If you or someone you know is questioning, seeking community, or looking for resources 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 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 Program Coordinator, Roberta Nelson (they/them) at firstname.lastname@example.org. 615-322-3330, or stop by the Office of LGBTQI Life located in the K.C. Potter Center.
If you are searching for confidential support provided by Psychological & Counseling Center staff, please visit the Psychological & Counseling Center to learn more about the Continuum group.
Vanderbilt QPOC Affinity Group: QPOC is an affinity group that provides space for Queer students of Color on campus to share their experiences in navigating the intersections of race and queer identities, build community, and explore resources. Join us for great conversation, community, and fun!
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 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. Join us for conversation, community, fun, and resources!
Meet one of the TGQ Facilitators!
Mac (he/him/his) is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in African American and Diaspora Studies. He has been heavily involved with the Vanderbilt Lambda Association, the undergraduate gender, sexuality, and intersex alliance, since his first year at the university, and he is currently in his second year as President. Mac has previously interned with the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center as a sex educator and with the Vanderbilt University Anthropology Department as a digital media researcher. He has been involved with LGBTQI Life as a Speak Out panelist, an OUT in Front planning committee member, and a TGQ facilitator. At home, Mac likes to snuggle with his cat and watch life hack videos with his partner.
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 Queer Women + Lesbian Affinity Group: The Queer Women and Lesbian affinity group provides a supportive and open space for women and lesbians who identify as queer to share experiences and find resources. Join us for great 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 welcome.
Meet one of the Queerality Facilitators!
Maria Michonski (she/her/hers) is a 2nd year MDiv student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and is the Graduate Student Worker at the Women’s Center. Maria is a lifelong Nashvillian. She identifies as a Southern, working class, Catholic, queer woman. Maria loves dogs, hiking, spending time with her husband, reading, plants, folk and porch music, cooking, board games, and intersectional feminism. She is excited to be co-facilitating Queerality this semester!
Vanderbilt Disabilities and Diverse Identities Affinity Group: The Disabilities and Diverse Identities affinity group provides space where students can explore the intersections of ability, and sexual and gender identities. Join us for great conversation!
Vanderbilt Queer & Asian Affinity Group: The Queer and Asian affinity group provides space for students who identify as queer and Asian on campus. Join us for resources, conversation, and fun!
Meet one of the Q&A Facilitators!
Angie Deng (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate junior here at Vanderbilt University. She identifies as bisexual and was born in California after her parents immigrated from China. From Angie: “The purpose of our group is to provide a comfortable space for queer Asians to express themselves and find solidarity with each other. Our biweekly meetings will typically provide a free dinner, group discussion, and activities like movie viewing and board games! Feel free to sit in on one of our meetings if you’d like. We welcome anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and have full or mixed heritage from anywhere in Asia!”
Vanderbilt LGBTQI Sorority Members Affinity Group: The LGBTQI Sorority Members affinity group provides an opportunity for students who identify as LGBTQI and are members of a campus sorority to share experiences and find resources. Join us for conversation and fun!