Welcome week is our group of events that kick off the academic year and welcomes LGBTQI+ & ally individuals to campus either as first-year students, back from the summer or as transfer students. It’s your chance to connect with others and find out what the community here at Vanderbilt has to offer.
Diverse ‘Dores Day –
Explore some of the Vanderbilt diversity and inclusion offices on campus by attending Diverse ‘Dores Day. Free food, music, office tours, and activities will be open to all Vanderbilt students. If you visit all the participating 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 bisexual history, the 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), educational programs around the wide variety of LGBTQI+ identities, and provides LGBTQI+ and allied individuals a space to come together. Featured guest speakers, 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. Learn more about these community groups here.
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 event complete with a guest keynote speaker and/or performer.
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.