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Peabody Student Organizations

Iris Journal of Scholarship

The Iris Journal of Scholarship is a venue for professional and master’s students to publish accessible academic writing while engaging in the peer-review and publishing process. Led by Peabody College students, the journal aims to connect the education community in scholarship across disciplines, providing interdisciplinary, multifaceted perspectives on local, national, and global issues in education and human development. Through publication, graduate students are empowered to circulate their work among policymakers, academics, professionals, and the public.

See the first edition of the Iris Journal of Scholarship.

Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates (PCBG)

The Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates is an organization geared towards students of color that seeks to provide social support to its members. PCBG also plays an integral role in the recruitment and retention of minority students on Peabody's campus. The organization holds several educational and social events throughout the year that are open to the greater Vanderbilt campus.

Peabody Jewish Association (PJA)

The Peabody Jewish Association is a student organization for Peabody professional and graduate students interested in Jewish related programming. We strive to enhance Peabody’s diversity awareness, serving as a Jewish themed social and educational resource.

Queering Education & Development (Q.Ed.)

Through intentional community-building, outreach, advocacy, social events, and education, Q.Ed. strives to make Peabody a safer, more inclusive environment for LGBTQI+ students and their allies. By educating and building relationships, Q.Ed. works to build a coalition of anti-oppressive and anti-racist LGBTQI+ and allied students who are socially accountable, engaged in their communities, and actively working to ensure the safety, acceptance, and affirmation of all identities on Peabody’s campus.

Graduate Student Council Liaison

The Office of Student Engagement supports one graduate student council liaison yearly.

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of Vanderbilt University serves currently enrolled graduate (Ph.D) students. It is a representative body consisting of one representative from each graduate department of the University. As an organization, GSC has two primary goals.

  • GSC coordinates academic, social, and other activities significant to the graduate community. We strive to promote community among graduate students, as well as graduate student integration into the university community. All graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in GSC meetings, parties, and academic events.

  • GSC works to ascertain and represent graduate student opinions and concerns, facilitating communication between graduate students, administration, and faculty.

Peabody Professional & Graduate Student Advisory Council 

The Peabody Professional and Graduate Student Advisory Council is comprised of diverse student representatives from all Peabody departments and programs. The goals of PPGSAC are to foster and promote student voice at Peabody; to advise and assist with student support programming; and, to advocate for student needs.

Undergraduate Peabody-specific Student Organizations

Peabody Council

The Peabody Council is a rewarding way for undergraduate students to get involved with Peabody through meaningful leadership experiences. The Council itself works to ensure Peabody students are receiving the best education possible by:

  • Planning and promoting special events, information sessions, and community service opportunities for Peabody students and the Vanderbilt community at large
  • Advocating for the Peabody undergraduate population in Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG)  and voicing the concerns of students to administrators/faculty
  • Serving as intermediaries between students and faculty/administrators and promoting effective communication throughout Peabody College

Undergraduate students are invited to apply to the Council through VSG’s elections each year. Current Council members are:

  • Grayson Rutherford- Co-President
  • Marisa Book- Co-President
  • Maddy Martorana- Co-President
  • David Jones- Co-President

Questions about Peabody Council should be directed to the current Peabody Council President. The Peabody Assistant Dean of Student Development and Support Services currently advises the Council.



MentorADore helps provide a smooth transition for first-year students by connecting them with an upper class mentor who can provide academic and social guidance for meaningful relationships and experiences.

Students enrolled in Peabody College can apply to be a mentor during their spring semester of their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year, with applications typically coming out in mid-February and closing in early March. Those applications will be emailed to Peabody College and can also be found on the MentorADore Anchorlink page. Incoming first-year students who would like to be mentees can simply look for MentorADore posts on Facebook at the beginning of April and throughout the summer. They can sign up via a Google form that will be included with each post.

Current Board Members:


Peabody Bridges

Peabody Bridges is designed to support undergraduate students within Peabody College both academically and professionally. There are three parts to the organization’s mission. Peabody Bridges seeks to 1) create an opportunity for cross collaboration across different majors and interests among diverse groups of students within Peabody College; 2) provide academic and professional resources to students in Peabody College, and 3) unify and create a network among students in Peabody.
Previous events have included “Alumni Networking,” “Black in Academia,” and an “Internship Panel.”

Questions about Peabody Bridges should be directed to:



For additional campus-wide student groups see Peabody Office of EDI.