EVMS Alliance


Provides a forum for the LGBTQ individuals and LGBTQ supporters at EVMS to engage in, learn about, and discuss LGBTQ issues. The club is student-run and advised by EVMS faculty and staff as well as local physicians who are knowledgeable and supportive of LGBTQ individuals. Students in all programs at EVMS are welcome to become members of the EVMS Alliance, whether they are LGBTQ or not. Like us on Facebook!

Executive Committee

Contact us for any questions regarding Alliance!


President: Kirklan Kathe (kathekt@evms.edu)

President Emeritus: Andrew Kanouse (kanousab@evms.edu)       

Faculty Advisors:

Mekbib Gemeda, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (gemedam@evms.edu)

Dr. Lawrence Pasquinelli (lawrence.pasquinelli@chkd.org)



The SafeZone Initiative, brought to EVMS in 2015, aims to train faculty and, now, student leaders, to become knowledgeable and helpful in LGBTQ issues and resources. Read more about the SafeZone initiative here. Find Allies who have completed the SafeZone training here

What have we accomplished? EVMS Alliance in 2018-2019

This year EVMS Alliance has built on past accomplishments to expand our school celebration of National Coming Out Day, advertise SafeZone training to a wide audience, and invite guest speakers to EVMS with the goal of fostering well rounded, LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare professionals. We met with innovative faculty interested in introducing new LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum to the MD program and members presented LGBTQ-focused public health research at EVMS Research Day. EVMS Alliance continues to be supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Student Affairs in achieving its goals.