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Community Relations

 

Community Engagement

The Office of Community Relations develops and sustains relationships and creates opportunities to support Vanderbilt's mission of teaching, research, public service, and health care initiatives in cities and counties across the state. Specific community engagement programs include:

Speakers Bureau:  The Vanderbilt Speakers Bureau assists in finding speakers for a variety of venues.

Inside Out of the Lunchbox
Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center present Inside Out of the Lunchbox, a series of lunchtime presentations and discussions about the performing arts.

Summer Programs at Vanderbilt
Summer Programs at Vanderbilt is an online directory that consists of summer camps, programs, and activities for children grades K-12.

Food for Thought
Vanderbilt University presents Food for Thought, a community lunchtime program.

   

Community Engagement Staff

Gail-Williams

 

 

 

   

Gail Williams

Associate Director
Community Relations

gail.williams@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 322-4802

County Engagement

Identify and cultivate partnerships with community groups, nonprofits, for-profits, businesses, and governmental associates, in Nashville and the 10-county region to increase the effectiveness of Vanderbilt’s outreach. Focus on Vanderbilt’s Mission and Vision and how we align the University’s expertise, talent, and resources to help achieve the government’s and community’s priorities and needs in our growing and changing region.

Board Affiliations – 

Vice Chair - Metro Historical Commission
Cumberland Region Tomorrow
Leadership Middle TN
TN Preservation Trust
TN Local Food Summit
Women’s Political Collaborative
Williamson County Business Advocacy Council
Historic Nashville - Nashville Nine Awards Committee
Friends of Fort Negley Park 
Nashville City Cemetery Association 
Graduate of Leadership Middle TN, Leadership Franklin, Vanderbilt Leadership Academy

   

County Engagement Staff

lynn-maddox

     

Lynn Maddox

Special Projects Director and Community Liaison

lynn.d.maddox@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 322-6384

Community Impact Fund 

Vanderbilt University is dedicated to participating in the life of the community in meaningful ways. The University contributes to valuable not-for-profit programs that benefit the community, such as making financial and in-kind contributions for special programs and events, providing seed funding for important community and neighborhood projects, and purchasing tables at fund-raising dinners and luncheons.

Funds used for financial contributions come from Vanderbilt’s commercial ventures. Although the actual dollar amount is small, Vanderbilt seeks to use the limited funds available in the most strategic manner in order to create the greatest possible impact.

Your organization must be a 501(c)3 in order to apply.

For additional information and to submit a request please email,  ImpactFund@vanderbilt.edu 

 

 

 

             

 

Community Impact Staff

Midori

Community Impact Fund Monthly Spotlight 

   

Midori Lockett

Chief Community Impact Officer for Community Relations

midori.lockett@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 322-4493

Local Government and Community Relations 

The Office of Community Relations works with neighbors, students, merchants, and interested citizens proactively and responsively to build strong communities around the campus for collaborative responses to neighborhood concerns

Some of these neighborhoods include  Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood (HWEN) Belcourt Theatre Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood (BHN) Planning Department’s Neighborhood Profiles, and the  Organized Neighbors of Edgehill.

Some of the commercial areas include  Hillsboro Village, and  Nashville’s Independent Restaurant Association, and the West End Business Association.

Other resources

 

 

             

 

Local Government
and
Community
Relations Staff

marypat

 

   

Mary Pat Teague

Associate Director
Community and Local Government

marypat.teague@vanderbilt.edu

(615) 322-8337

 Office Operations

                                                                            

Luisa-Braden

               carole-mackey
   

Luisa Braden

Office Administrator
Office of Community Relations

luisa.j.braden@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 343-7014

 

Carole Mackey

Financial Unit Manager
Office of Community Relations

carole.mackey@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 343-0552

OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Vanderbilt University is an inclusive group that strives to organize and present to the greater Nashville community stimulating intellectual and cultural noncredit courses, programs, and trips for adults over 50 of all educational backgrounds. OLLI focuses on the joy of learning. Interesting topics are explored with thought-provoking and engaging instructors, who are primarily active or retired Vanderbilt faculty, as well as other community experts.  In a relaxed atmosphere, with no homework, tests, or grades, you have the opportunity to ask questions, contribute ideas, and interact with people who share similar interests.  OLLI participants exercise their minds while making new friends, not only in the classroom but through other educational activities, special events and community engagement. 
 

To visit the OLLI website, click HERE.

OLLI Staff

       
                                                                            

Norma Clippard

               Chandra Allison
   

Norma Clippard

Director
OLLI at Vanderbilt

norma.clippard@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 322-6659

 

Chandra Allison

Program Coordinator
OLLI at Vanderbilt

chandra.allison@Vanderbilt.Edu

(615) 322-6511

 OLLI Monthly Update

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Crowning one of Nashville’s tallest peaks, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a Tennessee treasure. Surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dyer’s telescopes have pointed toward the sky since 1953. In order to inspire student and public interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and astronomy, the observatory offers many activities such as summer camps, teacher workshops, Telescope Nights, tours, special lectures with world-class scientists. 
 

  Dyer

What's Happening at Dyer Observatory 

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Vanderbilt University supports the nonpartisan initiative - Project Register - created by Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN05) and State Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) to increase voter registration in Middle Tennessee.
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