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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

July 18, 2023

The Editor’s Note

In last month’s edition, we were ushering in the start of summer. What a life summer has taken on since then!

As you take cover from the scorching heat and occasional rain, we invite you to indulge in a bit of summer reading and listening from our “Additional Learning Resources” section below. There are also some great learning opportunities available from the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (see “Campus Partner Opportunities”). The sessions offer a range of topics, such as advancing your career and professionalism. This 6-week series is now down to four sessions remaining before summer ends. Sign up for an upcoming session today!

Highlights for this month’s edition:

  • Fall Staff Assembly submissions are just around the corner! Learn more about important dates and steps to take in the “HR Employee Learning and Engagement” section below.
  • TEDxVanderbiltUniversity is now available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Check out the “Additional Learning Resources” section below and tune in!

HR ELE learning experiences will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Happy Learning!

HR Employee Learning and Engagement 


The Fall Staff Assembly and staff awards are part of the semi-annual effort to celebrate staff excellence and recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s mission. This year’s Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21st.  

Award nominations can be submitted online through the online nomination form and are open Friday, July 21st through Sunday, Aug. 6th. Please see the  Staff Awards website for nomination guidelines and award amounts. The Staff Awards Review Committee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation to senior administration.  

The fall awards for staff excellence are as follows:  

Community Impact Award   

Professional Excellence Award  

Innovation Excellence Award  

Research Excellence Award  

Student Impact Award  

Leadership Excellence Award  

The Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21st, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. CT and will feature comments from the chancellor and the University Staff Advisory Council. A reception will follow. More details about the event will be announced at a later date.  

For more information about the awards and the full nomination criteria or to submit nominations, visit the staff awards website. Questions should be directed to the Human Resources Employee Learning and Engagement team at ele@vanderbilt.edu.  

Did You Know…?

physical therapist working with older woman

According to the APA’s (American Psychological Association) Work in America workforce survey, 71% of respondents either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that they matter at work, and 19% responded that they are either not at all satisfied, or they are not very satisfied with the level of personal fulfillment gained through their work. Experts weighed in and offered insight on how to foster a culture where everyone at work matters. Learn more about their recommendations here.

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff’s (AVBFS) Professional Development Series

Are you a new graduate and in your first professional job? Trying a new role and feel lost? Do you just feel lost at Vanderbilt? Have colleagues on your team that could use professional development to better acclimate to the higher ed environment? Then this 6-week series is for you or your team! This professional development tackles everything from radical rest, racial battle fatigue, and even how to say no at work.



Date: Monday, July 24, 2023  |  Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST  |  Location: The Black Cultural Center Auditorium



Date: Monday, July 31, 2023  |  Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST  |  Location: The Black Cultural Center Auditorium



Date: Monday, August 7, 2023  |  Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST  |  Location: The Black Cultural Center Auditorium



Date: Monday, August 14, 2023  |  Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST  |  Location: The Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Register Here


Unlock the Full Power of ChatGPT

Photo Credit: Connor Bacon 

Jules White (pictured above), associate dean for strategic learning programs and associate professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, is making ChatGPT more accessible and useful for the broader public with the launch of his free online Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT course. Through Coursera for Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students can earn this certificate at no cost.

Learn more and enroll today!

Virtual & Community Experiences



Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2023  |  Time: 2pm – 3pm CST  |  Location: Virtual



Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2023  |  Time: 11am – 12pm CST  |  Location: Virtual



Date: Monday, July 31, 2023  |  Time: 2pm – 3pm CST  | Location: Virtual

(Visit learn.lyrahealth.com to register for Lyra Gatherings. This may require creating a new account. See the “Additional Learning Resources>Recommended Learning” section below for details.)

Additional Learning Resources


2023 TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

If you missed this year’s TEDxVanderbiltUniversity featured talks, we’ve got you covered! This year’s speakers offered a variation of topics, sharing ideas worth spreading to the Vanderbilt community in bite-sized talks. In less than 15 minutes per talk, you can listen during your morning or evening commute, or tune in while you work!

Blending Art and Science: A Stage of Hope for Autism | Blythe Corbett | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

Children, Society’s Safety Net: A Youth Caregiving Story | Feylyn Lewis | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

Being a Woman is a Death Sentence in Juarez, Mexico | Alejandra Flores | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

Navigating the AI Future of Health Care | Benjamin Collins | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

Compliments Immigrants Don’t Want to Hear | Aaditi Lele | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

What Ketchup Teaches Us about Cuisine, Identity & Culture | Rachel Brewer | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity



A ‘nice’ workplace culture may be more toxic than you think, says this NYU professor

(Goh Chiew Tong, CNBC)

The State of Work in 2023

(By the team at Slack, Slack)

The 5 Executive Leadership Skills that Matter Most

(Ronda Simpson, BIG THINK)



Achieve Your Learning Goals– Tap Into Skillsoft Books and Videos!

Skillsoft Books and Videos offers you access to a library of more than 40,000 audiobooks, videos, live events, and related content. You can locate this wealthy resource under Learning Item Number OLC930045 in Oracle, or simply visit Oracle Learning.

NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox to access the library. 


Access On-Demand Courses or Register for Monthly Gatherings with Lyra Learn!

Lyra Learn offers interactive and research-backed courses about specific mental health topics led by clinicians and subject matter experts. New courses are added every quarter.

Complete the following steps to register for Lyra Learn and Lyra Gatherings:

  1. Visit learn.lyrahealth.com
  2. Upon reaching the log in page, go to “New user? Register”
  3. Complete the registration form (enter #vanderbilt511 for the customer code)
  4. Check your email for the link to complete the registration process

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