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Meet Our Staff

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

Carolyn Floyd

Associate Director

Carolyn Floyd is the Associate 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.

carolyn.floyd@vanderbilt.edu

Lindsey Brown

Program Coordinator

Lindsey Brown is the Coordinator for the Research and Civic & Professional Pathways in the Office of Immersion Resources.  After five years of practice as a speech-language pathologist at a K-12 independent school, Lindsey discovered her passion for experiential learning and how it can help students enrich their collegiate experience.  Learn more about Lindsey.

lindsey.k.brown@vanderbilt.edu

Wilna Julmiste Taylor

Program Coordinator

Wilna J. Taylor is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression pathway at the Office of Immersion Resources. Prior to joining Vanderbilt University Wilna was the Arts Engagement and Programming Manager for the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University.  Learn more about Wilna.

wilna.j.taylor@vanderbilt.edu

Student Workers & Ambassadors

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Mianmian Fei, Class of 2019
Majors: Human and Organizational Development, Anthropology, Asian Studies

Coming from Guangzhou, China as an international student, Mianmian has studied abroad in Thailand, Brunei and Vietnam over the past three years. Through her extensive experience abroad, she realizes the power of cross-cultural learning and has become an ardent advocate for studying abroad. Her great interest in Southeast Asia had also extended to an internship at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council last summer, where she worked as a policy and research intern in Washington D.C. On campus, Mianmian is a Program Manager at the Career Center and had worked at the English Language Center, International Student and Scholar Services and Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She hopes to work at a higher education institution or education nonprofit after she graduates. In her free time, Mianmian enjoys traveling, food hunting, collecting postcards and jogging. 

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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.

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

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Alekhya is a current sophomore who loves hiking, suburban towns, and anything to do with the sun. On campus, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and Vanderbilt Lakshya, a Bollywood fusion dance team. She hopes to study abroad in London her junior year and is pursuing consulting post-graduation. In her free time, she loves to sing, run, and watch Friends. 

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Zaria Williams, Class of 2019
Medicine, Health, and Society  and Child Development Major

Proudly hailing from Ridgeland, Mississippi. On campus, she has served as VUcept Vice President and President of the Eta Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, as well as in many other organizations.  An aspiring physician, Zaria’s long-term goal is to empower and advocate for minority populations in Mississippi through community-focused primary care.

Location and Hours

Email: immersion@vanderbilt.edu
Address: Student Life Center
Suite 110
310  25th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37240

Office Hours: The OIR is open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
during the academic school year.

Open Advising Hours: OIR staff will be hosting drop-in group advising sessions in the Commons Center (Room 217) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from January 14-April 15.  Stop by to ask questions and learn about Immersion opportunities!