News & Events

Student Leader of the Month: April 2017

The Office of Student Leadership Development is pleased to announce April’s Student Leader of the Month, Hunter Savage, who was nominated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.

To learn more about this recognition program and check out previous Student Leaders of the Month, visit our website or contact Brooke Wilson at for more details.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Thistle Farms: A Message of Hope and Resilience

Monday, Apr. 17, 2017
Alumni Lounge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

As part of Project Safe’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Project Safe is excited to welcome Shelia Simpkins, a graduate of the Thistle Farm’s Magdalene program, to speak about her path to healing. Shelia will share how she has learned to turn her past experiences into the driving force behind her desire to help those who are victims of trafficking. Through her work at Thistle Farms, Shelia has gained a sense of empowerment which she uses to instill hope in others.

Thistle Farms is a local organization that houses the Magdalene project which provides homes for women survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution. Today the residential program of Thistle Farms provides housing for up to 32 women and serves hundreds more with advocacy and referral services. The residential program offers housing, medical care, therapy, education and job training for two years, without charging women or receiving government funding.

Stress Less Spring Fest

The Office of Housing and Residential Education and the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center invite you to Stress Less Spring Fest, Monday, Apr. 24, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. This is a great time to relax and unwind before finals begin! Take advantage of free food, and activities like a petting zoo, meditation, yoga classes, a hammock village, facials, massages, and more!

For up to date information, visit:

VUcept Presents: Remember The Time

Tuesday, Apr. 18
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BCC Auditorium

Join VUcept for an evening of storytelling and listening.  Students who wish to share a story related to a specific challenge they faced/overcame, a memorable time in their life that they feel has shaped their values, etc. may place their names in a fish bowl.  If their name is drawn, they will take 5-10 minutes to share their story.  Storytelling is powerful, and we believe this event will foster a sense of community and unite students.  VUcept also invites attendees to participate in the #GoThereVandy campaign at this event.  This event is included in GME.  For more information, visit

Contact: Kenya Wright at


Vanderbilt Center for Student Wellbeing

Looking for a calm place to get away?

The Center for Student Wellbeing have weekly yoga, mindfulness meditation, and recovery support groups, as well as quiet study space. Appointments for life skills and academic coaching are also available!


Spring 2018 Study Abroad Applications Are Open

Want to talk about spring study abroad? Come talk to us! Our advising staff members host drop-in office hours twice weekly and are also available by appointment. If you do not have time to meet with a member of our advising staff before leaving for the semester, we are also available for Skype and phone appointments over the summer! Application deadlines can be found here. (Please note that some programs have deadlines that fall before school starts in August.) 

Questions? Go to or email us at

Lavender Celebration

Wednesday, Apr. 19
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Life Center Ballroom A

Save the date for Lavender Celebration on Wednesday, April 19 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Lavender Celebration is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied graduating students as well as current student leaders. 

As part of the Lavender Celebration ceremony, the Office of LGBTQI Life also acknowledges those that serve the LGBTQI+ community with a passion for justice or those that demonstrate the courage to exit in solidarity with all members of the LGBTQI+ community. If you feel as though you know someone or you yourself have exhibited these attributes, please fill out this nomination form (

Graduating undergraduates and graduates are welcome to fill out our form by Monday, Apr. 17  ( in order to be recognized during the ceremony. All students, staff members, and faculty are welcome to attend the program. Full dinner will be provided and business casual attire is suggested and not required.

Vanderbilt Summer Intern Housing

Attention students!
Have you landed a great internship in Nashville this summer?
Are you having trouble finding affordable housing?
Look no further than our Academic Summer Intern Housing Program at Vanderbilt!

The Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences offers a unique 10 week summer housing program for Summer Academic Interns and Researchers from Sunday, May 28, 2017 through Saturday, August 5, 2017 for qualified college students.

Eligible individuals must be:

·         18 years of age or older

·         enrolled in a degree-seeking program

·         actively involved in a summer research or academic internship program in the Nashville area

·         staying for no less than 2 weeks

We offer our participants first-rate accommodations at competitive prices. All summer academic interns will be housed in the same apartment complex, giving residents the opportunity to interact with peers and other summer academic interns from across the country.

We are a safe, affordable, and diverse housing option right in the middle of all Nashville’s happenings.

Spots go quickly, so apply today!

For more information about our program or to register, please visit our website

Note for Graduating Seniors from Student Health

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

It has been an honor and privilege to serve you at the Student Health Center during your time at Vanderbilt.

You will be able to continue visiting the Student Health Center through Thur., Jun. 15.   Please contact us at 615-322-2427 to schedule your well-exams, physicals, travel consultations, pre-employment exams and more.

For more information, visit us at
Follow us on Instagram @vandystudenthealth or Twitter @vandyshc.


Residential Education Outstanding RA and HR of the Month

As a way of recognizing the outstanding contributions of our student staff, the Office of Housing and Residential Education will recognize a select RA and HR each month. Congratulations to RA Anjuli Young and HR Gabi Grys

RA & HR of the Month

As a way of recognizing the outstanding contributions of our student staff, the Office of Housing and Residential Education will recognize a select RA each month. RAs are nominated by their fellow students, peer RAs, ResEd staff members, and Residential Faculty for their contributions to their respective residential community with regard to RA responsibilities (programming, leadership, mentoring, student care, etc.) as well as contributions to the Vanderbilt and/or Nashville Community.

This Month’s Featured RA:

Anjuli Young


What does being an RA mean to you?

“To me, being an RA means being present. I know that there are people on my hall who will never need me as a resource, but everyone is better off when they, at the very least, have a friendly face asking how their day went. My goal is for my residents to know that no matter how they’re doing, I’m here looking out for them and that I’m on their side. It’s so easy for sophomores coming from the Commons to Branscomb to feel like they’re loosing that level of security and community, and so I hope to help continue that here on main campus for them.”


Medicine, Health and Society

Minors in Biological Sciences & Computer Science

Other Organizations:

Panhellenic Council

VP of Recruitment

Tour Guide

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Quotes from Anjuli’s nomination:

“Anjuli has been, month after month, one of the most hardworking and helpful RAs to work with on staff”

“She’s handled all of the complex issues in stride, providing caring support for residents that are all younger than her and serving as a positive role model for the girls who live on her hall”

This Month’s Featured HR:

Gabi Grys

Murray House

What does being an HR mean to you?

“Being a Head Resident has been the most rewarding part of my Vanderbilt experience. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity this year to collaborate with my Faculty Head of House to create new traditions for Murray House as we embarked on our first year on the job together; watching our ideas come to life through the fantastic residents and RA staff of Murray House has been such a joy. I always tell my tours that I have only ever lived in a freshmen dorm (and I’m returning as a Commons Lifer next year!) because I so deeply believe in the mission of the Commons and what we are able to accomplish as a community to set first-year students up for success. Having the chance to be a part of that mission as a Head Resident has been such a blessing and has fundamentally shaped my college career. “


Secondary Education


Quotes from Gabi’s nomination:

“Gabi has a great sense of integrity and always pushes both herself and her staff to go above and beyond in the quality work they do as a team”

“She has shown incredible leadership of her Murray team this year!”