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Inclusion at Vanderbilt

The university web portal, Inclusion at Vanderbilt, highlights initiatives dedicated to students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff; information about support networks as well as alumni affinity groups; and details regarding equity, diversity and inclusion offices and centers across campus.

Peabody Strategic Vision

Founded in 1785, Peabody College of education and human development continues to be a place where world-class research is conducted and translated into teaching, practice, policy and service. Our mission is characterized by practice-oriented academic programs, a strong service ethic, groundbreaking research and a pressing concern for addressing social problems in domestic and international contexts. 

Campus Partners

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
The mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the collegiate experience of African and African American students by providing effective programming addressing the academic, cultural, and social needs of each student. The BCC is committed to serving as an essential resource for Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community that seeks to highlight Black history and culture. The BCC programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding and appreciation for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Center for Teaching  (CFT)
The mission of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching is to promote university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. By helping members of the Vanderbilt community become more effective teachers, the Center for Teaching supports the educational mission of the university and enhances the learning experiences of its students.

Center for Teaching Guides related to inclusivity:

Please note: If you are going to be a Teaching Assistant, the Center for Teaching hosts a day-long Teaching Assistant Orientation the week before classes begin. Please visit here to register:

English Language Center (ELC)
The Vanderbilt University English Language Center supports the university's internationalization, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through engaging English for Academic and Professional language instruction and targeted resources for international students, faculty, staff, and scholars who use English as an additional language. Our goal is to help you achieve the most from your Vanderbilt experience by providing innovative, high quality, individualized English-language instruction.

International Student & Scholar Services
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. ISSS provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. ISSS supports an environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social, and cross cultural programs.

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center 
For over forty years, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center has been an affirming space for all members of the Vanderbilt community that acknowledges and actively resists sexism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression while advocating for positive social change.

Core Values

  • We believe that progress toward gender equality calls all of us to be champions for change.
  • We work to build community in diversity by creating spaces for open dialogue.
  • We strive to foster a community of belonging on Vanderbilt’s campus and to empower all people to have a voice.

Office of Active Citizenship & Service
The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) exists to connect students with opportunities to engage with and learn from communities through meaningful service, capacity-building, and civic participation locally, nationally, and globally. Utilizing frameworks of social justice education, critical service-learning, and human-centered design, OACS facilitates an educational experience that prepares students to identify and confront systems of oppression and to work alongside communities to establish creative, just, and lasting social change.

This is succinctly reflected in the OACS motto: EXPLORE. ACT. REFLECT.

Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt Universityis a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community — students, faculty, staff, and alums — by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities. 

Peabody College Library
Peabody College Library is one of nine libraries at Vanderbilt University with holdings to support research in a wide variety of subjects. Visitors are welcome to browse the open book stacks, to use a breadth of electronic journals and books, newspapers and periodicals, and to use government documents. The library's online catalog is freely available, but some digital resources are restricted to the Vanderbilt community.

Peabody Digital Learning 
Supported by Peabody Digital Learning, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development offers online programs for both a doctor of education (Ed.D.) and master’s of education in human development counseling. The Office of Student Engagement partners with PDL to provide support, resources, and relevant programming for our online students.

Vanderbilt Campus Dining
Vanderbilt Campus Dining has a passion for providing excellent food at the highest levels of quality, value, convenience, and service. We are builders of community and do so in an innovative, creative, proactive, supportive, welcoming and financially self-supporting way. Vanderbilt Campus Dining is offering a discount on graduate and professional meal plans. Enjoy cuisine from Vanderbilt's award-winning chefs, all within walking distance at a special price of 15 Meals for $85. Limit one per person. 

Add Flex Meals to your account by logging in here. Please login to make your Meal Plan selection for the 2019-2020 academic year. Meals purchased are valid until graduation. 

Wellness Resources

Zerfoss Student Health Center
The Zerfoss Student Health Center  serves the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage.

Recreation & Wellness Center
Recreation & Wellness Center is your place to work out or learn about wellness. The recreation and wellness center offers classes and clinics, an indoor pool, fitness equipment, intramural and club sports, and programs related to living a healthy lifestyle. 

Center for Student Wellbeing

Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) provides weekly well being practices, recovery support groups, and academic skills coaching and writing support groups. The mission of the CSW is to create a culture that supports the personal development and academic success of students using an integrative, holistic framework.Fellow students, staff, faculty and other community members concerned about the personal, physical or emotional wellbeing of a student may refer them to the CSW or the Office of Student Care Coordination for resources, or complete the Student of Concern Reporting Form.  For emergencies or life-endangering situations, contact VUPD at 615-421-1911 or 911.

Student Care Coordination
The Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC) fosters wellbeing and success by identifying concerns and coordinating support for students facing life events that may interfere with their academic and personal goals using a proactive, collaborative, and student-centered approach.  The OSCC strives to empower students to take an active role in their wellbeing and to promote a culture of care within the Vanderbilt community. 

The Student Care Network provides nine dimensions of wellness and resources across the university to support students within each area.

University Counseling Center
University Counseling Center  offers a range of services including individual, group, psychiatric services, alcohol and drug assessments/counseling, and LD/ADHD assessment. 

Read the FAQ regarding PCC services resulting from the Town Hall held in September 2017 or visit our FAQ page with links for providing feedback.  Read the Strategic Plan for Vanderbilt Mental Health & Wellbeing

Project Safe
Project Safe is Vanderbilt's Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. Vanderbilt policies are not limited to the campus and extend to graduate students conducting field work and at conferences. Additionally, graduate student teaching assistants should review their responsibility to report incidents disclosed to them. 

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness contains disaster preparedness materials and resources for the Vanderbilt Community. As a part of Emergency Preparedness, AlertVU rapidly sends messages to the delivery points the user has chosen—cell phone (voice or text), landline, or Vanderbilt email account—in the event of an emergency that poses an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.

Student Mental Health Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
The Mental Health Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (MHBoR&R) outlines the Vanderbilt University community’s ideals and aspirations for providing mental health care to its students, as well as student responsibilities in the mental health care process and system. Students are encouraged to use the MHBoR&R in conversation with their Student Care Network providers when discussing their mental health needs and expectations. The MHBoR&R is not binding for any parties, but rather reflects Vanderbilt’s commitment to provide quality mental health care for its students.

Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Vanderbilt University seeks to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students. We take reports of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence seriously, and how we respond depends on, among other things, the facts and circumstances of the specific incident, the wishes of the victim, to whom it was reported, and the University’s obligations under applicable federal and state laws. See Student Handbook Chapter on Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence Here

Housing Resources

Campus Reports

 Community Resources

    Vanderbilt Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

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