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Residential Education Programs

Mission – Why We Program

Residential Education strives to create a community environment in which students can participate in a wide variety of educational activities and events.  We offer a diverse group of programs that will enrich our residents and compliment their academic experience.  Our programs are designed to help students:

  • Find their place and be exposed to a culturally diverse community
  • Develop life skills
  • Enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts
  • Develop socially, academically, intellectually, vocationally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and civically

At Vanderbilt, education is not just about the classroom experience; it is also about the learning that happens outside the classroom.  We challenge the students to take part in their community by building new friendships and managing those relationships, interacting with faculty and staff, and exposing themselves to new and different perspectives.  Our programs are designed to emphasize the four major areas of acculturation at Vanderbilt: Academic, Social, Values, and Cognitive.  We believe these areas encompass the learning outcomes needed for our students to be highly successful, global citizens.


RA Programs

Each Area RA Staff host various programs throughout the academic year in order to build community and foster the Community Creed throughout the residence halls.  Events and activities are centered around the following foci:  Academic Development, Career Development, Civic Engagement/Service, Community Development, Diversity Awareness, and Personal Growth.  Through RA programming, residents are exposed to interaction with their peers, faculty, staff and Nashville community partners.

Department Wide Programs

Commodore Cruise

Commodore Cruises are opportunities for Vanderbilt students to experience Nashville with dinner at a Nashville-centric restaurant followed by an enjoyable night beyond Vanderbilt’s campus. The events range from seeing a show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, to a musical at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, to a game the Bridgestone Arena.  The biggest highlight of the cruises is that they are all FREE to the students!

4th Fridays

Each month, Residential Education in partnership with Sarratt Student Center features some of Vanderbilt’s finest talent at Rand Lounge!  Students are welcome to join us as we celebrate the “4th Friday” every month…you won’t be disappointed!

Mega Stress Fest

Mega Stress Fest is our yearly stress-reliever for the student body before fall finals.  It’s a great opportunity to take a study break and enjoy a festive yet calming atmosphere filled with free food, fun and relaxation!!!  Students have the opportunity to sign up for free massages, paraffin hand wax treatments, facials, henna art tattoos, Wii games, arts and crafts and more! Students also get an array of tasty treats and warm drink options.  Traditionally held the first Friday in December in the Student Life Center, this program is co-sponsored with VPB’s VenU.


Program of the Month/Year Recognition

Our student staff puts forth a lot of effort and energy in order to provide quality programs and events for their residents.  In an effort to show our appreciation for their hard work and creativity, we have created a Program of the Month Award.  An anonymous committee gathers each month and evaluates nominated programs from each area.  This anonymous committee consists of staff across the Dean of Students division.  Winners of each month are then considered for the Program of the Year, one of our highest programming honors.

For more information on The Programs contact:

Traci R. Ray – Director of Residential Education

Nadine De La Rosa – Assistant Director, First Year Engagement and Community Development