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The purpose of Engage is to provide resources to develop globally-minded student leaders in the LGBTQI community. Engage connects students to opportunities that more deeply explore the LGBTQI local and national communities through three avenues:

Community: Volunteer Opportunities

The first program under Engage is Community. Community will help match students with either local LGBTQI organizations or Vanderbilt initiatives that are in need of volunteers. LGBTQI Life Staff assist students build an action plan to decide the level of engagement they can commit to this opportunity for one semester.

To submit a volunteer opportunity to the Community list, please contact Program Coordinator Liv Parks (they/them) at

To view current opportunities offered through local LGBTQI organizations, click here!

Watch below for a video testimony from one of our Engage Community Volunteers!

Queue: National LGBTQI Internships

LGBTQI Life’™s Engage Queue is a list of internships at many LGBTQI national organizations. Our goal is to assist students in connecting with these opportunities, and this list is updated regularly with the goal of capturing as many internships as possible to promote our student’s involvement.

To submit an internship opportunity to the Queue, please contact Program Coordinator Liv Parks (they/them) at

To view current opportunities offered through national LGBTQI organizations, please visit the Queue.

Quest: Spring Break Trips

The Engage Quest trip was created to maximize students™ experience with engagement of national LGBTQI organizations. This year over Vanderbilt’s Spring Break March 6th-12th LGBTQI Life will offer a Quest trip to New Orleans. This trip will allow students to personally connect to national LGBTQI organizations through site visits and hands on service with these organizations. Students will engage with organizations as well as visit culturally and historically relevant sites to the LGBTQI community.  Applications are now closed. If you have any questions please contact Program Coordinator Liv Parks (they/them) at

Quotes from the 2013-2014 Engage Quest Trip Class:

This trip definitely helped me to better understand the work and personally connect with National LGBTQI organizations. The candid conversations that we got to have with the different professionals in this field really helped me to understand what organizations are doing on a national level to bring about equality for the entire community. – Engager 2013-2014

Not only did we learn in a theoretical way, but we were able to add experiential knowledge to our repertoire. It was inspirational and empowering to see queer people in the workforce doing effective and impactful work. Since the trip I have remained connected to a few of the people we have met. – Engager 2013-2014

I learned how to shift my own language and approach when engaging allies or other students to be more successful in getting them involved and making progress towards finding common ground. – Engager 2013-2014

I learned that whether or not your organization survives doesn’t matter! What your organization does, the changes it makes and the morals it stands by, that is what matters. It isn’™t about a name, or saving face or accolades. People who see the big picture and who make change for individuals in need are the ones who will make history. – Engager 2013-2014

Watch below for a video testimony from one of our Engage Quest Trip Participants!