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Government and Community Relations

‘VanderbiltLocal’: Office of Community Relations launches newsletter

Aug. 13, 2019—The Office of Community Relations has launched "VanderbiltLocal," a monthly newsletter chronicling the university's impact in the Nashville community and beyond. To receive "VanderbiltLocal," email gcr@vanderbilt.edu.

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Williams, Wilkins among Academy for Women of Achievement honorees

Jul. 26, 2019—Two Vanderbilt leaders—Gail Williams and Consuelo Wilkins—will be inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement.

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Vanderbilt lecturer to perform at ‘Summer Shakespeare’

Jul. 26, 2019—Vanderbilt University's longtime community partnership with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival continues with its popular "Summer Shakespeare" shows.

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Vanderbilt to host meet-and-greet picnic for mayoral, Metro Council candidates July 10

Jun. 27, 2019—Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host a meet-and-greet picnic in advance of the upcoming election for Nashville’s next mayor, vice mayor and members of the Metro Council.

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Metro Council District 18 candidates’ forum is June 18

Jun. 13, 2019—A forum featuring candidates for Metro Council’s 18th District is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Ave.

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Gail and David Williams honored with Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award

May. 29, 2019—The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has honored Gail and David Williams with the Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award. The award, which honors the memory of civil rights trailblazer and civic leader Francis S. Guess, recognizes those who spur innovation leading to equality.

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Chancellor, provost advocate for federal investments in science and education in Washington

May. 24, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente emphasized the need to reaffirm the longstanding partnership between the federal government and America’s leading research universities when they met with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., this week.

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Zeppos honored by Board of Trust, faculty, students, alumni, lawmakers

Apr. 22, 2019—Resolutions have been approved by the Board of Trust, Faculty Senate, Vanderbilt Student Government, Alumni Board of Directors and the Tennessee General Assembly that commend Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his leadership and accomplishments as chancellor.

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Degrafinreid named associate vice chancellor for community relations

Mar. 29, 2019—Alfred Degrafinreid II, a seasoned public administrator and community leader, will join Vanderbilt University as associate vice chancellor for community relations with the Division of Government and Community Relations.

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Public Affairs renamed Government and Community Relations to better reflect role and impact

Mar. 26, 2019—The Vanderbilt University Division of Public Affairs has been renamed the Division of Government and Community Relations to better describe its role in leading the university’s advocacy and partnership work with all branches of government and the Nashville and broader Middle Tennessee communities.

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Statewide summit to focus on civic engagement on college campuses March 29

Mar. 25, 2019—The summit, a statewide gathering of university administrators, faculty and students, will focus on developing strategies for increased student engagement, civic learning and voter access on campuses throughout the state.

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Latest issue of ‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report now available

Feb. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published Issue 2 of its "ON THE HILL" government relations report. The biannual report summarizes Vanderbilt’s year-to-date activities at the federal, state and local levels of government.

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