Meet Student Staff
Raven Alade is a second-year graduate student at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt. Raven’s program is entitled Community Development and Action. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2018 with a BS in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies. Raven has a passion for the mental and overall well-being of racially marginalized people and is interested in dismantling the taboos, stigmas, and shame associated with suicidality within the context of the church, family, and community at large. Raven is a St. Louis native, who loves to travel, bake, and encourage people to become the best version of themselves. “The only reason I am here today is because of God and the strategic steps He allowed me to walk down.”
Caitlin J. Stout
Caitlin Stout is a Michigan native and an alumna of Spring Arbor University, where she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Urban Studies. She is currently a second-year graduate student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to staring at Vanderbilt, Caitlin spent the past two years working as an advocate and organizer on behalf of the LGBTQ community, specifically in the context of Christian higher education and other religious institutions. She is a graduate of the Reformation Project’s 2018 Leadership Development Cohort, a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society of Sociology, and a contributor for various online publications, writing at the intersection of sexuality and Christianity. Caitlin’s academic interests include Queer theology, sexual ethics, liturgy, and campus ministry. Her personal interests include coffee, bicycles, haircuts, and breakfast food. Above all, Caitlin cares deeply about creating spaces where young adults are free to embrace every aspect of their identities and work together towards spiritual health and wholeness.
Keerthana Velappan is a second-year Doctoral Candidate in Audiology at the School of Medicine. She grew up in New Hampshire, and has now lived in North Carolina with her family for over a decade. She graduated from East Carolina University in eastern NC last May (go Pirates!) and has tried to invest in the Nashville community over the past year, volunteering with nonprofits such as Girl Scouts of Middle TN and The Little Pantry that Could. She has enjoyed attending Project Dialogue and The Shop events here at OUCRL and credits this building as being her main campus refuge, so she looks forward to working more closely with everyone. In her free time, she enjoys baking/cooking, reading, brunching, and catching flights (& feelings).