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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.

2018 Planning Committee Application: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/submitter/form/start/115108

This Year’s Conference Details

When:

OUT in Front will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Where:

OUT in Front is held in the Sarratt/Rand Student Center at Vanderbilt University.

What:

The theme and mission of the OUT in Front Conference changes each year based on current climate, policy, thought, and needs of the LGBTQI+ community. A group of students act as the planning committee and participate in the planning and implementation of OIF for months in advance. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for OIF 2018, please contact Liv Parks (they/them) at liv.parks@vanderbilt.edu.

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 folx 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.

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, & cookies. The Calming and Art-Making Space will be available during the entire OIF conference.

Free HIV Screening & Testing will be available thanks to Street Works, Project Uno. A few screening questions will be asked before the test to determine one’s eligibility. Testing is free and will be available throughout the 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 printing this year’s conference logo. T-shirts will not be given out at any other time than the one listed in your conference program.

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 for those that 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, or if you have any questions.

Sample Schedule of Previous OUT in Front Conference

8:00-9:00 Check-in & Breakfast
Sarratt Student Center (in front of Cinema)

9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks
Sarratt Cinema

9:30-10:30 Workshop Session #1
Calming & Art Making Space Available

10:45-11:45 Workshop Session #2
Calming & Art Making Space Available
Free HIV Screening & Testing provided by Street Works, Project Uno Available

11:45-1:00 Lunch on Your Own*
*for a list of nearby restaurants, click here.
Rand Dining Hall in Sarratt Student Center is open until 2:00.
Free HIV Screening & Testing provided by Street Works, Project Uno Available

1:15-2:15 Workshop Session #3
Calming & Art Making Space Available
Free HIV Screening & Testing provided by Street Works, Project Uno Available

2:30-3:30 Workshop Session #4
Calming & Art Making Space Available

11:00-2:00 Free Do-It-Yourself Screen Printing T-Shirt Station Available

3:45-4:45 Keynote Performance “Queer Heartache” by Kit Yan
Sarratt Cinema

4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks
Sarratt Cinema

If you have any questions or would like to know more information, please contact Program Coordinator Liv Parks (they/them) at liv.parks@vanderbilt.edu.