The Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives - Staff

 

Director ( Vacant) 

 

 

Letitia Tajuba, MA.

(She/Her) 

Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment  

Letitia Tajuba is joining the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives as the new Assistant Director for Outreach and Recruitment from the Pennsylvania State University-University Park. Originally from Wichita, Kansas. Tajuba's career spans from National Service, K-12 Education, Residential Education Programming and Leadership to Curriculum Development, to name a few. Her expertise falls within student advocacy, institutional knowledge, and building rapport with students, staff, and faculty. Tajuba's praxis is working with all students to gain a sense of belonging and enjoys helping educate people about the progression and matriculation of Black Students in K-12, Undergrad, and Graduate careers. Tajuba, is passionate for the empowerment of Black Women and Girls in the world of Education.

 

Before joining CGPDI, Tajuba worked at the Pennsylvania State University-University Park as a Residential Education Specialist. Tajuba has worked at various institutions such as the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, and Michigan State University, respectively. Letitia likes to cook, listen to music (Hip Hop/Rap), and explore Lexington as her new home in her free time.

Education: 

Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Bachelors of Art in History and Leadership Studies and Programs

Graduate: the University of San Francisco, Masters of Art in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Graduate: the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, Graduate Certificate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Email: letitia.tajuba@uky.edu

Office Location: Kentucky Clinic, Suite 307A 

 

Elizabeth Harris-Medina, M.S. Ed.

(She/Her)

 

Assistant Director of Retention and Campus Engagement

Elizabeth Harris-Medina is the Assistant Director for Retention and Campus Engagement in the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives at the University of Kentucky. Originally from Jalisco, Mexico and Marshalltown, Iowa, Ely has been a Kentucky native since 2014. She completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies, Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies. She then completed a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Kentucky in 2016. Her work around education has varied from working an after school literacy program, retention for first year students, diversity and inclusion work, college classroom instruction, to now working with graduate and professional students. Her expertise fall within curriculum development, student programing and student retention, among various other program evaluations. She is passionate about working with all students to create access and a sense of belonging in educational institutions, and enjoys helping educate people about the Latino/a/x student experience and development. She is currently completing a Ph.D. degree in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, where she will explore research in Diversity and Inclusion, specifically in the Latino/a/x community.

 

Before joining CGPDI, Ely served as an Assistant Director for Service and Community Engagement in Office of Student Organizations and Activities at the University of Kentucky since 2017. She also co-advised DanceBlue and helped lead various university events, such as Circle of Love. Prior to coming back to the University of Kentucky, she served as the Latino Outreach Coordinator for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College System. Ely has gained experience working in higher education through her various roles within state universities and private institutions. She loves to do her work in English and en Español. Her main goal is to provide access and opportunity to quality education to everyone. In her free time, Ely likes to travel and hike the outdoors with her husband Ben and dog Parker.

 

Education:

Undergraduate: the University of Iowa, Bachelors of Art in Spanish, Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies, Minor in Latin American Studies

Graduate: the University of Kentucky, Masters of Science in Higher Education in E.P.E.

Current: the University of Kentucky, Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation

 

Email: Elizabeth.harrismedina@uky.edu

Office Location: Kentucky Clinic, Suite 307A

 

Tammy Gross

(She/Hers)

Administrative Support Associate

Tammy is an integral part of CGPDI. She supports the director and staff as an office manager. Tammy has been a UK employee for seventeen years and earned her bachelor’s degree in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment in Community Leadership Development Magna Cum Laude in 2018! She has attained a Graduate Certificates in Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion and is currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts Graduate Certificate program.

 

Education:

Undergraduate: The University of Kentucky. Bachelors, Agriculture, Food, and Environment in Community Leadership Development

Graduate Certificate: Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion, The University of Kentucky

Current: Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies, at the University of Kentucky

 

Email:tammy.gross@uky.edu

Office Location: Ezra Gillis Building Suite 10