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Don’t lose your voice this school year: social justice actions to take and events to attend

August 22, 2020

During Syllabus Week, there are a number of ways to show you care about your Nashville community through social action and community building.

Protestors conclude the Black Lives Matter march at the Tennessee State Capital as one protestor memorializes the event with a selfie. (Hustler Multimedia/Krista Panageas)

THORNTON: I hope this article gets me some “woke cred”

July 25, 2020

Only when conditional advocacy is no longer an inexorable side-effect of “wokeness,” will the word embody what it meant to begin with.

Students turn to Abolish Greek Life, Dear PWI and The Vanderbilt Journal to voice experiences of exclusivity on campus

Students turn to Abolish Greek Life, Dear PWI and The Vanderbilt Journal to voice experiences of exclusivity on campus

July 20, 2020

In efforts to create discussion for social change on Vanderbilt’s campus and beyond, students use Instagram as a platform to share harmful experiences.

Around the country, white people are quick to claim and consume Black culture, praising Black athletes, models, actors and musicians for their entertainment value, yet these same white people hesitate to fight for human rights. Vanderbilt’s campus is not immune to this disheartening reality.

Inside an Athlete’s World: Black lives should matter on and off the field

June 7, 2020

How recent Black Lives Matter protests have revealed important race dynamics within the Vanderbilt community.

Protestors march in New York City.

GUEST EDITORIAL: No justice, no peace

June 6, 2020

Why only supporting protests against racial injustice if they’re peaceful misses the point.

This photo, from the petition to hold Vanderbilt accountable for racial justice, was designed by rising junior Shivani Sharma, one of over thirty collaborators that developed the petition. This image was circulated with the petition, which was posted to on June 3. (Screenshot from Hold Vanderbilt Accountable for Racial Justice petition on Barker)

Students and alumni create petitions calling for further action from Vanderbilt administration regarding racial justice

June 5, 2020

Petitions calling for Professor Emerita Virginia Abernethy’s title to be removed, Vanderbilt to be more accountable for racial justice were created by current and former Vanderbilt students in the past week.

Black Lives Matter Protest at Nashville State Capitol

GAO: Why social justice begins with acknowledging our own prejudice

June 5, 2020

To brave the pain of our society, we should first look within ourselves and question the truth behind our actions and beliefs.

Protestors at Legislative Plaza (WKRN/Stassy Olmos)

LANGFORD: A defense of violent civil disobedience

June 4, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, it’s evident that not all protestors are afforded the same public support.

The Divinity School

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We refuse to be silent

June 4, 2020

We will keep fighting until we all can breathe.

Lee began his journey in Nashville. Photo courtesy John Lee

First-year John Lee cycles across mid-America in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

June 4, 2020

Lee embarked on his 1,500-mile bike journey from Nashville to Colorado June 3.

Asian American Student Association and Black Student Association joint statement, Vanderbilt Student Government statement and Association for Latin American Students statements pulled from Instagrams. Black text on white backgrounds with organization logos.

University, faculty and over 40 student groups provide statements of solidarity following the death of George Floyd

June 3, 2020

The Vanderbilt community responds to the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and ensuing protests in Nashville and across the country.

Protestors at the 'I Will Breathe Movement

THORNTON: You’re the loudest when you’re silent in times of injustice

May 31, 2020

Simply not participating in racism or hashtagging your IG story “BLM” doesn’t cut it and never has.