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Peabody Ambassa'dores

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.

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Meet our Ambassa'dores

Suxin Chen Human Development Counseling (HDC)

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.

Kevin Hoffman Learning and Design (L&D)

Kevin Hoffman is a student in the Learning and Design program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He's originally from Los Angeles, California and earned his B.S. in Engineering Sciences (with a focus on mechanical engineering) from Yale University in 2012.

Before moving to Nashville, Kevin worked for nine years in public charter schools in California, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got his start in education as a Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, he has taught middle- and high school math, served as a STEM curriculum director, and managed a charter school network's blended-learning program. He is hoping to serve as a school principal one day and was inspired to pursue a graduate degree in education to help him achieve that goal.

Kevin was particularly interested in Peabody's program because of the unique program design and strong sense of community he felt when interacting with faculty and students as a prospective applicant. He believes that his experience at Peabody has accentuated his experiences working in schools while exposing him to new ways of thinking and theoretical frameworks that will be useful as a school leader. When not dedicating time to his studies, Kevin enjoys exploring Nashville's Greenways, farmer's markets, and pickup soccer games.

Sarah Walker Community Development and Action (CDA)

Sarah Walker is studying in the Community Development and Action program, with a focus in international community development. She is originally from Sherman, Texas, and attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she double-majored in International Relations and Spanish.

After graduating from Hendrix in 2018, Sarah spent three years working in Madrid, Spain. During her time with a company that focused on international holistic community education, she worked on community development projects across Latin America, Africa, and Europe. These projects, and the diverse challenges and environments that they entailed, piqued Sarah's curiosity for learning more about community development.

To pursue this interest, Sarah decided to take a brief hiatus from her work and come pursue a master's of education at Peabody. She has not been disappointed. Her professors, coursework, and classmates have all made her time at Vanderbilt great. She has been challenged to think differently about the world and has found that the combination of theory and practice that the CDA program uses has enhanced her understanding of community development, as well as her own role within the field.

Caroline Wheeler Higher Education Administration (HEA)

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.

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