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Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Working Group Team & Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

The Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Working Group (GS DRWG) Team provides strategic planning, best practices, and campus-wide collaboration in diversity recruitment to graduate study at University of Maryland.  The Team consists of faculty, staff, and graduate students invested in the recruitment of diverse students/populations, e.g., women in STEM, students of color, students with disabilities, non-traditional students, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, veterans, interfaith and religious diversity into graduate school.

The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion (OGDI) Program Director, Christopher Pérez, coordinates the activities of the Team in a collaborative setting to prepare Team members for year-round recruitment initiatives.

Current Members:

  • Christopher Pérez, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School
  • Zaiyah Whatley, BISI Program Director
  • Tagrina Halim, Administrator, School of Business
  • David O'Brochta, Faculty - SVPAAP-Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
  • Oluchi Ofoha, Administrator, Physics
  • Pin-Wuan Lin, Administrative Coordinator, Department of AREC
  • Katherine Angel Joyner, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland - A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Michael Scott Brick, Director of Student Services, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Tom Hurst, Assistant Director for Graduate Education, Dept. of Computer Science (CMSC)
  • Rosemary Parker, Director, Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
  • Nancy Gray Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services, School of Public Health
  • Nadine Dangerfield, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology
  • Marcia Shofner, Co-Director MPAE Program, Department of Entomology
  • Lisa Anne Taneyhill, Director Cell and Molecular Biology NIH T32 training grant
  • Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean, Equity Administrator and Diversity Officer, College of Behavioral and Social Scienes
  • Kerri Poppler James, Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Kellie Robertson, Director of Graduate Studies, English
  • Joshua Singer, Associate Professor, CMNS-Biology
  • Josh Kiner, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Entomology
  • Jose-Luis Izursa, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Jessica Chew, Academic Advisor, College of Education
  • Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, The Graduate School
  • Iqbal Hamza, Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
  • Heather Stewart, Assistant Director Graduate Studies, ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Evelyn King-Marshall, Graduate Coordinator, School of Public Health
  • Evelyn Cooper, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Director of Retention and Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives & AGNR SROP Program Director
  • Edgar Moctezuma, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  • Daniel Serrano, Faculty Specialist, IREAP, UMD/CNST Cooperative Agreement Scientific Coordinator, COMBINE Research Educator, Terps in Space Program Director
  • Cristina Garcia, Program Coordinator, Graduate Office, ​Department of Mathematics
  • Charles Delwiche, Professor, Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences and Affiliate of Department of Biology and CBCB
  • Bill Churma, Assistant Director, Academic & Student Affairs, Bioengineering
  • Ankur Srivastava, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Robert Burgard, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Women's Studies
  • Hugh Bruck, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, A. James Clark School of Engineering and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Freddy Cisneros
  • Jeff Waters
  • Javier Navarro Rueda
  • Brent Hernandez

Please contact Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Program Director, Christopher Pérez (cperez6@umd.edu), if you would like more information about the GS DRWG Team or if you would like to be added to the Team list.