Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Kimberly M. Lopez (She/Her/Ella) graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. She is a first-generation college student and who is from Cumming, GA.

During her undergraduate years she was a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, inc., University Housing, SPIA Ambassadors, and volunteered in the Athens community. As President of Lambda Theta Alpha Chapter at UGA, she helped raised funds for St. Jude research hospital and their high school scholarship called “La Mujer Universal”. She was awarded the fall 2019 Principles Award for unity for her work in leadership, and sisterhood initiatives.

Working for University Housing, Kimberly was able to find her voice in activism. As a one of twelve C.L.A.S.S Advocates in housing, her role was to advocate for underrepresented students and programmed events catered to the education of diversity and equity for all. For her dedication to University Housing and her residents, she won the Dr. Kwoshki Community Developer Award.

As a graduate student, she helped cofound the School of Public and International Affairs Honor Society of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. A student organization whose mission is to uphold the values of diversity, advocacy, and mentorship. She was also involved on the national level of Lambda Theta Alpha as a committee member of the National Political Education Initiative Committee. There she created and assisted on national membership press releases that covered Black Lives Matter movement, immigration issues and initiatives, and voter resources.

Education

University of Georgia Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
University of Georgia Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion

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Relevant Work Experience

Kimberly has interned at the Governor’s office of Policy, assisting in educational policy work and initiatives. Most recently, she has interned for the City of Decatur as their Equity and Inclusion intern. Where she collected data for the city on demographics of all city employees and assisted the city employee led Equity team. She plans on continuing her work with diversity and equity in either the local, state, or federal level after graduation.