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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.

This Year’s Conference Details

When:

OUT in Front will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Specific time and agenda details will be published on this page as they are decided throughout the school year.

Where:

OUT in Front is held in the Sarratt/Rand Student Center at Vanderbilt University.
The address for the Sarratt/Rand Student Center is 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240. Parking is available in the 25th Ave Garage, located at 2401 Highland Ave, Nashville, TN 37212. Volunteers will be along the route between the parking garage and the Sarratt Student Center to help you find your way.

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 serve as the planning committee and participate in the planning and implementation of OIF for months in advance.

 

 

 

The Details:

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 folks 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, and there is elevator access to all floors and meeting spaces.

Wireless Access for Guests at Vanderbilt:

Guests of the university can easily set up their wireless devices to access the internet by connecting to the wireless network (SSID) vummiv.

Connect to vummiv by selecting this as your preferred network. There is no password needed to gain access. If you experience connectivity issues, call the VU Help Desk at (615) 343-9999.


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, & snacks. The Calming and Art-Making Space will be available during the entire OIF 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 DIY screen printing this year’s conference logo. 

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 and some of these restrooms 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, if you have any questions, or experience any kind of harassment while using the restroom.

*Free* and Confidential HIV Testing has been available the day of the conference in the past, thanks to MyHouse, an initiative shared by NashvilleCARES, Street Works, and Neighborhood Health. This testing will be in the form of a mouth swab test and will be in a secure, confidential room (Sarratt 311). Staff members from MyHouse will be present to ask you a couple of qualifying questions before the test and can help answer any questions you may have after you receive your results.

Community Organization Resource Sharing is available on the Sarratt Promenade during the day of the conference. Multiple organizations in Nashville who specialize in all facets of LGBTQI+ life in Tennessee will be present to share resources, answer questions, or offer giveaways. Be sure to visit their tables and learn more! Below is a list of all organizations present at the conference.

Bi Tennessee
CPI/The Mark
Healthy and Free Tennessee
MyHouse
PFLAG Nashville
Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee
Tennessee Vals
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)
Vanderbilt Trans Buddy Program

Schedule of the 2018 OUT in Front Conference
(Times and locations may vary for the 2019 Conference)

8:00-9:00 Check-in & Breakfast
Sarratt Student Center
2301 Vanderbilt Place Nashville, TN 37240
Check in & day-of registration available in front of the Sarratt Cinema.
Light breakfast refreshments will be available in the lounge in front of the Local Java coffee shop.

9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks
Sarratt Cinema

9:30-10:30 Workshop Session #1
Calming & Art Making Space available in Sarratt 112
Free HIV testing available in Sarratt 311
Community Organization Resource Fair available on Sarratt Promenade

Reclaiming: Faith & Sexuality for QTPOC
Let’s Talk About Sex (Ed)!
If Your Personal is Political, How Public is Your Personal?

Simulating Power: Teacher Educators and Trans Students
Queer Women and Lesbian Affinity Group
Asexual and/or Aromantic Affinity Group

10:45-11:45 Workshop Session #2
Calming & Art Making Space available in Sarratt 112
Free HIV testing available in Sarratt 311
DIY screen printing station for your free t-shirt available on Sarratt Promenade
Community Organization Resource Fair available on Sarratt Promenade

Problem Parents? Not Anymore.
Self-Care is Warfare
LGBTQ Policy, Practices, and Progress in K-12 Schools
Queer People of Color Affinity Group
Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Affinity Group

11:45-1:00 Lunch Break!
Calming & Art Making Space available in Sarratt 112
Free HIV testing available in Sarratt 311
DIY screen printing station for your free t-shirt available on Sarratt Promenade
Community Organization Resource Fair available on Sarratt Promenade

1:15-2:15 Workshop Session #3
Calming & Art Making Space available in Sarratt 112
Free HIV testing available in Sarratt 311
DIY screen printing station for your free t-shirt available on Sarratt Promenade
Community Organization Resource Fair available on Sarratt Promenade

Metro Says You Can’t be Kinky Unless You’re Over 21!
Advisors of LGBTQIA+ Students/Groups Social
(Birth) Control of Women of Color
Defense of LGBTQ+ Students in the Age of DeVos
Transgender & Genderqueer Affinity Group

2:30-3:30 Workshop Session #4
Calming & Art Making Space available in Sarratt 112
Free HIV testing available in Sarratt 311
Community Organization Resource Fair available on Sarratt Promenade

OUT-Spoken: LGBTQ+ Life at HBCUs
Working for Equality at the Local Level
Is Science Too Straight?
Giving a Voice by Documenting One’s Own Culture using Autoethnography
Queerality Affinity Group

3:45-4:45 Keynote Talk
Sarratt Cinema
All are welcome!

4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks & Dismissal
Sarratt Cinema

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

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