Meet Our Staff
Rory Dicker, Ph.D.
Rory Dicker joined the Women’s Center staff in January 2015 as Director. Rory grew up in New York State and earned a bachelor of arts from the Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in English and minored in French. After completing her Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt, Rory taught at Westminster College in Missouri for several years before returning to Vanderbilt to teach courses in English and in Women’s and Gender Studies, where she was Associate Director for four years. The author of A History of U.S. Feminisms, Rory teaches classes about women and literature, feminist pedagogy, and the history of American feminisms. She spends much of her time outside of work with her husband and two daughters, and tries to make it to the beach once a year. She considers herself a bookworm at heart and finds herself happiest when she is immersed in a great read.
Brianna Nesbitt, M.S.
Brianna Nesbitt joined the Women’s Center staff in January, 2017 as a Program Coordinator. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Brianna served as the Graduate Assistant for Diversity Education in the Office of Student Activities at the University of Central Missouri, where she also obtained her Masters in College Student Personnel Administration. Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Brianna is excited to return to city life after living in rural Missouri for two years. She is excited to share her passions of intersectional feminism and cross-identity dialogue with the Vanderbilt community through programming and conversations. Outside of work hours, Brianna indulges in her loves of music, YA lit, video games, and eating (but not cooking) food.
Molly Moreau, M.A.
Molly Moreau joined the Women’s Center staff as a Program Coordinator in August 2017. Molly is a Double ‘Dore: she graduated from Vanderbilt with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Health and Society and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2016 and with a master’s degree in Medicine, Health and Society in 2017. Molly has worked as an intern for Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida, and is passionate about reproductive rights and advocating for comprehensive, stigma-free sexual education. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Molly is excited to be working to make Vanderbilt a more inclusive community. When she is not at work, Molly loves being outside surrounded by nature, reading in all its forms, laughing to the point of tears with her loved ones, and singing horribly in the shower.
Libby joined the Women’s Center team as Administrative Assistant II in September, 2016. She worked in Medical Illustration at Vanderbilt University in the ‘80’s as a medical photographer. After taking time off for her own photography business and to author a book, she returned to Vanderbilt to work in Information Technology, Student Employment, Central Library and then Jewish Studies before finding her forever home at the Women’s Center 100 years later. Always up for a good cause, she enjoys being in the company of strong women and loves serving as resident campus mom. She grew up in Nashville and spends much of her free time reading, writing, and doing art projects. Libby loves to be in the great outdoors and enjoys life with her husband, her daughter, and her dog, Bella Bunny, AKA the Best Dog in the World. Drop by for a chat or a hug.
Ashton joined the Women’s Center team as a Graduate Assistant in August 2018. Ashton is first year Education Policy student in Peabody College. Hailing from Memphis, TN, Ashton graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a focus in Rhetoric and Political Communication. During her undergraduate career, Ashton worked as a student coordinator for Women’s History Month as well as a student programmer for the Student Activities Council and is interested in providing inclusive intersectional programming that helps students understand their own identities. She also has published scholarly research on her hero, Beyonce! In her spare time, you can find Ashton watching terrible reality TV shows, at a concert, or trying new recipes.
Summer Hyche Harrell
Graduate Student Worker
Summer joined the Women’s Center in May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and is passionate about the intersection of Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. in English Literature. Having grown up in Birmingham, Alabama, Summer has been entrenched in purity culture and minimizing of women within churches (and all spaces) and hopes to combat harmful theologies and ideologies which treat women as objects and ignore the intersectional identities of all peoples. She lives with her husband Carter and her puppy Chewie, and she loves hot Cheetos, black coffee, good conversation, and happy hour at Nada.
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