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Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Robinson to lead Office for Inclusive Excellence; Thomas-Hunt named Airbnb head of global diversity and belonging

May. 8, 2019—William H. Robinson, associate dean for academic success at the School of Engineering, will lead the Office for Inclusive Excellence as interim vice provost for strategic initiatives beginning June 1. Robinson takes on this new role following the departure of Melissa Thomas-Hunt, who has accepted a position with the executive team at Airbnb in San Francisco as their head of global diversity and belonging.

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NFL executive shares his path to professional success during campus talks

Apr. 26, 2019—Adolpho A. Birch III, an NFL executive who is a Law School alumnus and secretary of the Board of Trust, spent the days leading up to the 2019 NFL draft sharing his experiences and advice with the campus community.

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Vanderbilt joins National Academies sexual harassment prevention collaborative as founding member

Apr. 10, 2019—Vanderbilt University has joined with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a founding member of the new Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.

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Graduate student condenses energy research to take top prize at Three Minute Thesis competition

Apr. 5, 2019—For the seventh straight year, Vanderbilt graduate students competed March 29 to summarize years of research and discovery into a clear three-minute presentation as part of the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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Mellon Foundation grant to expand access to Vanderbilt library collections

Mar. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt is among seven universities awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster library collaborations supporting learning needs of students with print disabilities.

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Second town hall continues important conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion

Dec. 17, 2018—Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James E. Page Jr., and Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Melissa Thomas-Hunt hosted the second of two diversity town halls on Dec. 6. More than 100 members of the Vanderbilt community attended the 90-minute program, which was held in the Student Life Center Board...

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Community invited to town hall on equity, diversity, inclusion and respect Dec. 6

Nov. 26, 2018—The Vanderbilt community is invited to a town hall meeting with James Page Jr., vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Melissa Thomas-Hunt, vice provost for inclusive excellence, on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Disruptive Women Lead cohort kicks off with interactive sessions and team building at the Wond’ry

Nov. 19, 2018—The Wond’ry played host to 21 women of color from Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee and Spelman universities for the Nov. 10 kickoff of the first Disruptive Women Lead cohort.

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Town hall sparks important discussion about equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt

Nov. 16, 2018—Recruiting a more diverse staff and faculty, building authentic community and increasing connections with diverse businesses and suppliers were just a few of the many topics discussed at a town hall led by Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James Page Jr. and Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Melissa Thomas-Hunt on Nov. 13.

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Provost’s steering committee announced for initiative on status of women

Nov. 16, 2018—Political science professor Cindy Kam will lead a new steering committee to guide actions and areas for study for an initiative focusing on women students, faculty and postdocs, announced earlier by Provost Susan R. Wente.

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Community invited to town halls on equity, diversity, inclusion and respect

Nov. 5, 2018—The Vanderbilt community is invited to a pair of upcoming town hall meetings with James Page Jr., vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Melissa Thomas-Hunt, vice provost for inclusive excellence.

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‘Disruptive Women Lead’ aims to close gap between women of color and boards they can help

Oct. 23, 2018—The Wond’ry is recruiting 25 women of color from Nashville-area universities to attend interactive workshops aimed at bridging the gap between organizations who want race and gender diversity in their boardrooms and management and the women who could fulfill those roles.

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