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Vanderbilt has long taken pride for fostering a culture of respect and acceptance where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The C.A.R.E. Committee (Civility, Appreciation and Respectful Environments) is a grassroots effort empowering each of us, as Vanderbilt faculty and staff, to encourage civilized behaviors in our own work environments. It is sponsored by the University Staff Council, the Medical Center Staff Advisory Council, the Faculty Senate and Human Resources (VU and VUMC).

The kind act of listening to others, an offer of help, or an encouraging word can be the bright spot in one's day. When a workplace has a foundation in civility, kind words and kind acts, it leaves little room for bullying and harassment.

Eight years ago I took a pay cut to join Vanderbilt, my husband was in school full-time and money was tight. My department began taking bi-weekly lunches to build team camaraderie. I did not attend. While I didn't share my reasons, to anyone, the man who managed multiple departments noticed. I will never forget when I returned to my desk one afternoon a month into my job. I noticed an envelope and when I opened it money fell out. The note enclosed from Jon Lehman (Owen student dean at the time) encouraged me to start attending the team lunches. Gestures like this one encouraging inclusivity are one of the aspects I most appreciate about working at Vanderbilt.

Read more C.A.R.E. stories


Workplace Civility: Show Kindness - Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Respect Our Differences - Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Think Before You Speak Event - Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Building Trust Event - Resource List:

Health Plus Wellcast

Workplace Civility Kick Off Event - Resource List:

Other Resources:

Vanderbilt Health & Wellness Resilience Toolkit

  •  Resources to encourage healthy attitude, skill sets, and lifestyle

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services

  • They offer interactive programs that address equal opportunity and affirmative action, sexual harassment, diversity, cross-cultural communication, and employing persons with disabilities.

Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA)

  • 615-343-4500

Vanderbilt Police Training Programs

  • 615-322-2558

WorkLife Connections/Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • 615-936-1327

Nurse Wellness Program

  • 615-936-1327

Suggested Readings

Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni

The Civility Solutions by P.M. Forni

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

The Assertive Advantage: A Guide to Healthy, Positive Communication by Sharon Anthony Bower

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Josephy Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler

Difficulty Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Hen, & Roger Fisher