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Meet Our Staff

Christopher (Chris) Purcell, M.Ed., Director
pronouns: he/him/his

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
pronouns: they/them/theirs

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.