Social Ventures

With the tremendous growth Nashville is experiencing, the city provides an apt environment for addressing and solving the issues affecting a rapidly changing city. Partnering with the city of Nashville and local non-profits, the Wond’ry is developing pilot projects focused on solving urban issues like affordable housing, transportation and health, which if successful can be adopted into full scale programs.

Through our Social Entrepreneurship Program, the Wond’ry provides undergraduate, graduate and professional students with a collaborative environment that challenges them to incorporate their academic knowledge to solve real-world social problems.

Students will work in interdisciplinary teams on a particular issue that they are passionate about and aligns with an area of strength for Vanderbilt. Guided by a faculty mentor, this student team will work on their project moving from early stage analysis to implementation. This program will build on Vanderbilt’s culture of service and exploration, ultimately championing student-led entrepreneurship that drives positive change in the local community and beyond.

Currently the Wond’ry is focusing on the organization and facilitation of FutureVU Transportation Working Groups to develop potential solutions to traffic and parking issues facing the Vanderbilt community.

FutureVU Transportation Working Groups

The Wond’ry and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain’s office are organizing the FutureVU Transportation Executive and Faculty Working Groups. These working groups are an integral piece of the Chancellor’s Campus Land Use Initiative and will work to develop potential solutions to some of the campus’ most pressing parking and traffic issues.
The working groups are organizing into teams around the following topic areas:

  • MTA/RTA bus and train adjustments to better service Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt shuttle opportunities
  • Expansion of UBER and LYFT on campus
  • Expansion of on-campus biking infrastructure and bike programs
  • Potential alternative work arrangements
  • Other partnerships and opportunities

Participation in these working groups was open to all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students and the Wond’ry received over 90 applications.