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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 (, if you would like more information about the GS DRWG Team or if you would like to be added to the Team list.



Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742