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Meet the Staff

Rory Dicker, Director

Rory Dicker joined the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in January 2015. She previously worked as the Associate Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt, where she continues to teach classes in the history of American feminisms, women and literature, and feminist pedagogy. She completed her undergraduate studies in English and French at the Johns Hopkins University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt. After completing her graduate work, she taught English for several years at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where she helped to inaugurate the college’s minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of A History of U.S. Feminisms and the coeditor of Catching a Wave:  Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century.

To contact Rory, email: rory.c.dicker@vanderbilt.edu

Alexandra Hollifield, Program Coordinator

Alexandra (“Alex”) Hollifield joined our staff in 2013 as a Graduate Assistant for the academic year.  During her time as a GA, she worked in several programming areas, including VanDIY and the 2014 Cuninggim Lecture with Courtney E. Martin. Alex is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science.  Alex has presented her research on topics related to transnational feminisms at national conferences including the Associated Colleges of the South Women’s Studies Conference and the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.  She is currently working toward her Masters in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.  As a former resident of North Carolina, Alex has served on North Carolina Chapter Board for UN Women.  Her programming areas currently include topics such as perfectionism, body image, disordered eating, professional development for women, and sexual health.

To contact Alex, email: alexandra.l.hollifield@vanderbilt.edu

Brenda Caplinger, Administrative Assistant

Brenda Caplinger, our Administrative Assistant, comes to the Women’s Center from the Dean of Students Office at Vanderbilt, where she was an Administrative Assistant.  She was previously in the Student Campus Events Office in the Sarratt Student Center for 23 years.  Brenda enjoys being home with her husband, Jim and spending time with her grandchildren.  She also enjoys reading and doing counted cross stitch.

To contact Brenda, email: brenda.caplinger@vanderbilt.edu

Hyemin Kim, Graduate Assistant

Hyemin Kim recently joined the Women’s Center as a Graduate Assistant. Originally from South Korea, she is a M.Ed. candidate in International Education Policy and Management at Peabody College of Education. Hyemin studied English Language and Literature with a particular focus on post-colonial and immigrant literature at Yonsei University prior to coming to Vanderbilt. After graduating, she worked at Korean National Commission for UNESCO as a program assistant to a regional literacy promotion project, proving support to organizations in Asia-Pacific, one of which implemented a women-friendly literacy education project in Hafizabad and Lahore, Pakistan. Her current interests in working with the Women’s Center include supporting students and faculty with children on university campuses and women’s empowerment within the context of cultural constraints.

To contact Hyemin, email: hyemin.kim@vanderbilt.edu

Kinsey Walker, Graduate Assistant

Kinsey Lee Walker is originally from South Charleston, West Virginia.  Kinsey studied Philosophy and English with a particular focus on application to modern race theory at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Kinsey was a kindergarten – 1st grade teacher and middle school basketball coach in Hazlehurst, Mississippi through Teach for America and taking on a role for recruiting HBCU and local undergraduates from Mississippi into TFA.  As a teacher, her focus was on family friendly classrooms and relationship building, which was crucial for spreading positive school culture in a small town atmosphere.  Her current interests in working with the Women’s Center include women in leadership opportunities, working with female athletics, and building relationships across campus for students with families so that they feel  welcome at Vanderbilt.

To contact Kinsey, email: kinsey.l.walker@vanderbilt.edu