Mission of EDI:
The mission of the Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is to co-create an equitable and inclusive culture to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed, supported, and part of the Peabody community.
We do this by providing educational programming and resources related to EDI, expanding opportunities for underserved populations, and celebrating the diverse voices and experiences in the Peabody community - so that all individuals can thrive.
Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strives to further the mission of the Vanderbilt Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion “ to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness and providing strategies and tools to bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both on our campus and in our city,” serving as a brave space and advocate of equity for all Peabody students, faculty and staff.
We work to co-create and maintain an equitable and inclusive campus that empowers all Peabody students, faculty, and staff to learn in diverse and inclusive communities. Our goal is to grow as culturally humble and respectful individuals, equipped and inspired to be active and engaged citizens of the communities we serve.
We envision a campus where:
- Social justice and equity are used as a primary lens for creating and evaluating institutional policies and procedures.
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion principles are institutionalized through campus policies and procedures, and are considered germane to academic and social success.
- Diversity is recognized as a core value and celebrated through conversations, events and programs.
- All campus members feel they belong and are empowered to discover and live out their truth.
- Campus members are provided with opportunities to explore their identities, both individually and collectively.
- Campus members are equipped with the knowledge and resources to advocate for social justice through conversation and action on-campus and off-campus.
- Campus members are aware of campus and community resources available to support their success.
Hasina Mohyuddin is the Assistant Dean of the Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University. She is a recent graduate from the Community Research and Action (CRA) Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the program, she received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation research explores the religious identity development for Muslim American youth in the context of widespread negative stereotypes of Islam and Islamophobia.
Duane Watson is the Associate Dean of the Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. He is a psycholinguist who studies the cognitive mechanisms that underlie speech, reading, and communication in children and adults. He is the 2021 Chair of the Psychonomic Society and a co-founder of SPARK, a scientific organization dedicated to increasing the number of minoritized researchers in the brain and cognitive sciences.
EDI Graduate Assistant Drew Aliyah Valentine (she/they) is a first-year graduate student in the Learning, Diversity and Urban Studies program. Before coming to Vanderbilt to further her education, she received her B.S. in Biology and Society with minors in Law and Society as well as Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies from Cornell University. Her interests are in the areas of reproductive justice, prison abolition, culture centers in higher education and corporate social responsibility.
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