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Javiette Samuel, PhD |

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach

Javiette Samuel is the assistant vice chancellor for diversity and engagement, director of community engagement and outreach, and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Child and Family Studies. She is an experienced engaged scholar with a unique combination of educational, interpersonal, and creative skills. She has worked with P-20 students, families, and underrepresented communities for nearly 25 years, focusing on engagement, outreach, and evidence-based programs.

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Nicole Bryant, MPPA |

Imagine Tennessee Program Coordinator

Nicole Bryant is a UT alum and earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration in 2019. She has broad experience working with diverse communities and local governments both in the US and abroad. Prior to joining OCEO, she worked with UT researchers in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Kortney Powell, MS |

Administrative Support Assistant

Kortney Dewayne Powell is a ’17 and ’18 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he obtained a bachelor’s degree, and ultimately earned his Master’s in Comparative and Experimental Medicine. During his time as a student, Kortney has worked as an assistant in One-Stop Student Services; worked as a graduate student assistant in OCEO; served on the Provost’s Student Advisory Council, and conducted research on human identification at the Anthropological Research Center a.k.a. the “Body Farm.”



Ri’charda Baldwin, MPA, CNP |

Graduate Research Assistant

Ri’charda A. Baldwin is a third-year student at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has served as a Student Attorney for a Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and a Law Clerk for the Electric Power Research Institute. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from The University Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Memphis.  Mrs. Baldwin has diverse experiences within grant management, higher education recruitment, and community engagement initiatives to strengthen communities.