Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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


The Journal of Immunology (The JI) presents  “Celebrating Diversity in Immunology.”

Click here to access the NIH Implicit Bias Training Course!


Supporting women in academia during and after a global pandemic

Supporting women in academia during and
after a global pandemic

Tiffany A. Reese, PhD, Tamia A. Harris-Tryon, MD, PhD, Jennifer G. Gill, MD, PhD, and Laura A. Banaszynski, PhD

Stolen Breaths

Stolen Breaths

Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Eduardo M. Medina, MD, MPH, & Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH

Systemic inequalities for LGBTQ professionals in STEM

Systemic inequalities for LGBTQ professionals in STEM

Erin A. Cech, PhD and Tom Waidzunas, PhD


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Click here to see what celebrations are happening in Nashville!


Nashville Hispanic Chamber

Click here to view the NAHCC's Hispanic Heritage Month Long Program!


Hispanic Heritage Month: 25 Hispanic and Latinx trailblazers in science and biotechnology to know


LGBTQ+ in STEM Scholarly Resources

LGBTQ+ Advocacy in STEM

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

Sally Le Page

Sally Le Page - Coming Out
Commentary on why queer visibility in STEM is important.

Stolen Breaths

Rising up: Trailblazing scientists tell their stories

Emily Peterson


Documentary | Film | TV

If Beale Street Could Talk
Just Mercy
The Hate U Give
When They See You




Latinx Therapy‬

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!

Latinx Therapy
Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

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.

Lady Science

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.

Lady Science Podcast
Ologies with Alie War‪d

Ologies with Alie War‪d

This fun, informative podcast by Alie Ward features a new ologist every day talking about the very specific fields that they study (things like cucurbitology, paleontology, gluteology, etc) and talking about how they got there and what makes them so passionate about it.

The Michelle Obama Podcas‪t‬

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.

The Michelle Obama Podcas‪t‬



Click here for other resources and ways to get involved at Vanderbilt!



Campus Resources

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Office of Health Equity

Student Care Network

University Care Counseling

Crisis Care Counseling

If you or someone you know needs to speak with a professional counselor immediately, the University Counseling Center offers Crisis Care Counseling during the summer and academic year. Students may come directly to the UCC and be seen by the clinician on call, or may call the UCC at (615) 322-2571 to speak with a clinician. If you are calling after hours, you will be transferred to an answering service with mental health providers on call.

  • During the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) Crisis Care hours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday
  • During the summer months Crisis Care hours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday

You can call the UCC crisis hotline: (615) 322-2571. Your call will be answered by a mental health provider on-call.

If you are in immediate crisis, you can also call the Samaritan hotline 312-673-3000.