Provost to deliver Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Dec. 1

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Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver will be the featured speaker at a Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 1. Raver’s talk is titled Flipping the Script: Notes from My Path to University Leadership.” 

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver
C. Cybele Raver, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

Raver is a noted developmental psychologist who has conducted research addressing the impacts of poverty and policy on early learning and development. Having identified herself both at the center and at the margins of institutions of higher education, Raver has come to understand herself as a university leader through all of her academic experiences — first as a community-engaged graduate student working to combat poverty, then as an early career quantitative social scientist translating research into policy, and as a center director and deputy provost mobilizing, supporting and promoting interdisciplinary research to solve society’s most pressing challenges.  

Most recently, as Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Raver oversees all faculty, staff, programs and initiatives for Vanderbilt’s 10 schools and colleges.  

Raver’s primary academic appointment is in Peabody’s Department of Psychology and Human Development as Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of psychology and human development. She also holds a secondary appointment as professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Science. 

The free lecture will be in the Faye and Joe B. Wyatt Center Rotunda at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. The event is open to the Vanderbilt community as well as to the public. Please register in advance to reserve a spot or obtain a link to view a livestream of the lecture.  

Student lunch with Provost Raver 

Vanderbilt students are also invited to lunch with the provost on Dec. 1 to learn more about her in an informal, conversational setting. Space is limited, so RSVP is required.