Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence

IICC promotes transformative learning and is committed to cultivating a community where the dignity of all people is respected. IICC provides educational programs and training to support cultural competence, reflection of cultural complexities that influence behavior, and the exploration and development of holistic identities.

The IICC staff serves as advisers to activist and cultural student organizations such as Asian American Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, Hidden Dores, Multicultural Leadership Council, Philippine Intercultural Student Organization, South Asian Cultural Exchange, Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, and Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association. 

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

The BCC represents one of Vanderbilt University’s efforts at promoting diversity and tolerance as a sponsor of cultural programming on the African and African American experience. Dedicated in 1984, the center is named for the first African American student to graduate from Vanderbilt University, Joseph Johnson (B.D. ’54, Ph.D. ’58).

Programs at the Black Cultural Center include:

Cultural and Educational Programming
Lectures, poetry and dramatic readings, musical performances, art exhibitions, films, and panel and book discussions. The BCC is also the home of the scholarly journal, Afro-Hispanic Review.
Student Support and Development
The BCC provides meeting spaces for numerous student activities and co-sponsors various initiatives with students. The center is a haven for students, with plenty of opportunities for fellowship, fun, and learning.
Community Outreach and Service
The BCC hosts pre-collegiate groups for tours of the center and campus sites. Additionally, the BCC, in conjunction with Vanderbilt students and The Ingram Commons as part of the Edgehill Initiative, performs weekly tutoring and mentoring for Nashville youth. The center is also actively involved with numerous community agencies in the Nashville area.

Voices of Praise performing in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life seeks to serve the religious and spiritual needs of our students and to function in an educational and pastoral capacity. The OUCRL welcomes and supports students and student groups who are traditionally religious, as well as those who do not identify themselves in this way. Because the OUCRL affirms and embraces a plurality of religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews, we engage our campus by way of raising ethical questions and issues of value and character among the student body at large.

In addition to the university chaplain’s staff, affiliated chaplains representing several faiths on campus provide worship opportunities, counseling, study, retreats, and fellowship for their constituencies. The affiliated chaplains cooperate with the chaplain’s office in offering programs of ecumenical and interfaith interest to the Vanderbilt and broader community.

Much of the “life” in religious life flourishes through our numerous and diverse student religious organizations, each of which offers opportunities for expression and exploration of faith within a supportive community. With seven chapels and many quiet, reflective spaces available for use, Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff frequently gather for worship and meditation. Major programs offered by the OUCRL include the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series, the Holocaust Lecture Series, Project Dialogue, the Chaplain’s Speakers Series, and the Interfaith Council.

Vanderbilt Hillel

Housed in the Schulman Center, Vanderbilt Hillel serves the religious, social, and educational needs of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. Through a wide variety of programming, Vanderbilt Hillel empowers students to take responsibility for their Jewish identity and prides itself in offering them different ways to express their Jewishness, such as through creative holiday programs and cultural events. Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students are encouraged and welcome to participate in activities. The Schulman Center is also home to Grins (pronounced “Greens”), a vegetarian kosher restaurant and a favorite of the health conscious.

International Student and Scholar Services

(615) 322-2753 • vanderbilt.edu/isss

ISSS provides immigration services to students and scholars for immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. Sponsoring cultural festivals throughout the year and International Education Week in November, this office is dedicated to promoting a global perspective on our campus. Other activities include:

• iLens: International Lens, a series of films screened at Sarratt Cinema with a faculty member leading introductory and post-screening conversations

• WOW: World On Wednesdays, a weekly lunch gathering for presentations on topics of international interest. Students may discuss their international travels or work experiences, while faculty and staff share their international research projects and cultural insights

• IEW: International Education Week promotes awareness and celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange

LGBTQI Life

(615) 322-3330 â€¢ vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life in the K.C. Potter Center at Vanderbilt is a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities and serves as a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI programs include LGBTQI Welcome Week, National Coming Out Week, Trans* Awareness Days, Out in Front Undergraduate Leadership Retreat, and Lavender Graduation Celebration.

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center

Founded in 1978, the Women’s Center is located in the heart of West Side Row and is a resource for programming, support, and referrals related to gender equity topics such as sexual health, pregnancy, body image, disordered eating, healthy relationships, and women’s leadership. Home to the Kitchen Table Series and Let’s Talk About Sex, Vandy, as well as signature events including the Cuninggim Lecture and Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center welcomes everyone on campus. 

Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

24-Hour Hotline: (615) 322–SAFE (7233) • Office: (615) 876–0660 • vanderbilt.edu/ProjectSafe

The Project Safe Center provides sexual assault prevention education, resource referral, and support services for those who have experienced power-based personal violence (sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking). For more information on the Project Safe Center, click here.

Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

More than coordinating volunteer service activities, OACS helps students engage in community service and civic activism on campus, locally, nationally, and internationally. OACS staff members collaborate with classes and faculty from across the university to develop effective service-learning opportunities for students.

Highlighted OACS programs include:

  • Global Service-Learning in Ecuador, South Africa, Morocco, and London challenges students to question their perspectives and roles in the shared human experience through pre-service curriculum, intensive in-country service, post-service skills application, and continuous reflection.
  • VIEW (Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington) provides internships on Capitol Hill or in agencies around D.C., such as CNN, American Red Cross, the DNC/RNC, and the Kuwaiti Embassy.
  • ASB (Alternative Spring Break) enables groups of twelve students to undertake service initiatives at 35 national and international locations. Alternative Winter Break is an option as well.
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteers participate in house building in the Middle Tennessee area and across the country.
  • Manna International provides international service opportunities during school breaks.
  • Pencil Project sponsors tutoring and mentoring programs for local school children.
  • VSVS (Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science) brings the cool side of science to junior high students with experiments such as making slime and ice cream. 

Student/Alumni Programs of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association connects you to your worldwide VU alumni network:

Student Leadership Development

Student Leadership Development is designed to serve as a conduit for leadership programming and a resource hub for students, faculty, and staff.  The office believes in developing visionary, goal-driven, and action-oriented student leaders. Students who participate in leadership programs will become proficient in the competencies of accountability, collaboration, communication, service-oriented leadership, ethical leading, and understanding the value of diversity and inclusion.   

The office sponsors signature leadership programs during the year, but also works closely with all areas within the Office of the Dean of Students to ensure leadership programming occurs across all aspects of campus life.  

Arts and Campus Events

Program highlights include:

  • Studio art co-curricular classes in pottery, photography, jewelry, painting, and drawing
  • Co-curricular dance classes including ballet, hip-hop, funk, yoga, ballroom, and more
  • The Vanderbilt Programming Board, which provides social, cultural, educational, recreational, and multicultural activities at Vanderbilt and is comprised of the six largest programming organizations on campus: Homecoming, Speakers Committee, CityVU, The Music Group, The VenUe, and Vandy Fanatics
  • Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council, which represents over 20 student organizations 
  • ACE Design, a student-run design studio that creates marketing materials for Dean of Students programs and student organizations

Studio Arts Center at Sarratt

Studio Arts at Sarratt

Transition Programs

(615) 322-0307 â€¢ vanderbilt.edu/ResEd/main/residential-education/transition-programs 

The Office of Transition Programs helps connect students to campus resources, provides social and academic support, and helps ensure that first-generation and transfer students—among others—are able to thrive as members of the Vanderbilt community. 

 

Student Involvement and Organizations

In order to help foster a balanced educational experience, students are encouraged to become involved in co-curricular activities that enhance their overall Vanderbilt experience. 

Student Organizations

vanderbilt.edu/studentorgs-anchorlink

Vanderbilt offers more than 500 student-led groups, organizations, and clubs on campus. Becoming involved in these organizations as a member or leader helps facilitate personal development and improve leadership skills. Student organizations fall into the following categories: academic, administrative, arts, cultural/international, Greek, honorary societies, media, programming, religious/spiritual, service, special interest, and sports. Many student organizations are supported by the offices listed on previous pages. Vanderbilt students may also start their own organizations.

Student Involvement Fair

During CommonVU, you will have multiple opportunities to get acquainted with the wide range of student organizations at Vanderbilt. The comprehensive Student Involvement Fair features approximately 250 student organizations and departments. Attending this fair will help you learn what organizations may be the right fit for you and help you discover new interests that you would like to explore. 

Anchor Link

vanderbilt.edu/anchorlink â€¢ anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu

To learn about the various student organizations and co-curricular programs you can get involved with on campus, visit Anchor Link, Vanderbilt’s online student engagement platform. Anchor Link serves as the central event calendar for student life and has sites for every registered student organization, Commons house, and a variety of university programs and resources. Anchor Link helps students become involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. Make sure to log on to Anchor Link and create your profile today, so you can begin exploring opportunities to get involved at Vanderbilt. 

My Vanderbilt Experience

vanderbilt.edu/experience â€¢ facebook.com/myvanderbiltexperience

My Vanderbilt Experience is a year-long program that provides students a virtual framework for intentional engagement outside the classroom. Managed through Anchor Link, My Vanderbilt Experience offers a menu of events and activities, allowing students to participate in different tracks connected to specific learning outcomes. Tracks are focused on topics that are important for holistic student development such as cultural awareness, service and civic engagement, leadership and personal development, and more.

Students who complete this program will gain critical skills and experiences that will benefit them when applying for campus leadership positions, internships, and professional jobs. In addition, they will be eligible for special privileges and prizes and will be recognized at the Magnolia Awards, which celebrate student leadership and service.  

Vanderbilt Student Government

studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/vsg â€¢ facebook.com/VanderbiltStudentGovernment • @vandystudentgov

VSG is a representative organization where student interests, concerns, and aspirations are actively voiced. One of the main goals of VSG is to maintain effective student representation and participation in the decision-making process of the university.

Student interests are addressed through both elected and appointed positions. Students may be involved in government as early as their first semester on campus as a representative of their house on The Ingram Commons. For more information on first-year leadership, click here.

Greek Life

(615) 322-2048  • vanderbilt.edu/greek_life

Membership in the Greek community provides students the opportunity to be a part of a campus tradition dating back to the school’s founding. The 30+ Greek organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, service within the community, and lifelong friendships. Approximately 43% of undergraduate students are members of the fraternity and sorority community.  Chapters are looking for well-rounded men and women who will contribute to their organizations, the campus, and the Nashville community. 

Vanderbilt University observes a deferred joining process providing students an opportunity to become better acquainted with being a part of the Vanderbilt community before affiliating with a fraternity or sorority. It also allows students to attend a variety of information sessions and informal activities throughout the fall semester to learn more about the Greek community and explore whether or not they are interested in becoming a member.

Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority may do so during second semester, if they have completed 12 credit hours, are not on disciplinary probation, and meet the grade point average requirements.

Student Involvement Fair outside The Commons Center

Mail Services on Campus

Vanderbilt University Mail Services processes all incoming mail, outgoing mail, and interoffice mail for students, faculty, staff, and departments.

Mailing Instructions

All mail and packages whether sent via the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, or any other carrier must be sent to your PMB address at 2301 Vanderbilt Place, which is the Vanderbilt University Station B Post Office address. For the correct address format, see Address Format.

Station B Post Office (Rand Hall)

Undergraduate students may retrieve their mail at the Station B Post Office, on the lower level of Rand Hall. Station B offers all USPS services with the exception of money orders and passports. 

Post Office Window
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Package Window
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*Open until 5:00 p.m. during the first four weeks of each semester
Saturday Hours
8:00 a.m.–Noon
*Package window only and during semester hours only

The Commons Center Post Office

(615) 322-8123 • vanderbilt.edu/mailservices

Located on the second floor of The Commons Center, this location offers all USPS services with the exception of money orders and passports.

Regular business hours for The Commons Center Post Office window and package window are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Picking Up Mail and Packages

First-class mail is sorted and placed in student mailboxes daily by 10:00 a.m. All other items (e.g., registered, USPS Express, certified, insured, priority, DHL, UPS, and FedEx) are inventoried and assigned a pickup location. Students are sent a package pickup notification email for each package received in their name.

For answers to questions about shipping, deliveries, or pickup, please call Vanderbilt Mail Services at (615) 322-2934 or visit vanderbilt.edu/mailservices.

For more information about package services on Move-In Day, please see Shipping Packages for Move-In.

Special Deliveries

Flowers or other special deliveries for students residing on The Ingram Commons must be sent to:

Hank Ingram Front Desk
1401 18th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

Please make sure to provide the florist with your student’s cell phone number.

Care Packages

Parents and families love sending a personal message of support to their student at important times of the academic year. Pre-packaged options are available through carepackages.org

Parents and Family Programs

The Parents and Family Programs office is an important resource for all families of incoming and current students, as well as host to the Parents and Family Association. The Parents and Family Association actively links the university and the parents of undergraduate students through our parent “helpline” and parent publications aimed to keep you up to date on the latest campus happenings and important dates and deadlines.

Parents can participate in the life of their Vanderbilt students and interact with and support other parents by way of the many available volunteer opportunities. Parents or guardians of undergraduate students are automatically members of the Parents and Family Association. The office also hosts Family Weekend, a Vanderbilt tradition that will be held September 23-25, 2016.

For more information about the Parents and Family Programs office or Family Weekend, visit vanderbilt.edu/families.

The Parents and Family Programs office coordinates a variety of communication throughout the summer with parents of first-year students:

  • Regular e-newsletter (Parent PreVU) with upcoming dates, deadlines, and topics of interest to first-year parents. Please make sure to sign up to receive the e-newsletter and other electronic communication.
  • Parent Calendar with important dates and contact information (mailed mid-June domestically and internationally)
  • Welcome Letter with “important numbers” magnet from Parent Board Chairs (mailed mid-July domestically and internationally)
  • Family Weekend brochure and registration information (mailed early August domestically and internationally)