Conference Theme

2018 LGBT+ College Conference

The 2018 LGBT+ College Conference will be held on the Middle Tennessee State University campus April 5-7, 2018.
The conference is free to attend for everyone. Please register to help in planning.

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Conference Theme – All Identities–Bridging the Divide

This year’s conference program will explore how key facets of identity–gender, race, culture, ethnicity, age, social class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression–play a significant role in how we experience the world. We will hear from students, professionals, practitioners, and leaders on how access and opportunity intersect with identity to influence our interactions with education, commerce, community, government, and, most importantly, each other, and how to bridge divides based on identity.

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Conference Highlights

Thursday, April 5, 2018: Research and Examination
Tennovation Keynote: Standing on Holy Ground: An Argument for Queer Spaces as Sacred--Keven Lewis
Thursday Evening
LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival
Host: Allie Sultan
Friday, April 6, 2018: Intersections of Identity with the Broader Community
Keynote film Presentation: Codebreaker documentary--Patrick Sammon
Friday evening
LGBT+ College Conference Open Mic
Emcee: Holly Amber
Saturday, April 7, 2018: Working and Learning Sessions
Keynote: Ask Me Who I Am: Intersex in Contemporary America--Georgiann Davis
Saturday evening
2018 LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner
Keynote: Beverly Watts, Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to:
  • Speak to issues of diversity and inclusion of importance to academia, the workplace, marketplace, and community
  • Provide the leadership expected of higher education to investigate issues from a research, knowledge, and thought perspective and provide answers to the community’s critical questions
  • Produce a well-planned and executed event
LGBT+ College Conference History

Conference Contacts

Program Presentations and Participation
Professor William Langston (
Sponsorships and Support
Development Director Paul Wydra (
Corporate and Community Engagement
Advisory Board Chair Jeffery Humble (

Presenting Sponsor
Conference Champions
MTSU Institutional Equity and Compliance


Conference Allies
Focus Middle Tennessee
Hilton Garden Inn 
Neighborhood sponsors

 Dollar General

Tennessee Human Rights Commission
MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences
MTSU Distinguished Lectures Fund
MTSU Student Activity Fee Committee
MTSU Vice President's Office for Student Affairs
Additional support provided by
MTSU Department of Psychology
MTSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology
MTSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
MTSU Department of Social Work
Middle Tennessee State University Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center


Lambda hosts weekly meetings and membership is open to all currently enrolled MTSU students who act in good faith of Lambda's Constitution and Community Standards. Membership dues are announced at the beginning of each academic year and can be paid at any time.