by Carjamin Scott on July 11, 2018, at 4:57 p.m. CST
Briana Perry is the State Co-Director for Healthy and Free Tennessee. A highly educated women’s rights activist, Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts, in Sociology with Honors and a Master of Education in Learning Diversity and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University.
She has an interest in the well being of Black mothers, ending gender disparity, educating communities in need of sexual and reproductive justice, and partnering with college students.
A native of Memphis, she is making a name for herself as a social justice reformer and inclusive strategist in West Tennessee.
Her career started as a graduate student employee, educating the Vanderbilt community about gender equity and racial justice issues, while working for the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt .
Perry is member of the 2018 New Leaders Council Nashville Chapter, she was a 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, and a 2017 Nominee for 120 Under Forty.
Perry believes that colleges should lead in educating students and the community about healthy sexual relationships.
Perry mentioned, “not all states, such as TN, provide adequate sex education (medically accurate and evidence-based) in K-12 schools that is comprehensive and includes consent and healthy relationships.”
This is why Healthy and Free Tennessee is necessary to raise awareness and promote sexual health and reproductive justice.
“Students then enter college lacking this vital information and therefore are not adequately equipped to make informed decisions about their bodies,” said Perry.