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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 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.

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.

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.

Jack Wong

Program Coordinator

Jack Wong is a Coordinator for the Civic & Professional pathway and the Research 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.

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 recently joined the team from the Vanderbilt University Career Center.

Learn more about Edgar.

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 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.

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.  

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.


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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Janet Liu, Class of 2022
Psychology and Philosophy Double Major, Scientific Computing Minor

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Janet is currently a sophomore at Vanderbilt. On campus, she is involved in Psychology researc, Effective Altruism, and OVRcome. She hops to go to graduate school in the future. In her free time, she enjoys gallery hopping, doing yoga, watching movies, and eating ice-creams.
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.

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Nolan Siegel, Class of 2023
Economics Major

From Atlanta, Georgia, Nolan Siegel is a member of the College Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Science, plays on Vanderbilt's club Ultimate Frisbee Team, and participates in lots of Hillel programs. Nolan is majoring in economics and minoring in astronomy, and he's looking for other exciting things to study in addition! Nolan can't wait to work with the Immersion Vanderbilt office to help other students create their projects!

Location & 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 Black Cultural Center Resource Room (Room 105) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm and on the first Wednesday of the month from 3pm-5pm.

Students can view and book appointments using the Immersion portal. The schedule is updated at the beginning of each new semester. Stop by to ask questions and learn about Immersion opportunities!