Originally from Miami, Florida, Greg began working at Vanderbilt in June 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum. During his time at Vanderbilt, Greg has received certifications from the National Coalition Building Institute as a diversity and social justice workshop facilitator (Fall 2012), was named the Dean of Students New Professional of the Year (2012-2013), attended the Social Justice Training Institute (Fall 2013), was named the OHARE Staff Member of the Year (2014-2015), and completed a Master in Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies from the Vanderbilt Divinity School (Spring 2018). As a member of the Haitian-American community, Greg has been an advocate for social justice throughout all parts of the Vanderbilt and Nashville community in hopes of fostering a place where all people understand the importance of celebrating other groups of people. It is his passion and calling to dismantle systems of oppression that have historically rendered people invisible. When not working, Greg enjoys reading, sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Originally from Gary Indiana, ReChard Peel is a Program Coordinator in the Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence Office. He completed his Undergraduate work in African American Studies at Purdue University where he focused his research and scholarship on Entrepreneurship as a form of resistance for Black men and women in the Midwest. He begin his work in higher education at the University in Notre Dame in the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services where he coordinated professional development programs for students of color. He received his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in April of 2017 and has received several awards for his scholarship around the African American college student experience. ReChard is extremely passionate about social justice, race and racism, and intersectionality.
Originally from Connecticut, Melody relocated to Nashville in 2016 to kick off a career change from finance to education. Prior to working at Vanderbilt, she joined the SMSL as a Community Educator/Paralegal, then KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School as the Lead Foreign Language Instructor. Melody completed her undergraduate work in Communication Studies at Boston College in 2015, where she focused her courses on intercultural communication and organizational development. She is dedicated to preparing future leaders for an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, while ensuring spaces are increasingly radically inclusive and amplifying the voices of marginalized peoples. Outside of work, Melody enjoys experimenting in the kitchen a la Top Chef, a hot Vinyasa class, and chasing the CHIVANADA food truck all over Nashville.
Brianna “Antonella” Valdivia (or Anto for short) is born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently a first year Peabody College graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program. She is passionate about helping undergraduate students of underrepresented populations gain access and succeed in their higher education experience. During her undergrad, she was involved with student organization life, advocacy work, and service/leadership – all of which helped her discover a love for higher education and specifically multicultural student affairs. She loves mentoring others and creating experiences that students can develop and grow from. Outside of work, Anto enjoys writing, dancing and is obsessed with the Broadway musical Hamilton!
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.