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Students and Social Change

Friday, May 19, 2017,
  • Location: Community Room, Jean and Alexander Heard Library • Vanderbilt University • Nashville, TN 37204

Interactive Panel discussion with former Student Health Coalition (SHC) Vanderbilt alumni:
Polly McArthur, BSN ‘75, PhD (SHC 1973-74);
Diane Lauver, BSN ‘75, Ph.D., FAAN (SHC 1974-75);
Rick Davidson,  BA ’68, MD ‘72 (SHC 1970-75) 

Part 1: Looking Back

Join these three alumni as they discuss community organizing and the Coalition brand of student activism. What were student activists doing in the SHC in the late 60s to mid-70s? Why were students involved? What organizational influences facilitated or inhibited student involvement in communities? 

Part 2: Looking Forward

Looking forward: Students and faculty presenting service learning and inter-professional community experiences at Vanderbilt and other schools. What roles do students play? Why are students attracted to these programs? What barriers do students encounter? 

Free parking available across 21st Street at University School

Vanderbilt medical, law, nursing and undergraduate students started the Appalachian Student Health Coalition in 1970 to reach out to medically underserved communities in upper East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia with the goal of bringing health services and building primary care clinics. Today, past participants are building an archive of historic materials, with organizers meeting at Vanderbilt May 18-22 for the Student Health Coalition Gathering: Looking Back, Looking Forward.