VI4 strives to promote an inclusive environment that is supportive and enriching, regardless of the personal or scientific background, for its broad member base. We aim to build and sustain a diverse and vibrant community of investigators that nurtures rigorous education and training in microbiology and immunology within an environment that is welcoming to all.
We expect that all VI4 members, in keeping with VUMC’s CREDO behaviors, adhere to these same guiding principles.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Shenique S. Thomas-Davis, PhD
Namandjé Bumpus, PhD
Tiffany A. Reese, PhD, Tamia A. Harris-Tryon, MD, PhD, Jennifer G. Gill, MD, PhD, and Laura A. Banaszynski, PhD
Katie Langin, PhD
Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Eduardo M. Medina, MD, MPH, & Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH
Erin A. Cech, PhD and Tom Waidzunas, PhD
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Black Business Month Resources
90.3 WPLN Nashville Public Radio Presents - Interactive Map: Nashville’s 100+ Black-Owned Food Establishments
Disability Pride Month Resources
National Council on Independent Living
Sally Le Page - Coming Out
Commentary on why queer visibility in STEM is important.
Documentary | Film | TV
Tune in with Adriana Alejandre, LMFT to the weekly podcast that discusses mental health topics related to Latinas, Latinos and Latinx individuals in efforts to demystify myths and diagnoses. Cultural and commonly stigmatized themes will be discussed with Latinx mental health professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, bloggers, tv personalities, social media influencers, entrepreneurs and many more. Spanish segments are aired every other week!
Brené Brown talks with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. They talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but they really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.
An expansion of their online publication, Lady Science podcast features the editors and their guests talking about the history of women in science.
Editors-in-chief Anna Reser and Leila McNeill launched Lady Science on Ada Lovelace Day 2014. What began as a monthly newsletter written by Anna and Leila has grown into a monthly podcast and an independent magazine with more content between monthly issues, more writers and readers, and an editing staff.
The Michelle Obama Podcast features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones—family, friends, and colleagues—on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are. Notably, some of her episodes focus on relationships such as those of a mentor and mentee, women and their health, and the importance of having a group of girl friends.