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Nominations sought for VUMC Hidden Figures

Aug. 20, 2020, 8:13 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office for Diversity Affairs is seeking nominations for 2020 Hidden VUMC Figures, which will be held as an online event on Monday, Nov. 2.

In 2017, Diversity Affairs initiated the Hidden VUMC Figures awards program to highlight the critical work accomplished by unsung heroes, some who have given more than 30 years of service to Vanderbilt.

The annual event is aptly named after the Academy-award winning film “Hidden Figures,” bringing to light the important work of minority women who worked as “human computers” to calculate the precise flight trajectories for the first NASA space missions in the 1960s.

Fill out the nomination form ( to highlight the achievements of staff members (including nurses and other non-physician employees) who have demonstrated long-standing commitment to VUMC and have not been duly recognized for their longevity and valuable contributions.

Nominate one individual per form. Information you provide will be used to select up to four individuals for recognition at the Nov. 2 celebration.

The Office for Diversity Affairs may also use the information you provide to select a Hidden VUMC Figure in subsequent years as well.

If you have any questions regarding the nominating process, contact Del Ray Zimmerman, director of the Office for Diversity Affairs and LGBTQ Health, at

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