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Diversity & Inclusion

Vanderbilt’s Office of Investments (“OoI”) is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within its operations as well as in how it manages the university’s endowment. The team of 13 investment professionals that report to the vice chancellor for investments comes from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, with more than half of this team representing minority groups. These professionals embody our belief that building a diverse team with varied backgrounds and a broad range of perspectives provides the office and the university with a competitive advantage in understanding the nuances of investing opportunities in various markets.

OoI is committed to the principles outlined in the university’s overall goals to work toward a more diverse and inclusive Vanderbilt. In addition, we are guided largely by our equal employment opportunity and affirmative action statement when selecting external partners for the endowment portfolio. This statement says, “Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, covered veterans status, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment.”

Our OoI leadership team is fully committed to increasing opportunities for women and minority-owned asset management firms. For more than 45 years, Vanderbilt has invested with small and new firms that cultivate diverse and inclusive cultures at organization levels, particularly in senior and executive roles.

In the words of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, “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.”