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Vanderbilt professor shares history of Juneteenth and its significance today

Jun. 19, 2020—Celebrations of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery, will be shaped this year by the 2020 political landscape, according to Brandon Byrd, assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt.

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Statement from Vanderbilt University regarding Supreme Court ruling on DACA

Jun. 18, 2020—Read Vanderbilt University's statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's June 18, 2020, ruling on the Unites States' Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

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Commons Reading dovetails with university initiatives on diversity, inclusion

Jun. 17, 2020—While all incoming Vanderbilt undergraduates are expected to read "The Person You Mean to Be," the Commons Reading for 2020-21, the book will be particularly useful for anyone trying to understand the root causes of inequality.

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Vanderbilt celebrates Supreme Court decision protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers

Jun. 16, 2020—Vanderbilt University is celebrating Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers from employment discrimination. The university has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1991 and expanded its nondiscrimination policy to include gender identity in 2008.

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Chief diversity officers of the SEC to present a COVID-19 webinar on health disparities, inequities and possible solutions June 24

Jun. 15, 2020—Chief diversity officers from across the Southeastern Conference will offer a webinar on Wednesday, June 24, exploring the intersection of race and the COVID-19 health crisis. The Vanderbilt-hosted webinar is free and open to the public.

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Vanderbilt scholars curate new insights about social contexts of health and well-being in recent journals

Jun. 15, 2020—A precision medicine approach to health disparities, the social contexts of caregiving, the global psyche and Indigenous perspectives on science are the topics of recent journal issues edited by Vanderbilt University faculty that touch on health and well-being.

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Diermeier discusses confronting challenges, embracing opportunity in virtual gatherings with Vanderbilt community

Jun. 10, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflected on the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19 as well as racial injustice in our society—and discussed the university’s role in confronting these challenges—during a series of virtual gatherings with the Vanderbilt community.

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Vernon named engineering school’s interim associate dean for academic success

Jun. 8, 2020—Julianne Vernon, research assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been appointed interim associate dean for academic success in the School of Engineering.

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Statement from August Washington: Our commitment to your safety

Jun. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt University Public Safety is committed to keeping the VU community safe while never infringing upon the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, writes Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington.

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Staff listening sessions on racial justice continue next week

Jun. 5, 2020—The university has scheduled additional listening sessions for staff next week to provide a space for discussion about how Vanderbilt can meaningfully respond and take tangible next steps for action in the wake of George Floyd’s death and subsequent protests for racial justice in a number of cities.

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Divinity School hosts ‘Reclaiming Breath’ conversations June 17, 23

Jun. 4, 2020—Join Vanderbilt Divinity School and local and regional community members for a series of virtual conversations to process, organize and act. All who are committed to listening, learning and organizing for action are welcome to attend.

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Vanderbilt researcher finds COVID-19 pandemic shapes opportunities for radical change to the U.S. health care system

Jun. 4, 2020—A new article from Jonathan Metzl details how COVID-19 has dramatically revealed the ways that institutionalized inequality and structural racism shape health, and provides recommendations for radical change to the U.S. health care system.

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