Dean’s Office Staff

McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office Staff
Professor Rita Kiki Edozie

Rita Kiki Edozie, Interim Dean, McCormack Graduate School, and Professor of Global Governance

Rita “Kiki” Edozie received her PhD in politics from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and for over 20 years, has been a teacher-scholar as well as an academic administrator of graduate education and undergraduate studies at Columbia University and more recently at Michigan State University where, as professor of international relations, she has been recognized for her scholarly productivity, teaching excellence, and outstanding community service. Edozie has authored eight books and several journal articles and book chapters in global development and African affairs. As interim Dean, Kiki is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the College. In collaboration with the college’s leadership and faculty, she shapes the College’s future and articulates a compelling vision that will inspire engagement and financial support from external audiences. Internally, she encourages collaboration and continuous improvement, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student success and support of faculty in research, scholarship, and creative activity. She encourages and supports a community committed to challenging oppression that is based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, ability, location in the academic hierarchy, and other forms of oppression, creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

Assistant Dean of Budget and Operations, Carlos Henriquez

Carlos Henriquez, Assistant Dean for Budget and Operations


Rashelle Straker

Rashelle A. Straker, Director of Academic Programs and Events

Rashelle Straker is an alumna of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor's in fine art, concentrating in photography, art administration, cultural appropriation and representation of the Caribbean Diaspora, and the use of art as self-preservation. For the past 12 years, Rashelle has made a commitment as a higher education professional covering multiple aspects such as academic programs, events management, marketing, and recruitment. She has used her educational training and creative and leadership skills with acquired institutional knowledge to maintain and assist in the evolution of educational programs and students' experiences at reputable academic organizations. As the Director of Academic Programs and Events, she works closely with the dean, associate dean, department chairs and directors, faculty, staff, students, and university leaders in supporting the college’s academic affairs and programming responsibilities. Additionally, she supports the planning, promoting, executing, and evaluating for all events while providing guidance and support to the college’s 14 research institutes and 3 academic departments.

Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Diaz, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Liz Diaz has worked at the University of Massachusetts Boston for almost 25 years in several departments and colleges on campus in many capacities. She joined the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies in 2010. In her role as Executive Assistant to the Dean, she is responsible for a wide range of complex organizational, administrative, and professional duties. She provides support to the dean through schedule and calendar coordination, communication with University leaders and external entities, correspondence preparation and management, and various executive office support activities and special projects.

Jack Li

Jack Li, Program Assistant

Jack Li is currently an MBA student at UMass Boston and holds a bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston in Management (with specializations in marketing and information systems). He has been a part of the MGS Dean’s Office since 2017. In his role as a program assistant, Jack serves as an MGS dean’s office web editor in updating and maintaining the MGS websites, newsletters, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and the McCormack Speaks Blog. He works closely with the Director of Academic Programs and Events in planning community outreach initiatives, event logistics, college communications, and promotional/recruitment activities to help make UMass Boston a more dynamic and vibrant campus. With his interest in one day working for the municipal government, Jack hopes to help government organizations take on new and innovative approaches to marketing.


Christopher Brindley, IT Specialist
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Chris has provided technical support to the McCormack Graduate School's faculty, staff, and students for 12 years. Previously, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a historical writer for The Canton Journal, Stoughton Journal, and The Sharon Advocate. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, he worked as a Microsoft certified Operating Systems Support and Networking trainer.

Jamie Tull Jamie Tull, College Business Coordinator
Robert Turner

Robert Turner, Research Fellow

Bob Turner is a Research Fellow at the McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office. He helps with public relations and communications initiatives, which includes organizing and managing elements of the annual Robert Wood Lectureship and public debates for candidates running for office. He previously worked as the Deputy Editor of The Boston Globe's editorial page and State House Bureau Chief and was an op ed columnist for 15 years. He is a graduate of Columbia College and holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School.