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, born and raised in Starkville, MS serves at the Program Coordinator in the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her position at Vanderbilt, she has worked as an AmeriCorps for Volunteer Starkville and interned at the American University of Kuwait. She holds a Bachelors of Biochemistry and a Master of Educational Leadership – Student Affairs and Higher Education from Mississippi State University. As a openly identifying Muslimah, she is passionate about integrating interfaith practices to better support religious and spiritually diverse students. Since graduating, her interests focus on diversity/equity/inclusion work, social justice education, intersectionality, and multicultural student support. Outside of work, Kauthar enjoys spending time with family and friends, painting, and embodying all things nerdy!
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!
Emma Baker, from Louisville, KY, is eager to fulfill her position as a Graduate Assistant with the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity. She received her BS in Child Development at Vanderbilt where her research centered largely on social and economic supports for caregivers of infants and young children. Emma’s research, travel, and organizing work during her undergraduate experience at Vanderbilt instilled in her the passion to support community organizing for policy and social change that evolves authentically with the community in question. In her free time, Emma enjoys running, hiking, and listening to music!