LGBTQI Life Survey.
LGBTQI LIFE EVENTS
Diverse ‘Dores Day 2022
Find us and eleven other offices tabling at Diverse ‘Dores Day 2022 on Wednesday, September 14th, from 3-6pm on Alumni Lawn! There will be food trucks, a DJ, giveaways, and more! Interested in volunteering for this event? Sign-up here.
Grad/Postdoc Brunch for Lunch
All graduate and postdoc students are invited to a Brunch for Lunch reception at the K.C. Potter Center on Friday, September 16th from 12:00-1:00pm. Baked goods provided by D’Andrews Bakery.
Join us for a Mentorship Mixer 5:30-7:30pm Friday, September 23rd at the KCPC to meet and mingle with students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and alumni! Food and beverages provided. To RSVP, click here.
Banned Book Initiative Welcome Reception
Beginning at 5pm Monday, September 19th in Mayborn 117, K-12 educators and Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn more about our upcoming community-wide initiative and events to support teaching and reading banned books at our Welcome Reception. RSVP here.
Banned Book Initiative Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, September 21st from 12-1pm in the Central Library Community Room, individuals from across campus will be on a panel about reading and teaching banned books. Join us to learn more! RSVP here.
TUTORING AND DROP-IN SERVICES
Every Wednesday, 6 – 8pm
Visit a STEM tutor at our KCPC lounge satellite location or make an appointment here.
Every Tuesday, 10am – 12pm
Need writing help? Drop in to see a writing tutor in our lounge or make an appointment here.
LGBTQIA+ Drop-In Hours
Every Monday, 2pm – 4pm
UCC Drop-in Consultation Hours for LGBTQIA+ students has started back. UCC Counselors will be available to students weekly without an appointment during this two hour window. You can find out more information about drop in consultations here.
OSCC Drop-In Hours
Every Thursday, 10am – 12pm
The Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC) has weekly satellite hours in our space. Find out more here.
Global Education Office Hours
Every Tuesday, 2pm – 4pm
Study abroad advisors from the Global Education Office will be present the first Tuesday of every month from 2-4pm to provide drop-in consultations.
CAMPUS EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The 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.
Inclusive Book Group: Nevada by Imogen Binnie
On Wednesday, September 7th from 12-1pm, the Women’s Center and Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will be hosting a book discussion. Register at http://vanderbi.lt/binnie Limited e-book copies are available through Central Library service desk. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambda Association Meetings and Events
On Tuesday, September 6th from 8-9pm, LGBTQI+ student organization Lambda will hold their first General Board Meeting. They will also host a social on Tuesday, September 20th from 8-9pm, as well as a Bi-B-Q event at the KCPC on September 24th. Find out more here!
9/13 Marianismo: Jane the Virgin and the Impact on the Latinx Community
Marianismo: Feminine counterpart to machismo. Join the Women’s Center and SCSJI on Tuesday, September 13th from 1-2pm to learn about and discuss marianismo as well as the impact shows like Jane the Virgin have on the Latinx community! Find out more here.
SCSJI Block Party
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) would like to invite to you our annual Block Party taking place on Thursday, September 15th from 11:00am-3:00pm in the Multicultural Community Space. Join us for Caribbean & Latin American food, live music, dancing & cultural activities as we open the year and celebrate the start of Latin American & Hispanic Heritage Month 🙂 For more information, please contact Dr. Ashley Brown, SCSJI Director.
LGBTQ+ Policy Lab
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 you.
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 email@example.com or signing-up here.
Mindfulness-Based Queer Resilience (MBQR) Research Study
Are you an 18–34-year-old gay, bi, or queer man? Do you experience stress, anxiety, or depression? Brown University researchers have developed an online mindfulness program to improve mental and sexual health of sexual minority men. This 9-week program is tailored specifically for LGBTQI+ people and is facilitated by queer teachers. The group will meet weekly on Zoom every Thursday from: September 8th – November 10th. Eligible participants will complete pre- and post- research assessments. Compensation provided. Learn more here.
LGBTQ+ Students and Classroom Experiences Survey
You are invited to participate in a study investigating the experiences of LGBTQ+ college students who are pursuing or recently pursued college education by completing an anonymous online survey if you are at least 18 years old, identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or another sexual/gender identity), and are enrolled or were recently enrolled (within the past five years) at least one undergraduate or graduate course at a U.S. institution of higher education. To complete this survey, please do so by September 9th, 2022. To learn more, contact PI Dr. Wiest or Zarmish Tariq.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Nashville Symphony: John Corigliano – Symphony No. 1
GRAMMY-winner Emanuel Ax returns to the Nashville Symphony to perform the John Corigliano’s Second Piano Concerto – a work of breathtaking scope that sparkles with brilliance and intensity, showcasing soloist and orchestra alike. Corigliano composed his powerful First Symphony in the 1980s as a response to the AIDS crisis, offering a beautiful, elegiac tribute to friends and associates who succumbed to the disease. A panel precedes the event.
International Bisexuality Research Conference
The 2nd annual International Bisexuality Research Conference is 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 across multiple times zones on Sept 24. Learn more about the event and the keynote speaker, and secure your spot here.
Queer History South
Queer 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.
Rosh HaShanah Service and Seders
Vanderbilt Hillel will have Erev Rosh HaShanah services and Rosh HaShanah seders on Sunday, September 25th. Find out more 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.