Joi is an AmeriCorps VISTA working to build capacity with Open Table’s Education and Housing Coordination. She is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Witnessing the devastation and widespread displacement caused by Hurricane Katrina in her hometown of Gulfport, MS allowed Joi to develop a call to social justice aims at an early age. Joi is now passionate about seeking solutions to local policies and federal legislation that perpetuate cycles of poverty and subjugation for marginalized peoples. She aspires to attend law school in the very near future and continue to practice humanitarian work in the legal field. When she isn’t at work, she’s being a social justice warrior on Twitter or Facebook, binge watching The Office for the fifth time, or practicing yoga in the solace of her bedroom.
Michael is interested in the intersection of Faith and Justice and seeks to understand systems of oppression and the theological and ethical obligation to confront such systems and restore the oppressed.
Lauren is a senior social work student at Belmont University, and is working at Open Table Nashville for her fall…
Kate recently graduated with a degree in psychology from Oberlin College and is working with Open Table Nashville for a year before starting grad school for social work. She wants to be a therapist someday to help folks reclaim agency over and find peace in their bodies.