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“Universities such as ours exist because of an unshakable belief in human potential. We must do whatever it takes to create an environment in which all members of our community can thrive and contribute to their full potential.”

–Chancellor Daniel Diermeier

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University Resources and Support

Offices, Centers and Initiatives

The university has a broad array of offices, departments, centers and initiatives dedicated to fostering equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in our community.

Staff, Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars

Vanderbilt continues to work to support the development and wellbeing of all staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars, and creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming work environment.

Faculty Development at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University Faculty Development


Vanderbilt continues to work to ensure students experience a sense of belonging and are holistically supported with the resources they need to thrive, and are fully empowered to reach their potential in pursuit of the university’s mission.

POSSE 30th Celebration Vanderbilt University (Vandebrilt/Anne Rayner)
POSSE 30th Anniversary Celebration in October 2019

School and College Resources

Inclusion is a core value for each of Vanderbilt’s ten schools and colleges. Learn about the ways they are working to create a welcoming and diverse learning community.

Kirkland Hall
Kirkland Hall


Vanderbilt is committed to advancing inclusion and belonging throughout our entire community, including amongst our 136,064 alumni. One way we do that is through our affinity groups, which provide an opportunity for Vanderbilt alumni to connect with each other and find community.

Dorothy Wingfield Phillips, Ph.D., the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt.
Dorothy Wingfield Phillips, Ph.D., the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, at the Vanderbilt Trailblazers portrait unveiling during Reunion 2019.







There are numerous equity, diversity and inclusion related resources, support services and initiatives for community members to engage with across Vanderbilt.

MLK Day March
Vanderbilt community members at the MLK Day March.



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