Occupy Vanderbilt

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Occupy Vanderbilt
Part of the Occupy movement
Occupy Vanderbilt.jpg
The Occupy Vanderbilt encampment in front of Kirkland Hall, the university's administration building.
Date March 19th, 2012 – present
(2306 days)
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Caused by
  • Fair pay for university employees
  • A responsible endowment
  • A more democratic student voice
  • A living wage for VU Dining employees
  • Ethical guidelines for university investments
  • Creation of an ethical review board for investments,
  • Non-reinvestment in HEI Hotels & Resorts
  • Non-reinvestment in EMVest
Status Ongoing

Occupy Vanderbilt was a collaboration that included demonstrations and an occupation located at Alumni Circle Lawn at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Occupy Vanderbilt engaged in organized meetings, events and actions through March 2012.[1] The occupation was in solidarity with the global occupy movement and Occupy Nashville,[2] and is notable as the first protest encampment at Vanderbilt, the spread of which in countries like Argentina, Greece and Spain originally inspired the Occupy movement.


The following is a timeline of Occupy Vanderbilt events and activity.

  • Mar. 19, 2012: Occupy Vanderbilt held a rally at 5 p.m. on the steps of Kirkland Hall, the university's administration building.[3] Dining workers, occupy Nashville participants, and students representing Occupy Vanderbilt spoke at the rally.[4]
  • Mar. 21, 2012: Vanderbilt held the 2012 NACUFS southern regional conference.[5] Occupy Vanderbilt interrupted the National Association of College & University Food Services event with a mic check. The protesters took a service elevator into a private reception at the Overcup Oak Pub in the Sarratt Student Center. Protestors questioned onlookers about the 315:1 ratio between the highest paid and lowest paid university worker. The event was filmed to increase campus awareness.[6]
  • Apr. 1, 2012: Occupy Vanderbilt marched down West End Ave to the Rally for the Right to Exist at Legislative Plaza. The rally and sleep-in was held in protest of a new state law which criminalizes camping in unauthorized areas and was created to target Occupy Nashville as well as Nashville's homeless population. The event was organized by homeless advocates and supported by Occupy Nashville and Vanderbilt. Occupy Vanderbilt brought a floating tent to the rally in order to subvert this state law, which they see as unjust.[7]

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  1. ^ "Occupy Vanderbilt". Occupyvanderbilt.org (Official website). Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Declaration of the Occupation". Occupy Vanderbilt. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Humbles, Andy (19 March 2012). "Occupy Vanderbilt plan to rally, encamp today". The Tennessean. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Lasaosa Rogers, Sebastian. "Occupy Vanderbilt Rally, Day 1 - Ms. Anne speaks". Occupy Vanderbilt. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "NACUFS 2012 Regional Conference Agenda". Creative Minds, Inc. 
  6. ^ "Occupy Vanderbilt Interrupts Executives' Conference". Occupy Vanderbilt. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Protesters Back On Legislative Plaza For Rally Against Law - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

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