Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Education focused on discovery, not boundaries.

Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sci-ences has the #1 graduate program for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology in the nation.
$3.75 Million in new grants is available to fund students in the areas of childhood hearing loss, autism, and deaf education. These multidisciplinary programs offer students advanced training, practicum placement, maymester, travel awards, and the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty. With more than 85,00 patient visits per year, 12 audiology and speech-language pathology clinics, and on-site preschools for children with hearing loss and autism, graduate students have access to all aspects of clinical experience with patients of all ages.

Our Visionaries

Through sharing of ideas and perspectives, the Diversity Liaison Committee empowers members to become stronger advocates in promoting diversity and inclusion in their departments, resource groups, and VUMC as a whole.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have been established as staff-run affinity groups that actively empower specific communities to “make diversity and inclusion interntional” at VUMC.

Office for Diversity Affairs

Diversity Lecture Series

The Office for Diversity Affairs sponsors three powerful lecture series to inspire dialogue, foster community engagement and provide medical education related to the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. Each lecture highlights renowned international guest speakers as well as lauded members of Vanderbilt’s faculty.

Program for LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ patients experience disparities in access and quality of care, leading to preventable, adverse health outcomes. The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health works to address these diparities, improve health of LGBTQ patients, support education around sexual and gender minority health, and foster research on the optimal ways to care for LGBTQ patients and families.


Student Enrollment

The Office for Diversity Affairs works to ensure diverse admissions to Vanderbilt School of Medicine. We also support VUSM student affinity groups with mentoring, funding, and other resources throughout the academic year. Take a look to see how we are helping medical students from all different backgrounds thrive.



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About Us

Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt today is a globally renowned research university. Its 10 schools reside on a parklike campus set in the urban heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative atmosphere of discovery that drives positive change in the world.

Our commitment to an inclusive Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt community continues to process the horrific news of the past few weeks, as our nation has once again grappled with tragic killings and racial injustice. We join our Black students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff, alumni and community members in mourning the Black lives of all genders, brutally taken, and in asserting that racism has no place at Vanderbilt or in our society at large. Vanderbilt has a responsibility, indeed, an obligation, to continuously do the work to combat racism and racial injustice—both on our campus and throughout our Nashville community.

As a world-renowned academic research institution, we need to draw on discovery, education and creative expression to begin finding solutions to the complex problems of racial injustice and violence. It is imperative that we:

Augment our research, scholarship and curricular efforts around race and inclusion. We will support multiple research and teaching initiatives at the provost level, such as through enhanced Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) and Research Scholar Grants, Discovery Grants and Micro Grants, as well as through school/college-based programs such as the College of Arts and Science’s Grand Challenges.

Bolster our bias and inclusivity training on several fronts, including making bias training mandatory for faculty hiring committees, expanding bias training for students, staff, postdoctoral scholars and faculty, particularly new hires, and increasing training for inclusive teaching through the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.

VUMC named among Top Hospitals for Diversity in nation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center was named among the 2019 Top Hospitals for Diversity by BlackDoctor.org(BDO), an online source of health and wellness information.

Each hospital on the list delivers quality care at the highest level, while promoting equity and inclusion in their operations, programs, services and staffing.

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Senior Associate Dean

I am Dr. André Churchwell, a 1975 graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine’s major strength lies in the quality of its students and faculty. The school provides a supportive, positive environment in which students are treated equally in their pursuit of excellence. The students have one of the highest satisfaction rates in the country.

Dr. André Churchwell

Senior Associate Dean

Graduate & Professional School Admissions

Vanderbilt University is a leading center for graduate and professional school education, offering advanced degrees in an expanding slate of fields including the natural sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, religion, education, law, medicine, nursing and business.

MD Program

Office of Enrollment Services

Jennifer S. Kimble, M.Ed.
Director of Admissions
224 Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center*
Nashville, TN 37240-0002
(615) 322-2145