Peabody Ambassa'dores are representatives of the Office of Graduate Admissions who serve as a resource for prospective and admitted students to share information about their experience deciding to attend, transitioning to, and enrolling at Peabody.
What Peabody Ambassa'dores can help with:
- Answer general questions about specific professional programs (M.Ed., M.P.P, and Ed.D) and the admissions process
- Provide a genuine student experience perspective
- Describe what the experience of relocating to Nashville is like
- Discuss what to take advantage of when you are a Peabody student at Vanderbilt University
Please keep in mind that Ambassa'dores cannot discuss application details or answer questions about competitiveness of an applicant. They also cannot discuss status or decision information. Anything related to funding, payments, I20 or Visa processing, course registration and advisement will be referred to professional staff members.
Meet our Ambassa'dores
Born and raised in Austin, TX but most recently moving from Minneapolis, MN, Michael is a student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody. In 2014, he graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a B.A. in Political Science.
After college, Michael completed a year of AmeriCorps service in his hometown with the college access nonprofit College Forward. He then worked for five years in the world of undergraduate admissions, spending two years recruiting for Southwestern University, followed by an Assistant Dean of Admissions position at his alma mater Carleton.
Michael chose Peabody because it offered him the best possible combination of academic rigor and national reputation while maintaining a friendly culture focused on growth and collaboration. He currently lives with his fiancé Katin and their dog Winston, and is a coach for Armada, Vanderbilt’s men’s club ultimate frisbee team.
A student in the Higher Education Administration program at Peabody, Cassie is originally from Moline, Illinois. She attended DePaul University in Chicago and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Journalism.
Cassie spent 5 of her 10 years in Chicago working in admissions at Lake Forest College—a small, private, liberal arts college just north of the city. Realizing that the time she spent with college students, especially the Admissions Ambassadors, was the best part of her day, Cassie decided to pursue a master’s degree in higher education.
Peabody’s excellent reputation and the chance to study higher education as a broad topic attracted Cassie to the program, where she is narrowing her focus on the student affairs track. The incredible people who work and teach at Peabody made a difference during her campus visit. She can’t wait to dive into all that Nashville and Peabody have to offer, especially the warmer winter weather.
Suxin Chen is a student in the Human Development Counseling (HDC) program on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track at Peabody. She is originally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology.
Prior to studying at Vanderbilt, Suxin served as an Americorps VISTA for the South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Program. She worked with a Head Start program serving families in rural communities, developing education and awareness to cultivate resilience and positive adaptation to adversity and adverse childhood experiences.
Suxin chose to attend Peabody because of the HDC program's emphasis on longitudinal human development through the lens of relationships between individuals, environments, and human systems. She was also drawn to the supportive community that Peabody students, faculty, and staff have built and knew this strong sense of community would help her flourish during the duration of her program.
A student in the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies (LDUS) program, Mary Kate is a proud alumna of Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University. She earned a B.S. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in culture and social influence.
In the years before joining the Peabody family, Mary Kate received a crash course in disability justice and advocacy work when her eldest son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her experience navigating a promising, but flawed system inspired her to pursue a master’s degree focused on diversity in educational contexts.
She specifically chose to earn her degree at Peabody College because of its reputation of excellence and the opportunity to engage in such a unique program of study.
Mary Kate currently resides south of town with her husband Joey, their four children, and their dog Suzy Q.
Dylan DePriest is a student in the Community Development and Action (CDA) program at Peabody. He is originally from Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Vanderbilt in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Policy Studies and Human and Organization Development.
While studying at Vanderbilt, Dylan worked as a refugee caseworker for the United Nations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also worked as a refugee caseworker for Nashville International Center for Empowerment, served as an Americorps VISTA for the NeighborWorks of the Blackstone River Valley, and was employed as a programming director for WRVU Nashville, Vanderbilt’s independent radio station.
Dylan chose to continue to attend Peabody because of the CDA program's emphasis on shifting the narrative of human development from the traditional “top-down” framework, to a community-level approach. He is thrilled to continue studying with the incredible professors he’s been fortunate enough to learn from the past four years.
Caroline is a student in the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Caroline graduated from Carleton College in 2018 with a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience.
Following graduation, Caroline spent two years working in admissions for an independent K-8 school in California. She also volunteers as an alumni admissions ambassador for her alma mater. The combination of these two experiences—working in admissions and the opportunity to interact with prospective college students—inspired Caroline to apply for a master’s in higher education.
Caroline was drawn to Peabody by the welcoming community, exceptional professors, and the opportunity to concentrate in enrollment management within the broader higher education program. When not working, she enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, and exploring the city of Nashville.
As current Peabody master’s students, Ambassa’dores can candidly answer any specific questions you may have about the Peabody College student experience. Simply fill out the form below, and an Ambassa’dore will be in touch shortly. If you are unable to answer the Ambassa’dore phone call, we’ll be sure to leave a voicemail.