VUcept is a peer mentor organization with over fifty years of experience mentoring new students through their transition to the Vanderbilt community. VUceptors facilitate the development of first-year students (VUceptees) by holding Visions sessions within the living and learning community of The Ingram Commons and by connecting VUceptees to upperclass students and faculty. While student VUceptors are integral to the Vanderbilt Visions program, their mission does not end there. VUcept requires intentional campus engagement from its members, as an effort to pursue campus culture change and in order to help first-year students integrate into the larger Vanderbilt community. In doing so, VUcept continually emphasizes the value of collaborative exploration, brave spaces, and peer mentorship.
Empower Vanderbilt Together
In addition to co-facilitating Vanderbilt Visions sessions with their faculty partners, student VUceptors are dedicated campus change agents, working to promote inclusion and wellbeing across campus. The organization is dedicated to empowering first-year students and every member in the Vanderbilt community to be their best selves. VUcept encourages everyone to share different stories and perspectives, and to embrace authenticity while emphasizing the importance of self care and care for others. VUceptors cannot accomplish their goals alone. Together with other members of the Vanderbilt community, VUceptors strive to create a more open, accepting, and diverse living and learning environment. To that end, VUcept sponsors annual events that are open to the entire campus, including a storytelling program entitled “Remember the Time” and a Panel Discussion Series designed to elicit conversation on a diverse set of topics that are relevant to the Vanderbilt experience.
-There are 93 student VUceptors, representing the diversity of thought and experience found at Vanderbilt.
-Additionally, an 11-member executive board governs the student organization in achieving its mission for campus change, while working to support student VUceptors. Only current student VUceptors are eligible to apply for the VUcept Board in the fall of each year.
-Student VUceptors are re-selected annually in the spring semester, through a rigorous application process.
-Student VUceptors are intentionally paired with faculty VUceptors and together these pairs co-facilitate the 12-week Vanderbilt Visions program.
VUcept Executive Board
With questions about the VUcept organization, please contact VUcept President Justin Andujar or VUcept Adviser Natalee Erb. Connect with VUcept on Facebook to receive updates and join the conversation.