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.
Sarah is no stranger to internships at Open Table Nashville!
Lauren believes that housing is a basic right that everyone should have access to, and she is excited to begin taking steps with Open Table Nashville to eradicate the issues surrounding affordable housing.
Madison is passionate about working towards systematic change in local policies and practices that can provide justice and empowerment for marginalized communities.