Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

April Meeting Highlights

  • After a historic investiture weekend, Chancellor Diermeier joined us as our keynote speaker. He expressed gratitude and appreciation for staff members for the hard work he has seen over the past two years. Vanderbilt is in the strongest position it has been coming out of the pandemic, and staff enables faculty and students to do their best work.
    Chancellor Diermeier discussed The Vanderbilt Way highlighting an emphasis on belonging and continued growth with a commitment to ongoing learning. As a Vanderbilt community, the Chancellor wants to push us to grow, to thrive, and to develop our potential through Radical Collaboration.
    He hopes that we will be ambassadors for Vanderbilt to recruit great talent to continue to grow, while highlighting the University’s commitment to staff.

  • Emi Horii from Experience Vanderbilt, a student-led, university-supported initiative that provides undergraduate students who qualify for need-based financial aid with funding for extracurricular activities that have fees, shared ways staff can get involved and support this group, including spreading the word about the application process which ends April 30 this year.

  • MoveVU created a fun video featuring Mr. C that highlights the easy steps to using the WeGo Public Transit bus system, and there is a new webpage with detailed information about riding the bus. Remember, ALL VU community members can ride the bus for FREE!


    Join Us Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Starbucks located at 2525 West End Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

    Open to all staff, this is a great way to connect and network with others around campus. Stop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea on USAC!

    Giving on the Green
    Celebrate our Annual Giving Day on Library Lawn from noon to 4 p.m. on April 21. There will be giveaways, lawn games, a lounge area, DJ Drums and you can be a part of the Giving Day picture mosaic.

    From noon to 2 p.m. there will be free boxed lunches and King of Pops from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Those who donate $22 or more will receive a pair of VU socks as a thank you gift. You can also sign a thank you postcard to send to our alumni donors. View a complete list of Giving Day Events online.

    Looking for an opportunity to volunteer?

    Join us on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Fort Negley Parking Lot, 534 Chestnut Street, for a drive-thru food distribution. Sign up is encouraged, but not required.

    Donations go to the Employee Hardship Fund

    If you are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event, you may qualify for the employee hardship fund. Visit the Hardship Fund website for eligibility criteria.  
    Meet a Member:
    Shore Griffin
    Learning and Residential Affairs: Libraries, Library Expert

    For Shore's full feature, and to connect with USAC representatives from around the university, visit our Blog.

    To register for these events, please email

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    All are welcome! USAC Meetings are held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and are always open to staff members served by the council.
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