Organizations & Identity Centers

Vanderbilt’s student organizations and identity centers enable students with shared interests to find one another in an environment that is supportive, welcoming and inclusive.

By bringing students together outside of the classroom, these organizations increase collective social mobility and provide additional opportunities for dialogue and immersion. Student organizations and identity centers enhance the vibrant Vanderbilt community and create opportunities for students to empower and learn from one another.

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Identity Centers

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is a space for women and all members of the Vanderbilt community to share resources and advance dialogue about gender equality, women’s health and strategies for resisting oppression. The center also holds workshops covering such topics as Feminism 101, body image and the history of women at Vanderbilt.

The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence is dedicated to promoting equity across all academic pursuits for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members. The office hosts a range of workshops, programs and events through various identity centers, including the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Office of Religious Life and others listed below.  

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life, located within the K.C. Potter Center, is dedicated to affirming and celebrating all gender identities and sexualities.

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life explores the potential for religion, spirituality and ethics to enhance students’ well-being, fulfillment and pursuit of knowledge. Drawing on a holistic, interfaith approach, the office provides emotional and spiritual support through grief counseling, interfaith reflection and opportunities for community service.

Named for the first African American to graduate from Vanderbilt, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center seeks to enhance the Vanderbilt experience for all Black students, faculty and staff members. By highlighting Black culture, accomplishments and history—at Vanderbilt and across Nashville—the BCC champions diversity and inclusion by promoting greater cultural understanding.

Housed in the Schulman Center for Jewish Life, Vanderbilt Hillel is the hub of Jewish life at Vanderbilt. The organization serves the religious, social and educational needs of all Jewish students across the Vanderbilt community.

The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity is dedicated to fostering cultural competency, social change, inclusivity and awareness throughout our increasingly diverse campus and society. In addition to sponsoring workshops, programming and a range of heritage months, SCSJI also advises several Vanderbilt student organizations, including the Asian American Student Association, the Association of Latin American Students, the African Student Union, the Indigenous Scholars Organization and the Middle Eastern Student Association.

 

 

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Student Organizations

Vanderbilt is home to more than 500 registered student organizations, united in their goals to embrace students’ commonalities, activate engagement and strengthen the Vanderbilt community. Specific organizations range from Vanderbilt Student Government and other forms of shared governance to special interest groups like the Geology Club, Running Club and Vanderbilt Piano Society, among many others, to official associations like the American Medical Student Association and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

The Office of Student Organizations is committed to helping each group register, clarify their objectives, manage their finances and reach their full potential. In addition, the office provides training to organization leaders and coaches while continually introducing students to new opportunities through the Student Involvement portal and the annual Student Involvement Fair.

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