Vanderbilt Unity Lab opens applications for second training cohort

Vanderbilt community members interested in expanding their intercultural competency and learning how to better engage across and within differences are encouraged to sign up to be part of the Vanderbilt Unity Lab’s second training cohort.

Participation in this research is open to all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students as well as postdocs. Successful applicants will receive, in addition to a modest stipend, semester-long training in four internationally recognized training modules designed to equip them with the tools necessary to strengthen the bonds of cultural affinity and promote civil discourse.

You can submit your interest here or email with any questions.


To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time and for the entire academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Schedule flexibility is also important, as participants may be asked to participate in focus groups and trainings, take an online survey and/or take part in a debrief of survey results.

The Vanderbilt Unity Lab’s work fits within the larger mission of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy to make a meaningful contribution to bridging America’s deepest differences through reliance on evidence and compelling arguments. The Unity Lab will integrate the training modules into a single program, collecting data on the effectiveness of the modules with the goal of developing an effective and efficient intercultural training program that can be replicated at other institutions and organizations.

About the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy 

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is a nonpartisan initiative that aims to elevate research and evidence-based reasoning into the national conversation. Drawing on original research, evidence-based papers and crucial conversations from Vanderbilt’s world-class faculty and visionary thought leaders of all political persuasions, the timely endeavor aims to give policymakers and the public tools to combat conspiracy theories and unfounded ideology with evidence, data and respectful discourse. The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy can make a meaningful contribution to solving society’s most pressing challenges and bridging our deepest differences.

  • Go to our news and events page to watch other programs from the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
  • Sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter, On Unity, to hear the latest on compelling panels, events, news and information from the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.