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Meet an Alumnus: Brendan O’Connor

 Brendan O’Connor, M.Ed. 2012 Senior Organizer and Grantwriter, Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where you are from originally and what did you do before you came to Vanderbilt? I grew up in Staunton, a small town in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I…

Posted by on April 8, 2019 in Alumni,


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CDA Entrepreneurs: Amy and Jessica of Elevate Consulting

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. Some of those include Amy Merritt Campbell (M.Ed. ’14) and Jessica Benton (M.Ed. ’13) of Elevate Consulting. Here’s what they, along with cofounder Hannah Wohltjen (MA, MPH), have to say about their business…

Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Alumni,


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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…

Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Alumni,


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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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:

Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Alumni,


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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…

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…

Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Alumni,


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