Ashley L. Brown, originally from Texas, spent the last 5 years living in Atlanta, GA before recently moving to Nashville, TN. Although born in the United States, Dr. Brown is a first-generation American as both of her parents are from Jamaica. As a first-generation student, she earned her Bachelor of Public Administration from Texas State University and her Masters of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Recently, Dr. Brown finished her Doctorate of Education in Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Georgia where she studied undocumented students’ sense of belonging on college campuses. Dr. Brown’s profession and research interests are related to cultural competency, art-based pedagogy, social justice education, and liberation pedagogy. Outside of work and school, Dr. Brown is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a dog mom to a rescue dog named Lucy. Dr. Brown is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory through IDI, LLC. She is also an active member in National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
B. Antonella Valdivia is born and raised in Miami, Florida and has recently begun a position as a Program Coordinator in the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity at Vanderbilt University. As a first-generation Latina womxn, she is passionate about helping undergraduate students of underrepresented populations gain access and succeed in their higher education experience. Since graduating from Vanderbilt University – Peabody College with her master’s in Higher Education Administration, her interests include student affairs, education policy, multicultural student services, and diversity/equity/inclusion work. She is also a scholar-practitioner and is currently pursuing research projects centering on college identity development for Latina womxn. In her free time, she loves to dance and listen to Hamilton!
Kauthar Gaber holds a degree in Biochemistry and Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. She has had the opportunity to work as AmeriCorps VISTA for a non-profit and an intern at the American University of Kuwait. Outside of work, Kauthar loves reading, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Damisi Fawole has spent most of her life in Georgia and is currently a graduate student in Peabody College’s Leadership and Organizational Performance program. During undergrad, she worked as an afterschool counselor at an elementary school and tutored middle schoolers in her spare time. She was also involved in many leadership and diversity initiatives and went on to receive a certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership. After college, Damisi went on to work at a high school for 2 years as a College Adviser, making higher education more attainable for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students. She is passionate about instilling confidence in young people and helping them realize their leadership potential through mentorship and programming. Outside of work, Damisi enjoys doing Zumba, taking walks, singing, dancing, facetiming, getting massages and engaging in meaningful conversations.