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iDAB partners with the VUIT Institute Program on Module 2: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
iDAB board members Amanda Jacob, Fran Spurrier, and Ed Wisdom are partnering with VUIT Institute to bring awareness around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to all VUIT staff. VUIT Institute, led and coordinated by Kelsey Anito, felt it was important for iDAB members to not only have a seat at the table, but to also be guest lecturers throughout Module 2 (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). Approximately 98% of VUIT staff members attended Module 1 (Our Work in Context), "What a huge win to partner with Kelsey and the VUIT Institute," said Fran Spurrier. "We have an opportunity to interact more closely with everyone in VUIT and to provide an accountable, long-term resource for thoughts, ideas, and conversations around difficult topics."
Module 2 kicked off on August 13 and will run through the end of September, finishing up after 16 sessions. The training explains the impact of stories, marginality in the workplace, and the value of mattering, "This module is critically important to the development of VUIT staff as it focuses on topics often ignored in the workplace, but that are deeply important to the well-being of all employees," said Amanda Jacob. As overall demographics continue to change at Vanderbilt, continued conversations around EDI topics are becoming more necessary. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is not only an important universtity initative, but is also important to the Vice Chancellor for IT, John Lutz, who is presenting in each session.
This module is just the beginning and the iDAB team is committed to continuing the conversation. Be on the lookout for communications regarding a December 2019 iDAB townhall.
"The challenge of building a team with deep and broad skill and experience is of keen importance to VUIT. It is crucial that we develop thoughtful strategies for attracting and retaining talented teammates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Advice and counsel from the Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Board will be fundamental to shaping our leadership program in this key area. Diversity and inclusion are important values for VUIT because they better us as a whole and assure we are most effective in supporting Vanderbilt's institutional priorities."
- John Lutz, Vice Chancellor, VUIT