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.”
2021 Peabody Dean's Diversity Lecture: Learotha Williams and Amie Thurber
I'll Take You There: Exploring Nashville's Social Justice Sites
To view a video of the lecture, click here.
Before there were guidebooks, there were just guides—people in the community you could count on to show you around. I'll Take You There is written by and with the people who most intimately know Nashville, foregrounding the struggles and achievements of people's movements toward social justice. The colloquial use of "I'll take you there" has long been a response to the call of a stranger: for recommendations of safe passage through unfamiliar territory, a decent meal and place to lay one's head, or perhaps a watering hole or juke joint. Join us for a discussion with the book's editors, Professors Amie Thurber and Learotha Williams, as they share their experiences of collecting the stories of over a hundred Nashvillians that speak to issues of place, power, and the historic and ongoing struggle toward a more just city for all.
Amie Thurber is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University; Learotha Williams Jr. is a professor of African American, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Public History at Tennessee State University and coordinator of the North Nashville Heritage Project.
I'll Take You There: Exploring Nashville's Social Justice Sites is published by the Vanderbilt University Press.
In response to feedback we received from previous lectures, we offered a new opportunity to further the discussion on Pedagogies of Love and Abolitionist Teachings. In February 2020, 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.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, on September 18, 2020, EDI partnered with Vanderbilt's Office of Community Relations (in the Division of Government and Community Relations) to sponsor "The Legacy of Ida and Frankie: Women of Color and Civic Engagement," a discussion on the historical fight for Black women's suffrage by Ida B. Wells and Frankie Pierce.
Faculty Face Time Fridays
Chris da Silva – 6/19
Catherine Loss – 6/26
Nicole Joseph – 7/10
Rich Milner - 7/17
Luis Leyva - 7/24
Corbette Doyle - 7/31
Duane Watson - 8/7
Lisa Fazio - 10/2
Sarah Suiter - 10/16
Andrea Capizzi - 11/20
Eve Rifkin - 12/6
Georgene Troseth, 3/12/21
Joanne Golann and Kelly Slay, 9/24/21
Meg Saylor, 10/8/21
The EDI Office held two Peabody Crucial Conversations in June 2020 to provide brave spaces to discuss incidents of racialized violence against the Black community. This name came from an organization founded in 2013 by doctoral student Richard Blisset, who led Crucial Conversations at Peabody that led to University wide efforts related to EDI. The current efforts sought to recognize and honor these earlier, student-led efforts. The events garnered several suggestions from faculty, students, and staff about possible EDI policies and programs. In addition, the office received emails and calls from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and followed the larger Vanderbilt conversation around structural racism. The data from recent calls to action from Vanderbilt and Peabody alumni and students, feedback from the Crucial Conversation Series, and conversations with office personnel were compiled to produce thirteen suggestions that arose from these initiatives. Here are the thirteen suggestions for advancing equity and anti-racism which emerged from discussions with the Peabody community. The EDI Office is working with the Faculty EDI Committee, academic departments, as well as other offices across the college to prioritize and address the suggestions on the document.
A Seat at the Table
Designed as a study break and a space to reflect, recharge, commune, express, and hear for professional and graduate students, the night built on notions of community and healing, inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and album To Pimp a Butterfly. To Pimp a Butterfly served as inspiration for the evening’s poetry readings, discussions, and the process of de-Institutionalization. Peabody students; works by Peabody alumna and author, Valencia Clement; and the works of Dr. Bettina Love were featured.