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Diversity and Inclusion Accomplishments & Achievements

Since founding in Fall 2015, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion develops and implements strategic programming and initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion on the campus of Vanderbilt University and throughout the greater Nashville Community. The list below highlights some of our major undertakings – whether one-time events or the beginnings of systemic changes – accomplished in our short 3 year history.

Accomplishments and Achievements AY2015-2016

Institutional

• Creation of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Council, made up of representatives from each school of the university chosen by their respective deans.
• Creation of and consultations with the Student Advisory Board on immediate actions to take in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Consultations with the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community in facilitating an actionable report with concrete recommendations.
• Development of partnerships with Dean of Students offices.
• Establishment of a dedicated email address for students, faculty and staff to convey questions and concerns to the Vice Chancellor directly.
• Participation by Vice Chancellor Hill in inaugural meetings with Chief Diversity Officers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
• Provided leadership for the Chancellor’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Retreat to discuss the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Report.

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Outreach

• Collaboration with Provost’s Office on the COACHE Faculty Survey to include questions related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Student Outreach and Support

• Organization of a workshop on the MCAT and medical school applications process, aimed at underrepresented minority students.

Sponsorships

• Financial sponsorship of 22 initiatives, events, and projects on and off campus, totaling more than $60,000.

Awards

• First Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Professor Award given at Spring Faculty Assembly to Professor Linda Sealy. The annual award is given to a member of the faculty who has advanced equity, diversity, and inclusion at Vanderbilt.
• George C. Hill receives the Steve Caldwell Award presented annually by Vanderbilt Student Government for his dedication of time, effort, and passion toward collaborating with students to enact meaningful change for Vanderbilt’s campus and students.

Communications and Information

• Listening and Information Sessions at Peabody, Engineering, Blair, Nursing, Law, Divinity, Department of Athletics, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and campuswide for students, faculty, and staff.

• Preparation of the Vanderbilt University Community Profile.
• Distribution of a monthly newsletter reaching the entire university community, highlighting diversity initiatives, research, and upcoming events.

Community Engagement

• Community representative for these groups: Greater Nashville American Heart Walk, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business Awards, and CABLE Luncheon and Board Walk of Fame.

Accomplishments and Achievements AY2016-2017

Institutional

• Collaboration with Project Safe and university leaders to make Project Safe a limited confidential resource for 2016–17.
• Participating office in the University’s “Go There” Mental Health & Wellness Campaign Kick-Off.
Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Outreach.
• Partnered with the Faculty Senate for “Savor the Diversity” Luncheon Initiative.
• Sponsored appreciation reception for VU housekeeping staff.

Student Outreach and Support

• Meetings and events with thousands of students and dozens of student organizations, including multicultural, Greek, and LGBTQI organizations.
• Had presence during the following activities: Black and Gold recruiting fairs; Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Series; fall student move-in activities; International Education Week; and Family Weekend.
• Established with Latino and Latina Studies and the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students inaugural ceremony recognizing Hispanic graduates.

Sponsorships

• Financial sponsorship of 18 initiatives, events, and projects on and off campus, totaling more than $150,000.
• With support from the Chancellor and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, awarded 29 projects small seed grants ranging from $1,000 – $10,000 to support pilot research or developmental projects on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Programs and Training

• Established collaboration with the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Administration as well as other faculty, staff, and students to develop and provide campus-wide unconscious bias training opportunities.

Communications and Information

• Established a strong brand presence via inCLUSIVE and EDI Connect, the first EDI-specific communications on campus.

Community Engagement

• Partner with Vanderbilt Health and Vanderbilt University Human Resources to staff booths at the 2017 Nashville Pride Festival.
• Hosted 100 Summer Academy with Vanderbilt Athletics and the School of Engineering. The 100 Summer Academy is a program hosted by100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee for local high school male students.
• Partnered with Faith Matters Network to host 100 Days 100 Dinners, an opportunity for individuals to connect and reflect on moments of comfort and solidarity.

 

 

Accomplishments and Achievements AY2017-2018

Institutional

• Provided service and consulting on top-administrative committees such as the search for the Executive Director of Campus Dining, BlueSky Advisory Committee for Facilities, Land Use Committee, Advisory Accessibility Task Force, CORE Committee, Mental Health and Wellness Task Force, and Cross-Campus Diversity Educators committee.
• Providing on-going consulting with Facilities leaders and their direct reports to accomplish initiatives from the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community Report.
Faculty, Staff and Alumni Outreach
• Sponsored an Appreciation Reception for VU Plant Operations, Printing Services, and Public Safety departments.

Student Outreach and Support

• Had presence during the following activities: Black and Gold recruiting fairs; Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Series; and fall student move-in activities.

Awards

• Assistant Vice Chancellor Sandra L. Barnes was honored as the Distinguished Faculty member during the final VU football home game.
• Iterim Vice Chancellor Tina Smith selected as 100 Most Leading African Americans of Music City.
• Interim Vice Chancellor Tina Smith and Assistant Vice Chancellor Sandra Barnes were recognized by the Black Cultural Center as Vanderbilt Pioneers.
• Collaborated with Associate Vice Chancellor Mike Perez and Human Resources to create the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Leadership Award and select the first recipient.

EDI

Programs and Training

• Provided diversity education for over 700 staff as well as unconscious bias education for about 250 staff and faculty ambassadors. Developed customized workshops for VUIT, VUPD, VLA, the Divinity School, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Created two signature workshops on privilege and mindfulness.
• Partner with the office of Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence to sponsor first major speaker, Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the movie.

Community Engagement

• Supported numerous community events including the inauguration of Fisk University’s 16th President and the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business Awards.
• Community representative for these groups: YWCA of Nashville, Nashville Cares, and Justice for Our Neighbors Nashville.