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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 LGBTQ2S+ 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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Out in Engineering
Out in Engineering is an organization dedicated to the visibility and advancement of LGBTQ2S+ 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 LGBTQ2S+ 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 LGBTQ2S+ 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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Vanderbilt Athlete Ally
Formed in 2022-2023, Vanderbilt Athlete Ally’s mission is to end homophobia and transphobia in sports and to uplift LGBTQIA+ athletes. This student organization is open to LGBTQIA+ athletes across all sports at Vanderbilt.
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oSTEM at Vanderbilt
oSTEM is a global organization that has the general mission, “oSTEM empowers LGBTQ+ students in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.” At Vanderbilt’s chapter, this mission is furthered on campus with students’ involvement to create a more comfortable space for their identities and how they intersect with their future career goals through networking, career fairs, research events, and outings.
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Graduate Student Groups

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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Vanderbilt Out In Business
New in the 2023-2024 academic year, Vanderbilt Out In Business. Find out more about this student organization on Anchor Link.
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School of Nursing: VUSNPride
The Mission of LGBT @ VUSN is to provide support for LGBTQ2S+ students and allies at VUSN, to promote a welcoming and inclusive culture at VUSN for LGBTQ2S+ students and allies, to facilitate education of faculty and students on LGBTQ2S+ issues, to promote inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ health content in the curriculum at VUSN, and to serve the LGBTQ2S+ 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 LGBTQ2S+ students and their allies. By educating and building relationships, Q.Ed. will build a coalition of anti-oppressive and anti-racist LGBTQ2S+ 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 LGBTQ2S+ 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: Pride in Medicine
LGBTQ2S+ 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 LGBTQ2S+ medical students.
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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 LGBTQ2S+ 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.

The K.C. Potter Center for LGBTQI Life (LGBTQI Life) advises many student organizations on campus. These organizations are all self-governed by their respective constitutions, presidents, and executive boards. The programs, protests, statements, and other actions engaged in by the student organizations advised by LGBTQI Life do not necessarily represent the opinions, values, or beliefs of Vanderbilt University, Student Affairs, or LGBTQI Life.  

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