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Joe Bandy came to Vanderbilt from Bowdoin College in 2010.  From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to the economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor and environmental movements to forge coalitions in response to the social problems associated with export processing and free trade.  In this work, he received support from the National Science Foundation and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Since then, Joe has focused on administrative, research, and teaching projects related to faculty development around issues of civic engagement and environmental sustainability.  At the Center for Teaching, he oversees programs dedicated to these concerns, particularly junior faculty development, service learning and community engagement, and sustainability education.  In sociology, Joe continues to teach in the areas of the sociology of development, globalization, U.S. class relations, labor, and environmental movements.

He has published and presented his work widely, including  Coalitions across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neoliberal Order , co-edited with Jackie Smith (2004).  Most recently his work has been featured in both Sociologists in Action and  The Engaged Sociologist.


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Leigh Z. Gilchrist is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Program at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. She received her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling and her doctorate in Higher Education Administration - both degrees from Vanderbilt University.  She has taught throughout the HOD program in courses that include health service delivery to diverse populations, small group behavior, mental health and mental illness, non-profit leadership, and college student development. She serves on the Board of Directors for The National Mobile Market and serves as the Faculty Advisor for The Nashville Mobile Market.

Leigh’s research and practice interests focus on experiential education in both higher education and secondary education with particular focus on academic service-learning and community engagement.  She has published and presented on a variety of topics exploring the relationship between academic service-learning and features such as academy-community partnerships, student development, servant leadership, small group dynamics, program design, and assessment. 

As a consultant, Leigh works with local and national nonprofits in the areas of organizational systems and program design. She also enjoys working with colleges and universities as well as K-12 institutions in developing their service-learning programs and their campus-community partnerships. 

She lives in Nashville with her husband, her two children John (7 ½) and Chandler (5), and two dogs Macie and Roscoe.


Candice Lee Lee works in Vanderbilt's Athletics Department as Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and her responsibilities include oversight for Women's Basketball, Lacrosse and Student Services (Compliance, Academic Support, Life Skills). A former women's basketball player at Vanderbilt, Candice earned her bachelor's degree in Human and Organizational Development in 2000. She later earned a master's degree in Human Development Counseling (2002) and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy (2012), also from Vanderbilt. She and her husband, Sean, reside in Murfreesboro.


Whitney Weeks headshot Whitney Weeks is the executive director of the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies.  With a nine year history in higher education and community engagement, she brings to the center an understanding of Vanderbilt's commitment to and interest in making significant, meaningful contributions to Nashville.  She oversees the center's daily operations as well as its strategic direction.  She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and Smith College, respectively, and currently serves on the boards of the Martha O’Bryan Center and Alignment Nashville.  She and her husband Rob live near Vanderbilt’s campus with their three children.


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 Lucius  T. Outlaw (Jr.)

B.A., Fisk University (1967); Ph.D., Boston College (1972). Service as a full-time member of the faculties of Fisk University (1970-1976), Morgan State University (1977-1981), Haverford College (1981-2000), and Vanderbilt University (2000-present); and as visiting faculty at Haverford College, Spelman College, Hamilton College, Howard University, and Boston College. Academic administrative experiences: program directorships, department chairperson, chair of educational policy and search committees; service on the Board of Managers and on Academic Council (faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure committee) of Haverford College; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vanderbilt University (2003-2010); member and chairperson of External Review Committees evaluating academic programs and departments; service on the Board of Officers, a divisional Executive Committee, and other national committees of the American Philosophical Association. Currently, Professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University.


headshot of Brent TenerBrent Tener currently serves as an Associate Director of Financial Aid at Vanderbilt University and has been at Vanderbilt since 1992. He oversees undergraduate operations and loan processing at Vanderbilt. Prior to Vanderbilt, Brent worked at Wichita State University in Admissions and Financial Aid.

He has been involved in varying capacities with both the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) and the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), and served as TASFAA President during the 2001-2002 year and SASFAA President during the 2006-2007 year.

Brent graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. He and his wife Stacy have two sons: Mitchell, born in April, 2000; and Bryson, born in February, 2002. His hobbies include watching football, basketball and baseball and playing softball.


wadeFrank W. Wade is a native of Nashville and a 1972 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Business Administration. For the past 36 years Frank has been employed by Wade & Egbert Insurance Partners where he is a Vice-President. A lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church he is an Elder and has taught four-year-old Sunday School for the past 20 years. Frank is the past President of the Nashville area Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association, Battle Ground Academy Alumni Association, and the Insurors of Nashville. He is past Board Chair of the Martha O'Bryan Center, the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Westminster School for Young Children. Currently Frank is the board Chair for the Nations Ministry Center, and is on the board of Travellers Rest Historic Home and Plantation, and Cumberland Heights, and serves as Scholarship Chair for the Tennessee Bleeding Disorders Association,as well as Co-chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Life Trustees. Frank has been a nominee for The Mary Catherine Stobel Volunteer Award, was Martha O'Bryan Volunteer of the Year in 2002, and was one of three finalists for Board Member of the Year. Frank and his wife Sissy have two sons, Will, 29, is a basketball coach and Director of Recruiting at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Jay, 25, is a graduate student studying and working at Loyola Chicago.

Frank Wade works with sophomore Ingram Scholars as they explore local community and service organizations.


wehbyJoe Wehby is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Peabody College. He has been at Vanderbilt since 1990. His primary focus is working with K-12 students with special needs and his research focuses on children with emotional and behavioral disorders. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Memphis and received his Ph.D from Vanderbilt University in 1990. While at Vanderbilt, Joe has served as a faculty advisor to the Mayfield Living and Learning Lodges and as a Faculty Associate for freshman students. Joe has lived in Nashville most of his life and has been active in a number of community organizations including Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy sports camp, and is on the Camp Marymount Board of Trust.

Joe lives in Nashville with his wife Kim and 3 children Emily, Andrew, and Matthew (who are all vocal supporters of Vanderbilt athletics). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing.


williamsGail Carr Williams is Assistant Director of Community, Government and Neighborhood Relations in the Division of Public Affairs at Vanderbilt University. She is responsible for building community relationships on behalf of the university. Prior to her work with Vanderbilt, Gail had similar responsibilities at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Other career experiences have been as a Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist with emphasis on conflict resolution and mediation. Gail also practiced law in Oakland County, Michigan for ten years before relocating to Columbus.

Gail received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in December of 1982.

Gail is a member of the following public service and community boards: Metropolitan Transit Authority; OUR KIDS CENTER; University School of Nashville, The Arc (The Association of Retarded Citizens) of Davidson County, The Ladies’ Hermitage Association, Community IMPACT! Nashville and the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Gail and her husband David reside in Nashville and have two children.

Gail Carr Williams works with senior Ingram Scholars as they engage in local business or nonprofit board internships.


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