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Commodore Connection | January 2022
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Important update on health and safety protocols for the start of the semester

We are continuing on-campus, in-person classes for the spring 2022 semester.
  • The start of the semester for undergraduates is delayed until Jan. 17, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As in past years, classes will not be held that day to allow the community to participate in the virtual Commemorative Series events.
  • The dates for spring break (March 5–13) and Commencement (May 13) are unchanged. Additional detail about the undergraduate academic calendar will be announced soon.
  • We are instituting enhanced safety protocols for the entire campus community, including a Commodores Care period for students and the resumption of required masking indoors.
  • In addition, we are greatly expanding our testing program for the spring to support the health and safety of our community. This will include required testing for all returning students before they arrive on campus.
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Reminder: Town Hall for undergraduate students and families tomorrow

Vanderbilt University leaders invite undergraduate students and their families to a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. CT to share updates about the university’s plans for the spring semester, including its COVID-19 operations and student support resources.

There will be a moderated question and answer session; pre-submitted and live questions will be taken. Submit town hall questions here. The town hall will be recorded and made available on the Health and Safety Protocols website for later viewing.

Speakers and Q & A panelists include:
  • G.L. Black, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students
  • André Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
  • Pam Jones, associate vice chancellor for health and wellness and co-commander of the university’s Public Health Central Command Center
  • Jamye Hardy, assistant director, Student Care Coordination
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak as part of MLK Commemorative Series

Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a virtual keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. CT as part of a broader virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. After Finney’s address, Major Jackson, director of creative writing and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, will host a moderated Q & A with the speaker.
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Search committee announced to find senior director of Career Center

Vice Provost for Career Advancement and Engagement and Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center Alex Sevilla has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the senior director of the Career Center. The committee includes a group of faculty and staff members, an alumna and a current student. The senior director will provide strategic leadership for the Career Center, serve as a thought partner to Sevilla and play an integral role within the newly formed unit of Career Advancement and Engagement, as broad expansion occurs to meet the growing needs of Vanderbilt students and alumni.
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Vanderbilt University Coffee Equity Lab launches Coffee Equity Design Challenge

The Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, has launched the Coffee Equity Design Challenge, in which students and coffee professionals will team up to co-create meaningful innovations for a more equitable and sustainable coffee industry. Together, over the course of a semester, teams of undergraduate and graduate students at Vanderbilt University will take part in a series of coffee sustainability and equity workshops and learn to use equity-centered design and systems research to respond to an industry-identified design challenge.
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Applications open for the Data Science for Social Good program

The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program is a 10-week summer experience where participants work as part of a data science team on a project for a not-for-profit organization, Vanderbilt group or government organization. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 4.
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

Parents are invited to attend the Vanderbilt Chapter Events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area.
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Volunteer with Vanderbilt

Parents and families are an important part of our Vanderbilt community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, such as participating in networking opportunities and volunteering at regional chapter events.
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