Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Faculty and Staff Resources

Campus Partners

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

The mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the collegiate experience of African and African American students by providing effective programming addressing the academic, cultural, and social needs of each student.  The BCC is committed to serving as an essential resource for Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community that seeks to highlight Black history and culture. The BCC programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding, allyship, and appreciation for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Center for Teaching (CFT)

The mission of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching is to promote university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning.  By helping members of the Vanderbilt community become more effective teachers, the Center for Teaching supports the educational mission of the university and enhances the learning experiences of its students.

Center for Teaching Guides related to inclusivity:

Please note: If you are going to be a Teaching Assistant, the Center for Teaching hosts a daylong Teaching Assistant Orientation the week before classes begin. Register for this session at their website.

English Language Center (ELC)

The Vanderbilt University English Language Center supports the university's internationalization, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through engaging English for Academic and Professional language instruction and targeted resources for international students, faculty, staff, and scholars who use English as an additional language. Our goal is to help you achieve the most from your Vanderbilt experience by providing innovative, high-quality, individualized English-language instruction.

International Student & Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) fosters the education and development of non-immigrant students and scholars to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. ISSS provides advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding immigration, cross-cultural, and personal matters. ISSS supports an environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social, and cross cultural programs.

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center

For over forty years, the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center has been an affirming space for all members of the Vanderbilt community that acknowledges and actively resists sexism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression while advocating for positive social change.

Core Values:

  • We believe that progress toward gender equality calls all of us to be champions for change.
  • We work to build community in diversity by creating spaces for open dialogue.
  • We strive to foster a community of belonging on Vanderbilt's campus and to empower all people to have a voice.

Office of Active Citizenship & Service

The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) exists to connect students with opportunities to engage with and learn from communities through meaningful service, capacity-building, and civic participation locally, nationally, and globally. Utilizing frameworks of social justice education, critical service-learning, and human-centered design, OACS facilitates an educational experience that prepares students to identify and confront systems of oppression and to work alongside communities to establish creative, just, and lasting social change.

This is succinctly reflected in the OACS motto: EXPLORE. ACT. REFLECT.

Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt Universityis a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community - students, faculty, staff, and alums - by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.