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Provost’s WAVE Council – Women’s Advancement & Equity

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The goal of the overall initiative is to develop progressive and innovative solutions and practices to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to succeed, no matter what gender they identify with. The council will look closely at the university’s practices, culture and support structure for the broad array of women faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows at Vanderbilt.

The council will:

  1. Identify and define thematic pillars upon which to focus efforts and when appropriate convene working groups or mobilize existing relevant, “linked” committees to do work associated with a particular pillar;
  2. Review working group and committee reports and recommendations, and analyze them in conjunction with other thematic pillars to ensure progress is being made; and
  3. Be connected to and aware of related work across campus, partnering on areas of common efforts for staff.

The council has established four subcommittees to focus on key thematic pillars:

  1. Campus Climate and Sexual Harassment Subcommittee
  2. Institutionalized Professional Practice Subcommittee
  3. Parental Leave, Childcare, and Family Friendly Policies Subcommittee
  4. Compensation Equity Subcommittee

Three established committees will be linked to the initiative to provide key insight. The council will engage these linked committees as appropriate to ensure coordination across all. Those three “linked” committees include:

Initiative on the Status of Women


Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and ScienceChair
Kelsea Best, Graduate Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Science, and Graduate Student Association PresidentGraduate Student Association
Catherine McTamaney, Associate Professor of the Practice of Teaching and Learning, Peabody, and Faculty Senate Chair-ElectFaculty Senate
John McLean, Stevenson Professor of Chemistry, Arts and Science, and Faculty Senate Chair Faculty Senate
Stella Child, Postdoctoral Scholar of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, and Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association TreasurerPostdoc Association
Frances Burton, Undergraduate Student and Vanderbilt Student Government PresidentVanderbilt Student Government
Heather Conner, Professor of Piano, Chancellor's Chair of Pre-College PianoBlair School of Music
Jennifer Escalas, Associate Professor of MarketingOwen Graduate School of Management
Catherine Gavin Loss, Associate Professor of the Practice of Leadership, Policy, and OrganizationsPeabody College
Tina Iverson, Professor of Biochemistry and PharmacologySchool of Medicine - Basic Sciences
Melanie Lutenbacher, Associate Professor of NursingSchool of Nursing
Terry Maroney, Professor of LawLaw School
Clare McCabe, Associate Dean for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair School of Engineering
Jennifer Fay, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Arts and EnglishCollege of Arts and Science
Phillis Sheppard, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and CultureDivinity School
Amy Booth, Professor of Psychology and Human DevelopmentAt Large
Ginny Moore, Associate Professor of Nursing, Director of Women's Health Nurse Practitioner SpecialtyAt Large
Ronald Schrimpf, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of EngineeringAt Large
Isaac West, Associate Professor of Communication StudiesAt Large
Rory Dicker, Director, Margaret Cuninggim Women's CenterEx Officio
Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law & Liberty, Vice Provost for Faculty AffairsEx Officio
William Robinson, Interim Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives; Associate Dean for Academic Success; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Ex Officio


Vanderbilt climate surveys on sexual assault and misconduct show informed and engaged campus community, challenges remaining

Vanderbilt faculty and postdocs report few experiences with sexual harassment in survey, but concerns persist

WAVE Council town hall provides progress report on current and future initiatives to support women on campus

Provost’s Steering Committee for Initiatives Focusing on the Status of Women – Now Known as WAVE


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