Greetings from the University Staff Advisory Council!

May Meeting Highlights

  • USAC was joined by Tracey George, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professional Education, and Danielle Certa, Assistant Director of Faculty Appointments, to discuss the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Education, its departments, and the various ways its staff supports faculty. They shared how the mission of the office is to support and champion Vanderbilt faculty at every stage of their career and to promote and advise professional academic programs. The office’s dynamic collaboration was illustrated by two case studies: dean reviews and searches and faculty hiring and onboarding.

  • As part of USAC's effort to offer training opportunities in the equity, diversity, and inclusion space, Christopher Donald, University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, and Gretchen Person, Associate University Chaplain and Associate Director of Religious Life, provided members with information and best practices on how we can support our colleagues who identify as religious minorities. The Center for Spiritual & Religious Life has numerous resources for staff to navigate difficult conversations as well as celebrate and support the pluralistic campus community. While the center has generally focused on supporting students, the team is now growing capacity, building relationships with staff members, and launching affinity groups to build a stronger community.

  • Kathleen Fuchs Hritz, Senior Director of Community Relations, previewed the Community Engagement Survey for staff that will launch May 16. All staff will be invited to participate in the survey using a personalized link next week. Participation should take about 5 minutes and will capture staff members' engagement with community and government organizations. The survey will provide input to a larger initiative focused on the holistic view of Vanderbilt's reach and impact in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area.

USAC Elections 2023

Thank you to the Vanderbilt staff who are running in the Spring 2023 USAC elections.  Your participation in the process is very important.  This year’s election cycle includes members in ODD groups. Those elected will begin their two-year term on July 1, 2023.

As we have now moved into the election period, all staff within each odd numbered group received an email with the link to cast their votes. 

Current elected representatives for ODD groups must seek and win re-election to continue their service.
Not sure what group you belong to?  Groups are assigned according to your Department/Work Unit. Navigate to our "Find Your USAC Group" website at the button below.
Learn more about USAC membership by visiting our website.
Questions? Contact membership co-chairs and
Find Your Group
Meet a Member:
Christina Foggie
Chief of Staff, Women's Basketball
Department of Athletics

"Building relationships is a skill that every person would benefit from having. The ability to create genuine and authentic relationships by learning from and connecting with others can unlock endless opportunities."

For Christina'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.

Join the USAC Events Committee!

Our events committee has two upcoming opportunities for you to connect with your colleagues! We will also be present at the Spring Staff Assembly on May 22 - be sure to stop by and say hi!


USAC Executive Position Elections were held during our May 2023 meeting. Your 2023 - 2024 USAC Leaders are:
President | Adam McKeever-Burgett
Vice President/President Elect | Sara Putnam
Secretary | Lynn Maddox
Treasurer | LaDonna Smith

Spring Staff Assembly

Register now for the Spring Staff Assembly on Monday, May 22. In-person seating will be based on RSVPs and a virtual livestream will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

Grow Your Career

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

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 contact 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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