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Student Groups


Undergraduate Student Groups

Vanderbilt Lambda Association (Lambda)
As Vanderbilt University’s undergraduate gender, sexuality, and intersex alliance, the Vanderbilt Lambda Association is a leading promoter in LGBTQI+ awareness and education, providing a brave space on campus for all students. Lambda features some of the most diverse programming on campus, from awareness events, lectures, and observances to drag shows, Bi-BQs, and social events. Lambda seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in all of its forms while advocating for political equality and freedom to be one’s self.
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Kaleidoscope seeks to provide an open and affirming space for the creative expression of LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies through an annual publication, writing workshops, and a book club.
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Out in Engineering
Out in Engineering is an organization dedicated to the visibility and advancement of LGBTQI+ people in the engineering field. We make it our mission to attract speakers from the community to come and inspire members, share opportunities specifically for LGBTQI+ engineering professionals (such as the Out for Undergrad conference series), and provide a safe space for those struggling with the balancing act of the stress of engineering classes and finding their true self in college. We strive to provide a mix of social and professional programming. A big issue we hope to tackle is that there are members of the LGBTQI+ community in engineering, but very few know each other. By providing safe social events, we can connect this lesser-known network of the school. We will be proactive in partnering with other student organizations and companies to encourage our members to develop both socially and professionally.
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Graduate Student Groups

Divinity School: Office of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns (GABLE)
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns was organized in 1991 and is dedicated to addressing the issues of homophobia and heterosexism in religious life, society, and the academy. The Office provides a positive, safe environment that affirms the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons. It suggests ways in which the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion can fulfill their commitment to confronting homophobia in our society; it provides educational opportunities for all members of the Divinity School/Graduate Department of Religion community. Membership is open to all Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion students, faculty, and staff who are committed to working toward the goals of the Office. The rights to confidentiality of students, faculty, and staff who participate in the Office are honored. The work of the Office is coordinated by a student steering committee.
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Law School: OUTLaw
The Gay/Straight Alliance, now named OUTLaw, was originally formed to allow gay and lesbian law students to meet and discuss issues that are unique to being gay in the legal profession. The organization is open to all law students and encourages all law students to become members.
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School of Nursing: VUSNPride
The Mission of LGBT @ VUSN is to provide support for LGBTQI students and allies at VUSN, to promote a welcoming and inclusive culture at VUSN for LGBTQI students and allies, to facilitate education of faculty and students on LGBTQI issues, to promote inclusion of LGBTQI health content in the curriculum at VUSN, and to serve the LGBTQI community in Nashville.
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Peabody College: Queering and Embracing Diversity (Q.Ed.)
Through intentional community-building, outreach, advocacy, social events, and education, Q.Ed. will make Peabody a safer, more inclusive environment for LGBTQI+ students and their allies. By educating and building relationships, Q.Ed. will build a coalition of anti-oppressive and anti-racist LGBTQI+ and allied students who are socially accountable, engaged in their communities, and actively working to ensure the safety, acceptance, and affirmation of all identities on Peabody’s campus.
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Owen Graduate School of Management: Out & Allied
Out & Allied provides an open, social, supportive, and educational environment for LGBT and Allied individuals at Owen while furthering the professional goals of members, the inclusive culture at Owen, and exploration of related issues vital to future business leaders.
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Medical School: LGBT MD
LGBT MD has a two-fold mission: to educate the greater Vanderbilt medical community on health issues that pertain to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients and health care providers and to provide a support network for LGBT medical students.
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GOSTEM seeks to provide a community to LGBTQ+ graduate students in the sciences at Vanderbilt. Our hope is to use this space to explore the LGBTQ+ identity in science and provide a welcoming community for all. GOSTEM has been reinvigorated and discussing how we can best increase visibility and resources for LGBTQ+ STEM graduate students. As we are working to build up the GOSTEM community, we are having weekly zoom meetings on Wednesday’s at 4:00PM. All are welcome! Please contact Colbie Chinowsky to request the Meeting ID and password.
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Affinity Groups

If you or someone you know is questioning or seeking community for their sexual and/or gender identities, check out the LGBTQI Life Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are an opportunity for Vanderbilt students to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold. Affinity groups are facilitated by staff, faculty and/or graduate students and are not student organizations.

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