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Open Mind: Many voices make our One Vanderbilt stronger

Feb. 10, 2020—Feedback in the form of surveys, town halls, listening sessions and frank conversations makes our university stronger and elevates the voices of all members of the Vanderbilt community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Growing side by side with Nashville

Jan. 27, 2020—Vanderbilt's growth is intertwined with Nashville's, and the successes and challenges of both are shaped and reflected by the other, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Telling our stories of diversity and hope

Jan. 13, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the words carved into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

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Open Mind: Reflecting on a year of change and continued strength

Dec. 9, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente looks back on an eventful 2019 and reflects on the many pivotal moments that will define the next chapter of Vanderbilt’s history in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Giving thanks to our Vanderbilt community

Nov. 18, 2019—Ahead of Thanksgiving, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente expresses gratitude for the faculty, staff, students and all members of the Vanderbilt community who bring the university's mission to life each day, she writes in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Supporting our veterans, advancing our mission

Nov. 4, 2019—By embracing the knowledge and expertise of the veterans and service members at Vanderbilt, the university community expands its scope of diverse perspectives and lived experiences, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest column ahead of Veterans Day next week.

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Open Mind: Committed to showing our work

Oct. 21, 2019—Transparency keeps everyone informed so we can engage in meaningful debate and give input on actions, and it builds trust and teamwork by setting clear and consistent processes, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week's column.

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Open Mind: Trust and optimism go hand in hand

Oct. 7, 2019—Trust is critical to our work together as a university community, and we can develop it by building connectedness across our different experiences, opinions and disciplines, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week's column.

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Open Mind: Cooperative teamwork is the key to impact

Sep. 23, 2019—What distinguishes Vanderbilt is the value the university community places on collegiality and cooperative teamwork, appreciating what others bring to the table when working on common goals, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week's column.

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Open Mind: Charting the path for the future

Sep. 9, 2019—In the debut of her "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente shares her perspective on the values, opportunities, challenges and priorities that drive Vanderbilt's mission.

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