If you or someone you know is questioning, seeking community, or looking for resources, check out the LGBTQI Life Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are opportunities for Vanderbilt students to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold. Affinity groups provide an affirming and brave space for individuals to discuss their needs, challenges, and successes. These groups are free and open to Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students. Groups meet on campus and are peer and staff-facilitated.
For more information regarding the specific affinity groups that are offered or if you would like to help start an affinity group, contact LGBTQI Life Assistant Director, email Roberta Nelson (they/them) at email@example.com, call 615-322-3330, or stop by the Office of LGBTQI Life in the K.C. Potter Center.
If you are searching for confidential support provided by Psychological & Counseling Center staff, please visit the University Counseling Center to learn more about the Continuum group.
Vanderbilt 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.
Vanderbilt 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.
Vanderbilt Bi/Pan/Fluid Affinity Group: 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!
Vanderbilt LatinQ Affinity Group: The LatinQ affinity group is an opportunity for people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and are Latin American to share resources, build community, and discuss the intersections of all their identities.
Vanderbilt LGBTQIA+ Athletes Affinity Group (Prism): The Prism affinity group supports athletes at Vanderbilt University who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. Prism gives student-athletes a space in which to come together and discuss shared experiences, consider their own identities, and build community.
Vanderbilt Plurality Affinity Group: Plurality provides a brave space for LGBTQ+ 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!
Vanderbilt Queer & Asian Affinity Group: The Queer and Asian (Q&A) affinity group provides space for students who identify with LGBTQ+ and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander identities. Join us for resources, conversation, and fun!
Vanderbilt Queerality Affinity Group: The Queerality affinity group provides an opportunity for students to explore both queer and religious identities and topics. Join us for exploration, fun, and great conversations. All religious/non-religious and spiritual identities welcome.
Vanderbilt Queer Graduate and Professional Student (QGPS) Affinity Group: The Queer Graduate and Professional Student affinity group creates a space for Vanderbilt University graduate and professional students to come together and discuss shared experiences, consider their own identities, and build community beyond their own school or program.
Vanderbilt QPOC Affinity Group: The Queer People of Color affinity group provides space for queer students of color on campus to share their experiences in navigating the intersections of race and queer identities, build community and explore resources. Join us for great conversation, and fun!
Vanderbilt Queer Sorority Members Affinity Group: QSAG provides an opportunity for students who identify as LGBTQI and are members of a campus sorority to share experiences and find resources. Join us for conversation and fun!
Vanderbilt Rainbow Access Affinity Group: The Rainbow Access Affinity Group promotes an affirming space for LBTQIA+ people with diverse access needs related to neurodiversity, physical and mental needs, chronic illness, and visible and invisible disabilities to discuss experiences and build community.
Vanderbilt TGQ Affinity Group: TGQ is an affinity group that provides space to discuss the continuum of gender identity and expression, particularly for students who identify across the Trans spectrum, as well as those questioning. Join us for conversation, community, fun, and resources!
Vanderbilt Willow Affinity Group: Willow 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!
Meet the Willow Facilitator!
Molly (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in Community Research and Action, an interdisciplinary program within Vanderbilt’s Human and Organizational Development department. Before embarking on this new journey, she worked at a public health think tank in Boston and got her BA in Psychology at Vassar College (2013). Outside of work/school, Molly likes trying new restaurants, riding her bike, playing with other people’s dogs, dancing with her friends, and (when she can) traveling home to New England to see her family. She identifies as queer, gay, or lesbian (depending on the moment and context), and she’s thrilled to be building new community in Nashville and to be co-facilitating the Willow group!