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Call for Workshop Proposals

OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ and Ally College Conference 2015 Call for Workshop Proposals

Deadline for Submission: January 23, 2015
Acceptance notices will be sent by January 30, 2015

What is OUT in Front?

Join us for Out in Front 2015, the sixth annual Out in Front LGBTQIA+ and Ally College Conference. Meet peers from across the south/southeast to share resources, 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 south/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 lives across state boundaries and into campuses in the southeast. OUT in Front strives to enhance leadership development for LGBTQIA+ and Allied students.

OUT in Front 2015: Branching OUT

The theme of the 2015 OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ and Ally College Conference is Branching OUT. With this theme, we are striving to explore all aspects of identity–from the history and awareness of identity to the current tools college leaders can use to affect change on campus and the community. We want all conference attendees to branch out of their comfort zone and into the communities present at OUT in Front.


The three main tenets of the Branching OUT theme include Roots, Trunks, and Branches.

Roots: are what ground you and draw in resources. In relation to LGBTQIA+ and Ally identities, the roots signify history, awareness, education, common language, and identity.

Trunks: are strong and provide you with room and spaces in which to grow. We see the trunk as a place to educate others, educate oneself, and talk about identity/self development, intersectionality and the tools needed for social justice and ally ship.

Branches: reach out into the surrounding area and are not afraid to grow into the community around it. For the LGBTQIA+ and Ally conference attendees, branches are the place to discuss impact, action plans, activism, change, policy work, and politics.


Workshop Proposals

Out in Front is seeking proposals that effectively tie back to this year’s conference theme “Branching Out,” and foster the continuing development of LGBTQIA+ and allied student leaders. Accordingly, workshops should attend to at least one of the tenets of Branching OUT: the roots, the trunk, or the branches.  Please consider this in your submission of a workshop proposal.

Workshop proposals should be submitted no later than Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm CST.

In addition, please keep in mind the following:

  1. Completely fill out the workshop application and submit by the deadline.

  2. Please make sure that you are available Saturday, February 21st, 2015

  3. If you are attending, please complete the registration form.

  4. If you need a computer for your presentation, please be prepared to provide your own laptop and adaptor (Projectors, Screens, and presentation paper will be provided by Vanderbilt LGBTQI Life upon request).

  5. Acceptance notices will be sent out by Friday, January 30, 2015.