2016 Knoxville Summit

Knoxville 2015 Summit

Click here to register for the UTK SIS LAMBDA Summit

Speaker and Panel Video Recordings

LAMBDA Summit Full Agenda

This Knoxville, Tennessee Summit brings together people who care about youth and who are working to support all youth, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, are experiencing homelessness or are unstably housed. We will be joined by experts from across the country.
This Summit is funded primarily by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, LAMBDA (Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements).  A light breakfast and lunch are included in the free registration.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences (SIS) and

The Center for Literacy, Education & Employment (CLEE) invite library staff, library students, social workers, social work students, public health workers and students, service providers, members of the faith community, parents, youth and all others who are interested in working together to address LGBTQ youth homelessness and youth homelessness in general.

Keynote speakers include:
Jama Shelton, Deputy Executive Director, True Colors Fund, NYC
Pamela Sheffer, Program Director, Just Us, Nashville
Kristy Gale, Teen Librarian, Seattle Public Library
Hayden Bass, Outreach Program Manager, Seattle Public Library

Downloadable Resources for the Summit

March 9, 2016

Scripps Lab Theatre, 4th floor
UTK Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN

Attendees will need to park in the G-10 parking garage on the UTK campus.
Attendees will need a parking pass. 
A tall white man with grey hair and a beard, David, will be handing out parking passes at the garage.

To provide a venue where we can share our expertise, ask questions and strategize. To truly address LGBTQ youth homelessness, we all need to work together. We look forward to your participation as we listen, learn, discuss, and plan.


A limited number of $50 to $100 travel stipends are available for Tennessee library staff.

To apply for more information about the summit, please email Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein, Postdoctoral Researcher at