Membership Spotlight - Stacey Kalima

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Monday, June 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

Stacey Kalima

Recruitment Coordinator, Indiana University School of Social Work

Indianapolis, IN

Education:  BA from Indiana University in Psychology/Sociology/Certificate in Non-Profit Management, MA in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago, MA.ED – Adult Education from University of Phoenix, EdD in Higher Education and Student Affairs/Minor in Global Studies (currently attending – expected to complete in 2024)

Stacey Kalima is the Recruitment Coordinator at Indiana University School of Social Work, where she has been employed for the last four years. Stacey has a variety of credentials to her name (in higher education, social work and non-profit management) and has worked in enrollment management for 7 years. While her title at IU may seem simple, her job is far from that. Stacey recruits for 7 campuses statewide for bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs. She is continuously recruiting new students, fostering relationships, creating and attending events, and developing new mechanisms for tracking and marketing to students. All of this work is personalized for each of the 7 campuses and their individual needs for marketing and outreach.

Thankfully, one of Stacey’s favorite parts of her job is interacting with students. Her goal is to be a part of their “educational trajectory," similar to the way her own education guided her lifelong goals and career. She said, “I participate in commencement every year. I LOVE having the opportunity to see students when they first walk in the door, teaching some via my class, and seeing the joy on their faces when they accomplish their goals and walk across the stage at commencement.” There is little that Stacey would change about her job, though she would like to do more outreach and engagement with international students. She sees a special need for recruiting international students to the School of Social Work and feels she would be successful and fulfilled in doing this.

Stacey sees some challenges currently, and in the future, for the field of Graduate Enrollment Management. One of the biggest challenges she sees is to recognize the unique needs of the graduate student population and appropriately address them. “Graduate students, in the future, will come from far more diverse backgrounds. It will be important for GEM professionals to ensure that they are striving to both attract and retain these students.”

Stacey knew she wanted to be in higher education from a young age. She comes from a low-income, single parent home, and school allowed her to “shed the labels society had given her” and excel. Stacey combines her training in clinical therapy, which she did for several years, with her desire to be sure that education can make a difference in a person’s life. Her therapeutic approach and higher education background make her an excellent GEM professional. When asked what she would do if not higher education she responded by saying “I don’t see myself ever leaving higher education. This is truly my passion.”  

Stacey is somewhat new to the NAGAP scene having attended her first PDI in 2017. after which she became an official member in 2018. She recently submitted an application to serve on a committee for NAGAP and she plans on volunteering as a moderator at the next conference.  

Stacey cites her PDI experience and those she met there as having a significant impact on her higher education career and her pursuit of a doctoral degree in higher education. She cites mentors like Dr. Kathryn Kendall (a previous Membership Monday feature) and Dr. Eva Bachman as helping to inspire and educate her about the benefits of membership and pursuing an advanced degree in the field. They continue to serve as both mentors and friends to Stacey.  Stacey does have some advice for those considering joining NAGAP. “I encourage new GEM professionals to network and use resources such as NAGAP to increase your professional proficiency. Utilizing veterans in the profession can assist new GEM professionals in learning, confidence, and professional development.”

In addition to NAGAP, Stacey holds memberships with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and with National Deans and Directors of Social Work Admissions (NDDSWA.)

Stacey does in fact have a life outside of higher education.  Of interest is the fact that she is married to a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and she currently serves as the volunteer grant writer for The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation ( Stacey also has three children - a biological five-year old daughter and two native Rwandan children via adoption. Her passion is spending time with her family, but she also loves to travel and read.  

Stacey is a great example of “giving back”. As a first generation college student she realizes the struggles many face to attend college and helps students overcome the hurdles that may exist to achieving educational success. With her combination of therapeutic skills, higher education knowledge, and life experience, Stacey is a wonderful advocate for successfully using education to advance in life.