Many people make up religious and spiritual life at Vanderbilt, from staff, to students, to folks from beyond campus.
Religious Life Staff are employees of Vanderbilt University. They work to ensure the presence of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular viewpoints on campus; to implement programs and events that allow for interfaith engagement, non-sectarian spiritual reflection, conversation across lines of difference, and exploration of intersectional identities; and provide pastoral, spiritual, emotional, and community care regardless to students, faculty, and staff regardless of religious spiritual, and secular viewpoints.
Affiliate Chaplains are sent by particular faith communities to serve students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt. In partnership with their student religious life organizations, affiliated chaplains provide opportunities for members of their faith to worship, study, socialize, and serve in the world. Affiliate chaplains also collaborate with one another and Religious Life staff to care for the whole Vanderbilt community.
Student Staff are employees of the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life who are also full-time students at Vanderbilt. Typically, OUCRL has one graduate assistant from the Peabody College’s program in Higher Education Administration; one or more intern from the Divinity School; and several graduate or undergraduate students as clerical assistants.