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Class of 2018: Kelly Perry uses storytelling to connect and heal

May. 8, 2018—Kelly Perry believes in the power of stories—writing them, collecting them and sharing them to strengthen community.

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Vanderbilt opens new Student Center for Social Justice and Identity

Sep. 21, 2017—Students, staff and even some administrators could not resist moving to the beat of the Latin music that filled the third floor of Sarratt Student Center Sept. 19, as guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Vanderbilt’s new Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.

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Class of 2017: Akaninyene Ruffin becomes an activist—and the Outstanding Senior

May. 8, 2017—When Akaninyene Ruffin was announced as Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Senior for 2016-17 during Homecoming last fall, it marked a long journey from freshman year, when she struggled to make friends and suspected her African American heritage rendered her invisible to some of her peers.

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Class of 2017: Melissa De La Torre promotes human rights and a path to citizenship

Apr. 24, 2017—The current discourse in this country about immigration policy and reform is much more than political rhetoric for College of Arts and Science senior Melissa De La Torre.

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Vanderbilt to host events observing Constitution/Citizenship Day Sept. 16

Sep. 8, 2016—A discussion of America’s future and a campus read-a-thon of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are among the Vanderbilt events that will observe Constitution Day.

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Chancellor announces new committee to provide ongoing recommendations regarding university policing

Aug. 15, 2016—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos today announced the creation of the Community Oriented Result and Expectation (CORE) Committee—a group that primarily will comprise Vanderbilt University community members who will meet regularly to make recommendations to the university’s police department regarding safety and security on campus.

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Class of 2016: Safiah Hassan celebrates diversity and champions cultural exchange

Apr. 29, 2016—Growing up in small-town Kentucky, Safiah Hassan longed to live in a larger city with a diverse population. After coming to Vanderbilt, she made seeking out diverse communities a hallmark of her university experience.

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New offices created to strengthen diversity education, leadership development among students

Dec. 7, 2012—The Office of the Dean of Students has announced it will reorganize its efforts in the areas of diversity education and leadership development through the creation of two new offices, the re-purposing of an existing office and the creation of two new cross-departmental committees. The reorganization, which represents a significant increase in resources to these...

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Watch Vanderbilt senior on ‘Jeopardy!’ Feb. 3

Jan. 31, 2012—Zack Terrill, a College of Arts and Science senior, will represent Vanderbilt as a contestant on the college edition of Jeopardy! beginning Friday, Feb. 3. Episodes featuring Terrill will begin airing at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 on WUXP-TV, Comcast/Xfinity Channel 14. The Vanderbilt community is invited to cheer him on at a viewing party at the...

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Former bookstore space to be repurposed

Nov. 17, 2011—The Office of the Dean of Students announced last August a feasibility study to examine repurposing the space vacated by the bookstore. The planning committee included staff members from the Dean of Students offices, Dining Services, and Campus Planning and Construction, as well as student representatives from Vanderbilt Student Government, the Multicultural Leadership Council and...

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Mandy Carter: “Justice or Just Us?”

Apr. 6, 2011—Watch video of a Feb. 8 talk by Mandy Carter, one of the leading African American lesbian activists in the country. In “Justice or Just Us?” she discusses the LGBTQI movement’s difficulty in acknowledging paths blazed by the women’s movement and the Black Civil Rights movement, challenging everyone to build a movement truly representative of...

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