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Frank Dobson, Ph.D | Associate Dean | Sarratt 310 | he, him, his

Frank E. Dobson, Jr., Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean for Social Justice and Identity and Faculty Head of Gillette House. Dobson also teaches at Fisk University, in Humanities.  Dobson, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a writer and scholar who has published two books and numerous articles.  He has worked at a number of colleges and universities, including Ohio University, Lafayette College, and Wright State University.  He is currently at work on several scholarly projects, including one on the career of the pioneering athlete and actor, Woody Strode.  He is married to Dioncia (Dee), his best friend.

Roselvelt Noble, Ph.D | Assistant Dean | BCC | he, him, his

A scholar of the American criminal justice system, Rosevelt Noble is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. The courses Professor Noble teaches include Prison Life, Criminology, and Deviant Behavior. In addition to his book, Black Rage in the American Prison System, he also has publications pertaining to racial disparities in incarceration sentences, and he is currently exploring racial bias in the jury selection process in capital punishment cases. He initially came to Nashville in 1994 on an athletic scholarship as a member of the Vanderbilt football team. As the rare “triple Dore”, he has served at Vanderbilt in various capacities for the past 23 years and is a highly-regarded mentor among students. He is also curator of the Legacy Lounge, a space designed to celebrate the history and experience of African-Americans at Vanderbilt, which is located inside the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Professor Noble resides in Stambaugh with his wife Dr. Kristen Noble, and their two beautiful and energetic children, Jordan and Rosevelt III.

Greg Fontus, M.Ed. | Assistant Director | Sarratt 335 | he, him, his

Greg is the current Assistant Director in the Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence (IICC). He began working at Vanderbilt in June 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum. During his time at Vanderbilt, Greg has received certifications from the National Coalition Building Institute as a diversity and social justice workshop facilitator (Fall 2012), was named the Dean of Students New Professional of the Year (2012-2013), attended the Social Justice Training Institute (Fall 2013), and was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015). Greg has conducted many social justice workshops for all parts of the Vanderbilt community in hopes of building a community where all people understand the importance of celebrating other groups of people. His passion for diversity stem from his desire to dismantle systems of oppression that have historically rendered people invisible.

Tyler Hodges, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | she, her, hers

Tyler Hodges is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Here in the Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence office, Tyler serves as our Program Coordinator for Programming and Advocacy Initiatives. She hopes to not only celebrate the cultural diversity here on the Vanderbilt campus but also shed light on the social injustices that many of our marginalized students face on a day to day basis.  Tyler is no stranger to the student affairs field, throughout her undergraduate and graduate career she was involved with various organizations such as Chi Sigma Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. to name a few. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and transforming lives as an entrepreneur with her woman’s empowerment organization, SisterSoulGlow!

Kristen Lemaster, M.S. | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | she, her, hers

Kristen Lemaster, originally from Snellville, GA, completed her undergraduate coursework in English, History, and Spanish at the University of Georgia. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, Kristen earned a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs from Florida State University, where she worked with women’s leadership development, social change peer education, and advocacy for Hispanic/Latinx students. Outside of work, Kristen loves a good novel, running, and ice cream.

ReChard Peel, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator | Sarratt 335 | he, him, his

Originally from Gary Indiana, ReChard Peel is a Program Coordinator in the Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence Office. He completed his Undergraduate work in African American Studies at Purdue University where he focused his research and scholarship on Entrepreneurship as a form of resistance for Black men and Women in the Midwest. He begin his work in higher education at the University in Notre Dame in the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services where he coordinated professional development programs for students of color. He received his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in April of 2017 and has received several awards for his scholarship around the African American college student experience including the GVSU Graduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis and the Graduate Student Award for Dedication to Diversity and Inclusion. ReChard is extremely passionate about social justice, race and racism, and intersectionality. Outside of work, ReChard is an avid fan of visual and performing arts. He is a performance poet and loves graphic design and drawing in his spare time.

Sara Bickell | Administrative Support | 615.322.8563 | Sarratt 310 | she, her, hers

Sara Bickell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She joined Vanderbilt’s Office of the Dean of Students in 2006 as an executive secretary, after working for thirteen years at Belmont University. Within the Office of the Dean of Students she provides administrative support for the department of Social Justice and Identity which includes Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence and its various multicultural student organizations.  She also supports the Vanderbilt Posse program, the student outdoor recreation course, Wilskills and the Driver Authorization compliance process.

Outside of work, Sara loves spending time with her family, especially with her two grandchildren.  Other interests include photography, art, craft projects, working with youth at her church and enjoying the outdoors.

Rachel Winston | Executive Secretary | 615.322.8563 | Sarratt 315 | she, her, hers

Rachel joined the staff of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence in March of 2017 after working in the Office of The Dean Of Student.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her B.S. in Human Performance and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science. Rachel grew up in Nashville and when she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 kiddos, reading, and working out.

 

Jalen Blue | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 313 | he, him, his

Jalen is a second year student in the Education Policy program at Peabody College. He graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Spring of 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. As a Graduate Assistant for IICC, Jalen hopes to be a part of creating a welcoming and accessible campus community. On the weekends, you will find Jalen spending time with his friends, watching football, going to the movies, and volunteering in the community.

Kathryn Farkas | Graduate Assistant | Sarratt 313 | she, her, hers

Kathryn Farkas is a second year student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody College.  She is coming to Nashville from Flint, Michigan, where she was born, raised, and developed a love for farmer’s markets and slam poetry.  She received her B.A. in Public Administration and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2015, and has since spent her time working as the Leadership Program Director at an all-girls, art-based, summer camp in Texas.  Kathryn is looking forward to going back to school, finding new restaurants, and changing the lives of college students.