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 is the Assistant Director 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.
Brittany Pomilee, originally from St. Louis, MO, is excited to serve as a Program Coordinator in the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) at Vanderbilt University. As a first-generation college student, she received her Bachelors in Biology (Pre-Medicine) from Maryville University and was heavily involved within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on campus. Brittany’s undergraduate student involvement included serving as the President of the Association of Black Collegians (ABC) and a Dr. Donald M. Suggs Multicultural Scholar. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion influenced her to pursue her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Missouri (Mizzou). While at Mizzou, Brittany served as the Graduate Assistant of Tiger Pantry & Truman’s Closet within the Office of Student Engagement. She was also served as the President of her graduate student association as well as a NASPA Graduate Associate. Based on her collegiate experiences, Brittany’s interests include leadership development, intersectionality, and diversity peer education. She is a scholar-practioner and is currently working on diversity peer education-based research and has recently co-authored a study regarding the assessment of summer bridge programs. In her free time, Brittany enjoys listening to music, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family. Anchor Down!