Around the Mall – March 2018

Vigil celebrates shared humanity

About 200 faculty, staff and students marched across the Peabody Esplanade hand-in-hand, in silence, on Sept. 6 in support of civility, inclusion and love. The vigil was prompted by the Charlottesville protests and other events. Speakers included Peabody Dean Camilla P. Benbow, Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Development Anjali Forber-Pratt, and others.

Canines provide break for students

During finals week, students gathered on the Lawn at Wyatt for “Puppies, Profs and Pies,” a stress-busting event hosted by the Peabody Office of Professional Graduate Education. Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Claire Smrekar was one of the faculty members who brought in cuddly canines for students to play with before heading back to finish the fall semester.

LGBT activist honored

LGBT rights pioneer Penny Campbell, BS’77, MDiv’89, was honored Dec. 8 with a Nashville historical marker, located outside her former Nashville home. This is believed to be the first time Tennessee has honored an activist in the LGBT struggle with this type of recognition.

Humphrey Fellows arrive

The 2017–18 cohort of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows arrived last fall. They hail from 11 countries: Azerbaijan, Belize, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Panel features national disability advocates

The October installment of the 2017–18 Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series, “Dismantling Ableism,” included disability advocates Claudia Gordon, the first black female deaf attorney in the United States; Jill Houghton, president and CEO of the U.S. Business Leadership Network; and Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project. The moderator was Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor of human and organizational development.

March for Black Women in STEM convenes

Nicole M. Joseph, assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, hosted a March for Black Women in STEM in solidarity with the Black Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in September. The march was supported by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt, the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, and faculty from Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University and Tennessee State University.

Next Steps partners with mechanical engineering class

Vanderbilt engineering class How to Build Almost Anything partnered with Next Steps at Vanderbilt to build a device to help first-year Next Steps student Kristi van Wulven navigate the cafeteria line independently. Local TV station NewsChannel 5 produced a story on the collaboration.