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Black and Jewish Allyship: A Personal Story

Black and Jewish Solidarity From the Civil Rights Era til Now – February 2, 2022


Panel discussionco-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the Jewish Law Students Association.


  • Dr. André Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt
  • Aron Karabel, employment litigator with Waller, member of the Southeast Region Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League’s National Civil Rights Committee.
  • Rabbi Saul Berman, professor at Yeshiva University, adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Afro-Latinx in the Academy – February 11, 2022

Two Afro-Latina scholars discuss the personal, professional, and political implications impacting and influencing Afro-Latinidad in the United States.

The conversation was moderated by Hope Young, Program Coordinator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


  • , Curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Director of Content forOur Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past
  • , Professor of Sociology and Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico, Director of the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice at the University of New Mexico, and Founding Coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender Class Data Policy Consortium

Owen Forward: DEI Corporate Leaders Panel – January 31, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leaders from Owen and Vanderbilt share their experience and perspective on DEI in the corporate world today.

The conversation was led by Dr. André Churchwell, Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer


  • Michele Ivey Frazier (MBA’93), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Music City Baseball
  • Chandra Vasser (MBA’97), Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Nissan North America
  • Professor María del Carmen Triana, Cal Turner Chair in Moral Leadership and Professor of Management

THIS MOMENT IN AMERICA: How to Be an Ally and Its Meaning in a Time of Social Justice – November 10, 2021

, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, sat down with a panel of Vanderbilt faculty and students to discuss meaningful allyship and steps one can take to be a good ally during this year’s first “This Moment in America”discussion.

The events of the past year and a half have highlighted the vast inequities and challenges that marginalized communities face daily, resulting in heightened calls for social justice and awareness and bringing to light the need for allies. Sometimes allyship may not translate into actions or drive plausible changes.

The panel was moderated by Churchwell and featured insights from Professor Ebony McGee, who is well known for her works surrounding meaningful, effective allyship and all it entails. The discussion explored what it means to be an effective ally, as well as each panelist’s experiences with effective and ineffective allyship.


  • , vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
  • , professor of diversity and STEM education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College
  • ., assistant professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
  • ,Graduate School alumna from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health
  • ,doctoral candidate in molecular physiology and biophysics

9/11 Commemoration

Diverse ‘Dores Day 2021


Diverse ‘Dores Day is open to all Vanderbilt students, staff, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty. It is an annual event that provides an opportunity to build and find community. This event encourages people to learn more about various support centers, identity-related resources, and spaces on campus. Traditionally, Diverse ‘Dores Day is centered on themes that promote pride in the diverse identities of people across campus, as well as accepting and raising awareness about our cultural differences.


Join us for this year’s two-day event! Come to Alumni Lawn on September 9th to enjoy food trucks, music, games, t-shirts, prizes, and an all-around good time in the community with us. Be sure to get your passport stamped by each table to take and present to the centers in exchange for more giveaways and a tour on September 10th.

COVID-19 Webinar: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update


Local health experts will explore health disparities and inequities in the Nashville community and how these issues can be addressed during a virtual event on Friday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT. Hosted by Vanderbilt, “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update” is free and open to the public.

A follow-up to a a year ago, the webinar will address pertinent issues affectingthe most vulnerable members of the Nashville community. An expert panel of community health leaders will offer ideas and solutions from a public health, public policy and broad medical perspective.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update

June 18, 1 p.m. CT


  • Dr. André L. Churchwell, Levi Watkins Chair, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, professor of medicine (cardiology), professor of radiology and radiological services and professor of biomedical engineering at ѿý
  • Sen. Dr. Bill Frist, founder and chairman of NashvilleHealth
  • Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president and chief executive officer, Meharry Medical College
  • Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins, vice president for health equity and professor of medicine, ѿý Medical Center

Faculty Share Importance of Juneteenth – June 19, 2021

THIS MOMENT IN AMERICA II: Violence Against Asians and Asian Americans Through the Lens of History and Racial Injustice – April 19, 2021


Staff Listening Session on Violence Against Asians and Asian Americans – April 15, 2021

Staff listening session graphic

The horrific shootings in Atlantaheightened deep concerns about against Asian and Asian American communities. In response, the university hosted a staff listening session on Thursday,April 15.

The session allowed panelists toengage on issues of concern to ѿý’s Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including safety, policing, discrimination and mental health.

Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now Symposium


THIS MOMENT IN AMERICA – February 24, 2021

Memorial Service against racism – June 29, 2020

A Pandemic in Our Communities—Health Disparities, Health Inequities and Possible Solutions – June 24, 2020

Listening Sessions

Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for People and Business Services Laura Nairon and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington will continue a series of listening sessions for ѿý staff this spring.

Key messages and themes discussed will be reported out to the campus community at the conclusion of the listening tour, which will wrap up later this spring. Churchwell, Kopstain, Nairon and Washington, along with other university colleagues, will then consider and analyze the feedback received to identify possible next steps.