Chad R. Mandala (he/him) serves as the Director for the Pride Center in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to becoming a Dawg, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech and the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University before transitioning into his current role at UGA. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and in ACPA – College Student Educators International.