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LGBTQI Life E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]


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.






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.

P.R.I.D.E. Trainings

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.

Workshop/Training Survey

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


Diverse ‘Dores Day 2022

Diverse Dores DayFind 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.

Mentorship Mixer


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

30 Banned Books Everyone Needs to Read in 2022 | Banned Books ListBeginning 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

More than 1,500 books have been banned in public schools, and a U.S. House panel asks why - Virginia MercuryOn 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.


STEM Tutoring

Every Wednesday, 6 – 8pm

Visit a STEM tutor at our KCPC lounge satellite location or make an appointment here.

Writing Studio

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.


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.

Inclusive Book Group: Nevada by Imogen Binnie

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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 womenctr@vanderbilt.edu

Lambda Association Meetings and Events

Vanderbilt Lambda Association - Anchor LinkOn 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

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 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 lgbtq.health@vumc.org or signing-up here.

Mindfulness-Based Queer Resilience (MBQR) Research Study

Tokyo Stress Reduction – Mindfulness and Yoga-Based Stress ReductionAre 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

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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.


Nashville Symphony: John Corigliano – Symphony No. 1

Nashville SymphonyGRAMMY-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

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.

Rosh HaShanah Service and Seders

Vanderbilt University - Hillel College GuideVanderbilt 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.


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.

Plurality Affinity Group

Plurality provides a brave space for LGBTQIA+ people who identify with or are practicing polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. Plurality delves into the history, representations, and skills involved with polyamory and consensual non-monogamy. Join us for resources and discussions! Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

Ace/Aro Affinity Group

The Ace/Aro affinity group provides a supportive space for people who identify on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums to discuss their experiences as it relates to navigating both queer and heteronormative spaces. Contact lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu to be connected with the facilitator.

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Interested in reserving the KCPC for a meeting or event? Complete your request here.

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