Since its beginning in 1995, the purpose of the Carpenter Program has been to foster conversation about religion, gender, and sexuality. The three primary tasks of the Carpenter Program are:
(1) promoting scholarship in religion, gender, and sexuality,
(2) supporting educational activities on campus in religion, gender, and sexuality studies, and
(3) fostering deeper community dialogues locally, regionally, and nationally about the numerous places where religion, gender, and sexuality intersect.
All three components rely on partnerships with organizations and individuals at Vanderbilt, across Nashville and Tennessee, and around the nation. The program seeks to provide education and deepen communication within and across religious affiliations, ideological bases, and cultural contexts.