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Financial Wellness Week

Join Vanderbilt QuestBridge, PersistVU, and the Open Book Collective for a week of events that aim to uplift and broaden the Vanderbilt community’s understanding of the ways in which people and students from low- and lower-income backgrounds experience and navigate systemic and social barriers, will feature a week of events April 10-14. The programming will include a faculty panel, virtual workshops and games, and discussions on financial literacy and wellness.

Low-Income Faculty Panel

Monday, April 10


Featheringill 298

Join us as we learn about the personal and professional journeys of our selected faculty panelists, Professor Brittany Chase of Musicology and Dr. Gilman Whitman of African American and Diaspora Studies. They will engage panelists with anecdotes of their lives as they navigated academia to pursue higher education.

“Making Cents” Workshop & Discussion (with the Open Book Collective)

Tuesday, April 11


Ben & Jerry’s

Join the Open Book Collective for free ice cream and open conversation on financial literacy for first-generation and low-income students at Vanderbilt. This is an opportunity for students to talk about money, share advice on filling out the FAFSA, brainstorm ideas for putting new students in touch with resources, and more!

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Straddling Class in the Academy (Faculty/Staff/Post-Docs Only)

Friday, April 14


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This virtual workshop invites faculty, staff, and post-docs to engage in discussion based on Straddling Class in the Academy: 26 Stories of Students, Administrators, and Faculty from Poor and Working-Class Backgrounds and Their Compelling Lessons for Higher Education Policy and Practice by becky martinez and Sonja Ardoin. This workshop discusses the nuances of social class, the intersections with educational access, and how to be a better ally/support for colleagues and students at Vanderbilt.

The workshop will be on Friday, April 14th from 12-1pm CDT on Zoom. For those who RSVP to attend, a calendar invite will be sent with the Zoom link. Two free copies of the text will be raffled off to those who register and attend.

FGLI Game Night

Friday, April 14


Buttrick 202

Join us for a relaxing, fun evening playing various games with other students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income! Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own to include! Dinner from Chick-fil-A. 

Black and Jewish Allyship: A Personal Story

Join Dr. Andre L. Churchwell and Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn for a talk on Black and Jewish Allyship: A Personal Story. The talk will take place on April 13 from 6-7pm in the Fireside Lounge at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. The programming will include refreshments!

Vandy Nights @ the Frist

Vanderbilt-exclusive tours of Jeffrey Gibson’s The Body Electric

Dates: February 16, March 16, and April 20

6-7:30pm at the Frist Art Museum

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EDI Graduate Recognition Celebration

Monday, May 1st


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VUGlobalCitizens Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 5th


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