MSP Announces New Director

Rosa Githiora announced as director of Student Affairs multicultural services and programs

Rosa Githiora has been named director of Student Affairs multicultural services and programs at the University of Georgia.

Githiora will serve as a key campus leader in efforts to foster a more inclusive, welcoming and equitable community for students at UGA. She will report to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michele Howard and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs.

In this role, she will provide departmental leadership, management and oversight for the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs, as well as serve as a visible campus resource and partner for faculty, staff and administrators.

In addition to serving as a primary point of contact and mentor for students, particularly those from underrepresented populations, Githiora will lead efforts to provide dynamic learning activities, programs, and dialogues that engage the campus community and foster shared understanding.

Specifically, she will oversee advisement for 13 multicultural student organizations and direct The Intersection, a campus hub for student dialogue, community building and multicultural education. Additionally, she will work with student organizations and campus departments to coordinate annual events, cultural heritage month celebrations and campus-wide programming that enrich the campus climate and foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusion.

Githiora brings unique expertise in diversity and inclusion, previously serving as director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Stratus Group Consultants, a Diaspora board member for the Center for Health Advocacy Network Gender and Education (CHANGE) in Nairobi, Kenya, and in leadership roles at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Akron.

She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology from Saint Francis University, as well as a master of public administration with a specialization in non-profit management from the University of Akron. She also holds a Ph.D. in urban studies and public affairs from the University Akron.

Githiora’s appointment is effective July 16.