The Vanderbilt Trailblazers initiative was launched in 2018 by Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos. The project was developed to elevate awareness of and give recognition to the many brave and selfless pioneers who dedicated themselves to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, respect and dignity for all members of the Vanderbilt community. Through intentional and powerful displays of art, their legacy and heritage will be preserved for future generations of students, staff and faculty to learn, reflect and feel affirmed by the representations of these Vanderbilt Trailblazers.
The five trailblazers currently on display in the parlor of the Mary McClure Taylor Lobby in Kirkland Hall will remain in their current location until late 2020. At that time, the five portraits will be dedicated in their permanent locations across campus, and a new class of Trailblazers will be displayed in this room.