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James E. Page Jr.James E. Page Jr.’s path not only to working within the field of diversity and inclusion, but also to being considered a global thought leader in this area may appear to some as serendipity.

For Page, the work is very personal. “People bring their whole selves—as students, faculty, staff and guests—to their time at a place like Vanderbilt. In many cases, these individuals live in the environments they are experiencing,” he said. “It is unrealistic to say to someone, ‘I need you to disconnect yourself from whatever identities you are carrying,’ as all of that comes with you. It is an essential component of how you experience your environment and how others may initially view you and shows up in your everyday life.”

Page was appointed vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University in August following a yearlong national search. He leads the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. READ MORE