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Meet Our Staff

The Office of Immersion Resources (OIR) staff can help you draft an Immersion plan and connect you to cross-college Immersion opportunities. Schedule an advising appointment on the Immersion portal or email immersion@vanderbilt.edu.

Carolyn Floyd

Director

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.

carolyn.floyd@vanderbilt.edu

Brittaney Baker

Program Coordinator

Brittaney Baker is a coordinator for the International pathway and the Civic & Professional 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.

brittaney.baker@vanderbilt.edu

Mordecai Harvey

Program Coordinator

Mordecai M. Harvey is a 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.

mordecai.m.harvey@vanderbilt.edu

Alissa McKinnon

Program Coordinator

Alissa McKinnon is a coordinator for the Creative Expression pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. 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.

alissa.a.mckinnon@vanderbilt.edu

Jack Wong

Program Coordinator

Jack Wong is a coordinator for the Civic & Professional pathway and the Research pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. Prior to joining the Immersion team, Jack worked at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he infused public health practice into the undergraduate curriculum.

Learn more about Jack.

jack.j.wong@vanderbilt.edu

Edgar Perez

Program Coordinator

Edgar Perez is a coordinator for the Civic & Professional pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources. Edgar brings with him more than a decade of experience in higher education. Edgar joined the Immersion team from the Vanderbilt University Career Center.

Learn more about Edgar.

edgar.m.perez@vanderbilt.edu

Administrative Assistant

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Tisha Christie
M.Ed., Secondary Education and Teaching

Tisha Christie is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Immersion Resources. Originally from Florida, Tisha has been at Vanderbilt since 2016, having previously worked in the Career Center.  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, believing 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.

Student Immersion Ambassadors

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Aidan Cohen, Class of 2022
Public Policy Studies Major

Born in Portland, Maine, Aidan is currently a junior who transferred into Vanderbilt in 2019. He is 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. Aidan is involved in the Local OACS: DIVE program focused on affordable housing as well as Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-law Fraternity. He is an avid runner and tennis player and looks forward to further exploring the Nashville community.

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Mallory Johnson, Class of 2021
Spanish and Medicine, Health, & Society Double Major, Global Health Concentration

An avid soccer fan, Mallory is a member of the club soccer team here on campus. She is passionate about helping to better the community around her and has volunteered at various organizations and clinics around Nashville. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and podcasts, reading, and hanging out with friends.

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Yurim Hong, Class of 2022
Psychology and Medicine, Health, & 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.

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Sarah Lopez, Class of 2022
Economics and Spanish Double Major, Business Minor

From Charlottesville, Virginia, Sarah is currently a junior at Vanderbilt. On campus, she is President of the all-female a cappella group Swingin' Dores. She is also an RA and a member of 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.

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Asia Miller, Class of 2022
Biology Major

An Indiana Hoosier, Asia Miller is a third-year student involved in microbiome research in the Bordenstein Lab through SyBBURE. 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.

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

Chidiogo grew up in Enugu, Nigeria and is currently a junior. On campus, she is involved with the African Student Union and Partners in Health Engage and is also an International Orientation leader. Chidiogo plans 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 and reads fiction as well as books and articles about society.

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Alekhya Reddy, Class of 2021
Economics and Medicine, Health, & Society Double Major, Business Minor

From Scottsdale, Arizona, Alekhya is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and will also be consulting for a Nashville small business with a group of Vanderbilt students this semester. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV and hanging out with friends.

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Nolan Siegel, Class of 2023
Economics Major, Astronomy and Scientific Computing Double Minor

From Atlanta, Georgia, Nolan Siegel is a member of the College Scholars Program, the honors program for the College of Arts & Science. Nolan serves on the College Scholars Council (the leadership board of the College Scholars Program), plays on Vanderbilt’s club ultimate frisbee team, and is the treasurer for Vanderbilt’s Holocaust Lecture Series.

Location & Hours

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

Office Hours:
The OIR is working remotely. Our business hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

OIR Advising Hours:
During the academic year, the OIR is available for advising appointments from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Extended advising hours are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Advisers also offer virtual drop-in advising for the Black Cultural Center on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm. Visit vanderbilt.edu/bcc/resource-room/ for the link to join.

Students can view and book appointments using the Immersion portal.