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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kourtney Frye

Program Coordinator

Kourtney Frye is a program coordinator for the Research pathway in the Office of Immersion Resources.

Her time working within civic and community engagement as a student led her to a career in higher education.

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Administrative Assistant

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Tisha Christie
M.Ed., Secondary Education and Teaching

Tisha is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Immersion Resources. Originally from Florida, she has been at Vanderbilt since 2016.  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 a strong advocate for literacy, believing it to be a right for all citizens and the key to lifelong learning.

A first-generation college student, Tisha received her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. 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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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, Big Dore Lil Dore, Transfer Connect, and VPB Music Group. 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. On campus, she is President of the all-female a cappella group Swingin' Dores and a Resident Advisor on Highland Quad. In her free time, you can find her attending concerts, performing around town, and taste testing all the taco restaurants Nashville has to offer. In the future, Sarah hopes to pursue a career in Music Business.


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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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Nolan Siegel, Class of 2022
Political Science and Economics Double Major, Astronomy and Scientific Computing Double Minor

From Atlanta, Georgia, Nolan Siegel plays on Vanderbilt’s club ultimate frisbee team, reviews submissions for the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, is the treasurer for Vanderbilt’s Holocaust Lecture Series, and serves on the Vanderbilt Programming Board and the College Scholars Council (the leadership council of the College Scholars Program, A&S’ honors program).  Nolan’s favorite movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!


Location & Hours

Address: Student Life Center
Suite 109
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 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Extended advising hours are also offered to accommodate students' schedules.

Students can view and book advising appointments on the Immersion portal.