African American Employee Resource Group



Mission Statement:

To accelerate VUMC’s Strategic Directions of "Making Diversity and Inclusion Intentional," the African American Employee Resource Group will cultivate the development of teams, reflecting our population, to empower, motivate, inspire and maximize the potential of African American employees within the organization.

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Executive Advisors:
Dr. Marques Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Clinical
Andrea Hughie, Associate Nursing Officer of MCJCHV Nursing Administration

Executive Board:
Roderic Armstrong, Patient Care Services Manager
Eric Boyd, IT Project Manager
Teree Caruthers, Communication Consultant Human Resources
Tai Askew Gibson, Enterprise Analytics Senior Analytics Consultant 
Jazmyne McClary, Senior Talent Consultant Human Resources
Candy Robins, Access Technology Program Manager
Kim Smith, MCKCHV Finance Senior Financial Analyst
Talissa Smith, Quality Performance Analyst 

Upcoming Events:

AAERG Professional Development Committee Book Club
Join the Professional Development Committee as they discuss Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. This book will start a dynamic discussion which will be led by Eric Boyd, an AAERG Executive Committee member.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 15th 11:00am – 12:00pm  (Chapters 1 -3)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 19th 11:00am - 12:00pm (Chapters 4-6)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24th 11:00am - 12:00pm (Chapters 7-9)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 19th 11:00am - 12:00pm (Chapters 10-11)

    Recent Events:

    Meet and Greet with Black Leaders Monday, February 20, 2023


    AAERG Black History Month Kick-Off Skate Party February 5, 2023

    Jazz on the Cumberland Sunday, September 18th

    Trailblazing Women in Healthcare (Women's History Panel Discussion): March 25, 11:00am-12:00pm

    Volunteer Opportunities with SaLT: January 11, 6:00-7:30pm

    AA-ERG Virtual Wine Down: November 19, 6:00-7:30pm

    AAERG Town Hall: August 25, 1:00pm

    Event Recording Link: COVID Vaccine Town Hall

    AAERG Vaccine Town Hall

    Group Meeting:

    July 15, 4:00pm

    AAERG Town Hall:

    March 31, 1:00pm (Recapping recent highlights and prioritizing events for the upcoming year.)

    "Ted-like" Talks (2020)

    AAERG Kick-off Meeting (2020)