Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Karim Garcia is a highly accomplished and driven graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Higher Education Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies from Rhodes College and is fluent in Spanish and English. With expertise in various data analysis tools, including STATA, SQL, Tableau, and Microsoft PowerBI, Karim has contributed to several successful projects and initiatives throughout his career. Karim’s experience includes serving as a Higher Education Research and Policy Analyst for the Tennessee Board of Regents. She analyzed and collected data to support the academic success of community college students in Tennessee. She also served as an Education and Childhood Development Policy Consultant for Seeding Success, designing and evaluating programs to improve socioeconomic conditions in Memphis and Shelby County. Additionally, Karim worked as an OST Assistant Project Manager for AmeriCorps, where she implemented revitalized literacy development programs in 20 Out-of-School Time (OST) community partners. Karim has received numerous accolades for her achievements, including the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Scholarship, in which she served 10+ hours/week doing community service and leadership at non-profits throughout the greater Memphis area. She was also a Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist at Rhodes College and worked on writing policy memos in equity and education.


Bachelors of Arts | Rhodes College | 2022 | Economics and International Studies


As a Bonner Scholar, my undergraduate degree focused on leadership, service, and social justice. During my undergraduate years, I was challenged to connect my academic studies, personal beliefs, leadership skills, and service philosophy to real-life organizations and situations. Studying Economics and International Studies and participating in the Bonner Scholars community service and social-justice program have allowed me to see most policymakers and policies’ disconnect from on-the-ground life experience. My academic courses have given me a profound understanding of the political system and the analytical skills needed to be an effective leader. At the same time, the Bonner program helped me learn to be an empathetic, understanding leader who sees beyond policies. I learned that education policy goes beyond funding formulas and graduation rates. It affects all youth development and has a lasting impact on individuals and institutions. Education policy reform is possible, and more listening and compassion can improve the lives of all students.

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Career Goals

I aim to service doing research and data analytics to underprivileged communities in the South. My immigrant experience has inspired me to work in service to those students in education who are often looked over. Upon completion of my master’s program, I hope to be working on my doctorate in education policy.


Relevant Work Experience

Higher Education Research and Policy Analyst – Tennessee Board of Regents
Education & Childhood Development Policy Consultant – Seeding Success
Data Analyst Intern – KIPP Memphis Academy Middle

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Scholarship | 2018 – 2022

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist | 2022

Dean’s List | 2018 – 2022

Alpha Alpha Alpha Honors Society | 2023

Research Interests

Emerging Hispanic Schools, Mixed Methods in Higher Education, Discrimination in Higher Education, Higher Education Funding for HSI/HBCU