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Signature Events and Programs

Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture

“Peabody College strives to be a community wherein people of all backgrounds can feel both welcomed and intellectually engaged,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. “We are proud to offer these lectures, performances and workshops as part of our commitment to making Vanderbilt more equitable, diverse and inclusive.” 

The Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series is a forum designed to host frank and open discussions about race, diversity and inclusion. 
All lectures take place in the Rotunda of the Wyatt Center, 1930 South Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. The talks are free and open to the public, but space is limited. 

Dr. Nasir group picture

Pictured Above, Students gather around Dr. Nasir after Coffee and Conversations session before the February 10 Dean's Diversity Lecture

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Our next Dean's Diversity Lectures will be in Fall 2020. We hope to see you then! View past Dean's Diversity Lectures here.

Narrative Circles 

Circles of Trust

We welcome you to join us for the Narrative Circles workshops. These workshops provide an affirming space for developing relationships and building community, as well as an opportunity for professional development. 
Dinner will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP!
The Narrative Circles approach is distinguished by principles and practices of narrative theory intended to create a shared exploration where each individual's multi-storied self is affirmed. A welcoming and safe space is created for affirmation and connection across lines of difference so that we learn to take a values-based approach to how we exist and interact with each other.  Students will also be provided with professional development on how to incorporate elements of circles into practice. Anyone attending three or more sessions will receive certification for workshop participation.
All Peabody graduate and professional students are welcomed to participate! 
March 10 & March 24 | 7:15 PM | Wyatt 223

Peabody Connects

We are grateful that so many people were able to attend and engage with our Dean’s Diversity Lecturers this semester. Not only did we have great attendance for the lectures, but a number of community members also joined Dr. Nasir and Dr. Love in conversations before and after the lecture with a lunch and learn, coffee and conversation, and books signing opportunity.
 In response from feedback we received from previous lectures, we offered a new opportunity to further the discussion on Pedagogies of Love and Abolitionist Teachings. Last Wednesday, students, faculty and staff gathered for an informal conversation over lunch facilitated by Peabody’s Dr. Nicole Joseph and Dr. Luis Leyva. Attendees were invited to share their takeaways, ideas for next steps, and suggestions via index cards. Information from the index cards have been compiled onto a Google Doc that can be found Here .  Please feel free to add your own comments, suggestions, questions and ideas. All feedback is welcome and will be used to inform future Dean’s Diversity Lectures, campus programming and visioning.
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 An Evening w/ Council Member Zulfat Suara

Open to all students, staff & faculty. Come and connect with others in the Peabody Community. 

On November 15th, Vanderbilt campus members welcomed Metro Council Member-At-Large Zulfat Suara for our second Peabody Connects Event.

Councilmember Suara is the first Muslim woman elected in the state of Tennessee and the first Nigerian-American elected in the United States. 

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table strives to provide a space to build community and combat stereotypes among different faith communities by helping initiate and develop meaningful relationships between participants, and by encouraging all to reach across the table in friendship.
A Seat at the Table will host a special opportunity for Peabody students to engage in meaningful dialogue and enjoy a community meal on Vanderbilt’s Peabody Campus next Spring!

 Spoken Justice

Alright Spoken Justice Event

Students are invited to show up completely, to participate in conversation and spoken word.

The night will be build upon notions of community & healing, inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s Alright & album To Pimp a Butterfly.

 We invite all professional & graduate students to join us on Monday, February 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for a study break, a space to reflect, recharge, commune, express, and hear. Food will be provided!

We will use Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly, as inspiration for the evening’s poetry readings, discussions, and the process of de-Institutionalization.

Students are invited to show up completely and engage storytelling and sharing in our multi-storied identities, personal experiences and collective power. We will feature Peabody students Jonathan Williford and Camille Iman, works by Peabody alumna and author, Valencia Clement; and, the works of Dr. Bettina Love.

Sponsored By: Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates
Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Organization of Black Graduate & Professional Students

Peabody EDI Town Hall

Town Hall
Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosts a town hall each semester. The town hall during Fall semester is for graduate and professional students only, to encourage students to present complete and honest portrayals of their campus experiences
EDI Spring Town Hall is open to graduate students, professional students, faculty and staff. This town hall is intended to be a collaborative space for students, faculty and staff to express campus experiences and personal concerns, and work towards creating solutions. The next EDI Town Hall will be
Join this casual roundtable discussion and share your thoughts as they relate to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion on Peabody’s campus. 
Food will be provided! Spring Townhall Date TBA
Co-Sponsored by: Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates, Peabody Queering Education and Development