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Initiatives and Outreach

Vanderbilt Chancellor's Lecture SeriesChancellor’s Lecture Series

The Chancellor’s Lecture Series connects the university and the Nashville community with leaders and visionaries who are shaping our world. Chancellor’s Lecture Series events are open to all in the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities unless otherwise noted due to capacity.

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The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy leverages the university’s intellectual capital and commitment to solving society’s big problems to explore publicly paths to unite the American people, examining vital questions of our democracy’s efficacy, durability, and capacity
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Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt Report

Vanderbilt University is home to a number of initiatives that promote the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt 2019-20 report highlights how those values are demonstrated across the campus.

Read the 2019-20 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt Report

Academic Strategic Plan

The Academic Strategic Plan is transforming Vanderbilt’s approach to research, learning, student support, faculty development and the university’s academic future.

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FutureVU is the university’s campus land use framework for the next 20 to 30 years, guided by and in alignment with the goals of the Academic Strategic Plan.

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Women at Vanderbilt

A university-wide series of initiatives to ensure that all women at Vanderbilt are supported and succeeding.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Vanderbilt emphasizes the health and wellbeing of all members of the university community. The university has launched a series of related initiatives and programs, including the Student Care Network, informed by the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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Chancellor Faculty Fellows

The Chancellor Faculty Fellows program is a two-year program focused on the development of recently-tenured faculty members. The Fellows receive $40,000 per year to support their development and promote trans-institutional collaboration.

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University Diversity Council

The University Diversity Council is charged with advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion across all areas of the university and serving as a guide to the chancellor to build on existing strengths and identify areas of growth.

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Destination Vanderbilt

Launched in September 2020, Destination Vanderbilt is a $100 million university excellence initiative to recruit new faculty. Over the next two to four years, the university will leverage the investment to recruit approximately 60 faculty who are leaders and rising stars in their fields.

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