Meet Our Staff
Christopher (Chris) Purcell, M.Ed., Director
Chris has worked for LGBTQI equity in higher education throughout his career. After graduating from Western New England University with a degree in political science, he went on to get his M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont. At Vermont, Chris served as the graduate assistant for LGBTQA Services and worked with orientation and new student programs. He then served as the program coordinator in the Center for LGBT Life at Duke University and most recently as the associate director of student activities at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in higher education policy and leadership at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Outside of work, Chris serves on the board of Nashville Pride. He enjoys playing tennis, watching basketball, volunteering for political campaigns, as well as taking in concerts and spoken word poetry.
Liv N. Parks, M.S., Program Coordinator
Liv comes to the Office of LGBTQI Life after completing a master’s degree in Student Affairs from Missouri State University (MSU). Through educational and personal journeys, Liv has found their purpose in social justice advocacy, self-love, and the empowerment of student activism. Outside of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt, Liv is the dog-parent to an Olde English Bulldogge puppy named Maggie and can be found thrifting, cooking, or taking photos. Probably all at once.
Francesca Walker, Graduate Assistant
Francesca cultivated a passion for studying the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic class while earning her B.A. in English and American Literature at New York University. During her tenure at NYU, she worked at the LGBTQ Student Center, where she co-implemented programming that highlighted the experiences of queer people of color. In addition, Francesca served as the coordinator for a peer education group that focused on LGBTQ education, outreach and advocacy at NYU. She was a member of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program for two years while serving as co-chairs for NYU’s MLK Week Student Engagement Committee and Women’s HERstory Month. Francesca is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.
Sara Green, Graduate Student Staff
Sara Green has immersed herself in the Vanderbilt and Nashville social justice community since she began her graduate degree in community development in 2013. Using theology, community development and social justice principles and practices, she places holistic wellness and self-care in LGBTQI and People of Color (POC) communities at the center of her research and community work. She received her B.A. from Bennington College where she studied dance and was heavily involved in student life and academic affairs as the Chair of the Student Educational Policies Committee. Sara is currently pursing her M.Ed in Community Development at Peabody College and M.Div at the Divinity School.