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Annual Events


Fall Semester

Welcome Week
Welcome week is our week of events that kicks off the year and welcomes LGBTQI+ & ally individuals to campus either as first year students or back from the summer. It’s your chance to connect with others and find out what the community here at Vanderbilt has to offer.

Diverse ‘Dores Day – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Explore some of the Vanderbilt diversity and inclusion offices on campus by attending Diverse Dores Day 2017. Free food, music, office tours, and activities will be open to all Vanderbilt students. If you visit all seven spaces, you can snag a free t-shirt! #diversedores

International Celebrate Bisexuality Day
This day, celebrated on or around September 23rd, is a call for the LGBTQI+ community, friends, and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community, and bi culture. Events are typically co-sponsored with the Vanderbilt Lambda Association and cake is typically served!

LGBTQI+ History Month
October is a celebration of LGBTQI+ history and people. It includes the celebration of National Coming Out Day (October 11th) and provides LGBTQI and allied individuals spaces to come together. A featured guest speaker, the Vanderbilt Lambda Association’s Annual Drag show, and various events with faculty and staff on campus highlight the month’s worth of events. #BeYouatVU

Transgender Day of Remembrance
This day, observed on or around November 20th internationally, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. We partner with several community organizations across middle Tennessee for this event, such as the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, T-Vals, PFLAG, any many more.

Spring Semester

Out in Front LGBTQI and Ally Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
Student leaders have the chance to meet and network with peers from across the state and Southeast region to share resources, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQI+ and allied student leaders. The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the region in issues relevant to the LGBTQI+ community and society at large through an all-day conference-style event complete with a guest keynote speaker and/or performer.

OUT in Front 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Sarratt/Rand Student Center.

More information on submitting conference workshop proposals, serving on the planning committee, and registering for OUT in Front 2018 is available here.

Lavender Celebration
Lavender Celebration is a tradition that began in 2008 at Vanderbilt, held in addition to regular commencement activities. Its aim is to celebrate the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied graduating undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. All members of the Vanderbilt community are welcome to join us for this special evening ceremony and community dinner.

This year’s Lavender Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the Student Life Center Ballroom.

Be sure to check out our Events Calendar and our Instagram for other great programs and events sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life.