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Vocations in Racial Justice

Racial Justice

Type: Vanderbilt Initiative Award (ViA)

Historically, vocations in racial justice have drawn upon lifelong commitments of energized practitioners across several generations, whether in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League (NUL) or in innumerable other international, national or local organizations. Drawing from the intellectual resources from the many schools within the university, a curriculum for training vocational activists and scholars could prepare future leaders with a broad-based competency across otherwise disparate disciplines. These subjects would speak specifically to ongoing and emergent issues important to the goals of racial justice, which in turn could provide models for social justice work more broadly. The broad objective and goals of this project are to design, develop and sustain a structured, systematic and holistic teaching/learning experience from which a Trans-disciplinary Activist/Practitioner/Scholar (TAPS) emerges.

Faculty Participants

Principal Investigator in bold

Divinity School

  • Dale P. Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology (Founding PI)

Peabody College

  • Sandra Barnes, Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development

College of Arts & Science

School of Nursing

Law School

School of Engineering

  • Matthew Walker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering

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