Meet the iDAB Team
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"I believe VUIT should be a workplace where each individual feels included and comfortable being themselves, but also a workplace where individuals have the freedom and trust to discuss when they don’t. This initiative is the first step toward creating that workplace and I am honored to be a part of it."
"By focusing on diversity, we can become more inclusive, more fair, and develop a more productive work environment, and I believe it is our responsibility as members of the Vanderbilt community to promote inclusion and diversity across campus. It is my hope that through iDAB we can continue to help VUIT flourish into a talented, diverse community that all members are proud to be a part of."
"I would like to see the VUIT team continue to grow and attract talent and passion from all walks of life. Diversity is important because our country, our school, and our workplaces are increasingly consisting of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. There is so much that we can learn from each other and diversity enforces different perspectives within our workplace while it discourages stereotyping. While diversity is vital, inclusion creates work environments where employees can be who they are and share ideas knowing their unique point of view is heard and valued."
"Sometimes, the smallest changes make the biggest impact, but without action change does not start. I joined iDAB for the opportunity to do work that transforms the VUIT culture - one small action at a time."
"Having a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment assures all persons the opportunity to be their whole self, thus enabling best efforts to be put forth without barriers. I joined the iDAB group to help drive change; to help have open conversations about EDI topics; to help those that may have biases (conscious or unconscious) to acknowledge and overcome those biases; to help individuals have empathy. Being a Mommy of diverse littles, I want to do all that I can to help shape work environments for our future generations."
"Plainly, inclusion means all people are comfortable speaking up. More voices means more opportunity to find an excellent idea. If those voices don’t reflect a variety of experiences and perspectives, everyone is saying the same thing, guaranteeing a mediocre result. I refuse to settle for mediocrity."
"Thankfully I have not overtly experienced discrimination and/or exclusion, but peers and co-workers have shared many of their experiences throughout my career. I have been involved in championing diversity and inclusion efforts since my first full-time job, and thought it fitting to continue that here in VUIT. I like being able to give those who are reticent a voice."
"Until we take that scary leap of expressing who we are, we don't know how the world's going to receive us. We can be met with derision or worse. But when we're met with acceptance, even delight, it's like freedom. We feel self-validation at the deepest levels. And that is where we glimpse our capacity for greatness, for life changing love. When we're brave enough to say who we are."