2022 LGBT+ College Conference Schedule

Conference Theme – All Identities–Taking the Next Step

The conference is free to attend for everyone. Please register to help in planning.

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Thursday, April 7 - Research and Examination

Student Union Building (STU), 1768 MTSU Blvd., campus map sector E4, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Academic Lot or Student Union Lot, campus map sector E3

8:45am – 9:15am Conference Registration and Check-In

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom Lobby


9:15am – 9:35am Welcoming Remarks

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom

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9:45am – 10:45am Middle Tennessee State University Women's and Gender Studies Program Spotlight

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom

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11:00am – 12:00pm Tennovation Keynote

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom

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12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break


1:00pm - 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building

NOTE: The tracks are student (S), academic affairs / advisor / faculty (A), and corporate / workplace (C)


SESSION I - Interviewing Strategies for Success! (S)

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom

Please join us for a highly interactive session designed to build your interviewing confidence! This session will include an overview of the importance of interview preparation in all its facets (by Dr. Janet McCormick, Professor in Communication) along with inspiration and advice from professionals. We will provide key content and perspectives for students at any stage of the job/internship hunting process. You will learn the significance of research, questions, and the impact of your cover letter and resume, followed by interviewing skills needed to foster positive rapport. Bring your resume or simply be ready to take notes. Our goal is to help you succeed!

Training Team

Janet McCormickDr. Janet McCormick (she/her/hers)

Dr. McCormick earned her BA, MA and PhD in Communication and has been teaching courses in higher education and conducting workshops globally for over 30 years. Her repertoire of expertise includes, but is not limited to: public speaking, interpersonal communication, communication theory, leadership communication, intercultural communication, gender communication, small group communication, listening, organizational communication, communication consulting and auditing, communication training, communicating organizational change, conflict negotiation, persuasion, and interview communication. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, advising and service awards for her dedication to the Communication profession and her ability to better prepare students for the global workforce.

Cathy LivelyCathy Lively (she/her/hers)

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Ron BalcarrasRon Balcarras (he/him/his)

Ron in a Senior Manager at Deloitte and works within Enterprise Technology Operations. His duties include leading teams who are responsible for Deloitte’s data management and access across numerous technology platforms. Ron is also the Chair of the Hermitage Inclusion Council, an active member of the Technology and Infrastructure Inclusion Council and the Executive Sponsor of the Hermitage GLOBE & Allies Business Resource Group (LGBT+ Employees and Allies). Ron holds a Bachelors of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Ron moved from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Nashville 24 years ago and has been with Deloitte for 15 years. Ron is the Fund Development Chair for Nashville Cares and serves on the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program Community Advisory Board.

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SESSION II - Safe Zone Training (S, A, C)

Thursday, April 7, Student Union Building Ballroom

Learn how to create a network to support all members of the LGBT+ community at your school or organization.

Training Team

Jamie FustonJamie Fuston (xe/xem/xyr or they/them/their)

Jamie Fuston is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Volunteer State Community College after having earned a graduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Sociology with an emphasis in gender, sexualities, and non-criminal deviance. Having served as the chair for Vol State’s Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee, Jamie currently partners with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to lead LGBTQ+ Safe Zone trainings for community college faculty and staff and serves an active role in building support and educating others to be inclusive.

William LangstonDr. William Langston (he/him/his)

Dr. William Langston is a psychology professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Langston’s research explores the psychology of belief. As part of his research program, Dr. Langston is a ghost investigator and has visited some of the most haunted places in the world. Dr. Langston is also the advisor to MT Lambda (MTSU’s all-inclusive LGBT+ student organization) and served on the Provost’s Access and Diversity Advisory Board.

 

Note: You must pre-register for Safe Zone training; participation is limited to the first 20 people who register.

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Thursday, April 7 Evening - LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival

Keathley Student Union Building (KUC), 1524 Military Memorial, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Jones Lot, MTSU Campus Parking Map

6:00pm LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival and Reception (Program begins at 6:30)

Thursday, April 7, Keathley University Center, Theatre

The festival will feature films related to LGBT+ issues submitted from around the globe.

Host Allie Sultan (she/her/hers)

Allie SultanAllie Sultan has her degree from San Francisco State University. She is a filmmaker and video/sound editor with over 12 years of experience in visual storytelling. She teaches filmmaking to people of all ages and believes in the power of creating over consuming. She has expertise in video editing, sound editing, cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and timelapse photography.


Film Festival Program (will post in March)

Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University College of Media and Entertainment

Friday, April 8 - Intersections of Identity with the Broader Community

Student Union Building (STU), 1768 MTSU Blvd., campus map sector E4, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Academic Lot or Student Union Lot, campus map sector E3

8:30am – 9:00am Conference Registration and Check-In

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom Lobby


9:00am – 9:20am Conference Opening Address

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom

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Sponsored by Tennessee Human Rights Commission


9:30am – 10:45am Opening Plenary Discussion - Why Stories Matter

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom

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Shane McCoyShane McCoy (moderator; they/them/their)

Shane McCoy is a Lecturer in the department of English at Middle Tennessee State University and an affiliate faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. They teach courses that focus on first-year composition, queer literature and theory, contemporary transnational literature, and women of color and black feminisms. Their research focuses on feminist affect studies, Africana women’s literature, critical and feminist pedagogies, social justice, and pedagogies of empowerment.

 

 

Sponsored by Nissan North America


11:00am – 1:00pm Film Keynote Presentation and Luncheon

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom

Films

The Film

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Allie SultanAllie Sultan (moderator; she/her/hers)

Allie Sultan has her degree from San Francisco State University. She is a filmmaker and video/sound editor with over 12 years of experience in visual storytelling. She teaches filmmaking to people of all ages and believes in the power of creating over consuming. She has expertise in video editing, sound editing, cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and timelapse photography.

 

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1:30pm – 2:45pm Plenary Panel Discussion - Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom

A foundational element of the conference’s initial conception, this panel explores the “bottom line value” that organizations place on their capacity to create a culture in which differences are respected and inclusion is strategically leveraged as an organizational strength. Students preparing to enter the employment pipeline will have an opportunity to gain insights on how potential employers' policies and practices address various dimensions of diversity, including gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. D & I professionals and other leaders in attendance will benefit from open and honest dialog in building their knowledge and exploring new thought leadership for the benefit of the work unit and organization.

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Patrick McCarthyDr. Patrick McCarthy (moderator; he/him/his)

Dr. Patrick McCarthy, J.D., received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University and his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Division. Dr. McCarthy is a co-founding Senior Consultant of MTSU’s Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE), and has worked with over 80 clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to community nonprofits. Dr. McCarthy is also a past recipient of the LGBT Plus College Conference’s Ally in Diversity Award, and MTSU’s LGBT+ Faculty Advocate of the Year Award.

 

Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University Department of Psychology


3:00pm – 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building

NOTE: The tracks are student (S), academic affairs / advisor / faculty (A), and corporate / workplace (C)

SESSION I - Academic Success Showcase -  (S, A)

Friday, April 8, Student Union Building Ballroom

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Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University Institutional Equity and Compliance

 

SESSION II - Workplace Success Showcase - Business Chemistry - Deloitte (C)

Friday, April 3, James Union Building Tennessee Room

Business Chemistry is a system expressly designed to provide insights about individuals and teams based on observable business traits and preferences. It draws upon the latest analytics technologies to reveal four scientifically based patterns of behavior. The resulting system is easy to remember, but with a sophisticated underpinning that highlights statistically relevant behavioral cues in a business environment.

Training Team

Joel G. CooperJoel G. Cooper (he/him/his)

Joel G. Cooper joined Deloitte in 1993 and is a senior manager on the Deloitte data center management team. His duties concentrate on data center asset and finance management where he uses his experience as a technology operations manager with his love of numbers to help manage items related daily financial operations. Joel is very active in the community. He supports Deloitte’s collaboration with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, PENCIL, Junior Achievement, tnAchieves and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, where he serves on the Advisory Board. Joel also facilitates various development and leadership courses for Deloitte including Business Chemistry.

Sponsored by Deloitte; Middle Tennessee State University Department of Economics and Finance

Friday, April 8 Evening - LBGT+ College Conference Game Night

Student Union Building (STU), 1768 MTSU Blvd., campus map sector E4, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Academic Lot or Student Union Lot, campus map sector E3

6:00pm LGBT+ College Conference Game Night

Friday, April 3, Student Union Building Center for Student Involvement and Leadership

Conference participants will gather for an evening of interaction and fun with a variety of games and activities.

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Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center

Saturday, April 9 - Working and Learning Sessions

Student Union Building (STU), 1768 MTSU Blvd., campus map sector E4, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Academic Lot or Student Union Lot, campus map sector E3

8:30am – 9:00am Conference Registration and Check-In

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)


9:00am – 9:20am Welcoming Address

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)

Presented by

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Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University Vice President for Student Affairs


9:30am – 10:30am Plenary Discussion - Personal Reflections on Taking the Next Step

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)

Panelists (selected from conference participants) will discuss their experiences of expanding their influence in a variety of contexts, academic, corporate, and community.

Panel

William LangstonDr. William Langston (moderator; he/him/his)

Dr. William Langston is a psychology professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Langston’s research explores the psychology of belief. As part of his research program, Dr. Langston is a ghost investigator and has visited some of the most haunted places in the world. Dr. Langston is also the advisor to MT Lambda (MTSU’s all-inclusive LGBT+ student organization) and served on the Provost’s Access and Diversity Advisory Board.

Panelists will be selected from conference participants who volunteer to participate.

Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

10:45am – 11:45am The "Plus" in LGBT+ Keynote

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)

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Sponsored by Dell; Middle Tennessee State University College of Education


12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break / Networking / Community and Religious Organizations Fair

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, Lobby, First and Second Floors

Lunch will be provided to allow conference attendees to network and interact with community organizations and groups participating in the community and religious organizations fair.

1:45pm – 3:15pm Strategy Session -

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)

Conference attendees will learn about

Training Team

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Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University College of Behavioral and Health Sciences


3:30pm – 4:30pm Issues Summits

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building

NOTE: The tracks are student (S), student affairs / advisor / faculty (A), and corporate / workplace (C) 

 

SESSION I - Student / Corporate / Workplace Issues Summit -  (S, C)

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, Room 270

Students interested in .

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Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology

SESSION II - Student Affairs / Advising Issues Summit -  (A)

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, Room 272

How can advisors, faculty, and staff be prepared to .

Discussion Leaders

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Sponsored by Waller

4:45pm – 5:00pm Conference Closing and Action Plan Review

Saturday, April 4, Business and Aerospace Building, State Farm Room (S 102)

Participants will "report out" key lessons from the conference, complete conference evaluations, and make recommendations for next year's agenda.

Saturday, April 9 Evening - LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner

James Union Building (JUB), 516 Alma Mater Drive, Interactive MTSU Campus Map
Parking: Along Old Main Circle, MTSU Campus Parking Map

7:00pm LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner

Saturday, April 4, James Union Building Tennessee Room

 
Join us in a celebration of the conference attendees and presenters, and help us recognize the remarkable achievements of our nominees and award winners.

Hosts

Kayla Gore (she/her/hers)

Kayla GoreKayla Gore's organizing work includes assisting in several campaigns with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, including fighting for housing equality for all people who are chronically homeless and advocating for the just treatment of transgender people by law enforcement. She works to connect transgender people to core OUTMemphis services, including HIV testing, HIV+ support services, sexual reproductive health needs, emergency services, and peer-led groups. She is excited about expanding transgender decriminalization programming at OUTMemphis and building legal support services to meet the needs of transgender people in the Mid-South.

Zac Woodward (he/him/his)

Zac WoodwardWith an ever-expanding roster of parts in movies and television, Zac Woodward is known as a jack of all trades. Starting off at the age of 12, the Nashville native has been gracing the silver and small screens with parts in everything from Single Ladies on BET and Being Mary Jane to a part in Hunger Games: Mockingjay. With a background in modeling, including Abercrombie, Zac has parlayed his eccentric personality into opportunity. Zac has a passion for creating equality, speaking his truth and encouraging others to embrace themselves in every aspect of life. He looks forward to bringing out the best in the LGBT community! Zac is currently the executive producer and cohost of Woody and Jim in the morning on 107.5 the River and also a correspondent on Out & About Today on NewsChannel 5+!

Music

Nashville in Harmony Major Minors

Major MinorsThe Major Minors youth chorus is a group for people ages 12-18 to be themselves without apology. The mission of the chorus is to use music to build community and create social change. The chorus is a safe, welcoming, and accessible place for all youth that celebrates the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today's young people. Major Minor singers find their own voice and unique identity within a welcoming environment. The group was founded in the Spring of 2017 and since then have performed in many communities across Tennessee including Murfressboro, Clarksville, Winchester, Knoxville, and Nashville. The group has also collaborated with artists Demi Lovato and Ty Herndon. This summer, the group will make their debut performance at GALA 2020 in Minneapolis which is the quadrennial international celebration of LGBTQIA+ choirs.

Keynote Address

Kathy Halbrooks (she/her/hers)

Kathy HalbrooksKathy Halbrooks has been involved as an ally and advocate for almost eighteen years. As a straight, cisgender person with no children, she became active as an ally because a bill that would protect employees of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County was introduced to the city council in 2002. As a Metro employee, she was in favor of this bill, but her first step into committed activism came when protestors from Westboro Baptist Church came to Nashville to protest the bill. For the first time, she did something besides being supportive in her heart and mind. She stepped onto the courthouse steps and stood in support of the bill. (It failed, but a bill passed in 2009 that includes protection for both sexual orientation and gender identity for city employees.) Once Kathy started to learn about LGBTQ+ issues, her passion grew. She went from not even knowing anyone LGBTQ+ to having numerous cherished friends who belong to the community. Kathy is Co-Chair of PFLAG Nashville and is South Atlantic Regional Director for PFLAG. She volunteers with the Tennessee Equality Project and works whenever possible to do her part to ensure that someday everyone, regardless of whom they are or whom they love, is treated equally with respect and affirmation. She is immensely grateful to the people she's met along her journey who have taught her about the privileges she was lucky enough to be born with and how to use those privileges to help others.

 

Conference Contacts

Program Presentation and Participation
Professor William Langston (William.Langston@mtsu.edu)
 
Sponsorships and Support
Development Director Paul Wydra (Paul.Wydra@mtsu.edu)
 
Corporate and Community Engagement

Advisory Board Chair


Presenting Sponsor
 
Nissan
 

2022 LGBT+ College Conference Sponsors


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