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  9 things you need to know this week  
1.   Return to Campus update for Jan. 20
    Vanderbilt is sharing updates and reminders with graduate and professional students about its spring semester plans to support the university community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.    [ Read More ]
2.   The Open Dore: Lessons learned from the fall 2020 semester
    From the past fall semester, there are many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that we’ll carry forward as a community into the spring, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the January edition of “The Open Dore.” [ Read More ]
3.   Celebrated novelist challenges American exceptionalism in MLK keynote
    Ethiopian American novelist Dinaw Mengestu gave an impassioned personal view of growing up in an immigrant family in the United States during his keynote address for this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative event, hosted in partnership with the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series. [ Read More ]
4.   Story Photo Watch: Vanderbilt senior introduces Vice President Kamala Harris as part of inauguration celebration
    Vanderbilt senior student-athlete Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score points on a Division I football team in the Power 5, played a prominent role in a presidential inauguration event on Jan. 20. [ Watch Video ]
5.   Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to transition to vice provost for graduate education’s portfolio
    On Feb. 15, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) will transition to the portfolio of André Christie-Mizell, the new vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School. Moving forward, he will assume the title of director of the office. [ Read More ]
6.   Brown named director of Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
    Ashley Brown, who has strong experience in social justice education and student engagement, has been named the new director of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity. [ Read More ]
7.   Ellis to lead Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program
    Franklin Ellis Jr., who has devoted his career in higher education to helping students of diverse backgrounds and identities succeed at the university level, is the new director of the Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program. [ Read More ]
8.   Center for Teaching conducts student focus groups to study online and hybrid learning
    Faculty and students found themselves teaching and learning in new contexts last fall, from online courses to hybrid classrooms. In October and November, the Center for Teaching in the Office of the Provost conducted a series of focus groups with students to better understand their experiences learning in these environments. [ Read More ]
9.   Alumni co-founders of Leaf Global Fintech to discuss social entrepreneurism Jan. 27
    Two Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management alumni will discuss the company they created to provide banking services to refugee populations. The event, “Vanderbilt Changemakers: Leaf Global Fintech,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon CT. [ Read More ]
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