Provost’s statement on July 9 comments by Professor Carol Swain related to Black Lives Matter

Professor Swain’s views are her own and in no way represent those of the university. Vanderbilt University is committed to diversity, inclusion and freedom from discrimination.  Ensuring that our campus is a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for every member of the Vanderbilt community has been, and will always be, our top priority. Vanderbilt joins the nation in mourning Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five officers killed in Dallas Thursday: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. We have planned an opportunity for our community to come together Monday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center to consider the difficult questions that we all share about how to constructively respond to these tragedies, and will do so with mutual respect and caring for all involved.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente

Statement amended July 12 to include the names of the fallen officers.