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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

“We want to foster an atmosphere at VLS where people with diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives all feel welcome and included and find opportunities to learn and contribute. We want to educate lawyers who will bring that perspective to their work and communities wherever they live and practice.” - Dean Chris Guthrie

Read more about the endowment in honor of Professor Belton
The magazine cover for the Spring 2021 edition of Vanderbilt Law is a digital portrait of the late Professor Robert Belton created by artist Rachelle Baker-Martin. Martin’s portrait is based on an actual portrait of Belton painted by Gordon Wetmore that hangs in the law school.

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In condemnation of antisemitic violence

We, at Vanderbilt Law School, are deeply shocked and saddened by the recent wave of antisemitic hatred sweeping across our nation. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and express our sincerest sympathies for the victims of this disgusting and senseless violence. As this year of tumult continues, we must confront yet again the horrifying specter of hate, brutalization, intimidation, and pain within our minority communities – and we must, yet again, condemn it in the strongest possible terms. At Vanderbilt Law School, we will absolutely not tolerate any form of aggression, incivility, discrimination or bigotry – and we will stand together to ensure that our Jewish students, staff and faculty feel fully supported and protected. Such despicable acts only serve to reaffirm our commitment to one another and to our mission as a center of learning devoted to realizing rule of law and the cause of social justice.

We would urge all members of our community to remain vigilant and to take the time to look out for themselves and others. Please immediately report any threat or instance of antisemitism, hatred, discrimination, or aggression to the law school administration. Those worried about risk to their safety should call 911 immediately (if outside campus), or Vanderbilt Police on (615) 421-1911 if within the campus grounds.