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 Rob Nelson (they/them).
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 LGBTQ2S+ 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.
Meet one of the BlackOut Facilitators!!
Sheri (she/her) is a 2nd year grad student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, pursuing a Master of Divinity with concentrations in Chaplaincy and Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. Sheri is passionate about many things within Black and LGBTQ2S+ communities – spirituality, counseling, flourishing liberation, holistic sexuality education, body positivity, transforming institutions like the Church, higher education, and family, and much more. Sheri is also the Divinity Intern at LGBTQI Life this year. During her internship, she hopes to provide a brave space for LGBTQ2S+ people to explore and/or develop their own spirituality.
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!
Meet the B/P/F Facilitators!!
Lyndsey (she/her) currently serves as the Assistant Director in the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is a Vanderbilt alum (M.Div. ‘08) and has been co-facilitating the Bi/Pan/Fluid Affinity Group since its inception in 2014.
Leah (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in Human & Organizational Development and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Center For Teaching. She has been co-facilitating Bi/Pan/Fluid since its inception in 2014.
Vanderbilt LatinQ Affinity Group: The LatinQ affinity group is an opportunity for people who identify as LGBTQ2S+and are Latin American to share resources, build community, and discuss the intersections of all their identities.
Vanderbilt Plurality Affinity Group: Plurality provides a brave space for LGBTQ2S+ 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 Recovery Support Pride Affinity Group: In partnership with Vanderbilt Recovery Services (VRS) we would like to introduce VRS (Vanderbilt Recovery Support) PRIDE. This group is specifically for those who identify as LGBTQI+ and are either in recovery* or are currently struggling with habits that are ultimately detrimental to one’s wellbeing. Zoom details can be found here.
Vanderbilt Queer & Asian Affinity Group: The Queer and Asian (Q&A) affinity group provides space for students who identify with LGBTQ2S+ 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 Affinity Group: The Queer Graduate and Professional Student affinity group (QGPS) 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 Queer Affinity Group for Fraternity Members: VQ-AGFM creates opportunities for Queer current or recent members of Vanderbilt Fraternities to share space and, build community, and resources about their shared identities. VQ-AGFM is a casual group that enjoys great conversation and fun activities!
Meet the VQ-AGFM Facilitator!
Breydon Horton is a second-year M.Ed. candidate in the Higher Education Administration program. As a Tennessee native, he loves being able to spend his graduate career in Nashville. Breydon spent his undergraduate career involved with Greek Life and hopes to continue to work with Fraternity and Sorority Life in some capacity. He is an active alumni of Sigma Chi. When not at work or class, Breydon enjoys playing with his two dogs, June and Newton, exploring the city, and spending time with family and friends.
Vanderbilt Queer Sorority Members Affinity Group: QSAG provides an opportunity for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ and are current or recent members of a campus sorority to share experiences and find resources. Join us for conversation and fun!
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!
LGBTQI Affinity Group for Faculty and Staff: The LGBTQI+ Affinity Group will host regular meetings aimed at providing resources for LGBTQ2S+ employees and allies, including social networking, meetups, guest speakers, support navigating workplace interactions, and more. This group is open to all LGBTQ2S+ faculty and staff, as well as allies. To get involved, reach out to Linzie Treadway, Project Manager for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.