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EVOLVE is about helping you become the best version of yourself and fostering the impact you can have as a leader on campus and for a lifetime. Spend 8 weeks learning with 35-45 of your peers. This program works with students who are interested in personal development and have a desire to lead positive change.  Read more about EVOLVE.

The Leadership Studio

The Leadership Studio is a space for students to acquire, practice, and exercise their leadership skills. Studio sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn about key elements of serving as a leader including motivation, communication, accountability, feedback, and prioritization. Students will leave with an action plan to implement practices into their leadership behavior. They will also receive a follow-up guide with relevant resources that will allow them to continue the work engaged in during the session.  Click here for more information.

Magnolia Awards

The Magnolia Awards recognize outstanding student efforts in the campus community. With seventeen awards ranging from demonstrated leadership in intramural sports to commitment to cultural education, the Magnolia Awards recognize outstanding leaders across campus.

Additionally, awards are available for students of all academic standings: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and graduating seniors. Many of the awards, in addition to recognition, include monetary rewards. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring semester each year; students may apply for more than one award.  Learn more.


We are looking for social influencers, leaders of all types, change agents, positive personas, advocates, allies, activists, servants, compassionate critics, bosses, feminists, dreamers, doers, observers, skeptics, survivors, people who motivate others, those who need to be motivated, people who get stuff done and those who are trying to figure out how to get stuff done.  Learn more


spark*sessions are an opportunity for DOS Staff Members and Campus Partners to engage in personal and professional development in a relaxed environment. We’ll explore a popular book that aims to help you become your best self in all areas of your life. Learn more

Student Leader of The Month (SLOTM)

It is our pleasure to celebrate the impact that students in our community make on behalf of Vanderbilt.  We are fortunate to work with a dedicated group of students who genuinely want to make a positive difference in the lives of many.  Although great leaders value results, it is also important to value the people that make those results possible. Learn more


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx Vanderbilt University, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about TEDxVanderbiltUniversity.