The goal of diversity and inclusion is to foster an environment in which all members of the Vanderbilt community are treated equitably, contribute fully to the university's mission, and embrace and model Vanderbilt values.
Diversity: The term diversity is used to describe individual differences (e.g. life experiences, learning and working styles, personality types) and group/social differences (e.g. race, socio-economic status, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, intellectual traditions, and perspectives, as well as cultural, political, religious, and other affiliations) that can be engaged to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and administrative and support services.
Inclusion: The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity -- in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (e.g. intellectual, social, cultural, geographic) with which individuals might connect.
D&I Educational Resources
This page provides links to several videos, websites, and articles exploring the topics of diversity and inclusion.
Publications, Videos & Podcasts
There are many reading options for business management articles, videos, and podcasts that you can follow with free signup. The list below is a sample of what is available and provides a guide in your exploration of finding your development niche.
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, Harvard Business Review provides professionals with insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) that covers almost all topics, from science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages.
In addition to Ted Talks, YouTube also has many video options for viewing. Enter your search criteria to find video topics on leadership, motivation, business, communication, etc.
Fast Company provides a progressive and unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business. Fast Company also provides podcasts through this link.
Podcasts are great options for listening at your desk or while you’re on the go.
Many people speak a second language; however, if you have always wanted to learn another language and have put this as something on your “to do” list, the Open Culture website provides the option to learn languages for free. This collection features lessons in 48 languages including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.
Summary: Connecting the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion to action and change on college campuses.
Summary: Inclusion is a beacon and symbol for what is possible in our lives. Inclusion is not an answer to a problem but an initiative that is an opportunity.
Summary: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Immaculate perception Jerry Kang (2013)