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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

February 8, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Each year during Black History Month we highlight the contributions of Black Americans in various arenas. For many this is a time when new things are learned, or maybe it’s an opportunity to go deeper and learn more about the things we’re already familiar with.

For the remaining weeks of February, I’d like to showcase the work and writings of literary giants I’ve come to admire through the years. Today I’ll be sharing a poem by one of the great leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes. Please enjoy the poem, “I, Too” in reflection of the impact Hughes had on American culture through his writing. Learn more about the life and legacy of Langston Hughes here.

Monday Inspiration

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” —  Shirley Chisholm

This Moment in America

Register for the event here.

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center to Celebrate Black History Month throughout February

To learn more about daily and upcoming black history events for 2021, please visit: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc/bhm-events/

NOTE: Multiple events are available to attend. Zoom links are listed on the website for virtual events.


Vanderbilt’s Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Upcoming Workshops

Leadership Skills – Wednesday, February 17th @ 12pm | Krystal Clark, Director of Employee Learning and Organizational Effectiveness

RSVP for this event here!

NOTE: All Work-Life Workshops are held via Zoom. For questions or accommodations, please contact Brianna Nesbitt at brianna.nesbitt@vanderbilt.edu. Sign up for the Women’s Center Mailing List here.


Upcoming P.R.I.D.E. Training

Spring 2021 Schedule

  • Feb 24th, 4:30pm – 8pm
  • April 7th, 10am – 2pm

Sign up here!


Upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ Sessions

  • Feb 16th: 11am – 1pm CST
  • Mar 22nd: 9am – 11am CST
  • May 27th: 10am – 12pm CST

Register for upcoming sessions via Oracle Learning here.

Virtual & Community Events

Slalom Presents: Dare to Lead – Brad Jackson in Conversation with Brene Brown

Wednesday, February 10th | Register here.

NOTE: Various 1-hour sessions are available. Learn more and select a convenient session using the registration link.


NACE Professional Development: Intent & Impact – Connecting Underrepresented Students & Employers Using A Virtual Meet-up Model

Thursday, Feb 11th, 1pm – 2pm ET | Register here.

Cost: $49 (member); $69 (nonmember)

(Susanne Donovan, Jhaakira Jacobs, Christie Vuoto – Villanova University)

Additional Learning Resources


The Honest HR Podcast | Talking about Race Is Not Taboo

Enjoy in less than 1 hour!

The Honest HR podcast dares to go there as it explores “the uncomfortable, ugly, complicated, and sometimes wonderful truths of the workplace” in easy-to-listen episodes that are typically less than an hour. Check out the most recent discussion on race, a topic often perceived as taboo. You don’t have to be an HR pro to enjoy this workplace gem.



Top 3 Ways the Pandemic Changed the Work World

(Chaim Shapiro, NACE Blog)

How the Best Leaders Rethink and Unlearn What They Know

(Lindsay Blakely, Inc.)

Managing ‘Cultural Taxation’ and Combating Burnout: Tips and Resources for Underrepresented Faculty and Staff

(Chante Griffin, HERC – Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)



Fidelity Offerings: Professional Development & Online Live Courses

We know that many people have financial goals on their mind when beginning a new year. It’s February and if you still looking for resources to help you make smart money moves, this is the perfect time to take advantage of Fidelity’s education resources.

Visit your NetBenefits (see link below) homepage and click “Learn” to visit Fidelity’s Learn Hub. Check out the featured topics and then scroll down to check out a host of on demand and live web workshops brought to you by Fidelity and Vanderbilt University including:

  • Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Building for the Future
  • Five Money Musts
  • Get a Handle on Your Current Student Loan Debt
  • Get Started and Save for the Future You
  • Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals
  • Invest Confidently for Your Future
  • Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security
  • Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings
  • Manage Unexpected Events and Expenses
  • Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy
  • Navigating Market Volatility
  • Organize, plan & own your future. Making Financial Health a Priority of Women
  • Prepare for the Reality of Health Care in Retirement
  • Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations
  • Quarterly Market Update
  • Take the First Step to Investing
  • Taking Control: 2 Ways to Start Feeling Good about your Finances
  • Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income
  • Your College Savings Options

There’s also a vast library of additional learning resources. All of these opportunities are FREE to you. Remember, you can log-in to Fidelity by visiting SkyVU at vanderbilt.edu/skyvu/ or visit netbenefits.fidelity.com.

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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team

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