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  15 things you need to know this week  
1.   WATCH: Reform for Redemption: Cyntoia Brown-Long and Gov. Bill Haslam call for criminal justice reform
    During the first-ever public conversation between former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and sex trafficking victim and convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown-Long, the two agreed that significant improvements are needed in the criminal justice system. On March 15, Brown-Long and Haslam came together for Vanderbilt’s first public lecture at Langford Auditorium since the COVID-19 pandemic halted similar events for nearly two years.  [ Read More ]
2.   Atlanta shootings a year ago sparked AAPI communities to call for change
    March 16 marked the one-year anniversary of the day a 21-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people—six of them women of Asian descent. The shootings stoked outrage and fear among Asian Americans, who were already experiencing discrimination, racism and hate crimes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The act of violence led to dialogue at Vanderbilt and college campuses across the country and resulted in calls to create more inclusive spaces for AAPI populations.    [ Read More ]
3.   Panel discussion: “From Vincent Chin to #StopAAPIHate: Helen Zia and 40+ Years of Asian American Activism”
    To observe the first anniversary of the shootings that targeted Asian American women in Atlanta and the 40th anniversary of the killing of Chinese American Vincent Chin by white autoworkers, Vanderbilt’s AAPI employee affinity group will host an in-person event with author and activist Helen Zia, 12:30–2 p.m. March 24. [ Read More ]
4.   Center for Student Wellbeing offers weekly well-being practices
    The Center for Student Wellbeing’s weekly well-being practices offer great ways to relax or receive support around well-being and academic concerns. All services are on a drop-in basis, which means you can attend whenever is convenient for you, no registration required. [ Read More ]
5.   Ride the bus for FREE with your Commodore Card
    Vanderbilt provides all full-time and part-time Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff and postdocs with free access to Nashville’s buses using their Commodore Card. Learn more about how to plan, swipe and ride. [ Read More ]
6.   Story Photo Rescheduled 2022 MLK Joint Day of Service set for April 2
    The annual MLK Joint Day of Service brings together hundreds of student volunteers from Nashville-area colleges and universities to continue the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center. Following the opening program, volunteers will go to different service sites. Lunch will be provided. [ Read More ]
7.   Poetry contest to explore meaning of unity through American democracy
    Vanderbilt students are invited to express how they feel about unity and democracy through a new poetry contest. The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is conducting the contest in partnership with Vanderbilt’s English department and MFA program in creative writing. The theme is “What unity through American democracy means to me.” [ Read More ]
8.   ‘Radiolab’ creator Jad Abumrad to speak March 18 as part of CSET mini-conference
    Jad Abumrad, creator and host of the “Radiolab” public radio program and podcast, will speak at the Student Life Center on Friday, March 18, as part of the Communication of Science and Technology program’s daylong mini-conference, “Improving Science Communication: The Promise of Science and Humanities Collaborations.” Abumrad’s talk, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Ballroom A, as well as the mini-conference are open to Vanderbilt University faculty, students and staff. [ Read More ]
9.   Initiative for Race Research and Justice to host ‘Was Whoopi Right? A Webinar Panel Discussion about Race and Jewishness’
    The Initiative for Race Research and Justice at Vanderbilt Peabody College will host a virtual panel discussion to address actor Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments about race, Jewishness and the Holocaust. The free event is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. CT. Registration is required.  [ Read More ]
10.   Watch free screening of ‘LFG’; panel discussion is March 28
    Vanderbilt will host a virtual panel discussion of the documentary film “LFG” on Monday, March 28, beginning at 5 p.m. CT. The event is part of Vanderbilt’s Women’s History Month celebration. [ Read More ]
11.   Registration for Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase now open
    Presenter registration is open for the spring 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase. This event, designed for students to showcase their creative works, will be held in person on Thursday, April 7, in Alumni Hall from 3 to 6 p.m. [ Read More ]
12.   Student proposals now being accepted for spring Undergraduate Research Fair April 14
    The second annual spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 14. Students who have completed research while undergraduates at Vanderbilt are encouraged to apply. [ Read More ]
13.   Excellence in Podcasting Competition underway; students invited to submit applications by April 1
    The second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition will recognize exceptional student creations. This competition is open to current undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Vanderbilt University. [ Read More ]
14.   Undergraduate Data Science Minor social hours to be held this spring
    Join the Undergraduate Data Science Minor program for monthly social hours this spring and the opportunity to gather with other students interested in data science. Events are planned for Feb. 24, March 31 and April 8. [ Read More ]
15.   Annual parking permit holders: Center Garage lower level to close for repairs 
    The lower level of the Center Garage (Lot 206A) will close on Monday, March 21. This closure is anticipated to last at least three weeks and is necessary to make repairs to the garage. [ Read More ]
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