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Open Mind: A thoughtful, reasoned approach for returning to campus

May. 11, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente discusses Vanderbilt's Return to Campus plan and how the university is considering next steps for resuming on-campus activities.

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Open Mind: Taking a moment to celebrate

May. 4, 2020—While still focusing on the difficulties of the most recent couple of months, it’s more important now than ever to reflect on the strides the Vanderbilt University community has made throughout the 2019-20 academic year, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Learning from the unexpected

Apr. 27, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the many unexpected short-term and long-term shifts members of the Vanderbilt community have had to make during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Open Mind: What comes next

Apr. 13, 2020—In her latest “Open Mind” column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente shares how multiple groups are contributing to potential strategies and planning related to the university’s response to COVID-19.

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Open Mind: VU and VUMC—stronger together

Apr. 6, 2020—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the ways Vanderbilt is supporting VUMC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Open Mind: Keeping Vanderbilt running—with heart and soul

Mar. 30, 2020—Staff at Vanderbilt University have made the transition to online and alternative learning and remote work possible for many, all while prioritizing the safety, productivity and well-being of those in our university community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Innovative solutions for uncommon times

Mar. 23, 2020—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente offers thanks in a video message to the Vanderbilt community, and discusses how students, faculty and staff are harnessing creative and innovative solutions to continue their work and learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Open Mind: Living, learning and working while implementing social distancing

Mar. 16, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente discusses how we can live, learn and work with social distancing, and our responsibility to do so.

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Open Mind: Our united community and responsibilities

Mar. 9, 2020—In her "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente addresses the community's response to the March 3 tornado and the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Open Mind: Bringing the Vanderbilt Way to Life

Feb. 26, 2020—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente writes about Vanderbilt's Strategic Plan for Athletics in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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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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