Read ‘ON THE HILL,’ Vanderbilt’s government relations report

As the new academic year unfolds, the Division of Government and Community Relations is releasing its 11th issue of ON THE HILL. This biannual report serves as a roadmap to the division’s activities and achievements, summarizing engagements at all three levels of government, as outlined by the Vanderbilt Federal Relations, State Government Relations and Local Government Relations teams. ON THE HILL encapsulates Vanderbilt’s efforts to foster meaningful connections between our campus community and government representatives.

Local Government Relations Update: Fostering Civic Engagement
The Local Government Relations team is committed to enhancing civic engagement between the campus and the Nashville community. The report highlights initiatives aimed at promoting active citizenship, bridging gaps and building stronger ties. Through partnerships and community outreach programs like the Watkins Park renovation in North Nashville and the County-Wide Candidate Meet and Greet in Dragon Park, the LGR team is working to ensure that our campus remains an integral part of the broader Metro Nashville landscape. Read the Local Update 

State Government Relations Update: Session Highlights
The State Government Relations team provides insights into the legislative landscape. This update covers the conclusion of the General Assembly’s regular session and the recent special session. The SGR team has been actively advocating for responsible and effective policies. During the 2023 regular legislative session, the SGR team worked with Gov. Bill Lee’s administration and the legislature to secure $5 million in budget funding for the TN GO initiative. ON THE HILL offers a glimpse into SGR’s role in shaping these critical discussions and working collaboratively with state representatives. Read the State Update 

Federal Government Relations Update: Engaging Capitol Hill
The Office of Federal Relations provides an overview of engagements in Washington, D.C., and on campus. This includes the recent congressional reception held in the nation’s capital, which provided an opportunity for Chancellor Daniel Diermeier to advocate for federal investments in research and higher education. ON THE HILL also highlights recent visits by members of Congress to the Vanderbilt campus, underscoring the significance of our institution in collaborating to shape federal policy. Additionally, the federal update sheds light on the current state of the FY 2024 funding process, which significantly influences federally funded research and student aid. Read the Federal Update 

About Vanderbilt Government and Community Relations
The Division of Government and Community Relations is responsible for the university’s advocacy work with all branches of government and for fostering and supporting community engagement between campus and community partners. The GCR team sets institutional priorities in consultation with campus leaders, communicates Vanderbilt’s position to elected and appointed officials, and keeps campus informed of legislative or policy actions.