VUcept is a peer mentor organization with over fifty years of experience mentoring new students through their transition to the Vanderbilt community. VUceptors facilitate the development of first-year students (VUceptees) by holding Visions sessions within the living and learning community of The Ingram Commons and by connecting VUceptees to upper-division students and faculty. While student VUceptors are integral to the Vanderbilt Visions program, their mission does not end there. VUcept requires intentional campus engagement from its members, as an effort to pursue campus culture change and in order to help first-year students integrate into the larger Vanderbilt community. In doing so, VUcept continually emphasizes the value of collaborative exploration, brave spaces, and peer mentorship.
Unite & Uplift
VUcept’s mission as an organization is to “Unite & Uplift.” Uniting means encouraging the entire Vanderbilt community to come together, bound by their common values, to transcend their differences by celebrating diversity. VUcept seeks to build a community that is fundamentally united; a community where everyone feels accepted and valued. Uplifting is essential to this mission, as VUcept hopes to foster a philosophy on campus where everyone supports and cares for one another, helping to ensure each person can be the best version of themselves. This is a community that fosters growth.
-There are 93 student VUceptors, representing the diversity of thought and experience found at Vanderbilt.
-Additionally, a 12-member executive board governs the student organization in achieving its mission for campus change, while working to support student VUceptors. Only current student VUceptors are eligible to apply for the VUcept Board in the fall of each year.
-Student VUceptors are re-selected annually in the spring semester, through a rigorous application process.
-Student VUceptors are intentionally paired with faculty VUceptors and together these pairs co-facilitate the Vanderbilt Visions program.
VUcept Executive Board
Riya Patel, President
Kameron Hagerla, Vice President
Taylor Lomax, Public Relations Co-chair
Sarah Mutombo, Public Relations Co-chair
Grant Bowlds, Selections Co-chair
Karrie Raymond, Selections Co-chair
Michael Gonçalves, Training Co-chair
Rachael Marglous, Training Co-chair
Ryan Chompre, Outreach Co-chair
Jason Scott, Outreach Co-chair
Kev Jung, True Life Co-chair
Ellie Miller, True Life Co-chair