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Staff WAVE Council

About the Council

The Staff Women’s Advancement and Equity Council is charged with studying and addressing key issues facing the broad array of women staff at Vanderbilt University. The focus on ensuring that women staff are succeeding and supported is core to the university’s shared values of equity, diversity and inclusion.

The steering committee formed subcommittees in the summer of 2019 to address the following topics:

  • compensation
  • professional development
  • workplace safety (including sexual harassment and bullying)
  • value and respect in the workplace
  • work-life balance

The council shared its first annual report with the administration in December of 2020, at which time new co-chairs were appointed to head the council throughout 2021-22.

Staff WAVE Council Report (2020)

Current Staff WAVE Council Members:

Past Staff WAVE Council Members and Campus Partners:

  • Jennifer Bennett, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
  • Shunta Curry, Office of the Chancellor
  • Rory Dicker, Margaret Cunningham Women’s Center
  • Dawnyell Fletcher, Athletics
  • Angela Land-Dedrick, Arts & Science
  • Tiffany Lawrence Givens, School of Medicine
  • Jenny Mandeville, Digital Strategies
  • Yasmine Mukahal, Human Resources
  • Dominique Millen, Law School
  • Mary Brenda Pizzullo, Office of Faculty Appointments
  • Leshuan Oliver, Public Safety
  • Kate Ripley, Office of Investments
  • Kathleen Seabolt, Child and Family Center
  • Kristin Torrey, Greek Life
  • Jonathan Tyson, Auxiliary Services
  • Joanne Wang, School of Engineering
  • Amy Wolf, Marketing and Communications

Past Events

february 27, 2024 – speed networking event

Tues., Feb. 27, 9a – 10a
Sarratt 325/327
Refreshments will be served

Register for Speed Networking

The event will focus on Vanderbilt’s mission to ensure that women staff are succeeding and supported in their roles at the university, organizers said. Having more connections at the university expands not only our network of resources, but also our sense of belonging and community.


Speed networking is an interactive opportunity to meet campus colleagues and learn about their professional experiences in a fun, low-key setting. Question prompts will be provided to facilitate conversation during a speed networking session.


The Staff WAVE Council is aimed at all women staff at the university; however, anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

*All upcoming events will be added to Vanderbilt University Calendar in addition to being posted here. For events that require an RSVP, that can be done through the calendar listing.

Share your thoughts

If you have a story to share, or feedback for the council, please use the form below. You can also email us directly at