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Resources For Underrepresented Students Pursuing Doctorates

Vanderbilt's campus offers student services and activities as diverse and unique as the city of Nashville itself. Vanderbilt's 300-plus clubs and organizations center on everything from religion to service, from special interests to cultural representation. This variety embodies Vanderbilt's commitment to diversity, ranging from the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center to representative organizations such as the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students, the Multicultural Council, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering, and the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

 The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center: Provides educational and cultural programming on the African and African American experience for the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. 

Vanderbilt University Leadership Development & Intercultural Affairs: Offers support services and programming that enhance the quality of student life and foster the development of an inclusive campus environment. 

International Student and Scholar Services: Fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. 

Opportunity Development Center: Vanderbilt University's equal opportunity, affirmative action, and disability services office. 

Center for Teaching – Diversity & Inclusive Teaching: The Center for Teaching is committed to supporting diversity at Vanderbilt, particularly as it intersects with the wide range of teaching and learning contexts that occur across the University. 

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center: The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center advances equity at Vanderbilt, and in the larger community, through advocacy, education, and empowerment. 

Graduate Student Council: The Graduate Student Council facilitates communication between the graduate students of all Vanderbilt University academic departments and the community. The group acts as a forum and a clearinghouse for issues, discussions, and complaints. 

The Women in Academe Series is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. This series explores issues pertinent to women in the academy and aims to foster dialogue between women in varying locations within the academy. Sessions are open to all Vanderbilt graduate students, professional students, and post docs. 

Edward A Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society): Recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Students are annually inducted into the society.

Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students (OBGAPS) : Serves as a center for academic support which will avail its members to various financial information and provide cultural, literary, political, and social activity for its membership. The OBGAPS strives to increase the awareness and knowledge of the University to the problems, concerns, and needs of Black students. 

Hispanic Graduate Students Association (HGSA): Creates programming to enable the recruitment, retention, and academic/professional development of Hispanic graduate and professional students. Working with the VU-EDGE office and the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, HGSA advocates for a nurturing environment for Hispanic graduate students at Vanderbilt. 

Women in Physics: Consists of a diverse group of graduate students, postdocs and faculty studying a large range of physics. This group includes students in the Fisk to Vanderbilt Masters to PhD Bridge Program that encourages minorities to pursue advance degrees in STEM fields.  They work to both foster the success of women in this department and the success of larger outreach initiatives.

Women In Science and Engineering (WISE): This organization is dedicated to the personal, academic and professional development of women in science and engineering at Vanderbilt University. Their aim to enhance the graduate experience of women in science and engineering at Vanderbilt, to increase the representation of women in science and engineering at all levels and to improve the environment for women currently pursuing a career in science and engineering. 

Alliance For Cultural Diversity In Research (ACDR) : An organization that is dedicated to increasing diversity and excellence in science. Their primary objective is to provide assistance, encouragement, and support to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are in the pursuit of careers in science. They sponsor an annual seminar series and coordinate a mentor program for Black, Hispanic, and Native American graduate students in science and engineering fields. 

Other Student Organizations: Black Student Alliance, Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, National Society of Black Engineers, Rhythm and Roots Performance Company, Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, Hawai'i Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers, Black Student Nurses Association, Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Student Association, Black Seminarians, Student National Medical Association, Owen Black Students Association, Latin Business Association, MASALA-SACE, Asian-American Student Association, Caribbean Students Association, African Students Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Lambda Theta Pi Fraternity

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