I Am Marques R. Dexter
Marques R. Dexter is a third-year sport management & policy doctoral student in the department of kinesiology at the University of Georgia. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA., Dexter received his bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management. Later, he graduated from UGA with a master’s degree in kinesiology, specializing in sport management & policy. His research focuses on the racial, athletic, and academic identities of African American male athletes.
Currently, Dexter serves as the graduate assistant for student programs within the Office of Institutional Diversity. Under this role, Dexter is the program coordinator for the Georgia African American Male Experience program, a University System of Georgia African American Male Initiative grant-funded program. Additionally, Dexter is directly in charge of the planning and implementation of the office's Movimiento Latino program. The purpose of the daylong event is to encourage admitted Latino students to commit to the University of Georgia.
Before embarking on the doctoral journey, Dexter spent six years as an assistant track & field/cross country coach and recruiting coordinator, instructor & academic advisor in physical education, and adjunct instructor in sport management at SUNY Cortland.
Additionally, he was a volunteer coach, recruiting and program coordinator for the track & field/cross country programs at UGA, while completing his master's degree. Known for consistently producing national-level jumpers, Dexter was recognized by his peers as the recipient of the 2013 & 2014 USTFCCCA NCAA DIII Atlantic Region Men's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Dexter's numerous leadership and organizational involvements personify his commitment to serving others. Most importantly, Dexter is passionate about utilizing both his privileged and marginalized identities to highlight issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as being a co-conspirator in the fight for social justice.