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Disability & Chronic Health Employee Affinity Group

Mission and Vision

This group is a place for employees who identify as having visible or invisible disabilities, chronic mental or physical health conditions, and their allies.  The group gathers to address and discuss issues that impact the group, such as discrimination, misconceptions, mental health, navigating workplace interactions, and other relevant topics.  The group aims to provide a safe and brave space for members to be heard while engaging in sharing of resources, social programming, and community activism through regular meetings.

contact information

EAG leadership: Rachel Schles and Isabelle Crist

EAG facilitator: Yu (Wendy) Wu

Please sign up Here to join us.

upcoming events

Disability and Chronic health employee affinity group invite you to attend our virtual gatherings

The Disability & Chronic Health Conditions Employee Affinity Group (EAG) is open to all Vanderbilt employees (faculty, staff, and post-docs) who identify as having visible or invisible disabilities, chronic mental or physical health conditions, or being neurodiverse. This EAG welcomes allies as well as Vanderbilt employees who have a family member who identifies with any of the categories listed above. An individual’s identification within the disability community is not dependent on having obtained a diagnosis of a disability, physical, or mental health condition from a medical provider given the systemic barriers faced by many, particularly those from historically marginalized groups. The Virtual Gathering schedule for the 2022-2023 school year is listed below:

  • September 27, 2022 @ 12:00pm via Zoom
  • October 27, 2022@ 12:00pm via Zoom
  • December 5, 2022 @ 12:00pm via Zoom
  • February 16, 2023 @ 12:00pm via Zoom
  • April 25, 2023 @ 12:00pm via Zoom

past events

October 21, 2021 @ 12:00pm – Fall 2021 Meet & Greet

Join us to learn about our EAG and meet current members & leadership. We’re looking to gather suggestions for activities and events for the upcoming academic year.

April 4, 2021 – Disability Employee Affinity Group Interest Meeting 

The goal of the listening session is to gather input, ask questions and offer suggestions about how a Disability Employee Affinity Group at Vanderbilt can best serve this community, including creating programming for disabled persons and their families.