IA&A Professional and Administrative Staff
Tina L. Smith, Ed.D.| Assistant Dean | 615.322.6400| Sarratt 310G
Tina L. Smith is Assistant Dean of Students, for Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy (IA&A). Prior to heading up Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy at Vanderbilt; she held positions in the Office of Housing and Residential Education; Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity; and Student Health and Wellness. She continues to be involved with the Vanderbilt Posse Program serving as a mentor to the student scholars and liaison to the Posse Foundation, Inc. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt Community in 2002, Dean Smith was member of the University of North Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Louisville, and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa communities.
Dean Smith graduated from the University of North Alabama with a BS in Management and a MA in Counseling. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. Dean Smith has fifteen years professional experience in the area of student affairs and has memberships in NASPA, ACPA, and SACSA student affair professional associations.
In her spare time Dean Smith likes to spend time with family and friends.
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Lori Groves-White, MBA, PhD Candidate-Higher Education Policy | Senior Director | 615. 322.4367| Sarratt 337B
Lori Groves-White is the Senior Director for Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy. She joined the Office of the Dean of Students in 2002 to develop the Office of Leadership Development. During this time she developed a passion for working with multicultural students and has done so since 2006. Lori is responsible for the managing operations of the department and advises the Multicultural Leadership Council, Muslim Students Association and Vanderbilt Mixed Heritage Association.
Lori is currently a PhD candidate in Higher Education Policy in the Department of Leadership and Organizations at Vanderbilt. Her research agenda include the analyzing effects of affirmative action on academia and access of underrepresented students in higher education. She holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Atlanta University) and a BA from Southern University. Lori worked in corporate America for IBM, Sara Lee Corp. (Direct Marketing Division of Hanes/Leggs Hosiery), and Balmar Printing and Graphics. She also worked as an Instructor of Management and Marketing at Middle Tennessee State University. Her professional and community affiliations include NASPA, ACPA, National Black MBA Association, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee and the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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Rietta Turner, MSW | Assistant Director | 615.322.6834 | Sarratt 337A
Rietta Turner joined the Vanderbilt Office of the Dean of Students in 2009 as the Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment. In IA&A she will continue to focus on assessment and professional development. Additionally, she will serve as a co-advisor for the Chancellors Scholars Program as well as advisor to a number of cultural student organizations including Asian American Student Association (AASA), Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association (VUCA), Caribbean Student Association (CSA), and Vandy Taal.
Rietta has over 15 years of professional experience in student development, and designing and directing successful retention-focused, holistic student support programs, particularly for students who are first generation to college and/or from under-represented socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Her previous work settings range from a highly selective small liberal arts college in the Midwest to a large public university in the South. Rietta’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, a MSW from the University of Kentucky, and graduate work in the areas of educational policy, evaluation, organizational leadership and strategic change.
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Andrea Ramos-Lewis, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator | 615.322.6221 | Sarratt 323
Andrea Ramos-Lewis is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University.
Andrea advises several multicultural student organizations including: Masala-SACE, VAHS, BhangraDores, and Vandy Karma. In addition, she assists with website management, social media initiatives, and other administrative tasks. Andrea has previous experience working with housing and residential life, learning communities, international students, women in STEM, transfer orientation, and leadership development.
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Sara Bickell | Administrative Support | 615.322.8563 | Sarratt 310
Sara Bickell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She joined Vanderbilt’s Office of the Dean of Students in 2006, after working for thirteen years at Belmont University in Admissions and then Belmont Central, a one-stop student service office.
She is administrative assistant to Sandy Stahl, Associate Dean of Students and Tina L. Smith, Assistant Dean of Students for IA&A. She lends support to the cluster of offices known as CLIPS: Office of Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy, International Student and Scholar Services, The Office of Active Citizenship and Service, The Margaret Cunningham Women’s Center and LGBTQI Life.
She also performs administrative duties for Vanderbilt Posse, Chancellor’s Scholars, the VandySafe Driver Authorization program and for the student organizations, WilSkills and Vanderbilt International Relations Association.
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Graduate Student Staff
Kaylen Addison | M.Ed., Candidate, Higher Education Administration – Vanderbilt University | 615.343.7316 | Sarratt 315A
Kaylen Addison is a graduate student worker for the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy. Her primary responsibilities include assisting the Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiatives Committee, Multicultural Leadership Council, and VUMix.
She graduated from the University of Mississippi with bachelor’s degrees in engineering and public policy leadership in 2012 and is currently a second-year master’s student in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Her professional and research interests include diversity and social justice in higher education, STEM education, and intersectionality of identities.
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Amy Bugno | M.Ed., Candidate, Higher Education Administration – Vanderbilt University | 615.343.7316 | Sarratt 315A
Amy Bugno is a graduate assistant in The Office of Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy. Her responsibilities include assisting the Chancellor’s Scholars Program and several multicultural student organizations.
Amy is a second-year master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. From 2008-2012, she worked in development, alumni affairs, and event management at her alma mater.
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Kathy Tucker | M.Ed., Candidate, Higher Education Administration – Vanderbilt University | 615.343.7316 | Sarratt 315A
Kathy is a graduate student worker for the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Advocacy. Her responsibilities include support of the Posse Program and several multicultural student organizations.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Psychology in 2011. She is a second-year master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. She has previous experience working in collegiate athletics, Greek life, student engagement, academic affairs, and student conduct.
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