Reach your personal and professional potential with programs that put you first.

  • Engage

    Find professional and personal development through social engagement, cultural enrichment, and ongoing training. 

  • Belong

    Cultivate an atmosphere of support, creativity, collaboration and motivation as well as an overarching respect for others. 

  • Well-being

    Care for your physical and emotional well-being to help reach your goals. 

Be You at VU

At Vanderbilt, we’re here to support — all aspects of you. That means helping you find your sense of belonging and making your physical, emotional, mental health, and career-development needs our priority. Whether you're a new hire or a tenured professor, you belong here, and we're ready to support your growth as a valued member of our university community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I bolster my sense of belonging at VU?

    There are a variety of resources and groups available that can help you find your place among the greater VU community.

    Employee Affinity Groups are employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities, and common bonds to create a more inclusive environment.

    Our Identity Centers offer a broad range of communities you can connect with based on your beliefs, ethnicity, gender identity and more.

    The Office of Faculty Development curates the most impactful resources that support the faculty lifecycle and career pathways.

  • Why does Vanderbilt offer wellness programs to faculty?

    In short, you're our most valuable assets. All programming is evaluated based on a wide range of factors from employee satisfaction to healthcare cost control.

  • Which programs are available to me and how can they improve my personal well-being?
    • Virgin Pulse helps you set and work toward achieving healthy habit goals with incentives. 
    • Lyra offers mental health services for both you and your family with a total of 12 counseling sessions per household member each year, at no cost to employees.
    • Fidelity, the manager of the VU Retirement Plan, can help keep your financial health in check with coaching and classes. 
    • Office of Faculty Development offers a variety of resources, including academic leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
  • Chancellor Daniel Diermeier welcomes faculty members to the Spring Faculty Assembly at Student Life Center ballrooms.
  • First year students move-in to the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons with the help of faculty, staff and VUceptors.
  • Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost Cybele Raver welcomes new faculty members during orientation at the Community Event Space.

Additional Resources

  • Employee Mental Health Resources

    Faculty, staff, postdocs and their families now receive expanded support through a new mental health program, Lyra.

    Find Options Here