At the beginning of her education and career, Garcia always noticed how she was one of only a few women in the room — if not the only one. She knew she had to change this statistic.
After graduating from UF, Garcia joined the Gator Club in Tampa, where she was only one of four women in the club of 100 men. Her and fellow female club members sought out board positions, despite the lack of diversity in the organization
“I often was the only woman in the room,” Garcia said.
Later, when Garcia joined the UF Alumni Association board it was a small board she was probably the only woman. Garcia and the board knew they had to better represent the students and they grew the board to become more inclusive.
When Garcia became president of the UF Alumni Association years later, she was the second female president in 90 years, she said. Twenty-five years later, ten women have served as UFAA board presidents. Garcia still continues to advocate for diversity and inclusion in all settings, as she did decades prior for the UF alumni groups.