Identity Centers and Initiatives

Identity Centers 

Vanderbilt's Identity Centers foster community, belonging, and personal growth. These centers provide students with a space to explore and express their identities, including race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious background, and more. 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging within Student Affairs strives to create an affirming environment that reflects the richness of human diversity and enables every student to thrive. We recognize that each student brings a unique perspective to the Vanderbilt community, and our goal is to cultivate a sense of belonging where they each have access to resources and equitable support systems that cater to their individual needs. We aim to empower students to excel academically, socially, and personally, preparing them to contribute meaningfully to an interconnected and diverse world.

Identity Initiatives include support of groups such as first-generation college students, Indigenous and Native students, Latinx and Hispanic students, low-income students, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students, Muslim students, Jewish students, and students who identify with visible and invisible disabilities.

Residential Colleges

Residential colleges are a type of on-campus student residence in which the academic experience is integrated into residential life, creating communities and opportunities for learning outside the classroom among a diverse study body. Led by faculty heads who live in residence, Vanderbilt’s residential colleges create an intentional, mutually-beneficial educational experience for our students, faculty and staff, promoting the development of intellect, community, personal well-being, self-discovery, and cultural awareness. 

First-Year Experience

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons 

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, often simply called “The Commons” for short, is comprised of 10 houses, each led by a faculty member. Your house will be your home away from home and provide endless opportunities for creating meaningful connections with other students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Meet the residential faculty members (faculty heads of house).

Vanderbilt Visions

Vanderbilt Visions is a mandatory nine-week program that creates the chance for groups of new students to discover college life together. All first-year students are automatically assigned to a Visions group, which will meet weekly. Led by both a faculty mentor and upper-division peer mentor (VUceptors), the discussion will help you transition to life at Vanderbilt, find community, and connect with campus resources.


There are five residential colleges for upper-division students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors): E. Bronson Ingram College, Moore College, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, Rothschild College, and Warren College. Just as each first-year house on The Commons is led by a residential faculty member, the residential colleges for upper-division students each have their own live-in faculty member (faculty heads of college).  

Campus Community

Arts & Campus Events

Arts & Campus Events (ACE) supports the major arts and campus programming initiatives on Vanderbilt’s campus: Vanderbilt Programming Board, Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community, Sarratt Art Studios, Sarratt Gallery, and the Sarratt Youth Art Institute. The mission of ACE is to facilitate and promote diverse programming for the Vanderbilt and Nashville community that cultivates social engagement, cultural enrichment, artistic exploration, and intellectual growth. 


Competing at the NCAA Division I level, Vanderbilt University is a member of the Southeastern Conference. You can purchase tickets and view schedules online. 

Intramural Sports

The David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center Intramural Sports program is an opportunity to play sports, build friendships, improve health, relieve stress, develop skills, and have fun! With a variety of team sports and tournaments offered throughout the year, come out and join an IM team today.

Greek Life

Membership in the Greek community provides students the opportunity to be part of a campus tradition dating back to Vanderbilt’s founding. The roughly thirty Greek organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, service within the community, and lifelong friendships. 

Student Organizations

Vanderbilt has over 475 opportunities to help you connect with our community, from organizations focused on service, culture, arts, and religion, to groups for sports, Greek life, student government, and other special interests. Explore our organization directory on Anchor Link to find the group(s) for you.