Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Rev. James Lawson joins fellow scholars, historians and activists for Vanderbilt symposium on racial equity
Mar. 29, 2021—Prominent scholars, journalists, historians and activists gathered virtually for a daylong symposium discussing the fight for equity. “Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now” was hosted by Vanderbilt University on March 26.
Mar. 15, 2021—The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the University Staff Advisory Council have partnered on an initiative to celebrate the myriad cultures, identities and voices that comprise the Vanderbilt community.
Mar. 11, 2021—Betsega Bekele, MEd'14, helps lead American Portrait, a multiplatform, national storytelling project tied to PBS’ 50th anniversary celebration. The digital-first initiative that launched online in January 2020 is centered on this question: What does it really mean to be an American today?
Mar. 9, 2021—Assistant Professor of History of Art Rebecca VanDiver focuses her research on African American artists—particularly Black female artists of the 20th century. In the classroom, she presents art history not only as a discipline that allows for a study of the history of artistic movements and style, but also as a lens to study culture and history.
Vanderbilt convenes scholars, activists across generations to examine Nashville’s role in fight for racial justice (UPDATED)
Mar. 5, 2021—The Vanderbilt community will welcome a diverse panel of renowned civil rights and social justice activists, journalists, historians and scholars for an examination of Nashville’s role as an intellectual center of the struggle for racial justice, then and now. The daylong virtual symposium will be held on Friday, March 26, starting at 9 a.m. CT and is open to the public.
Mar. 3, 2021—Associate Professor of Musicology Douglas Shadle's latest book explores how Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony raised new questions in classical music about the place of African American music within the broader musical culture of the United States.
Feb. 26, 2021—Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff gathered Feb. 24 for a virtual panel discussion that highlighted the need for empathy and action to improve the experiences of marginalized groups in the United States.
Feb. 18, 2021—Two Vanderbilt alumnae—Dr. Jill Moses, MD’91, and Annie Moon, MSN’03—are helping lead the fight against COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, the country’s largest Native American reservation.
Feb. 17, 2021—A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Neurodiversity Employee Affinity Group is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. CT. The goal of the listening session is to gather input, ask questions and offer suggestions about how a Neurodiversity Employee Affinity Group at Vanderbilt can best serve this community.
Feb. 9, 2021—Biomedical researchers across Vanderbilt University will convene to discuss the history and impact of Black biomedical scientists on Monday, Feb. 15, at noon CT.
Feb. 8, 2021—The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host a panel of Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students to share their personal and professional views and experiences on issues that inform “This Moment in America.” The virtual discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. CT and is open to the Vanderbilt community.
Feb. 5, 2021—Nominations are open until Friday, March 5, for the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion's 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Awards. The awards recognize staff members who demonstrate exemplary leadership by putting the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion into practical action.