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OIA Professional and Administrative Staff

Lori Groves-White, MBA, PhD Candidate-Higher Education Policy | Senior Director | 615. 322.4367| Sarratt 337B

Lori Groves-White is the Senior Director for the Office of Intercultural Affairs. 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, multicultural training initiatives and she advises the Multicultural Leadership Council.  Lori co-chairs the divisional Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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.

Email Lori at lori.groves-white@vanderbilt.edu

Rietta Turner, Ed.D. | 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 OIA she continues to focus on assessment and professional development as well as the OIA Intergroup Dialogue and other training initiatives.  Additionally, she serves as a co-advisor for the Chancellors Scholars Program as well as advisor for the Asian American Student Association (AASA) and the Caribbean Student Association (CSA).

Rietta’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University, a MSW from the University of Kentucky, an Ed.D. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University, as well as graduate work in the areas of educational policy, evaluation, and organizational leadership. Rietta has over 15 years of higher education 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.

Email Rietta at rietta.m.turner@vanderbilt.edu

Graduate Student Staff

Alyson Farzad | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 333

Alyson Farzad is a first year student in the Higher Education Administration program through the Peabody College. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with two undergraduate degrees in Public Relations and Communication Studies. As a Graduate Assistant for OIA, Alyson looks forward to working closely with Vanderbilt’s diverse student groups as well as promoting culturally responsive leadership on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, volunteering, and traveling.

Email Alyson at alyson.farzad@vanderbilt.edu

Justin Hua | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 333

Justin Hua joins Vanderbilt as a M.Ed. graduate student in the area of Higher Education Administration in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations and as a graduate assistant in the Office of Intercultural Affairs. A native South Floridian, Justin comes to VU after working three years in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at his alma mater, Davidson College. In 2011, Justin earned a B.S. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience while balancing involvement with residence life, the Center for Career Development, multicultural student organizations, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Justin is excited to open a new life chapter in Nashville and continue his work and education with the Vanderbilt community.

Email Justin at justin.hua@vanderbilt.edu


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