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The Cal Turner Program (CTP) is motivated by two important convictions.
First, we hold that professionals are not just experts but are also custodians of our central social institutions, and need to take an active role in their development. CTP strives to foster a deep sense of vocation within Vanderbilt’s professional students, encouraging them to identify the deeper purposes that motivate their work.
Second, we maintain that many of the most significant social challenges require collaboration across the professions. Problems such as poverty, homelessness or health care are not the property of any one professional group. Effective solutions require partnering across the professional divides, and the CTP seeks to serve as a bridge, bringing professionals from a range of disciplines together to address some of these challenges. The CTP seeks to foster professional purpose and partnership.