University administrators to host second staff listening session Oct. 21

The second stop in a staff listening tour planned for the 2019-20 academic year will take place from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Kissam Center, Room C210. All university staff are invited to attend.

Staff Listening Tour Have Your Voice Heard graphicInterim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Capital and Business Services Laura Nairon are hosting  the listening sessions, which are designed to provide opportunities for staff to discuss their experiences on campus, the culture of working at Vanderbilt, and ways to create a more equitable and inclusive environment at the university.

The first session, held Sept. 27 at the Wyatt Center Rotunda, brought more than 40 staff members from across campus to engage with the administrators on a number of topics.

The key messages and themes discussed will be reported out to the campus community at the conclusion of the listening tour. Churchwell, Kopstain and Nairon, along with other university colleagues, will then consider and analyze the feedback received to identify possible next steps.

The listening tour will take the administrators to a variety of campus areas throughout the academic year and will serve as an opportunity for staff to be more engaged with university leadership and have their voices heard.

The final listening session of the fall semester will take place at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Listening tour dates for the spring 2020 semester will be announced later this fall.