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Meet the Staff

Bridget Copes, Program Coordinator

Bridget Copes joins the Women’s Center from St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned her Master of Social Work in Health & Organizational Development from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and Public Health. During her time in the Show-Me State, Bridget completed practica in medical social work with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and in sexual violence prevention evaluation with WashU’s office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Prior to graduate school, Bridget served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at a daytime drop-in shelter for adults experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, WA. She later moved to Washington, D.C. to work on the development team of Women’s Campaign Fund, a non-profit and affiliated political action committee committed to increasing women’s political representation. While in D.C., she joined fem*ex, a community-based organization dedicated to women’s sexual empowerment. Her experiences with fem*ex inspired her to continue spreading the personal and public health benefits of sex-positive sexual health education. Bridget holds a BA in English from Georgetown University. She loves cheering on Hoya basketball, playing trumpet, and exploring cities by bike.

To contact Bridget, email bridget.copes@vanderbilt.edu

Wanda Swan, Program Coordinator

Portrait of Wanda Swan

Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and joins the Center after working as a program coordinator, prevention trainer, and grant writer for Mississippi State University’s Department of Relationship Violence and Outreach. An alum of the university, she received her Undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Theatre and Graduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with a minor in Gender Studies. Wanda finds herself right at home with a Center dedicated to the personal safety of others and has been embedded in the Violence Prevention Movement in Higher Education for over five years. She takes special interest in topics related to the intersections of social media with race, gender, and culture and is excited by the opportunity to serve the Vanderbilt community.

To contact Wanda, email wanda.swan@vanderbilt.edu

Terrie Barrow, Administrative Assistant

Terrie Barrow, our administrative assistant, comes to the Women’s Center from the Dean of Students Office at Vanderbilt, where she was the receptionist. She has had many fascinating careers, including professional ballroom dance teacher, process technician at a chemical plant, and a professional baker and cook. Terrie is most proud of being a stay-at-home mom for ten years to her two sons, Ethan, 17, and Noah,15. She is also an active member and volunteer for Gilda’s Club Nashville. Terrie enjoys being at home with her husband Richard, kids, cats, and chickens; she and her family are interested in urban farming and living sustainably.

To contact Terrie, email: theresa.o.barrow@vanderbilt.edu


Alexandra Hollifield, Graduate Student Worker

The Women’s Center is excited to welcome Alexandra (“Alex”) Hollifield as our Graduate Assistant for this academic calendar. Alex is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science.  During her time at Wake Forest, she held several leadership positions on campus, including Vice President of Amnesty International, Campus Ambassador for Half the Sky, Committee Chair for Student Government, Head Coach for Girls on the Run, and Resident Adviser for first-year students.  In the summer of 2011, she studied abroad and taught third grade English in Arusha, Tanzania.  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 is currently serving on North Carolina Chapter Board for UN Women.  She loves daisies, drinking sweet tea out of mason jars, backpacking, and bluegrass.

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