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Critical Incident Message – Owen Graduate School of Management Statement on Offensive Blog Post

Posted by on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Responses.

Yesterday, we posted a blog about student experiences at the National Black MBA Association Conference that compared the highly attended conference to the annual retail event Black Friday. Regardless of the intention, this was an offensive comparison and totally inappropriate.

At Vanderbilt, our goal is to foster a safe, diverse and inclusive community that is welcoming to everyone. Yesterday’s blog post runs absolutely counter to that goal and we offer our sincerest apologies to everyone affected, especially the Black community.

Effective immediately, we are overhauling our editorial processes to ensure a more appropriate evaluation of all content on multiple levels before anything is published on our website, social media, or any other Owen Graduate School of Management channel.

Resources for the Vanderbilt Community

ResourceWebsiteContactCampus Location
Black Cultural Center, Bishop Joseph JohnsonWebsite615-322-2524Vanderbilt Place, Map
Center for Student WellbeingWebsite615-322-04801211 Stevenson Center Lane
Dean of StudentsWebsite615-322-6400
Email
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Website615-936-1327
Graduate Life CoachWebsite
International Student & Scholar ServicesWebsite615-322-2753Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100
2301 Vanderbilt Place
LGBTQI LifeWebsite615-322-3330
Office for Inclusive ExcellenceWebsite615-343-6979
Email
Kirkland Hall, Suite 105
Office of Housing and Residential ExperienceWebsite615-322-2591
Email
4100 Branscomb Quadrangle
Office of Religious LifeWebsite615-322-2457
Grief Net: 615-322-6172
401 24th Avenue South
Project Safe CenterWebsite615-322-7233 (24-Hour Hotline)Cumberland (304) West Side Row
Rohr Chabad House at VanderbiltWebsite615-686-3905113 23rd Avenue North
Student Accountability, Community Standards & Academic IntegrityWebsite615-322-7868Sarratt Student Center, Suite 301
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Student Care CoordinationWebsite615-343-9355Rand Hall, Suite 305
Student Center for Social Justice & IdentityWebsite615-322-5089Sarratt Student Center, Suite 335
Title IX and Student DiscriminationWebsite615-343-9004 (V/TDD)Baker Building, Suite 975
University Counseling CenterWebsite615-322-2571 (during and after business hours)2015 Terrace Place
Drop-In Consultations at Multiple Campus Locations
Vanderbilt HillelWebsite615-322-8376Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place
Women’s Center, Margaret CuninggimWebsite615-322-4843Franklin (316) West Side Row

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