Vanderbilt University Promotes Critical Race Theory Disguised As Health Equity

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Vanderbilt University continues to push the agenda of Critical Race Theory, thinly veiled under the statements posted on the “Office of Health Equity” page of their website. This agenda applies to both Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM).

According to the site, both entities “review salaries…by race.” VUSM also requires that all first-year students receive education on “racial equity and eliminating health inequities.” Their statement “outlines goals, actions, accountability, and milestones for advancing racial equity at VUMC and VUSM.”

The university previously renamed Dixie Place, a campus street that runs beside a parking garage, instead calling it “Vivien Thomas Way”. They say they replaced the original name because “Dixie, as a name, is an anathema to people of all races who see to advance the cause of civil rights…” The new name is in honor of an African-American with no formal medical training who helped to advance techniques in cardiac surgery.

While the group claims to be working to balance out racial inequities, they instead seem to be tilting the bar in the opposite direction. 

According to their own report issued by their Racial Equity Task Force, both institutions “increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities in the candidate pool for all positions.” They also “track leaders’ hiring of racially and ethnically diverse candidates and hold them accountable if there is a lack of diversity in their teams/offices/departments.”

The report also states that the institutions should “integrate structural racism as a core competency for students in all VUSM graduate programs,” effectively pushing Critical Race Theory in that curriculum. 

The Task Force seems to have a goal of aligning this agenda to career advancement within the university’s system, requiring that the institutions “include metrics around reducing incidents of racism, discrimination, and micro- and macro-aggressions to annual review cycles and promotions.”

Additionally, the task force seeks to increase VUMC and VUSM’s political agenda as they work “in partnership with racial minority populations” to “advocate as an institution for an external public policy agenda that supports equity and anti-racism.”

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

2 thoughts on “Vanderbilt University Promotes Critical Race Theory Disguised As Health Equity

  • January 24, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    This taxpayer funded organization is constantly circumventing Tn. law. Isn’t it time they stop doing this on our dime? I am in favor of defunding them and further, decertifying the hospital if they continue to ignore the law.

  • February 28, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    The famous lib “shell game” and the language manipulation must always be watched and kept in check. You think that you got em, passed laws, etc. and everything is good again. WRONG! They just change the names to be even more benign, even positive sounding to most, but once again, it’s the same ol’ crap they just got caught pushing. The Left always has to HIDE their true agenda because they KNOW if they were honest and came out with what their ideas and goals were, they would never succeed. We must always be vigilant because they will never stop until they have destroyed this country and brainwashed the vulnerable youth as their new army under the bastardization of the word “Democracy.”


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