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Board of Trust establishes ad hoc committee to support equity, diversity and inclusion

Aug. 13, 2020—The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has named the members of an ad hoc committee that will partner with university leadership to evaluate and recommend policies and initiatives around equity, diversity and inclusion.

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A message to faculty on fulfilling our mission as we return to campus

Aug. 12, 2020—The Vanderbilt community will come together, continue to make adjustments, embrace debate and discussion, and focus on how best to ensure we take care of one another while fulfilling our scholarly missions as a residential research university, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in a message to faculty.

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Vanderbilt announces new digital tools to support adaptive teaching

Aug. 12, 2020—Vanderbilt University has secured licensing for new digital tools to support hybrid and online instruction for the 2020-21 academic year. The new tools and platforms will help meet the acute needs of faculty and students and will complement existing campus-wide technologies.

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Save the date: Open Enrollment now set for Oct. 19–Nov. 2

Aug. 11, 2020—Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment Oct. 19–Nov. 2 for calendar year 2021 benefits.

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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 10

Aug. 10, 2020—The university is on track to continue welcoming students back to campus over the next two weeks. In-person classes for several professional degree programs have already launched, and undergraduate, graduate and many professional programs will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.

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Vanderbilt implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges related to COVID-19

Aug. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt University has established the Employee COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to assist employees with financial burdens that have been incurred as a result of COVID-19. In addition, Vanderbilt will provide eligible staff members who are required to work on campus access to a one-time bank of up to two weeks of pay to recover from a diagnosed COVID-19 illness or to stay home for required quarantine or isolation periods.

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Open Enrollment 2021 is an active enrollment year

Aug. 10, 2020—All fully benefits-eligible faculty and staff are required to make an active plan selection during this year's Open Enrollment for 2021 coverage. Employees will not automatically default into their current plan if no action is taken.

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Who do you mask up for?

Aug. 10, 2020—Anchor Down. Step Up. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Share your mask photos with us on social media using #AnchorDownStepUp and tell us: Who do you mask up for?

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Faculty prepare for fall semester through participation in Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute

Aug. 10, 2020—This summer more than 400 faculty and other instructors completed the Online Course Design Institute offered by the Center for Teaching, learning about effective practices in online education and jump-starting their planning for summer and fall online courses.

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Librarians work to broaden Vanderbilt’s research reputation with Wikidata tools

Aug. 10, 2020—A team of Vanderbilt librarians is using Wikidata tools and other best practices to promote awareness of faculty scholarship and make it discoverable and accessible to researchers.

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Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session Aug. 12

Aug. 10, 2020—The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Employee Immigration Services, will host an online information session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.

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VUIT to host adaptive teaching training sessions for faculty Aug. 10–11

Aug. 9, 2020—Over the next two weeks, VUIT will host informational sessions on audio/video equipment installations in classrooms and teach faculty how to leverage the technology. In-person sessions for a limited number of participants as well as Zoom options are available.

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