The Orthopaedic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is committed to the intentional recruitment, leadership, and best practice that ensure a welcoming, nurturing and robustly inclusive community where we actively work to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias across all areas of Orthopaedics.

DEI Sponsored Grand Rounds Speakers

September 2021
"Prioritizing Racial Equality and Anti-Racism in Health Care” 
Dr. Consuelo Wilkins

February 2022
Celebration of Black History
“Can We Hit the Pause Button On Diversity?”
Dr. Scott Porter



5th Annual Day of Service

We are pleased to invite you to the 5th annual Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Community Service Day! Our service event will be on Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee from 1:30-4:00 PM.  You are welcome to bring your family provided that everyone meets the volunteer age requirement. We are also hoping to arrange a volunteer lunch prior to the shift; please stay tuned for details on this.

Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at Second Harvest Food Bank (331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228)
1:30 PM- 4:00 PM (dry and cold food sorting) 
Tasks: Evaluating, sorting and packaging dry and refrigerated/frozen food. 
Volunteer age requirements: no volunteers under age 12; volunteers ages 12-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

Space is limited so volunteer spots will be first come, first served. Please respond to kaitlyn.reasoner.1@vumc.org or donald.h.lee@vumc.org at your earliest convenience to indicate interest and how many spots you would like. We will send the sign-up link to those who are interested. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you there! 

Past Events:

November 2022 
Perry Initiative Program Event – Ortho DEI is excited for the opportunity to sponsor this one-day career exploration for young women in high school and medical school that allows for a hands-on introduction to the field of Orthopaedic Surgery and engineering.

September and October 2021
Partnered with the African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) to support a Local Middle School with their School Supply Drive.

December 2021
DEI Sponsored Department Wide Virtual Bias in Healthcare Training

June-July 2022

School Supply Drive – The DEI Committee will be sponsoring a school supply drive to help benefit the Pencil Box and Metro Nashville Public School Teachers. Supplies will be collected during June and July from a curated Amazon list linked above. Please make sure to click on "Diana Arcuri's Gift Registry Address" to ship directly to our MCE front office. Donations or supplies can be dropped off with Diana Arcuri or Lindsay Giglio at the front desk.

Journal Club

Previous featured books:

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Gender: Your Guide by Lee Airton, PhD

This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite

The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Caste The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Past Dates of Recognition Archive

Below you can find the information from past months and their days of recognition. This will include graphics and facts about these dates for everyone to look back on.


  • Pride 2022

    Pride timeline

    Pride dates


    Juneteenth Facts

    Juneteenth History