A recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Jax Collins currently serves as Program Development Specialist for the TFC. Jax hails from the small town of King George on the east coast of Virginia. Attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, she studied sociology and consequently developed a strong interest in institutions, power, and religion. Some of her most memorable experiences as a Wahoo were her time working with the University’s football team as an equipment manager and as an intern for a preservation team of a local historic African American cemetery. While indirectly related, these experiences fostered her interest in the power of storytelling– both individual and communal
Continuing her educational career, Jax moved to Nashville, TN in August of 2018 to begin her Master of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. As a part of her field education for her degree program, she partnered with the TFC and Owen to design a student-athlete leadership development program. When the world shifted in March of 2020, Jax leaned into the ambiguity of this space and curated a professional development program specifically for Vanderbilt student-athletes whose summer internships were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Currently, Jax is reimagining Project Pyramid, an Owen course which lays a 15-year foundation for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures. Jax is using her student-centered expertise as the course’s underpinning to refresh the curriculum and course objectives. Jax is passionate about creating intentional spaces where all voices are heard, welcomed, and respected. Whether that be through higher education, athletics, or local organizing spaces, Jax sees it as her purpose to continue in the work of being with others.