Resources available to postdoctoral scholars who are appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).
Benton Chapel is the largest and main chapel for Vanderbilt University. The chapel is available to be used by different denominations and traditions throughout the week.
BetterHelp is an e-counseling platform available to UnitedHealthcare StudentResources members who are on Vanderbilt’s Student Health Insurance Plan. BetterHelp offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC). BetterHelp services are offered at no additional cost to UnitedHealthcare Student Resources members via text chat room or video conference options.
The BCC is a gathering place for all students offering support and development, community outreach and service, and cultural and educational programming. The BCC’s programs and partnerships serve to promote respect, understanding, tolerance, and a greater appreciation for cultural and racial diversity.
The Center for Teaching promotes university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. Their offerings are available to any members of the Vanderbilt community interested in developing their teaching practices.
The Child and Family Center at Vanderbilt provides quality early childhood education and resources for families.
The Divinity School offers theological graduate-level education.
In a global and multi-religious world, the Divinity school seeks to fulfill the following objectives:
• to engage in theological inquiry;
• to help persons prepare for the practice of Christian ministry and public leadership;
• to encourage personal and spiritual formation;
• to prepare agents of social justice; and
• to educate future scholars and teachers, locally and globally.
Degree programs enable students, with the aid of faculty advisers, to plan a course of study in light of their talents, interests, and professional objectives. Resources of the University and affiliated institutions offer rich opportunities for students to secure additional knowledge and skills in preparation for their vocations.
The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) provides English-language support for individuals who have a first language other than English and who are enrolled or working at Vanderbilt University.
The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) offers various opportunities for spouses and partners of current Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff.
Vanderbilt’s social media team’s website will connect you with the Vanderbilt social media community.
GO THERE is a campus-wide campaign to foster a culture of openness, honest reflection, and brave dialogue about mental health and well-being to enhance and support holistic health among all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students.
The Graduate Department of Religion, a division within the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University, offers work toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in religion.
The Graduate Life Coach assists Graduate School students and postdoctoral scholars in their academic and professional development during their time at Vanderbilt. This position supports students and postdocs through individual coaching and group programming around effective time and stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, navigating academic relationships, and juggling work/life responsibilities.
The Graduate School Career Center assists students and postdoctoral scholars navigate their next career transition.
Visit this site to view family support resources for students.
A support program for students experiencing death or other loss.
Included with your Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and provided by HealthiestYou, is 24/7/365 access to board-certified physicians online or on the phone (where permitted). Doctors on Telehealth can even send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy.
iHope Network provides video therapy to individuals who desire an easy, accessible way to connect with a mental health professional. Using your phone, tablet, or computer, iHope’s network of compassionate licensed clinicians delivers customized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment that fits your individual needs and personal lifestyle. iHope Network accepts many insurance plans nationwide.
International Student & Scholar Services fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. ISSS provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters.
There are nine libraries at Vanderbilt University with holdings to support research in a wide variety of subjects.
Vanderbilt’s Office of LGBTQI Life is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.
Spouses of current Vanderbilt faculty, Vanderbilt faculty emeriti, staff and students, as well as domestic partners have courtesy and borrowing privileges at the Vanderbilt Libraries. Dependent children of current staff and faculty are welcome to use the library on site but do not have borrowing privileges. Visit this website to learn more.
MAPS is a Vanderbilt University joint initiative with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and the Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) designed to prevent suicide in the campus community while promoting mental health awareness. The goal of MAPS is to work toward suicide prevention and mental health awareness through education and outreach in the campus community. The UCC staff will work with its campus partners throughout Vanderbilt University to provide skills to students, faculty, and staff to identify and assist those in need of help due to mental health concerns.
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is an affirming space for women and for all members of the Vanderbilt community that actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression by providing resources and educational programming.
A listing of on-and-off-campus sexual health resources for people of all genders.
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars.
Tina L. Smith is the Interim Vice Chancellor of Vanderbilt’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which works to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness and providing strategies and tools to bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both on our campus and in our city.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is responsible for planning and managing programs and services for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral community.
The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life supports the spiritual and religious growth of all Vanderbilt community members while encouraging the ongoing development of interfaith literacy and dialogue.
The mission of the Project Safe Center is to provide information, support, referrals, and education about sexual and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community. Project Safe serves as a central resource for those impacted by power-based personal violence and can assist with navigating the University’s resource and support network (including the University Counseling Center, Student Health Center, the Title IX & Discrimination Office, and the Vanderbilt University Police Department) as well as external support and law enforcement resources. Click here to read about Project Safe’s confidentiality policy.
Call Project Safe’s 24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233) for immediate support. Project Safe Center staff are available 24/7 to provide accompaniment to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment post-assault and/or for a forensic examination. Click here to read about Project Safe’s confidentiality policy.
The Recreation and Wellness Center offers wellness, fitness, and aquatic facilities, as well as an outdoor recreation program, club and intramural sports, and nutrition programs, among other services and resources to help keep you feeling well.
The AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop provides college students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to negotiate their salaries and benefits when they enter the “real world” after Vanderbilt. This workshop can be altered to your specific field or organization’s interests. Request a Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop.
The mission of the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity (SCSJI) is to promote an environment of cultural competency, inclusivity, and awareness on the Vanderbilt campus. Our vision is to provide a comprehensive service of inclusion and cultural engagement that facilitates the creation of an institution dedicated to all forms of racial, cultural, gender, religious, ability, and sexual identity expression. We seek to do this by equipping the Vanderbilt community with the tools necessary to be to effective agents of social change in an increasingly diverse world.
The Title IX and Student Discrimination Office is responsible for the review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct under the applicable processes as mandated by law.
Vanderbilt Behavioral Health offers highly specialized and personalized care — including inpatient mental health services — for children, teens and adults. Services are available to treat addiction, mood disorders, and psychiatric disorders.
The Vanderbilt University Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency dedicated to the protection and security of Vanderbilt University and its diverse community. Call (615) 421-1911 or 911 for emergencies, and 615-322-2745 for non emergencies.
Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt is the vice provost for inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt University. In this role, she is responsible for helping to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the trans-institutional research and educational missions of the university, building on the numerous efforts currently underway in the provost’s office and across academic affairs to create a welcoming environment for students, faculty and academic staff.
Rev. Dr. Mark Forrester is the University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at Vanderbilt University.
Rev. Gretchen Person is the Associate University Chaplain and Associate Director of Religious Life at Vanderbilt University.
Rev. Shantell Hinton is the Assistant University Chaplain and Assistant Director of Religious Life at Vanderbilt University.