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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.

Let’s Grow Together!

As a community, VUcept is committed to fostering growth, within VUceptors, first-year students, and the Vanderbilt community. As peer mentors, VUceptors use their own experiences to support first-year studnets through CommonVU Orientation, Vanderbilt Visions, and beyond. With the support of a faculty partner and the rest of the VUceptor cohort, student VUceptors are uniquely positioned to inspire action across campus.

Fast Facts

-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

Marguerite Manning, 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

With questions about the VUcept organization, please contact VUcept President Riya Patel or VUcept Adviser Natalee Erb.  Connect with VUcept on Facebook or Instagram to receive updates and join the conversation.