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OUT in Front College Conference



The OUT in Front College Conference is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate student at a two- or four- year institution, and to folks currently enrolled in both traditional and trade school programs. The conference is free to attend and allows you to meet peers from across the Southeast region to share resources, network, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQIA+ and allied student leaders.

The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the Southeast region in issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community and society at large. Each year, the conference strives to connect both individuals and communities with resources that will help to enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ and Allies in the South/Southeast. OUT in Front strives to enhance leadership development for LGBTQIA+ and allied students.

This Year’s Conference Details

Registration and Session Proposal Submissions for Out in Front 2019 are open! Find our registration form here. Submit a Session Proposal here. Be sure to register even if you submit a session proposal– all presenters must be registered! Please direct any questions or concerns to Conference Chair Maria Michonski, who can be reached via email at Stay tuned for the announcement of our keynote speaker for Out in Front 2019, coming very soon!


OUT in Front will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 8 am to 5 pm. A detailed schedule of events and sessions for the day will be posted closer to the date.


OUT in Front is held in the Sarratt/Rand Student Center at Vanderbilt University.
The address for the Sarratt/Rand Student Center is 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240. Parking is available in the 25th Ave Garage, located at 2401 Highland Ave, Nashville, TN 37212. Volunteers will be along the route between the parking garage and the Sarratt Student Center to help you find your way.


The goal of OUT in Front is to connect and engage members of the LGBTQIA+ community across the South/Southeast region. The conference strives to provide resources, support, and leadership development to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as to strengthen the bonds of Southern LGBTQIA+ community.
This year’s theme is Homegrown Futures: Queer Southern Imagination,  highlighting the ways in which the Southern LGBTQIA+ community expresses and redefines “Southern-ness” around intersections of sexuality, gender, race, class, and numerous other identities.


The Details:

We are committed to ensuring that at OUT in Front, no individual with a disability or a disabled person is excluded or othered. Below are some notes about the conference in order to maximize your accessible experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is more we can do.

  • The hallways might be crowded during passing periods. If you need assistance navigating the halls, please find a volunteer.
  • We are unfortunately unable to control strong scents, but we do ask that participants refrain from wearing strong fragrances.
  • Flash photography is prohibited.
  • Please respect folks who wish their photo not be taken (red dot sticker located on their nametag).
  • There are several entrances to this building with ramps, automatic doors, or both, and there is elevator access to all floors and meeting spaces.

Wireless Access for Guests at Vanderbilt:

Guests of the university can easily set up their wireless devices to access the internet by connecting to the wireless network (SSID) vummiv.

Connect to vummiv by selecting this as your preferred network. There is no password needed to gain access. If you experience connectivity issues, call the VU Help Desk at (615) 343-9999.

A Calming & Art-Making Space is an intentional room for well-being, equipped with meditation chairs, adult coloring books, calming sound machine, blankets, pillows, crafts, art supplies, & snacks. The Calming and Art-Making Space will be available during the entire OIF conference.

*Free* Conference T-shirts presented by Hip Hues and the Office of LGBTQI Life are available. You must visit the Hip Hues printing station to select your t-shirt size and the staff will assist you in DIY screen printing this year’s conference logo. 

All-Gender Restrooms are located throughout Sarratt-Rand on all floors of the building. There are signs on restrooms indicating an inclusive space for all genders and some of these restrooms may have been altered for today’s conference. Two single stall all-gender restrooms can be found on the third floor of Sarratt across from Sarratt 325. All other all-gender restrooms have multiple stalls and are shared spaces. Please inform a volunteer if a sign has been removed, you need assistance, if you have any questions, or experience any kind of harassment while using the restroom.

*Free* and Confidential HIV Testing has been available the day of the conference in the past, thanks to MyHouse, an initiative shared by NashvilleCARES, Street Works, and Neighborhood Health. This testing will be in the form of a mouth swab test and will be in a secure, confidential room (Sarratt 311). Staff members from MyHouse will be present to ask you a couple of qualifying questions before the test and can help answer any questions you may have after you receive your results.

Community Organization Resource Sharing is available on the Sarratt Promenade during the day of the conference. Multiple organizations in Nashville who specialize in all facets of LGBTQI+ life in Tennessee will be present to share resources, answer questions, or offer giveaways. Be sure to visit their tables and learn more!

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