Office of Student Engagement and Well-Being

We promote engagement and holistic well-being for all Peabody students through community building and co-curricular programming. OSEW partners with programs and offices across the university to ensure student awareness of and access to diverse support and resources.

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A Model for Holistic Student Engagement and Well-Being

OSEW partners with students, staff, faculty, and administrators to create programming that meets students' diverse needs through a Holistic Engagement Compass. Areas of programming include: Cultural, Physical, Intellectual, Occupational, Community Building, Spiritual, and Emotional.

  • Physical

    Physical engagement is caring for and advocating for your body and includes physical health, sleep, exercise, nutrition, sexual health, and making safe decisions about substance use. It is also about learning how to navigate healthcare, not only when you are sick, but also to prevent illness and injury. 

    Peabody Walk & Talk

    A program to explore the Nashville greenways and hiking trails while meeting new and familiar students, faculty, and staff.

  • Cultural

    Cultural engagement is exploring and affirming our own and others' identities while having opportunities to share one's multi-storied self and learning about other cultures, including but not limited to codes of manner, dress, language, religion, rituals, art, norms of behavior, and systems of belief.


    Supporting and Sustaining Peabody Affinity Spaces

    In partnership with the OSEW student-led and student-initiated affinity spaces, OSEW advises and facilitates cultural events and projects such as Peabody Diwali Celebration, Peabody Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, and the Peabody Black History Museum.

  • Intellectual

    Intellectual engagement is mental stimulation and cognitive activities characterized by curiosity, discovery, learning and creating and involves making connections, investigation, application, and problem-solving.

    Alumni PATH Dialogue

    Vanderbilt/Peabody graduates share their purpose, authenticity, transformative moments, and head/heart alignment and how it has impacted their journey.

  • Occupational

    Occupational engagement provides opportunities to examine and pursue activities that contribute to one's calling; it is a combination of one's passions and talents, societal needs, and financial security that lead to a sense of life purpose.

    Strengths Development Workshops

    Workshops based on positive psychology that help students identify and leverage their unique talents and strengths toward all areas of their lives.

  • Spiritual

    Spiritual engagement is grounding oneself in practices, beliefs, traditions or rituals that illuminate the sacred in ourselves, others, and the world around us.

    Meditation Mondays

    Weekly mindfulness meditations in partnership with the Center for Student Wellbeing.

    Faculty & Staff Circles of Trust

    A monthly gathering space for faculty and staff to reflect, recharge, and build community.

  • Emotional

    Emotional engagement involves processes and activities that supports personal development. It includes opportunities to enhance self-awareness and to explore identity and relationships; it fosters the practice of being one's authentic self.

    Stress-Busting Week

    A series of wellness and community building activities to support, inspire, and celebrate students at the end of each semester.

    Speaking Grief

    OSEW partnered with Alive Hospice in an initiative to normalize the experience of grieving. Students, faculty, and staff watched a screening of the Speaking Grief documentary and then participated in a panel discussion with members of the community.

  • Community Building

    Community building is the process of intentionally engaging with individuals and groups around a common purpose to foster connection, belonging, and/or advocacy.

    Professional and Graduate New Student Orientation

    Program, department, and co-curricular onboarding to welcome and celebrate the arrival of our new professional and graduate students to the culture and community of Peabody.

    Peabody Gala

    A spring celebration with dancing, food, and fun for professional and graduate students to celebrate the end of the school year.

Our Values in Action

  • Building community
  • Co-creating meaningful co-curricular programming
  • Advising Peabody student organizations
  • Supporting student-led initiatives
  • Developing future leaders and changemakers
  • Advocating for positive change


Published weekly during fall and spring semesters and periodically at other times, this e-newsletter is your resource for student, faculty and staff events.


Well@Peabody, OSEW's monthly newsletter, strives to inspire self-care, reflection, and engagement. 

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Professional and Graduate-Specific Student Organizations

OSEW Supports Peabody Student Organizations by facilitating:

  • Peabody Student Leader Orientation with Vanderbilt Office of Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service (SOLS)
  • 1:1 Advising
  • Monthly leadership and professional development workshops
  • Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates (PCBG)

    The Peabody Coalition of Black Graduates is an organization geared towards all students of color that seek social, academic, and professional support. 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 Professional and Graduate Student Association (PPGSA)

    The PPGSA is comprised of diverse student representatives from all Peabody departments and programs. The goals of the PPGSA are to foster and promote student voice at Peabody, to advise and assist with student support programming, and to advocate for student needs.

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  • Peabody Chinese Student Organization (PCSO)

    Studying abroad means stepping into a new life and also gaining a variety of opportunities. To taste every bit of life aspects and to grow from our holding environment, we aim to help all Chinese international students customize individual successfull experience with Peabody values and partnership.

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  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi America (APIDA)

    APIDA is a passionate group of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American graduate students at Peabody college who:

    • Provides support for and empowers Asian-identifying students at Peabody College.
    • Hosts a space in which discussions of Asian experiences and mental health in the context of American culture and, more specifically, Peabody College are held.
    • Promotes awareness about significant issues and advocates for the benefit of the larger Asian community at Vanderbilt.
    • Serves as representation for Peabody College's Asian student body.

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  • Peabody Latinx Alumni and Student Association (PLASA)

    PLASA - Peabody Latinx Alumni and Student Association aims to connect alumni and students of Latinx backgrounds at Peabody College to foster a supportive community rich with culture. PLASA serves as an organization dedicated to establishing meaningful relationships and mentorships with fellow Latinx alumni and students in educational spaces. PLASA's goals include organizing to ensure our academic spaces are inclusive. We want to address how Latinx people are represented and treated in all academic institutions and what we can do to enact change.


  • SKY Campus Happiness

    Through SKY Campus Happiness, we aim to bring meditation, breathwork, emotional intelligence, social connection and service leadership to college students, faculty and staff. We envision happy and mindful campus communities where students, faculty, & staff thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose and belonging.

  • Association for Comparative and International Education (A4CIE)

    The Association for Comparative and International Education (A4CIE) is an organization that aims to create a space for future educators interested in approaching education from an international perspective. Led by Peabody Graduate students, its mission is to contribute to the internationalization of both K-12 and higher education and highlight the importance of looking at issues related to education from a comparative lens. The association goals include, but are not limited to, highlighting international best practices and perspectives on different education fields, fostering professional development and networking opportunities with experts in the field, engaging international educators at Vanderbilt University, and celebrating the contribution of international education to cultural exchange and diversity. A4CIE seeks to collaborate with student associations, Peabody College offices, and the larger Vanderbilt community interested in contributing to its mission."

  • Queering Education and 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.

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"Overall moving to Nashville and this whole process has been a great experience so far but one that is much more isolating than I was expecting. PPGSA energized me as a way I could change that."

Isaac Rosenthal
PPGSA President, '22-'23

Undergraduate-Specific Student Organizations

  • Project Outdoors

    Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students will work together to bring outdoor education lessons to students at the University School of Nashville. Lessons will be bi-weekly in accordance with the USN afterschool program and include topics such as leave no trace, setting up tents, wilderness first aid, survival techniques, edible plants, science experiments, planting plants, nature walks, bugs, climate change, and more!

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  • 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.  

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  • Heart Strings

    Heart Strings is dedicated to joining service and creativity through various forms of fiber arts (crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, Rainbow Loom, etc.). We aim to both allow Vanderbilt students to explore new avenues of creativity and de-stress from academic responsibilities, while also donating these items to local children's hospitals. Overall, we strive to foster creativity by providing both the Vanderbilt community and children at local hospitals with an activity that they can pursue long-term 

For additional campus-wide student organizations, see

Well-Being Resources

  • Graduate and Post-Doc Academic Success (GPAS)

    GPAS assists Graduate School (Ph.D.) students and postdoctoral scholars in their academic and professional development during their time at Vanderbilt.  This position was created to support students and postdocs through individual coaching and group programming around effective time and stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, navigating academic relationships, and juggling work/life responsibilities.

    Stacey Satchell, Graduate Life Coach
    Phone: (615) 343-5835

  • Student Care Network

    The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students.

  • 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 and 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

    The Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW)  provides weekly wellbeing 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Bill of Rights in conversation with their Student Care Network providers when discussing their mental health needs and expectations. It is not binding for any parties, but rather reflects Vanderbilt's commitment to provide quality mental health care for its students.

  • Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

    Initially referred to as "the Afro House," in 1984, the center was named in honor of the first African American student admitted to Vanderbilt University in 1953, Bishop Joseph Johnson (B.D. '54, Ph.D. '58).  For more than 40 years, "the house", as it is more affectionately known, has served as the epicenter of the Black experience at Vanderbilt.

  • Center for Spiritual & Religious Life

    The center (formerly the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life) nurtures a community of communities where students, faculty, and staff are invited to experience hospitality, to engage in discovery, and to practice generosity. 

  • English Language Center

    The center supports the university's internationalization, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through engaging English for Academic and Professional language instruction and targeted resources for multilingual students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

  • International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

    ISSS is dedicated to advocating for and supporting the international community at Vanderbilt. 

  • Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center

    The center is an affirming space for women and for all members of the Vanderbilt community that actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression by providing resources and educational programming.

  • Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt

    LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community - students, faculty, staff, and alums - by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities.

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Monday to Friday, 9-4, CDT
By appointment,

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