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Meet Our Staff

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are free to contact whomever they would like in our office and ask to meet regarding issues of gender and sexuality, based on job responsibilities, background, or personal interests. If for whatever reason you are not comfortable meeting at the KC Potter Center, staff members are happy to meet in other campus locations. We look forward to meeting you!

Brianna Nesbitt, MS | Interim Director

pronouns: she/her
brianna.nesbitt@vanderbilt.edu

Brianna joined the Vanderbilt community in January 2017 as a Program Coordinator in the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, and was named the Interim Director for LGBTQI Life in September 2021. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Brianna served as the Graduate Assistant for Diversity Education in the Office of Student Activities at the University of Central Missouri, where she also obtained her Masters in College Student Personnel Administration. Brianna is currently working on her EdD in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Diversity and Equity in Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is most passionate about discussing social justice issues through an intersectional lens and cross-identity dialogue, and loves facilitating these dialogues with her interns and other students at Vanderbilt. Outside of work hours, Brianna indulges in her loves of music, YA lit, video games, and her guinea pigs. She is still searching for something to fill the Game of Thrones-sized hole in her heart.

Contact Brianna about: the mission and vision of LGBTQI Life, Staff and Faculty Resources, Trans@VU Updates, the LGBTQI+ Alumni Group, events and programming, including annual events and collaborations.  Brianna also coordinates student leadership initiatives, graduate student involvement, and submissions to be featured in our newsletter or social media as well as training and educational sessions including  Straight Facts about LGBTQI Life, P.R.I.D.E. Trainings, Speak Out, and student support initiatives like Affinity Groups. Rob also advises the Vanderbilt Lambda Association. Brianna is LGBTQI Life’s Faculty and Staff Liaison, and a resource for LGBTQ+ affirming policy and practice. 

Kai Taylor- Deak, BA | Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: he/they

Kai is a first-year master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program. Kai is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, with degrees in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is excited to join the Vandy community! Kai’s professional and academic interests include exploring ways to create affirming college campuses that allow queer + trans students to flourish. A former organizer for the Queer, Trans, People of Color (QTPOC) cohort at Ohio State, Kai is passionate about intersectional student advocacy.

Outside of classes and working at the K.C. Potter Center, Kai enjoys trolling the internet for new recipes, curating the perfect playlist, being in community with others, and spending just a little bit too much time learning about astrology.

Josefine Parker | LGBTQI Life Divinity Intern

Pronouns: she/they
j.parker@vanderbilt.edu
Drop in hours Mondays 10a-2p

Josefine Parker is a Master of Divinity (M.Div) candidate at Vanderbilt Divinity School and chaplain at the K. C. Potter Center. If you need someone to chat about faith, gender, sexuality, grief, ancestry, and/or gender-affirming surgery, she’s here for you. She also hosts the TGQ Affinity Group. Josefine is studying to be a gender-affirming surgery chaplain, drawing upon her experience caregiving for trans people and ritually celebrating their gender transitions.