M.Ed. Community Development and Action '23
Passionate about providing opportunity to marginalized and under-resourced communities, I was first drawn to the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures for its focus on poverty alleviation. As a student in the Master’s in Community Development & Action program at Peabody, I’m studying how to assess and improve well-being at the community level, which requires a multidimensional lens to examine the intersectional impacts that economics, politics, history, injustice, and power have upon a society’s ability to flourish.
As an individual with a passion for interdisciplinary analysis and problem-solving, I have found a home at Vanderbilt within the TFC. The Center remains the only place at Vanderbilt thus far where I’ve been able to engage in conversation about a social problem with students from all over the world who study business, public health, nursing, theology, and engineering. This sort of environment is truly what inspires me.
Prior to coming to Vandy, I held an operations role in the non-profit education sector at Relay Graduate School of Education, helping to provide professional development to sitting Principals and Superintendents across the United States. My time both at Relay and living in New York are life experiences I will cherish forever, both for the existences in of themselves, and for my realization after working in a successful, national non-profit that I can make monumental impact at the systems level.
In 2018, I graduated from Tulane University in the best city in the world (New Orleans, LA) with a B.S. in Psychology as well as Minors in both Management and Spanish. Having the opportunity to continue on at Vanderbilt and with the TFC with this interdisciplinary focus is what carries me forward.
Ever-curious to explore new people, places, and philosophies, my door is always open!