The KC Potter Center wishes everyone well as they gear up for these last weeks of coursework. We acknowledge, however, this isn’t ‘back to business as usual,’ as several tragedies have sent shockwaves, loss, and grief throughout our communities last week. We stand against all acts of violence and hate, and hope to remind those suffering right now that they are not alone in the healing process.
March 31st was International Transgender Day of Visibility, and for many trans people, recently they feel too visible – but rarely seen. We celebrate our trans siblings, neighbors, families, friends, and youth. These artists, educators, leaders, and activists have enriched our histories and our communities. We also recognize the very real challenges that so many trans members and communities face. As the task force remains hard at work, our charge for wellness and education in light of legislative battles has taken the form of self-sustaining resources and opportunities to be in and find more community. In collaboration with the Office of Wellness, processing sessions have now extended to faculty, staff, and postdocs. Student Care Network satellite hours and affinity groups continue at the KCPC throughout the month of April. We also co-host a writing workshop and reading from Casey Plett, as part of our Trans and Nonbinary Author Series.
Thank you to those of you who continue to request and attend PRIDE and Straight Facts training to learn more about LGBTQIA+ communities and allyship across shifting contexts. Since showing up for others is a learning journey that takes many forms, we also look forward to April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Project Safe’s line-up of programming. Whether at the KCPC or across campus, we encourage all LGBTQIA+ and allied students, faculty, and staff to check on, be with, and celebrate your community.
–Office of LGBTQI Life
LGBTQI LIFE EVENTS
4/3 Processing Session for Students
LGBTQIA+ students are invited to an processing session on Monday, April 4th from 3-4pm at the KCPC with UCC with individual appointments available from 2-3pm. Sign-up here.
4/5 Banned Book Reading Group: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Join EDI’s April reading group for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie on 4/5 at 12pm in Central Library Room 800BB. Lunch provided. Facilitated by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Contact Linzie Treadway for more information.
4/13 Love Wins: An Open Conversation with Jim Obergefell
Join us Thursday, April 13th from 12:30-1:30pm at Flynn Auditorium in Vanderbilt’s Law School for “Love Wins: An Open Conversation with Jim Obergefell.” This event is presented by the Hyatt Fund in partnership with The George Barrett Social Justice Program, the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community, Outlaw, and Law Students for Social Justice.
4/14 TGNB Author Series: Lunch and Writing Workshop with Casey Plett
LGBTQI Life welcomes all writers and anyone interested in publishing, editing, and the writing process to an informal lunch and writing workshop with award-winning author, Casey Plett Friday, April 14 from 12-2pm. Come say hi, eat a free meal, ask some burning questions, and practice your writing craft! Also featuring student readings by Sawyer Sussner (’24) and Qwynn Foster (’25). RSVP here.
4/14 TGNB Author Series: A Safe Girl to Love: An Evening with Casey Plett
LGBTQI Life presents the final event in its 2023 Transgender and Nonbinary/TGNB Author Series, featuring Casey Plett and the relaunch of her first book, A Safe Girl to Love. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
4/19 Roots of Vulnerability: Understanding Sexual Violence and the Queer Community
Join Project Safe for a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event featuring guest speaker Uri Samis (she/they).
We hear over and over that LGBTQIA+ individuals are significantly more likely to experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. But why? What are the individual and systemic conditions that set up a queer person’s vulnerability to sexual violence, and what can be done to better understand and prevent it? This one-hour training and conversation will explore the dynamics behind the tragic statistics and facilitate ideas for prevention and healing. RSVP here.
4/26 LGBTQIA+ Pre-Professional Panel with LAVA + Career Center
On Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm via Zoom, join LGBTQI Life, the Career Center, and LAVA, the LGBTQIA+ Association of Vanderbilt Alumni, for a pre-professional panel on Zoom about being out in the workplace. RSVP here for the Zoom link.
LGBTQI Life Programming Survey
What do you need from us? Complete our short 3-minute survey to provide input on our LGBTQI Life events and programming.
4/8: Lavender Graduation Award Nomination Submission Deadline; 4/14 RSVP Deadline
We are introducing a new Outstanding Student Organization award this year! All award submissions and RSVPS for graduating students are due by April 8th. Register to attend here by April 14th.
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.
4/1 – 4/23 Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month this year is: Drawing Connections, Prevention Demands Equity. The team at Project Safe is proud to present a collection of events and programs that honors that theme with 27 events starting April 1, 2023 and ending on April 23, 2023. Find out more on Instagram, online, and AnchorLink.
4/2 STEM Tutor Applications Due
Tutoring is a great way to hone your own knowledge of a subject and to build valuable interpersonal communication skills. STEM Tutor Applications are due 4/2.
4/6 Tolman/Women’s Center Dinner and Discussion
Join us for a discussion about ways that men can become better feminists and allies for gender equality hosted by the Women’s Center ambassadors. The event is Thursday, April 6th from 5-6 pm in the Community Event Space MPR and a catered dinner will be provided on an RSVP basis. RSVP will be sent out via google forms.
4/10-4/14 Transfer Student Appreciation Week
The inaugural Transfer Student Appreciation Week is from April 10-14, 2023! Read about the week’s events here. And all students, transfer or not, are invited to all events. The senior banquet on April 14 is the exception.
TEDxVanderbiltUniversity will take place in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Doors will open at 5pm and the show will start at 6pm, with a reception with light appetizers and refreshments after. Tickets are free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Request your tickets for in-person attendance at http://vanderbi.lt/tedx-tickets. An online live stream will be available for those who are not able to attend in-person. If you plan to watch online, please do not reserve tickets. The event will be streamed on Vanderbilt University’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/vanderbilt. More information can be found here.
4/20 Visual Arts Students and Faculty Free Tour: Frist Art Museum Exhibition of Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
The Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric exhibition at Frist runs 2/3-4/23. This major exhibition is devoted to one of today’s leading artists, whose multidisciplinary practice combines aspects of traditional Indigenous art and culture with a modernist visual vocabulary. Visual arts students and faculty are invited to join the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, with support from the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity and the Studio Arts department, for a free tour of the upcoming exhibition of Jeffrey Gibson’s The Body Electric on 4/20. RSVP here.
Survey: VU+ VUMC Menstrual Products Initiative
A Vanderbilt medical student is working on a VU/VUMC campus initiative advocating for inclusive, gender-neutral language. Specifically, trying to change the signs on restroom waste bins from their current “Place feminine products here” and visuals of a stick figure in a dress, to a more inclusive label of “Place menstrual products here” with gender-neutral visuals. Please provide feedback about this initiative here.
Vanderbilt’s PRISM Queer Students of Color in STEM (QSOC-STEM) paid research study
PRISM (Power, Resistance & Identity in STEM Education) research lab is recruiting for a paid research opportunity. Undergraduate Black, Latinx, and Asian LGBTQ+ students pursuing STEM majors at Vanderbilt can express their interest as a participant by going the recruitment form. Student participants will be paid $20/hour in online Amazon gift cards.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Nashville Launch Pad Volunteer Opportunities
Nashville Launch Pad’s Emergency Shelter needs MANY volunteers to make it run smoothly, such as evening shift, laundry service, meals and one-time projects. On-site volunteering in the shelter requires attending a 2 hour training. Please feel free to contact NLP with questions.
SHINE Strong Training Program
SHINE Strong is a year-long training program for undergraduates interested in developing expertise in HIV prevention science and trans and nonbinary population health research. Submit your application here by 4/14.