"Living on The Ingram Commons presents unique and extraordinary opportunities to explore your own identity in community with others who are also eager to celebrate difference and make happen a transformative experience of inclusion, belonging, and discovery. In so doing, we discover the world outside of our physical boundaries as well—right here on our halls, in the dining center, and in our classrooms.
—Professor Chalene Helmuth, faculty head of Sutherland House
First-year students learn to explore, live, and celebrate diverse communities on The Ingram Commons, at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, and throughout the world by developing thorough understandings of identities, biases, stereotypes, and cultural competencies.
We seek to empower students to contribute to the creation of an inclusive community that embraces and honors people of all backgrounds and experiences. Each year, the country flags of all 1,600 students' national identities are displayed in atrium of The Commons Center, to honor the experiences and backgrounds that the entire first-year class brings to The Ingram Commons.