Vanderbilt University's Office for Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (VU-EDGE) efforts are based on the University's sincere desire to provide underrepresented students with access to the tools necessary to reach their professional goals while creating a diverse learning community for all of our students. We believe that the next generation of scholars and leaders must reflect the gender and racial composition of the country. To that end, we aggressively recruit, admit, and retain underrepresented students both for the benefits our University can give them and for the benefits, both intellectual and social, that they bring to our campus.
Our office is directed by Assistant Dean Don Brunson who is supported by an advisory council composed of faculty members from around campus.
VU-EDGE coordinates, supplements, and expands the recruiting efforts of graduate programs and departments across Vanderbilt University in order to increase enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Our initiatives include:
We recognize that Vanderbilt University can be a challenging space for some underrepresented students. As an institution, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion works toward the full inclusion of all students into the life of the university. VU-EDGE lends particular support to graduate students to thrive in their academic programs by:
Our work would not be possible without the collective collaboration of our diversity partners on and off campus. We actively participate in national consortia to promote diversity in graduate education, such as the Leadership Alliance, and also extend our efforts to include: