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Briana Perry

Pronouns: She, Her, hers   ·   Twitter: @missperryy

Briana Perry is the Co-Director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, a statewide coalition that works to promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom in the state. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with her B.A. in Sociology (with honors) and Women’s and Gender Studies in 2013. While an undergraduate, Briana developed a passion for feminism and community organizing, particularly with regard to issues that disproportionately impact Black women. Before obtaining her master’s degree, she taught English, science, and social studies for two years in her hometown, Memphis. While teaching, she was also involved in organizing efforts around reproductive health, sexual assault awareness, and racial justice. She also began writing about racial and gender disparities, with a focus on Black women, and her work has been featured in For Harriet, a Black feminist blog. In 2015, she returned to Nashville as a graduate student at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and completed her Master of Education in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies in 2016. She continued organizing around gender equity and racial justice issues, as she helped to start a Black Lives Matter Chapter in Memphis and has worked closely with the Nashville Feminist Collective and the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt. She has also worked with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program and East Nashville Hope Exchange. Briana was the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Promise for M.Ed. in Service to Diverse Populations Award from the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College. In her free time, Briana enjoys writing, traveling, food, and going to concerts.

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