Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Before arriving at the University of Georgia, Gerena graduated from Michigan State University with a degree from the illustrious, James Madison College. While at MSU, she was heavily involved in student life with the mission to improve quality of life, especially for marginalized students. There she was on the leadership board of the Stonewall Society, United Madison Multicultural Association, and WEB DuBois Society, as well Chair in Student Senate. She sat on the Inclusion Committee for JMC, and the MSU Undergraduate University Academic Hearing Board. She also loved to volunteer and aid her college in anyway, especially within the admissions and recruitment office with event coordination. Always knowing she wanted to work in the educational field, she wanted a holistic look, so she interned at the Michigan Fitness Foundation (Safe Routes to School), US Department of Education, and taught both in after school care and throughout the traditional learning day. This provided Gerena with the critical thinking skills she has to analyze different stakeholders and functions of education. Gerena is now with us at the University of Georgia for her MPA degree with a certification in Education Diversity. During her time at UGA she plans on conducting research regarding external and internal impacts on urban education. She is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Stampers Scholar Program within the Division of Academic Enhancement unit. While in this role, and as a student, Gerena plans on contributing to student life improving and sustaining resources for marginalized students. After graduating, Gerena hopes to start her next journey within a doctorate program for Education Leadership.