Residential Education Programs
Mission – Why We Program
Residential Education strives to create a community environment in which students can participate in a wide variety of educational activities and events. We offer a diverse group of programs that will enrich our residents and compliment their academic experience. Our programs are designed to help students:
- Find their place and be exposed to a culturally diverse community
- Develop life skills
- Enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts
- Develop socially, academically, intellectually, vocationally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and civically
At Vanderbilt, education is not just about the classroom experience; it is also about the learning that happens outside the classroom. We challenge the students to take part in their community by building new friendships and managing those relationships, interacting with faculty and staff, and exposing themselves to new and different perspectives. Our programs are designed to emphasize the four major areas of acculturation at Vanderbilt: Academic, Social, Values, and Cognitive. We believe these areas encompass the learning outcomes needed for our students to be highly successful, global citizens.
Each Area RA Staff host various programs throughout the academic year in order to build community and foster the Community Creed throughout the residence halls. Events and activities are centered around the following foci: Academic Development, Career Development, Civic Engagement/Service, Community Development, Diversity Awareness, and Personal Growth. Through RA programming, residents are exposed to interaction with their peers, faculty, staff and Nashville community partners.
Department Wide Programs
Commodore Cruises are opportunities for Vanderbilt students to experience Nashville! These events occur monthly and allow students to engage in an alcohol free, social/education event with Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and fellow students. Each Commodore Cruise begins with dinner at a Nashville-centric restaurant followed by an enjoyable night beyond Vanderbilt’s campus. The events range from seeing a show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, to a musical at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, to a game the Bridgestone Arena. No season is complete without a trip to the Grand Ole Opry! Recently, we have added roadtrips to our roster which have included trips to surrounding cities. The popularity of this program has grown tremendously and attracted the support of our Parent and Family Office. The biggest highlight of the cruises is that they are all FREE to the students!
4th Fridays at Sarratt
Each month, Residential Education in partnership with Sarratt Student Center features some of Vanderbilt’s finest talent at the new Sarratt Lounge! Students are welcome to join us as we celebrate the “4th Friday in Sarratt” every month…you won’t be disappointed! Past year’s entertainment includes “Tongue ‘n Cheek” Comedy group, “The Melodores” Men’s A Capella group, “VIBE” Hip Hop Dance team, “VIDA” Latin Dance team, “Momentum” Contemporary Dance team, and Nick “Black and Gold” Wells. Each event offers students the opportunity to enjoy complimentary refreshments from the Last Drop Coffee Shop and dessert treats.
Mega Stress Fest is our yearly stress-reliever for the student body before fall finals. It’s a great opportunity to take a study break and enjoy a festive yet calming atmosphere filled with free food, fun and relaxation!!! Students have the opportunity to sign up for free massages, paraffin hand wax treatments, facials, henna art tattoos, Wii games, arts and crafts and more! Students also get an array of tasty treats and warm drink options. Traditionally held the first Friday in December in the Student Life Center, this program is co-sponsored with VPB’s VenU.
UnCommon Brilliance/Additional Funding Request Initiative
This program funding initiative was created at the request of the Dean of Students to allow our Resident Adviser staff an opportunity to seek additional funding for large-scale programs. Initially the Additional Funding Request (AFR) began in the fall of 2007 as an incentive for our programming staff to utilize faculty and host more activities on weekends. This initiative was popular amongst the RA staff which motivated us to create a second funding opportunity in the fall of 2008: UnCommon Brilliance grants (UCB). The UCB requests require the planners to utilize faculty as well as work around the Community Creed tenants. These funding sources have increased the quality and creativity of programming amongst our staff.
Program of the Month/Year Recognition
Our student staff puts forth a lot of effort and energy in order to provide quality programs and events for their residents. In an effort to show our appreciation for their hard work and creativity, we have created a Program of the Month Award. An anonymous committee gathers each month and evaluates nominated programs from each area. This anonymous committee consists of staff across the Dean of Students division. Winners of each month are then considered for the Program of the Year, one of our highest programming honors.
For more information on The Programs contact:
Traci R. Ray – Associate Director, Residential Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Webb – Graduate Assistant for Programming email@example.com