Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team
The Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team (VSLT) is charged with collaborating with the Office of Student Leadership Development (OSLD) to provide leadership training, education, and development at Vanderbilt University. These programs and other opportunities are based on valid leadership development principles and practices, as well as the Leadership Excellence Philosophy Statement (LEPS), the shared vision of leadership adopted by the Office of the Dean of Students in 2013:
The Vanderbilt University Office of Student Leadership Development believes in developing visionary, goal driven and action oriented student leaders. Exhibiting an awareness of self, a student leader at Vanderbilt is:
- Accountable (accountable to others and accepting of responsibility)
- Collaborative (team oriented, seeks out others)
- Communicative (an effective communicator)
- Ethical (practices moral decision making and integrity)
- Service-Oriented (civic engagement and servant leadership)
- Supportive of all (open minded and embraces diversity)
Members of the Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team join in the spring of their sophomore year and are asked to commit to serving in this role for two calendar years (2015 – 2016). While the board is advised by staff in the Office of Student Leadership Development, the actions and work of the VSLT is determined by the student members. Expectations are that this group will:
- Meet biweekly (as a group) with a staff member of OSLD
- Develop and facilitate programs and workshops that will enhance the leadership development of students and student organizations at Vanderbilt University
- Participate in professional development opportunities, including peer facilitator training
- Assist OSLD with signature programs, including EVOLVE, LED Talks, Leaders Heart Lunch, and the Magnolia Awards
- Creatively promote/market the board, OSLD, and programs offered by both
- Serve as an advisory board to OSLD
- Lead creative acts of recognition of student leaders and organizations who are demonstrating leadership at Vanderbilt University
If you are interested in joining the VSLT, you must complete a form on Anchor Link.
Meet our VSLT
Sonia Ajmera is currently a senior at Vanderbilt majoring in Neuroscience and English; she is also pursuing a career is medicine. She is involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including the Vanderbilt International Relations Association (VIRA), the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Society (VEMS), and Vanderbilt Students Volunteer for Science (VSVS), among others. Furthermore, Sonia is an undergraduate research assistant, a Chancellor’s Scholar, and a Resident Adviser. In her free time, Sonia loves swimming and exploring Nashville. Sonia is so excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team and looks forward to working with the student body to develop some great leadership initiatives!
Josh Davis is an HOD major from Snellville, GA. He leads new member education for Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity and is also a Project Manager for Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations and an Investment Club Analyst. For one of his classes this year, Josh led a project that developed the “Rent the Rec” program that provides recreational equipment rentals at the Commons.
Pranjal Gupta is a Chemical Engineering major from Auburn, AL. He has been extensively involved with SACE and is serving as President for the coming year. Pranjal is also the Training and Development Co-Chair for Tour Guides and the Vice President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has been on two alternative break trips and is serving as a VUceptor this fall, for the second year.
Meredith Huszagh is a Biomedical Engineering major from Lake Bluff, IL. Starting this fall, she will serve as the President of the School of Engineering Council, and of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Meredith is also a member of the Undergraduate Honor Council and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society. Meredith has participated in Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break and volunteers with the PENCIL Project in Nashville.
Born and raised in India, I moved to the United States at the age of nine. Since, I’ve spent time in Pennsylvania, Florida and California but I consider Jacksonville, FL my hometown. At Vanderbilt, I’m studying Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience and planning to pursue a career in medicine. I’m
It took Nathan Markiewitz a while to realize how central leadership was to his life. Growing up in Cincinnati, he developed his first leadership philosophy in the Boy Scouts, where he would go on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. His next passion led him to serve as the Social Action Vice President and President for his youth group in high school.
After arriving at Vanderbilt, he bounced between Hillel and theatre before landing in his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. After spending two years developing anti-hazing new member education on the local and national level, Nathan now represents the southeastern region on Phi Psi’s board of directors.
Additionally, Nathan’s an active member of the Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team, Vanderbilt Spoken Word, and the Kefi Project, a public art initiative. Academically, Nathan majors in English and Cognitive Studies with a minor in Quantitative Methods and wants to earn a PhD in Quantitative Psychology.
From my home in corn-covered Sioux Center, IA to Vanderbilt, leadership and involvement has been a foundation of my educational experience. When I’m not studying American Studies and Voice, I fill my time as the True Life Director on the VUcept Executive Board, as a student advisor and panel member on the Undergraduate Honor Council, serving First-Year Outreach Chair on the Honor Council Executive Board, singing my heart out in the Vanderbilt Chorale, a Blair ensemble, and assisting with events for my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Through my time at Vanderbilt I have found I love being involved with student offices that focus on enhancing student experience and acculturation to college life. I’m excited to serve on the VSLT!
My name is Chloe Stegeman, and I hail from the glorious state of Georgia. I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with minor in Corporate Strategy and English. I am involved on the Dance Marathon Exec board as the Dancer Relations Co-Chair, and am excitedly serving as a first-year VUceptor. I also spend my time serving as a high school youth ministry coordinator for a local Nashville church and continue to work with the Gwinnett County Public School’s high school leadership development program, the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team. I have a passion for service and growing others and cannot wait to serve on the Vanderbilt Student Leadership Team!
Anna Watt is a senior in the College of Arts and Science pursuing a double major in Economics and English. She serves as president of Vanderbilt Programming Board (VPB), Overall Chair of Senior Class Fund, and Administrative Vice-President of the Undergraduate Honor Council. She has also been actively involved in VPB’s Vanderbilt University Speakers Committee, Dance Marathon, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Chi Omega, SACE, and Manna Project International.