Social Justice and Identity

Students dance at the grand opening celebration for the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity. Ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity. Chancellor Zeppos speaks at the Grand Opening of the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry lectured for the MCWC’s “Women in Politics” series. Margaret Cuniggim Women’s Center and the KC Potter Center which houses the LGBTQI Life office Associate Dean Frank Dobson hosts a discussion for students.

Mission Statement

Social Justice and Identity (SJAI) within the Dean of Students office conducts events, activities, and training that both celebrate diversity and serve to educate Vanderbilt students on pertinent issues of social justice, identity, and advocacy.   SJAI supports students of varying backgrounds and identities through wide-ranging programming which serves to foster a sense of belonging, to commemorate important cultural values, and to facilitate understanding between people of differing backgrounds and orientations.   Additionally, Dean of Students staff members in SJAI serve a number of student organizations as advisors, meeting with student leaders on a regular basis, attending their organizations’ events, and serving as mentors.