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REAL Events

Since its inception in 2015, the Racial Equity & Arts Leadership (REAL) program has brought together arts administrators, executive leaders of cultural institutions, community-based arts organizations, and individual artists for seminars and organizational workshops designed to examine how institutional practices such as hiring processes and arts programming choices can advance racial equity in our community.

While the leadership team uses 2020 to design future programming which addresses Nashville’s rapidly changing landscape, communities, and the art sector you can still get involved in the conversation, through participation in upcoming events.

If you are interested in becoming part of the 2021 REAL cohort or participating in REAL speaker events send your contact details to

Madonna and Child
The Form of Reform



A Novel Approach to Building Your Anti-Racism Toolkit and Self-Care in a Time of Reckoning.

September 10, 2020
12PM CDT – offered via Zoom

The live online event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

New York Times bestselling author Alice Randall will give the first Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture for 2020-2021 on Thursday, Sept. 10, noon-1 p.m. CST via videoconference.

Author Alice RandallRandall, professor and writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, will present “A Novel Approach to Building Your Anti-Racism Toolkit and Self-Care in a Time of Reckoning.” The live online event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“As a writer, Alice Randall makes connections that others might not—for example, the connection between health and fiction,” said Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “As nurses and educators of nurses, we are called to advocate for social justice and equity. We are called to be compassionate and empathic. Alice will explore how reading fiction can expand those traits and empower nurses to speak out for their patients and communities.”

“The Black Lives Matter movement and protests over George Floyd’s death and those of other people of color have galvanized people to confront systemic racism and social injustice,” she said. “Alice’s anti-racism toolkit will help equip our students, faculty, staff and others to address these deep issues and fight for social changes that will improve the health of our patients and communities.”

In addition to being a novelist, Randall is an award-winning songwriter, nonfiction author, cookbook and children’s book author, and food activist. Her work using fiction in the service of health has been recognized by the National Institute of Health. Known for talks weaving history, literature and wisdom, she has spoken on national television, in libraries, museums and auditoriums, and in such unlikely places as graveyards and while marching with students across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Randall is widely recognized as one of the most significant voices in 21st century African-American fiction. Her current novel, Black Bottom Saints, has been chosen as a must-read book by Oprah Magazine, Amazon, and The Washington Post.

Disrupting Everyday Bias

For Vanderbilt Faculty & Staff ONLY
July – October 2020
Register through Oracle Learning

This two-hour online instructor-led workshop introduces skills to disrupt the impact of bias in interactions, behaviors, and decision-making and the various ways unconscious bias can impede the development of a diverse and inclusive work environment. Participants are introduced to tools and strategies which can be used to make decisions in a more conscious manner.

Contact Diversity Recruitment and Outreach Manager Yasmine Mukahal for inquiries.