Every year the food at every Stambaugh event is carefully curated to expand our students' understanding of local and global foodways—we put health and history on the plate. We serve food that introduces our students to taste as a window into culture, identity, and economy. Whether it's kosher Indian food, or new delights from the self-described 'hummus chick,' empanadas made by a new immigrant from Colombia, or record-breaking sweet potato roasted for six hours and big enough to feed the whole house—presented as a celebration of George Washington Carver—Stambaugh food gives us food for thought, body, and soul."
—Professor Alice Randall, Faculty Head of Stambaugh House
“The education and resources provided by The Ingram Commons are exceptional. The RA staff and faculty heads are ever-present and are very in tune with first-year students. The Commons acts as a safe and open environment where students can feel comfortable sharing their struggles and can learn the skills necessary to overcome them. I’ve had countless people look out for me and my wellbeing on The Commons, making me feel cared for and loved.”
While living on The Commons, first-year students learn to understand and utilize the skills necessary for healthy physical, psychological, and sexual well-being.
From identifying peer mentors and resources—such as resident advisers and student VUceptors—to participating in discourse with community members regarding healthy living, first-year students learn to engage in practices of self-care, and then initiate programming focused on these topics. For example, the CommonDores Leadership Council has hosted a self-defense workshop each fall since 2014 to provide an opportunity for first-year students to learn both physical and psychological strategies.
Personal well-being also extends to campus partnerships with other resources, including the Vanderbilt University Police Department (download the SafeVU app), Project Safe, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, the Center for Student Wellbeing, and the Psychological & Counseling Center (learn about the Let's Talk program). Through these partnerships, students further their understanding of developing personal resilience and sustainable practices of healthy living.