Diermeier, university leaders answer questions, share resources with VU community after Covenant School tragedy

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier hosted an online all-community meeting on Wednesday, March 29, to discuss the tragic shooting at The Covenant School on Monday, March 27.

Diermeier was joined by fellow university leaders, who offered valuable insight into campus safety policies and procedures, shared resources for mental health and processing traumatic events, and answered questions from the university community.

Speakers included C. Cybele Raver, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; G.L. Black, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students; Pam Jones, associate vice chancellor for health and wellness; and August Washington, senior associate vice chancellor for public safety and special initiatives.

Community members can watch a recording of the conversation by logging in to Box with their VUnetID. Community members are also asked to complete this short survey if they would like to provide feedback on the conversation.

University leaders strongly encourage all members of the Vanderbilt community to take opportunities to care for one another during this incredibly difficult time. The following resources are available to students, faculty, staff and postdocs.


Faculty, staff and postdocs

Vanderbilt employees can receive support through Lyra, the university’s mental health services provider. Employees have access to 12 provider sessions through Lyra Health. With Lyra, you can meet with a certified coach or licensed therapist virtually or in person. Benefits-eligible family members also have access to 12 free sessions each. Faculty, staff and postdocs in immediate distress may call the 24-hour Lyra help line at 877-804-2856 or access Lyra through

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