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Meet Our Staff

The Office of Immersion Resources Staff can help draft immersion plans and connect you to cross-college immersion opportunities. Stop by the OIR in the Student Life Center or make an advising appointment with one of our Program Coordinators.

Carolyn Floyd


Carolyn Floyd is the Director of the Office of Immersion Resources.  Carolyn has been at Vanderbilt since 2011, first as the Registrar and then as a Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law, both at Vanderbilt Law School.

Learn more about Carolyn.

Brittaney Baker

Program Coordinator

Brittaney Baker is the Coordinator for the International pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. She brings with her experience in Career Services, Post-Secondary Counseling, and Strengths-Based Youth Development.

Learn more about Brittaney.

Mordecai Harvey

Program Coordinator

Mordecai M. Harvey is the Coordinator for the Research pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. Mordecai previously worked as a Graduate Program Assistant for the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program at Virginia Tech where he implemented and facilitated a Summer Research Internship Program for a diverse group of undergraduate scholars.

Learn more about Mordecai.

Alissa McKinnon

Program Coordinator

Alissa McKinnon is the program coordinator for the Creative Expression pathway. She has previously worked in student activities and, more recently, managed a lifelong learning program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is passionate about connecting all students with the tools and resources necessary for success.

Learn more about Alissa.

Jack Wong

Program Coordinator

Jack Wong is the Coordinator for the Civic & Professional pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. Jack joins the Immersion team from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he worked to infuse public health practice into the undergraduate curriculum.

Learn more about Jack.

Administrative Assistant

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Tisha Christie
M.Ed., Secondary Education and Teaching

Originally from Florida, Tisha has been at Vanderbilt since 2016, first as the Administrative Assistant for the Career Center, and now for the OIR.  Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, she taught high school English.  Tisha believes that education is not only in the classroom- education is preparing the whole person for the world in which we live.  She is also a strong advocate for literacy- it is a right for all citizens and is the key to lifelong learning.

Tisha received her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Teaching from Cumberland University.

Graduate Assistant


Corey Rhoades
M.Ed. Candidate, Higher Education Administration (Peabody)

Originally from Southern California, Corey completed his B.A. in Religion and Hispanic Studies at Pepperdine University. During his undergraduate years, he spent a semester studying in Chile, as well as three summers in Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. Prior to moving to Nashville, Corey worked for three years as the first program coordinator for Pepperdine's Youth Leadership Initiative. His research interest in higher education is the convergence of the classroom, curricula, and community.

Student Workers & Ambassadors

OIR Student Worker Aidan Cohen

Aidan Cohen, Class of 2022
Public Policy Studies Major

Born in Portland, Maine, Aidan is currently a sophomore who transferred into Vanderbilt in 2019. He is a Public Policy Studies major interested in the intersection between environmental sustainability and community development and has previously interned with the United States Senate and an affordable housing nonprofit organization. While new to campus, he is involved in the Local OACS: DIVE program focused on affordable housing as well as Alternative Spring Break. He is an avid runner and looks forward to further exploring his new Nashville community.


Iman Grant, Class of 2020
African-American and Diaspora Studies Major; Human and Organizational Development Minor

Born in Atlanta, Georgia. Iman is passionate about social justice and community service. She served as a part of the NAACP Community Service Board in the 2016-2017 school year. Iman is currently the Program Director of TAP Nashville, a literacy-focused mentoring program based in North Nashville. She also serves as a Student Assistant in the Vanderbilt Athletics Communications Department. Iman hopes to take a gap year after graduation to  participate in the Teach For America program but plans on pursuing her J.D. afterwards. In her free time, Iman enjoys watching soccer and basketball, cooking, and listening to music. Her favorite shows are Game of Thrones and The Good Place.

OIR Student Worker Bethsy Harrigan

Bethsy Harrigan, Class of 2022

Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society Double Major

Born in Chattanooga, TN, but raised in a Haitian household, Bethsy loves to learn about the new cultures and their influences on campus.  She has participated in two cultural showcases: ALAS’s Cafe Con Leche and CSA’s Carnival. On campus, she is the Treasurer for Students Transitioning, Relaxed and Natural Sisterhood Developing (STRANDS), a Volunteer at Park Avenue Elementary for Volunteers for Health and an Office Assistant for the Spanish and Portuguese Department. She is on the pre-medical track, pursuing medical school to become a Neonatologist. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, listening to music, and hanging with friends.  


Katie Hauck, Class of 2020
Psychology and English Double Major

From the Suburbs of Chicago. Katie has been using her time here at Vanderbilt to slowly explore the city of Nashville. Her favorite event to take place in Nashville is 'Shakespeare in the Park.' On campus she is involved in Inside 'Dores as well as Alternative Spring Break. After undergrad, she plans on continuing her education in law school.

OIR Student Worker Yurim Hong

Yurim Hong, Class of 2022
Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society Double Major

Born in Korea, but raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Yurim loves to explore the food scene around her. On campus, she is a part of research, Best Buddies, and the Arts and Science College Council. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue her passion for the surgical field.

Mallory Johnson Student Worker

Mallory Johnson, Class of 2021
Medicine, Health, and Society Major

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Mallory is passionate about the betterment of her community. She has participated in educational organizations such as VSVS and hopes to become involved with mentoring opportunities through Vanderbilt. Mallory plans to attend graduate school after graduation and to one day work in the field of Public Health for a government or non-profit organization. Mallory is an avid soccer fan and player, and is a member of the Vanderbilt University Club Soccer team. In her free time, Mallory enjoy reading and listening to music.

Haley Jones, Class of 2020
Child Development and Medicine, Health, and Society Double Major

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Haley is passionate about children and their health and well-being. She serves as the President of the Pre-Nursing Society here on campus and is pursuing a career as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner. She also is an active member in her Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda and loves volunteering at the Children's Hospital. In her free time, Haley enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending quality time with friends.


Valerie Kim, Class of 2021
Medicine, Health, and Society Major

Valerie was born in Ann Arbor, MI, but raised in Ohio for her whole life, and is a current sophomore at Vanderbilt. She is extremely involved in community service, as well as social justice.  As a result, she is currently involved in Project: Bridges and Alpha Phi Omega Theta Mu chapter, both service and social justice-centered organizations on Vanderbilt's campus. After college, she hopes to continue into medicine or public health. In her free time, Valerie likes to read, play music on her violin or piano and go on backpacking and hiking trips.
OIR Student Worker Sarah Lopez

Sarah Lopez, Class of 2022

Undeclared Major

From Charlottesville, Virginia, Sarah is currently a sophomore at Vanderbilt. On campus, she is Vice President of the all-female acappella group Swingin' Dores. She is also a member of VPAWS and CMA EDU. Her favorite part of living in Nashville is that there is music everywhere. In her free time, she likes to go to concerts, write songs, and perform around town.

OIR Student Worker Asia Miller

Asia Miller, Class of 2022
Biology Major

An Indiana Hoosier, Asia Miller is a second year student involved in microbiome research in the Bordenstein Lab. She runs the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Microbiome Society, a service-learning student organization focused on distributing fresh produce to where it’s needed most, and teaching people about the microbiome. She enjoys ceramics, writing, and daydreaming whenever possible.

OIR Student Worker Chidiogo Nwakoby

Chidiogo Nwakoby, Class of 2022
Medicine, Health and Society Major

Chidiogo grew up in Enugu, Nigeria and is currently a sophomore. On campus, she serves as the President of Nilaja Amari Dance Troupe, Vanderbilt’s African dance team. She is also a Mentor for new international students and writes about her experiences at Vanderbilt in the student blog, Inside ‘Dores. Chidiogo hopes to work in global health in the future and is passionate about reducing health disparities. In her free time, she listens to a lot of Afropop music, writes poetry/short stories and reads fiction/non-fiction.

OIR Student Worker Alekhya Reddy

Alekhya Reddy, Class of 2021
Economics, Human and Organizational Development Major

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Alekhya is a current junior who loves hiking, suburban towns, and anything to do with the sun. She is majoring in Economics and Medicine, Health, and Society, and is pursuing consulting post-graduation. On campus, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority. In her free time, she loves to sing, run, and watch Friends. Next semester, she will be studying abroad in Prague.


Location and Hours

Address: Student Life Center
Suite 110
310  25th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37240

Office Hours: The OIR is open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

OIR Advising Hours: During the academic year, the OIR is available for advising appointments from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Advisers also offer drop-in advising sessions in the Commons Center (Room 217) on Mondays 11am-3pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2pm-5pm. Students can view and book appointments using ImmersionHub. The schedule is updated at the beginning of each new semester. Stop by to ask questions and learn about Immersion opportunities!