Current Mayfield Projects
The purpose of our project, “Our ‘Dore is Always Open”, is to raise mental health awareness on campus, to engage in an open dialogue with faculty and students about mental health, and to do research and spread awareness affordable and accessible mental health resources for students. We believe that open, comfortable discussion about mental health will help alleviate the stigma that surrounds this issue, and plan to host these conversations and open them to all people within our community. These conversations will allow us to engage with others on this incredibly important and widespread issue, and will not only benefit the community, but also deepen our own understanding of mental illness. Our Mayfield will be a safe space on campus where we will host events to help students destress during the insanely rigorous and stressing semester. Proposed events such as tea and coloring nights, meditation sessions, and creative expression gatherings will act as fun and relaxing outlets for all students across campus.
We are seeking to learn how to live sustainably as college students and as the next generation of leaders. We are aware that the need to live sustainably is increasing as the environment suffers, and look to no one but ourselves as we have the responsibility individually to lead environmentally conscious lives. To discover this, we will be meeting with professors who specialize in environmental sustainability, keeping compost, volunteering at farms, researching innovative personal sustainability practices, and posting about our findings on our WordPress blog designed for students.
The purpose of this project will be to create an applications which will serve the needs of nonprofits both globally and locally while at the same time facilitating the creation of a culture of innovation on campus. Change++ is a student organization that has sought to achieve this goal by partnering with the School of Engineering, the Wond’ry, and OACS. Change++ projects have been incorporated into Software Engineering Projects (CS 4279) and are soon to be incorporated into the immersion requirement. Throughout the year, the members of this Mayfield Lodge will facilitate the creation of several project teams and run events designed to encourage the intersection between liberal arts, engineering, and the science. In addition, this Mayfield lodge will organize workshops focused on teaching skills related to designing and developing applications. As well, the members of this Mayfield Lodge will organize several large events including hackathons, demo presentations, and company/nonprofit talks.
Our proposed project is a documentary that takes a deep dive on the history and culture of music in Nashville. We plan to structure this film into three parts. It will begin with a look at the past, taking a look at how Music City got its name and what circumstances made Nashville such a powerhouse in the recording industry. Then it will move to the present, with both interviews and live on-location footage of musicians currently living in Nashville, giving a glimpse into the daily lives of Nashville’s concert scene, as well as a large focus on other underlooked aspects of music, such as the local symphony hall and studio jazz musicians in big bands. Finally, we plan to end with a look at the future, predicting what just might be the next big thing that keeps the momentum of Nashville going.
Each year, Vanderbilt students prepare for the next chapters of their lives. Less than a mile away in the Edgehill neighborhood, senior citizens, aged 62 years old and greater, have much to tell of their own chapters. The project will begin with a phase of research into the Edgehill community in order to become informed of the growth and change in the Edgehill neighborhood from a historical perspective. Through partnership with the Edgehill community, Edgehill Stories will then interview residents of the Gernert Studio Apartments, designated housing for individuals aged 62 and older. The interviews will be recorded, typed, and compiled. Finally, the compiled stories will be provided to the Gernert Studio Apartments, interested Edgehill community groups, and other intrigued parties. We hope that through the Edgehill Stories project we can provide the Vanderbilt community a historical and personal spotlight on one of Nashville’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods.
The goal of our project is to enhance the awareness about the different aspects of wellness and how each of those facets presents different rewards but also challenges. Each Mayfield member will dedicate him or herself to pursuing an aspect of wellness that he or she feels is important to his or her own physical and mental well-being. Each member will delineate the goals and objectives for the routine he or she will follow throughout the year. The members will write one-paragraph, biweekly blog posts on how well each has been adhering to his or her designed program, and these will be accompanied by longer, monthly insights into how focusing specifically on each respective aspect of wellness has been beneficial, what the obstacles are, what kinds of issues might be best addressed through this form of wellness, and recommendations for others seeking to follow a similar self-improvement project.
The focus of our Mayfield experience, “Project Passion,” involves sharing a piece of each of our pasts with the other members of the group. Each person will be assigned a month during the school year in which they are to teach the others about one of their passions in an engaging, yet educational manner. During each month, the assigned leader will guide the group in a series of learning sessions and interactive activities that revolve around the month’s topic. Each month will result in the production of a presentation that extracts the highlights of the month and portrays them in a slideshow of pictures that can be shared with the general public. This will enable the surrounding community to be included in our project, as we hope to develop new appreciations and perspectives among our group and our peers here at Vanderbilt.
As engineers, we are trained to see how we can improve the environment around us through innovation and invention. As Vanderbilt works towards realizing FutureVU, this culture of innovation starts to spread throughout campus. It also provides the perfect opportunity to make other improvements to campus, specifically making Vanderbilt more accessible for everyone. We aim to use our combined engineering skills to think of novel, inexpensive, and easily implementable ways of making campus more welcoming to all. We specifically want to target accessibility issues related with the continued construction on campus. For example, covering the soft foam walkways with a plastic covering to make them more easily traversable or creating an app consisting of the most accessible pathways on campus. Overall, we hope to think of alternatives that allow Vanderbilt to continue to improve without impeding on student’s mobility or accessibility.
VU•Do•Music is a movement to create an accessible and inclusive music ecosystem at Vanderbilt. With a physical house at its center, VU•Do•Music will integrate, invigorate, and diversify the Vanderbilt community, creating a supportive and approachable space for students to express ideas, learn, and forge creative bonds with fellow artists, performers, and music enthusiasts. Through unique events and sessions we will build a proactive, noncompetitive enterprise at Vanderbilt so students from all undergraduate schools with musical interests feel supported, connected and empowered. VU•Do•Music will offer a service providing live music performed by students for campus events to encourage collaboration and cohesion. As residents, we will acquire an extensive musical education outside the classroom and an introduction to the ups and downs of the music industry, while also gaining valuable experience connecting and organizing a diverse group of students.
Our project centers on the different dimensions of Food / Cooking, and how they relate to our lives. We plan on taking different portions of the year to focus on these different dimensions (this blocked approach has worked well for a previous project). These different facets would include, but not be limited to: Nutrition, Food as it relates to our respective cultures, Food in Community, Meal Planning, Food as an act of Service, and Healthy / Ordered eating. We want to break down what food means to each of us, and take this period of critical development to both analyze and appreciate something we often take for granted. This is not just a project to eat meals together – it will involve serious inquiry and analysis, and will create a product that represents our personal and intellectual growth. We want to apply and further develop the same skills of carrying out a Mayfield project this past year, but this time with a somewhat narrower focus.
Our Mayfield project explores the diverse backgrounds of each member using food as a medium for cultural experience. By hosting cultural buffets and going door-to-door to other Mayfields with cultural appetizers”, we can better appreciate each other’s lifestyles through food, a capstone of culture. In doing so, our Mayfield will be able to develop and coagulate our recipes derived from the each member’s cultural
backgrounds and distribute these recipes to the Vanderbilt community in hopes of expanding palates campus-wide.
Our project is more than just community service via volunteering; our project takes on an existing solution to a local problem and improving, extending, and strengthening its effects. We will be working with the non-profit organization, Book’em. Only four people currently work for this non-profit, and our contributions will help revolutionize their company. The non-profit aims to provide books for financially unstable communities. Some events/ activities that we will conduct, but are not limited to are book drives, book organizations, reading to students in the Nashville public schools, networking, marketing, and luncheons.
(V)U Need 2 Vote’s project would be focused on civic engagement on Vanderbilt’s campus. With the 2020 election approaching, we will foster an environment in which students can engage with each other and faculty so as to answer any questions they have concerning common election debate topics. While our generation seems to register to vote, we fail to actively educate ourselves and show up to the polls. With this in mind, we have oriented our project plan to consistently address issues that many students feel passionately about so as to pique interest and motivate civic engagement.
We will track recent scientific developments of Vanderbilt researchers and contact the researchers behind the work with the goal of learning more about their inspirations, motivations, and struggles, all of which are not usually captured in most popular articles and scientific outlets. In light of the personal elements of research we uncover, we will learn more about specific details of the research and its intended direction. Because we are committed to contacting researchers from a variety of scientific fields, especially those about which we currently know little, this project will provide us with an opportunity to cultivate our scientific awareness. We plan to create a blog that both recaptures these lost personal flairs and summarizes the nature of the scientific research. We will spread awareness about our blog so as to improve the scientific literacy of not only ourselves, but the Mayfield, Vanderbilt, and Nashville communities as a whole. We will collaborate with ArtLab, a project affiliated with the Communication of Science and Technology Department and run by our Faculty Adviser. Dr. Oliver will help us exhibit the blog, perhaps on an interactivescreen, in front of the Stevenson Lecture Halls and other locations around campus.
Our project encompasses hosting open dinner discussions at our Mayfield with employed professionals from various health fields along with post-collegiate, pre-health students. The series of discussions will be organized in a chronological progression, starting with students currently in medical, nursing, PA, or other graduate schools with a concentration on healthcare or public health.As the year goes on, we will host professionals at progressing stages of their careers.These discussions will allow us, and other Vanderbilt community memebers, to have deeper, more personalized conversations with students and health professionals that are pursuing careers of our interest. Through living in this Mayfield, we also hope to foster a close knit community of students passionate about pursuing careers within the health field that is based on encouragement and support.