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The University of Georgia Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives promotes excellence in graduate education by recruiting top students to the University of Georgia. Every effort is made to facilitate a smooth transition for new students through their graduation as well as heighten the graduate experience of all students. Our office is ready to assist you!

While striving to increase overall enrollment, the Graduate School also seeks to promote diversity by encouraging the enrollment of students from historically underrepresented groups. The Graduate School’s definition of underrepresented includes race/ethnicity, gender within discipline, first generation, non-traditional age and/or a self-identified aspect of a uniquely diverse background.  As part of the Graduate School’s overarching recruitment and retention programming, we offer several programs targeted to students from underrepresented backgrounds under the banner of the “Pathways Program”.

Through the Pathways Program, the Graduate School sponsors academic, social, and professional workshops and activities. Nationally, UGA ranks high in the number of degrees awarded to underrepresented students:

DIVERSITY RANKINGS

Doctoral Degrees

  • 3rd in doctoral degrees in family and consumer sciences/human sciences conferred to minority students
  • 3rd in doctoral degrees in psychology conferred upon students that identify with two or more races
  • 8th in doctoral degrees conferred upon total minority students in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences
  • 9th in doctoral degrees in education conferred upon students that identify with two or more races
  • 11th in doctoral degrees conferred upon African American students
  • 12th in doctoral degrees in psychology conferred upon African American students
  • 12th in doctoral degrees in psychology conferred upon minority students
  • 14th in doctoral degrees in education conferred upon African American students

Masters Degrees

  • 11th in master’s degrees in parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies conferred upon students who identify with two more races
  • 12th in master’s degrees in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences conferred upon students who identify with two or more races
Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education (2018)

Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives

(706) 542-6416 [office]

grecruit@uga.edu

Meet Our Team

Lisa Sperling, Ph.D.Lisa Sperling

Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives

  • Hometown: Staten Island, NY
  • Undergraduate Institution: Emory University
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., English
  • Graduate Institution: University of Georgia
  • Graduate Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Graduate Degree: College Student Affairs Administration (PhD)

Geovani Ayala, M.Ed. 

Associate Director of Retention and Diversity Initiatives

  • Hometown: Paterson, NJ
  • Undergraduate Institution: Montclair State University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Family & Child Studies: Concentration in K-5 Education
  • Graduate Institution: The University of Georgia
  • Graduate Degree: Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration

Deborah Martinez, M.Ed.UGA-Head-Shot.2-3

Graduate Recruiter

  • Hometown: Clinton, IA
  • Undergraduate Institution: Loras College
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Sports Management & Administration
  • Graduate Institution: Iowa State University
  • Graduate Degree: M.Ed., Educational Leadership, and Policy Studies

 

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