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Adjusting Course for Success
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.
Keith Barnes
Community Development and Action
M.Ed. '15
Director for Nutrition Advocacy
Tennessee Justice Center

Keith is the Director of Nutrition Advocacy at the Tennessee Justice Center, where his role is to protect and improve the nutrition safety net in Tennessee by advocating for better policies and raising awareness about hunger and solutions through safety net programs.
The interdisciplinary nature of the [CDA] program and the fact that it's not tied to any particular professional dogma. 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. People often become indoctrinated into looking at the world a certain way, which I think that can be a hindrance if you want to think creatively. A big benefit of the CDA Program is that we weren't tied to any type of dogma. With the reflective-generative practitioner model, the goal is to go in as educated as you can be but be willing to reassess and adjust your course. I think that was a really good thing that came out of the program that I don't think you would get anywhere else.