Student Leadership Opportunities
For residents of residential colleges
House Programming Advisory Councils (HPACs)
Each of the ten houses on The Ingram Commons has a House Programming Advisory Council (HPAC), composed of a president and vice president who are elected as well as a public relations chair and service commissioner, who are appointed. HPACs meet with their faculty head of house and program coordinator to advise on house programming and the life of the house. Additionally, HPACs work with upper-division peer mentors and professional staff to enhance inter-house, Commons-wide, and campus-wide living-learning initiatives.
In addition to these formal HPAC positions, each house will also elect a first-year senator to serve in Vanderbilt Student Government. If you are interested in this position, please visit VSG's website.
Elections/appointments to the House Programming Advisory Council occur in early September. For more details email Assistant Director of the First-Year Experience Michael Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steps to apply for HPAC positions will be sent to your Vanderbilt email address and advertised on the Residential Colleges Instagram page.
A brief description of each HPAC role can be found below:
Each College Council consists of four to five upper-division student leaders: one elected college president, one appointed public relations chair, and two to three appointed college representatives. Each position provides unique leadership opportunities and ensures the success of the respective college.
The College Council represents the interests of college residents, helps design and implement programming, and advises the faculty head of college and the college staff concerning college events. The College Councils also help facilitate the College Cup, a yearlong competition between all five colleges designed to promote community, unity, and partnership between all residents within the residential college system.
A brief description of each College Council role can be found below:
For all Vanderbilt undergraduate students
Commons Leadership Council Peer Mentors
The Commons Leadership Council (CLC) Peer Mentors support the development of 40 first-year student leaders who have a leadership role in their house on The Ingram Commons. CLC Peer Mentors facilitate meetings with their assigned first-year student leaders, support Commons Cup programming, and help lead other programming initiatives on The Ingram Commons.
The application process for CLC Peer Mentors begins in late spring. For questions about CLC Peer Mentors please email Assistant Director of the First-Year Experience Michael Wallace.
International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)
International Orientation Leaders are upper-division international and domestic students responsible for welcoming new international students to Vanderbilt University before and during International Student Orientation. IOLs are part of a student organization known as iLEAD, and are overseen by a five member student board as well as a staff adviser. IOLs help new international students acclimate to the Vanderbilt community by respecting different cultures, creating community, and empowering international students. Each IOL will lead a group of approximately eight to ten new international students, providing encouragement and support as they undergo social, cultural, and academic transition. IOLs also assist with the implementation of International Student Orientation as a whole.
Transfer Student Leaders (TSLs)
Transfer Connect is the student organization that oversees the 20+ Transfer Student Leaders (TSLs). The mission of Transfer Connect is to offer support, guidance, and community to incoming transfer students throughout their transition to academic and student life at Vanderbilt. This mission is accomplished through the facilitation of transfer group meetings during Transfer Student Orientation and through ongoing social programming open to all transfer students.
Over the summer, incoming transfers will be assigned a TSL who will serve as their guide at orientation and their peer mentor throughout the fall semester.
During Transfer Student Orientation, students who transfer to Vanderbilt will meet with their transfer group, which will be comprised of approximately 10-12 incoming transfer students, and spend significant time building community and discussing important campus issues and student support resources.
Applications for TSLs open in January with interviews taking place in February. For questions about Transfer Connect and the application process, visit the Transfer Connect webpage or email Grace Hollis, Transfer Connect adviser.
VUcept is a peer mentor organization that facilitates the cultural, social, and intellectual growth of Vanderbilt students through CommonVU Orientation, Vanderbilt Visions, and beyond.
Student VUceptors are dedicated to supporting first-year students in their transition to Vanderbilt. They introduce the newest Commodores to Vanderbilt’s traditions, culture, and resources, and foster a brave and inclusive Vanderbilt community. Each student VUceptor serves alongside a faculty VUceptor, and each pair is assigned a Vanderbilt Visions group of 16-18 new students that meets on a weekly basis over the course of the fall semester. During Vanderbilt Visions, VUceptors facilitate discussions about the first-year transition, diversity, equity, stress, and resilience, among other topics. Together, faculty and student VUceptors model a dynamic and meaningful professor-student interaction and help to create a mutually beneficial learning environment for everyone.
Applications for VUcept open in January with interviews taking place in February. For questions about VUcept and the application process email Michael Wallace, VUcept adviser.