Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

January Meeting Highlights

  • Anders Hall, Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer, joined us to share an overview and update about the Vanderbilt Endowment. The endowment's objective, comprised of over 3,000 funds and supporting a variety of institutional needs and purposes, is to preserve its purchasing power while providing a stable income stream to university budgets. Vanderbilt's endowment has made significant growth over the past decade and continues to track well in comparison to our peers.  

  • Vanderbilt has launched a new housing study to assess the current and future housing needs of faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. Margaret Emley, Director of Real Estate, shared plans for the upcoming surveys and insight into the employee committee that has been developed to provide feedback and recommendations for future solutions. You can read more about the study and committee here

  • Advancing your education? Dr. Sheri Shaneyfelt, Director of the MLAS program, shared detailed information on the popular Master of Liberal Arts and Science program, designed for working professionals. Many Vanderbilt employees are current or past students and have encouraged others to pursue the degree and utilize the tuition benefit! 

  • Krista Vaught, Assistant Director of Employee Learning and Engagement, shared the upcoming spring learning opportunities. From Clifton Strengths to Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, there is no shortage of opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills. A full list of workshops can be found on their website.

Meet a Member:
Caitlyn Perry
Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator
Public Safety, Office of Emergency Management

"During the pandemic, I was asked if I was okay here (I didn’t have anyone in the Nashville area). I told them that there was nowhere else I would rather be working – I felt that Vanderbilt really took care of everyone to the best of the University’s ability. I felt like I could rely on my team and the community here."

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

Employee Hardship Fund is now
the Employee Critical Support Fund

Vanderbilt's Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund has provided assistance to qualifying faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event since 1994. Previously housed within VUMC, the fund has transitioned to Vanderbilt University ownership and now renamed the Employee Critical Support Fund - providing employees peace of mind during times of uncertainty and to demonstrate the power and values of the Vanderbilt community.
Employees are encouraged to contribute to the fund through the Kroger Community Rewards Program and the Amazon Smile Program.

Share the Love.

USAC is once again supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with our Virtual Food Drive! Visit the donation website to help provide food for children, families, and seniors facing hunger in our community.

Grow Your Career

Interested in seeing what opportunities are available across campus? Looking for a new role? Visit the Vanderbilt job board!

Celebrate MLK Day

In response to USAC's request to observe MLK day as a paid staff holiday, Vanderbilt approved the designation in 2021. As a way to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion across the university community, we encourage you to participate in one of the many commemorative events being hosted by Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. Read more here.

Submit a Sesquicentennial Grant

As part of the upcoming sesquicentennial celebration, the Office of the Chancellor is launching a grant program to support activities and projects that engage with the university’s history, look ahead to its future, and explore what makes Vanderbilt distinctive and unique. The grant program welcomes proposals from groups across the Vanderbilt community including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
SPRING DEADLINE: January 23, 2023 @ 11:59pm CT

Share your event!

Do you have an event, activity or resource relevant to university staff that would benefit from promotion via the USAC social media channels (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook)?  Let us know!
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Whether you are working from home or are back on campus, know that USAC remains committed to being a champion for staff, and our digital door is always open.  Do not hesitate to share your feedback or experiences via or via our anonymous form.

All are welcome! USAC Meetings are held virtually 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. Email for a Zoom link.
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