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Deans’ Diversity Designates

Each of Vanderbilt’s 10 colleges and schools has at least one administrative member designated to be a liaison to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity &  Inclusion. If you have an idea, concern, comment, or question related to inclusive excellence in one of our specific colleges or schools, then we encourage you to reach out to the appropriate Deans’ Diversity Designate.

Mission Statement

Guided by a collective responsibility to build a more inclusive and equitable Vanderbilt, the Deans’ Diversity Designates will cultivate a network of practitioners through sharing information, review current processes and practices, and serve as advocates to create and expand equitable infrastructures that support and sustain diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Aspiration Statement

The Deans’ Diversity Designates aim to build frameworks for leveraging community-centered solutions across the University. We commit to enhancing the competency of our communities to address complex problems and develop nuanced solutions and practices. The Deans’ Diversity Designates intend to

  • create purposefully equitable environments,
  • expand, sustain, and leverage practices that create and support community across identities, abilities, and backgrounds, and
  • include and center the experiences of systemically non-dominant identities within programs, policies, and spaces on campus

to achieve a Vanderbilt where anyone and everyone can and does thrive.

Current Deans’ Diversity Designates

College of Arts and Science

Victoria Greene, Ph.D., Stevenson Professor of Physics

Blair School of Music

Melissa Rose, D.M.A., Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Divinity School

Laura Cheifetz, M.Div., MBA, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation and Student Life

School of Engineering

Julianne Vernon, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success

The Graduate School

Don Brunson, Ph.D., Office of Diversity; Underrepresented Student Outreach, Admission, and Retention Officer

Law School

Yesha Yadav, LL.M., Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Community

School of Medicine Basic Sciences

Felysha Jenkins, Ph.D., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager

School of Nursing

Rolanda Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Owen Graduate School of Management

Jennifer Escalas, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Nicole M. Joseph, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion