Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI) is a function of the Graduate School dedicated to recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students. This includes increasing the number of UF graduate students from underrepresented ethnic/racial populations, low-income or first-generation college students, as well as advancing and promoting professional development for all graduate students at the University of Florida. OGDI strives to provide currently enrolled graduate students with programs and services to assist and support the pursuit of a successful graduate education. OGDI provides students with social, informational, referral, and in some cases, financial support. OGDI maintains partnerships with administrative offices, academic units, research centers, student services, and organizations across campus to help students with the graduate experience.

Our mission is two-fold:

1. Increasing the number of graduate students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups: African-American, Hispanic-American, Native Alaskan (Aleuts and Eskimos), Native American, and Native Pacific Islander.

2. Providing prospective and enrolled doctoral students in underrepresented demographic groups with funding resources and mentoring to help them successfully pursue an excellent graduate education.

OGDI Personnel  

Tyisha Hathorn, Ph.D. - Director, Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives

Shenita Denson, MS Diversity Programs Specialist 

Erin D. Rice, MS -  Diversity Programs Coordinator

Sarah McLemore - Executive Secretary

Initiatives

OGDI Programs

Funding Opportunities

Graduate Student Diversity Organizations

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