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Meet Our Staff


“Womxn Who Work” Portrait Day<br /> Margret Cuninggim Women’s Center<br /> Vanderbilt University<br /> Photo: Anne Rayner

Rory Dicker, Ph.D. (she/her)

Rory Dicker joined the Women’s Center staff in January 2015 as Director. Rory grew up in New York State and earned a bachelor of arts from the Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in English and minored in French. After completing her Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt, Rory taught at Westminster College in Missouri for several years before returning to Vanderbilt to teach courses in English and in Women’s and Gender Studies, where she was Associate Director for four years. The author of A History of U.S. Feminisms, Rory teaches classes about women and literature, feminist pedagogy, and the history of American feminisms. She spends much of her time outside of work with her husband and two daughters, and tries to make it to the beach once a year. She considers herself a bookworm at heart and finds herself happiest when she is immersed in a great read.


Sarah Brennan, MA, MSW (she/her)
Program Coordinator

Sarah Brennan joined the Women’s Center as Program Coordinator in June, 2022. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, where she majored in English with a Gender Studies minor. While obtaining her MSW/MA WSGS degree from Loyola University Chicago, she worked at a rape crisis center as the Volunteer & Activism Coordinator. She is passionate about ending sexual violence, with a focus on providing inclusive and comprehensive sex education to all. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her energetic puppy, Koda, playing a game of scrabble, or working on her pandemic hobby, knitting. Sarah is excited to explore and make Nashville her home!


Libby Crew (she/her)
Administrative Assistant

Libby joined the Women’s Center team as Administrative Assistant II in September, 2016. She worked in Medical Illustration at Vanderbilt University in the ‘80’s as a medical photographer. After taking time off for her own photography business and to author a book, she returned to Vanderbilt to work in Information Technology, Student Employment, Central Library and then Jewish Studies before finding her forever home at the Women’s Center 100 years later. Always up for a good cause, she enjoys being in the company of strong women and loves serving as resident campus mom. She grew up in Nashville and spends much of her free time reading, writing, and doing art projects. Libby loves to be in the great outdoors and enjoys life with her husband, her daughter, and her dog, Bella Bunny, AKA the Best Dog in the World. Drop by for a chat or a hug.


Perla Salazar-Rangel (she/her)
Graduate Assistant

Perla Salazar-Rangel joined the Women’s Center as a Graduate Assistant in August 2021. Perla earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Perla is proud to identify as a first-generation college student: she was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, in a hardworking Mexican American household. During her time at Elon, Perla minored in Spanish and Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies (WGSS). Perla is passionate about intersectional feminism and social justice advocacy, especially acknowledging how they are important in higher education settings. Perla is enrolled in the Master’s in Higher Education program at Peabody and hopes to become the director of either a program dedicated to aiding first-generation college students or a center with values like those of the Women’s Center. Perla has loved exploring Nashville and eating at various restaurants; her favorite so far has been PennePazze, but there are so many more places to try! She is always down to try new food, share funny Tik Toks, and talk about pop culture! Anchor down!