Frank Dobson, Ph.D | Associate Dean | Sarratt 310
Frank E. Dobson, Jr., Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence, Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and Faculty Head of Gillette House. Dobson also teaches at Fisk University, in Humanities. Dobson, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a writer and scholar who has published two books and numerous articles. He has worked at a number of colleges and universities, including Ohio University, Lafayette College, and Wright State University. He is currently at work on several scholarly projects, including one on the career of the pioneering athlete and actor, Woody Strode. He is married to Dioncia (Dee), his best friend.
Greg began working at Vanderbilt for the Office of Housing and Residential Education in June 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum. During his time at Vanderbilt, the Miami, FL native served as an Area Coordinator for the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons overseeing Hank Ingram, East, West, and Memorial Houses. Throughout his tenure here, Greg has received certifications from the National Coalition Building Institute as a diversity and social justice workshop facilitator (Fall 2012), was named the Dean of Students New Professional of the Year (2012-2013), attended the Social Justice Training Institute (Fall 2013), and was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015). Some of Greg’s passions and include spiritual growth, sports, community activism, and inspiring youth.
Kehsi Iman has her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. She also holds certification to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL/TOEFL). Prior to joining the Vanderbilt/DOS family, she worked as a college advisor for the City Colleges of Chicago and as a counselor and advisor for the TRIO-Student Support Services program at USF. She also ran her own non-profit organization designed to put minorities pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities in touch with mentors from 2009-2013. Her hobbies include reading, volunteering, learning new languages, dancing, cooking, and group fitness.
Emily joined Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence in January 2016 as a Program Coordinator. She moved over to IICC after a year of working in the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. Emily is from Toledo, Ohio where she attended the University of Toledo and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations, and a master’s degree from the Higher Education Program. When determining her career path in higher education, she was eager to find a way to combine her community activism with her education. She is known for the advice she weaves into programming while tapping into her marketing and communications background. Emily sees things in the big picture and puts her pride past herself for the greater good. When she is not in the office you can find her in the mountains, being a tourist in a new city, or hosting a dinner party surrounded by friends and family. She considers nature her happy place, and one day hopes to visit all 58 national parks.
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. She is the administrative assistant to Associate Dean of Students Tina L. Smith. She also assists with the VandySafe driver authorization process, the student outdoor recreation organization, Willskills, and the VU POSSE program.
Outside of work, Sara loves spending time with her family, especially with her two grandchildren. Other interests include photography, arts and crafts projects, working with youth at her church and enjoying the outdoors.
Martha Harris | Administrative Support | 615.322.8563 | Sarratt 310
Martha Harris is the Executive Secretary in the Office of the Dean of Students and manager of the Pcards for IICC. She has been at Vanderbilt for 20 years. Martha graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Education. After graduating in 1974, she worked for IBM for 7 years then took a 6 month leave of absence when her first child was born that lasted 14 years. Martha loves working with students. She is married to Don, who is retired from IBM and the State of Tennessee. Her son Preston works for the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and her son Zach and his wife Claire have two children, Evelyn and Dugger, the love of their “mophphee’s” life.
Jalen is a first year student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody College. He graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Spring of 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. As a Graduate Assistant for IICC, Jalen hopes to be a part of creating a welcoming and accessible campus community. On the weekends, you will find Jalen spending time with his friends, watching football, going to the movies, and volunteering in the community.
Kathryn Farkas is a first year student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody College. She is coming to Nashville from Flint, Michigan, where she was born, raised, and developed a love for farmer’s markets and slam poetry. She received her B.A. in Public Administration and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2015, and has since spent her time working as the Leadership Program Director at an all-girls, art-based, summer camp in Texas. Kathryn is looking forward to going back to school, finding new restaurants, and changing the lives of college students.