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Michelle Garfield Cook

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Georgia
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
mgcook@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195

Dr. Cook previously served as an associate dean in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Institute for African American Studies and the Institute for Women’s Studies. She is also a member of the Foot Soldiers Project faculty. Dr. Cook was the inaugural dean of the Franklin Residential College and she was a 2008 faculty-in-residence at the UGA Oxford program in Oxford, England. Dr. Cook is co-principal investigator for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton, a master's in African-American Studies from Yale and a doctorate in history from Duke.

Read more about Dr. Michelle Cook in Columns.

Angela Y. Birkes-Grier

Alliance Director for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
abirkes@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-0058

Angela Y. Birkes-Grier joined the University of Georgia as the Alliance Director for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Peach State LSAMP) in the Office of Institutional Diversity in August 2010.  The Peach State LSAMP program is funded by the National Science Foundation. As the Alliance Director, she manages and oversees the Alliance-wide activities for the program.  In addition she provides fiscal management of the program budget and ensures that all reporting requirements are met. Her current biographical summary is here.

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Dominique A. Quarles

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
dquarles@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195

Dominique A. Quarles joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in 2017. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, he works closely with the Associate Provost in policy development and review, as well as strategic planning. In addition, he manages the day-to-day operations of the office, supervises the coordinators, consults with campus constituents, and provides leadership in the assessment of the office’s programs and services. Dominique holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, and is currently a doctoral student in The University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.

Gabriel J Jiménez-Fuentes

Coordinator of Student Academic Success & Achievement
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
gabriel.jimenezfuentes@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195
Fax: 706-583-8199

Gabriel J. Jiménez-Fuentes joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in 2015. He is the Coordinator of Student Academic Success and Achievement, and is currently a PhD student in Caribbean Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He holds a Master’s degree in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison Campus and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. 

Shonte Wallace Matthews

Coordinator of Faculty and Staff Development
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
swall@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195
Fax: 706-583-8199

Shonte Wallace Matthews joined the office in 2015 as the Coordinator of Faculty and Staff Development.  She is responsible for planning and implementing the curriculum for diversity and inclusion workshops and trainings, including UGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program; consulting with units on hiring processes and practices; and coordinating outreach for the recruitment of diverse faculty and staff.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at University of South Carolina, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and is currently  a doctoral candidate in Education-Curriculum and Instruction at University of South Carolina.  

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Vanessa Smith

Coordinator of Programs and Outreach
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
vanwms@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195

Vanessa Smith is the Coordinator of Programs and Outreach. She received a Masters of Education in student affairs administration at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is responsible for major programs and assists with undergraduate recruitment for the office.

Joan Pittman

Fiscal Affairs Manager
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
jpitt@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195

Pittman joined the office in 2002.  She is responsible for budget & fiscal affairs, grant management, and assisting with office programs & events. She earned her bachelor’s degree in electronic technology from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University.

Shirley L. Reyes

Executive Coordinator
210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building 101 Herty Drive,
sreyes@uga.edu
Phone: 706-583-8195

Shirley joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in 2004 and has worked at UGA since 1994. She provides administrative support, assist in the day to day operations of the office, and assist with office programs and events. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family science from the University of Georgia.

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