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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)

Staff WAVE Council members:

  • Kelsey Bahadursingh, Audit, Risk, & Compliance (new member)
  • Heidi Bates, School of Nursing (new member)
  • Cara Tuttle Bell, Project Safe Center (past chair) 
  • Jennifer Bennett, School of Medicine Basic Sciences (new member)
  • Danielle Certa, Office of the Provost (chair)
  • Stacey Crowhurst, Finance (new member)
  • Rory Dicker, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center (2019 – present)
  • Amanda Harding, President of USAC (new member)
  • Dawnyell Fletcher, Athletics (new member)
  • TaShunda Franklin, Employee Learning and Engagement (new member)
  • Laura Kramer, Arts & Science (new member)
  • Angela Land-Dedrick, Arts & Science (new member)
  • Tiffany Lawrence Givens, School of Medicine (2019 – present)
  • Jamie Linski, Development and Alumni Relations (2019 – present)
  • Dominique Millen, Law School (2019 – present)
  • Mary Brenda Pizzullo, Office of Faculty Appointments (new member)
  • Leshuan Oliver, Public Safety (2019 – present)
  • Kate Ripley, Office of Investments (new member)
  • Kathleen Seabolt, Child and Family Center (2019 – present)
  • Kristin Torrey, Greek Life (new member)
  • Jonathan Tyson, Auxiliary Services (new member)
  • Joanne Wang, School of Engineering (2019 – present)
  • Amy Wolf, Marketing and Communications (new member)

Upcoming Events

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