Alumni & Students Blog

Keep up with stories highlighting some of the professional, academic and fun adventures of our CDA Alumni and Current Students!

This blog will be updated with profiles of CDA alumni and current students, newsworthy updates, and other information relevant to the program. Whether you want to keep in touch with the program or just learn more about what real students and alumni are up to, we want this to be a more personal point of connection to CDA.

All content here is written, edited, and published by current CDA students.  Questions about the blog or about CDA? Contact Anna Warren at anna.m.warren@vanderbilt.edu

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CDA Student Spotlight: Jordan Jurinsky

Jordan Jurinksy B.S. Sociology Q: Where are you from originally and what did you do before Vanderbilt?  I spent most of my childhood living in small town named Maryville right outside of Knoxville in east Tennessee, but I’ve also lived in North Carolina, Colorado, California, Texas, Florida, and Nagoya, Japan. Immediately prior to coming to...... KEEP READING

Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Current Students,


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CDA Entrepreneur: Dawn Harris of Tree of Life Education Center

Recently, several alumni of our program have utilized the skills they gained in human and organizational development in new ways—by starting their own businesses. One of those includes Dawn Harris (M.Ed. ’16) of Tree of Life Education Center. Here’s what she has to say about her business and the path she took to get there: “The CDA program taught me the...... KEEP READING

Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Alumni,


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2018 Final Projects

Of the 2018 CDA graduates, 5 completed a project for their final assessments. These projects, designed and conducted within an organizational or community context, integrate core philosophy, coursework, and field experience of the Community Development & Action program. Accompanied by a final document and presentation, the final projects account for a minimum of 100 hours of...... KEEP READING

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Current Students, Final Projects and Theses, ,


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2018 Theses

Of the 2018 CDA graduates, three completed theses for their final assessments. These intensive, independent research projects covered a wide range of scholarly interests that intend to contribute to the field of community development. This year’s completed master’s theses are described below. Lauren Baer Foster Care for Teenagers: Motivators, Barriers, and Strategies to Overcome Barriers Forty-three...... KEEP READING

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Current Students, Final Projects and Theses, ,


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Meet an Alumnus: Geordie Brackin

Geordie Brackin, M.Ed. 2010 Director of Global Innovation, Bridge International Academies “I came to the CDA program having themed interests in education and community-building, but not knowing what my path would be. I’ve now been living abroad and working in international education for the past 6 years and I owe that to the experiences I...... KEEP READING

Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Alumni,


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Meet an Alumna: Sarah Imran

M.Ed. 2017 Director of Policy and Research, Metro Human Relations Commission “The CDA program provided an excellent balance of structure through core courses, as well as freedom to carve out our own unique paths.” Q: Where are you from originally and what did you do before coming to Vanderbilt? I am originally from Islamabad, Pakistan,...... KEEP READING

Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Alumni,


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Meet an Alumna: Gabby Flynn

Gabriella Flynn  M.Ed. 2015 Program Coordinator, Columbia University Medical Center, Program for Global and Population Health “The way that CDA prepares you to be a reflective, generative practitioner who works with the community interests in mind is something that is invaluable to my work now as a researcher.” Q: Where are you from originally and...... KEEP READING

Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Alumni,


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Meet an Alumnus: Courtney Williams

M.Ed. 2011 Dillard University, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership “I rely a lot on my training with CDA, helping students to see the college as the community that they should develop.” Q: To begin, can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where you are from originally and how did you end...... KEEP READING

Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Alumni,


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CDA Alumni: Where are they now?

Check out what our alumni are up to after graduating from the Community Development & Action program:... KEEP READING

Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Alumni,


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Recommended Reads

Looking for some winter reads? Check out these recommendations from a few of our HOD professors: Paul Speer No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane McAlevey This is a book about labor organizing, but it taps into the rich ‘relational’ models that I focus on in organizing research. Discussing some of the recent...... KEEP READING

Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Current Students


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CDA Student Spotlight: Allie Mikels

Allie Mikels B.S. Public Policy Studies and Economics   “For me, CDA was a great fit because of its focus on preparing people to be local change agents – which means something different to each of us, and yet unites us all.”  Q: To begin, where are you from originally at what did you do before coming...... KEEP READING

Posted by on November 10, 2017 in Current Students,


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CDA Student Spotlight: Hannah Nell

Hannah Nell B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics, Political Science                 “The most valuable thing I have learned through the program is that there are tons of other people in the world who care about the things I care about and feel as much joy as I feel in...... KEEP READING

Posted by on October 20, 2017 in Current Students,


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Meet an Alumna: Erin McCauley

Erin McCauley, M.Ed. 2016 Ph.D student, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology  “I had never had the words for my orientation toward the world before discovering CDA.” Q: To begin, where are you from originally and what did you do before coming to Vanderbilt? I am originally from Mill Valley California, which is just outside...... KEEP READING

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in Alumni,


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Meet an Alumnus: Keith Barnes

Keith Barnes, M.Ed. 2015 Director for Nutrition Advocacy, TN Justice Center  “To be truly effective in this kind of work, to be a change agent, to make the world a better place, you’ve got to be flexible, and that’s not how I experience a lot of other disciplines.”  Q: To begin, where are you from...... KEEP READING

Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Alumni,


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2017 Theses

Of the 2017 CDA graduates, four completed theses for their final assessments. These intensive, independent research projects covered a wide range of scholarly interests that intend to contribute to the field of community development. This year’s completed master’s theses are described below. Shea Davis, M.Ed. 2017 Towards Equity in Communities: Barriers for Coalitions in Addressing Health...... KEEP READING

Posted by on August 25, 2017 in Final Projects and Theses,


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