If you or someone you know is questioning, seeking community, or looking for resources, check out the LGBTQI Life Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are opportunities for Vanderbilt students to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold. Affinity groups provide an affirming and brave space for individuals to discuss their needs, challenges, and successes. These groups are free and open to Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students. Groups meet on campus and are peer and staff-facilitated.
For more information regarding the specific affinity groups that are offered or if you would like to help start an affinity group, contact LGBTQI Life Assistant Director, email Rob Nelson (they/them).
If you are searching for confidential support provided by Psychological & Counseling Center staff, please visit the University Counseling Center to learn more about the Continuum group.
Vanderbilt Ace/Aro Affinity Group: The Ace/Aro affinity group provides a supportive space for people who identify on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums to discuss their experiences as it relates to navigating both queer and heteronormative spaces.
Vanderbilt BlackOut Affinity Group: BlackOut is an affinity group that facilitates the coming together of black LGBTQIA2S+ members of the Vanderbilt community in order to provide support and share space and experiences. BlackOut is co-sponsored by The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
Meet one of the BlackOut Facilitators!!
Sheri (she/her) is a 3rd year grad student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, pursuing a Master of Divinity with concentrations in Chaplaincy and Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. Sheri is passionate about many things within Black and LGBTQIA2S+ communities – spirituality, counseling, flourishing liberation, holistic sexuality education, body positivity, transforming institutions like the Church, higher education, and family, and much more. Sheri was also the Divinity Intern at LGBTQI Life for the 2020-21 academic year. Her work centers on providing a brave space for LGBTQIA2S+ people to explore and/or develop their own spirituality.
Vanderbilt Bi/Pan/Fluid Affinity Group: The Bi/Pan/Fluid affinity group provides a supportive and brave space for people who want to explore bi/pan/fluid or otherwise non-straight/non-heterosexual identities and experiences. Join us for conversation, exploration, and fun!
Vanderbilt LatinQ Affinity Group: The LatinQ affinity group is an opportunity for people who identify as LGBTQIA2S+and are Latin American to share resources, build community, and discuss the intersections of all their identities.
Vanderbilt Plurality Affinity Group: Plurality provides a brave space for LGBTQIA2S+ people who identify with or are practicing polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. Plurality delves into the history, representations, and skills involved with polyamory and consensual non-monogamy. Join us for resources and discussions!
Vanderbilt Recovery Support Pride Affinity Group: In partnership with Vanderbilt Recovery Services (VRS) we would like to introduce VRS (Vanderbilt Recovery Support) PRIDE. This group is specifically for those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ and are either in recovery* or are currently struggling with habits that are ultimately detrimental to one’s wellbeing. Zoom details can be found here.
Vanderbilt Queer & Asian Affinity Group: The Queer and Asian (Q&A) affinity group provides space for students who are LGBTQIA2S+ and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander. Join us for resources, conversation, and fun!
Vanderbilt Queerality Affinity Group: The Queerality affinity group provides an opportunity for students to explore both queer and religious identities and topics. Join us for exploration, fun, and great conversations. All religious/non-religious and spiritual identities are welcome.
Vanderbilt Queer Graduate and Professional Student Affinity Group: The Queer Graduate and Professional Student affinity group (QGPS) creates a space for LGBTQIA2S+ Vanderbilt University graduate and professional students to come together and discuss shared experiences, consider their own identities, and build community beyond their own school or program.
Vanderbilt Queer Affinity Group for Fraternity Members: VQ-AGFM creates opportunities for Queer current or recent members of Vanderbilt Fraternities to share space and, build community, and resources about their shared identities. VQ-AGFM is a casual group that enjoys great conversation and fun activities!
Vanderbilt Queer Sorority Members Affinity Group: QSAG provides an opportunity for students who identify as LGBTQ2S+ and are current or recent members of a campus sorority to share experiences and find resources. Join us for conversation and fun!
Vanderbilt TGQ Affinity Group: TGQ is an affinity group that provides space to discuss the continuum of gender identity and expression, particularly for students who identify across the Trans spectrum, as well as those questioning. Join us for conversation, community, fun, and resources!
Vanderbilt Willow Affinity Group: Willow provides an affirming, open space for women, women-aligned people, and lesbians attracted to other women, women-aligned people, and lesbians to discuss their experiences, share resources, and find a focused, supportive community where their identities are centered. Join us for meetings, movie nights, and more!
LGBTQI Affinity Group for Faculty and Staff: The LGBTQI+ Affinity Group will host regular meetings aimed at providing resources for LGBTQ2S+ employees and allies, including social networking, meetups, guest speakers, support navigating workplace interactions, and more. This group is open to all LGBTQ2S+ faculty and staff, as well as allies. To get involved, reach out to Linzie Treadway, Project Manager for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.