Initiatives and Outreach
Chancellor’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.
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
Learn more about the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy
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.
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.
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.
Women at Vanderbilt
A university-wide series of initiatives to ensure that all women at Vanderbilt are supported and succeeding.
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.
Chancellor’s ‘Dores of Distinction
The ‘Dores of Distinction Alumni Advisory Board provides valuable counsel to Chancellor Diermeier and other leaders at Vanderbilt by engaging with other alumni and examining the university’s current course and bright future.
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.
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.
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.