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Taylor CainAssistant Dean of Students and Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service UGA Student AffairsEngagement, Leadership and Service
Taylor Cain is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service (ELS) where she leads a team in the direction and promotion of student engagement at UGA. The ELS portfolio includes student activities, student organizations, community engagement and service, leadership development, student government, and student media initiatives in the mission of amplifying the UGA collegiate experience. She also serves as the primary advisor for the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Circle Coordinator (advisor) for Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK).
Joining the University of Georgia in 2013, Taylor first worked directly with student organizations and has since served in several roles to include overseeing student activities and the programming board, student governance organizations, and first-year and transfer student experience initiatives. Over the course of her career, she has planned, executed, or consulted on thousands of events to include those with attendance of nearly ten thousand. In 2016, Taylor spearheaded the creation of a welcome experience later named Welcome UGA encompassing hundreds of events in the first six weeks of the fall and spring semesters.
Taylor also currently serves as the Foundation Ambassador for NASPA (Student Affairs Professional in Higher Education) Region III and as a National At-Large Governor on the University of South Carolina Alumni Association Board of Governors. She has previously served as the Georgia State Co-Director for NASPA Region III. Her research and professional interest areas include supervision and organizational management, college student voter and civic engagement, and student engagement.
Taylor holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from UGA’s College Student Affairs Administration program.