Associate Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
University of Michigan
Catalina Ormsby is Associate Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan. Among her core responsibilities, she develops academic programming and strategies for recruiting and engaging diverse students in programs such as community college transfer student initiatives. She is passionate about serving underrepresented students and providing them with tools and resources to maximize their potential while learning skills necessary for navigating their academic and social environments during their time on campus and beyond. She teaches an undergraduate course that explores current research in Latino studies at the University of Michigan. She serves as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Social Work where she teaches a graduate course designed to give graduate students a foundation in the awareness and knowledge for understanding diversity and social justice issues through dialogue. In addition, Catalina is involved with campus climate initiatives and is committed to fostering inclusive and welcoming environments for students. Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Financial Analyst for the College of Literature Science and the Arts Dean’s Office and served as the business manager for the National Center for Institutional Diversity. She attended the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and finished her bachelor’s degree with honors at Eastern Michigan University. She received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. She is particularly interested in access to higher education, adaption, and retention of students of color.