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Fostering a community of support during Ramadan

May. 20, 2019—For approximately one month each year, Muslims observe Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic lunar year and the moment when the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims across our campus and around the world celebrate Ramadan, which will be observed from May 5 to June 4 this year, through fasting, deepening their...

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Progress together: My reflections on the past year

May. 9, 2019—As commencement draws near, I have been reflecting on the past year and all of the progress we’ve made together. Since joining the Vanderbilt community in August, I have been overwhelmed by the countless number of individuals I have met who have shown their enthusiasm and support for the work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion...

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Vigil this evening at 6 p.m. at Rohr Chabad House

Apr. 29, 2019—In response to the acts of hate and killing at Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California, Provost Wente and I have shared the message below with the campus community.   Dear Colleagues, This weekend we were again saddened by the news of the heinous act of hate and killing at Chabad of Poway Synagogue in...

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Recognizing Trailblazers

Apr. 26, 2019—Earlier today, Chancellor Zeppos announced the next round of Vanderbilt Trailblazers: K.C. Potter, dean of residential and judicial affairs, emeritus and namesake of the K.C. Potter Center, home to the Office of LGBTQI Life; Dorothy Wingfield Phillips, an accomplished chemist and the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the university;  David...

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Vigil for victims of terror attack in Sri Lanka

Apr. 22, 2019—In response to the terrorist attacks across Sri Lanka on Sunday, Provost Wente and I have shared the message below with the campus community. Dear Colleagues, On this Monday morning, the Vanderbilt community is saddened and shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks that took place across Sri Lanka on Sunday. These attacks, which struck churches...

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Autism Awareness Month

Apr. 19, 2019—Every April, the world comes together to recognize Autism Awareness Month, which intends to promote awareness, education and action around autism spectrum disorder. Across the country, events and programs centered on raising awareness and acceptance have been planned in acknowledgement of the month. At Vanderbilt, we work hard to be a community that recognizes and...

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Elevating Voices on National Day of Silence

Apr. 12, 2019—April 12 is recognized throughout the country as National Day of Silence, a day to recognize the harassment and bullying—and attempted silencing and erasure—experienced all too often by LGBTQI young people. In any way that you may be acknowledging the day, either through your own silence or by acknowledging the way that LGBTQI young people...

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We must press forward in our fight for justice

Apr. 4, 2019—A year ago today, we marked 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights and religious leader who fought for the dignity and humanity of every person. Commemorations and celebrations across the country noted the milestone of half a century since his death, which marked another turning point for the...

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Introducing our new blog: “Strengthening the Ties”

Apr. 1, 2019—One of my favorite questions to pose to just about anyone is “What is your diversity story?” We all have one about what makes us unique, what experiences have shaped us, and how they propelled us to where we are now. Vanderbilt’s diversity story is a shared story. The university was founded upon a goal...

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