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DOS involvement in CCL

The Office of the Dean of Students offers multiple avenues for targeted co-curricular experiences. Visit explore the links below and explore the following DOS website to learn more: "Co-Curricular Learning."

Active Citizenship & Service

The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) is responsible for civic engagement, citizenship, community service and experiential learning opportunities. OACS seeks to create a culture for exploration and learning followed by critical reflection and action for the common good. Since 1992, the Community Partnership House has been home to the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) in the Office of the Dean of Students division. The OACS comprises more than fifty student service groups and a professional staff engaged in solutions to local, national, and international problems through direct, hands-on volunteer service.

Greek Life

The Office of Greek Life is a team of caring and committed advocates for the fraternity and sorority experience. We challenge students to uphold the values espoused by their organizations in order to remain relevant to the mission of Vanderbilt University and the Office of the Dean of Students. We achieve these ends through intentional partnerships with campus departments, community agencies, and international fraternity and sorority staff and alumni volunteers. The Office of Greek Life provides education and support that adds value to students' holistic collegiate experience, thus facilitating the development of well-rounded citizens of a global society.


Vanderbilt is home to six honor societies.

International Student & Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. ISSS supports an environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social, and cross cultural programs. Currently we serve 1400 international students and scholars.

Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs

The Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs prepares students for leadership in a global society by promoting experiential learning of diversity and leadership in co-curricular settings. The LDIA office fosters an inclusive environment and the development of effective leadership skills to enhance students' personal and professional lives beyond the college experience. LDIA facilitates engagement of the Vanderbilt community in the celebration of culture and diversity via events across campus, cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration, and leadership development programs and opportunities.


The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life, located in the K. C. Potter Center at Vanderbilt University, is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities. The Office of LGBTQI Life is a resource for information and support regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community by providing educational, cultural, and social programming.

Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life (ORL) seeks to function in an "education through engagement" capacity, not only for those students and groups who are religious, but by way of raising ethical questions and issues of value and character among the student body at large. Because ORL envisions campus ministry as a part of the University's overall educational mission and religious life as an important dimension of the so-called "hidden curriculum" of the University, we seek to integrate the programs and services offered by the chaplains and professional staff into the larger life of the University community.

Residential Education

Residential Education strives to create a residence hall 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 in a culturally diverse community
  • Develop life planning skills
  • Enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts
  • Develop socially, academically, intellectually, vocationally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and civically

Student Campus Events (VPB)

The Office of Student Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The Vision of Student Campus Events is to actively engage students in superior programming that enhances the Vanderbilt experience. The mission of Student Campus Events is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt Community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Student Organizations and Governance is dedicated to supporting the experiential acquisition of knowledge by student organization and student government leaders. We endeavor to strengthen the partnership between student leaders and organization advisors and/ or administrators in order to better facilitate learning outcomes. The vision of Student Organizations and Governance is to enable students to become contributing citizens and thoughtful leaders in global societies.

Student Organizations and Governance encourages student engagement as it creates a sense of belonging, and provides leadership opportunities. We facilitate student development, equip student leaders with skills and access to resources, encourage dialogue and appreciation of others, celebrate diversity, and create community, thus empowering students to effectively represent and advocate for the concerns of their constituents.

Women's Center

The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center promotes the creation of an equitable campus environment to enhance the personal and professional development of students, faculty, and staff. Toward these goals, the Women's Center provides information and tools needed to empower women to take action on their own behalf; provides information and tools needed to empower men to be allies for women; and collaborates with campus and community groups in advancing the equality of women.

Concert Choir

Founded in 1895, the Concert Choir has a rich tradition of making beautiful music together and traveling on annual tours to places including New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago, and Washington DC. The concert choir is the oldest performing arts group on campus and the guardians of the Alma Mater. Comprised of undergraduate students from all schools within the university the Concert Choir is known not only for  great music, but also for a family-like atmosphere.

Film Programs

Vanderbilt offers four distinct film programs: FLiCX (Faculty-Led interactive Cinematic eXplorations), International Lens, Southern Arts Federation Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films, and Vandy Gets Reel.

Great Performances at Vanderbilt

Great Performances at Vanderbilt is sponsored by the student-based Vanderbilt Programming Board (VPB) and greater Nashville community. The mission of Great Performances is to spark and sustain a passion for the arts within the Vanderbilt community and southeast region as a lead provider of international artistic excellence through diverse arts disciplines, interaction with artists and a core educational environment.

Sarratt Art Gallery

Sarratt Gallery is located in the main lobby of the Sarratt Student Center. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  During the summer months, as well as holiday and semester breaks, the gallery closes at 4:30 p.m. each weekday and is closed on weekends. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Sarratt Art Studios

Sarratt Art Studio Classes are open to all Vanderbilt students, Vanderbilt faculty/staff, and the Nashville community (ages 16 and over).  Classes meet once a week for 10 weeks. All classes are non credit and taught by some of Nashville's finest artists. We are here to share what we do so you may relax, learn something new, be creative, and enjoy spending time with new friends in the studios.

Vanderbilt Dance Program

The Vanderbilt Dance Program promotes education, artistic development, cultural enrichment, and intellectual growth in the field of dance for the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Through professional instruction the program also develops and fosters opportunities in the performing arts for creative exchange, social enhancement and physical well-being.

Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council

The Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council (VPAC) creates an environment for the leaders of student performing arts groups to share ideas, form new collaborations, and have a unified voice in expressing views and concerns about the performing arts on Vanderbilt's campus.

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