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Pavithra Suresh (she/her/hers)

Associate Director of Assessment

  • Institutional Research and Assessment


Pavithra Suresh (pah-VIH-thraa soo-RAYSH) is a social scientist and scholar pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at George Mason University. Her research and professional interests focus on creating meaningful, intentional, and intersectional access and inclusion across different types of institutions. Pavithra utilizes comprehensive qualitative methodologies, including surveying, interviewing, focus groups, and ethnography, in her work.

Pavithra's love for data-driven storytelling, student-centered learning outcomes, and minority-serving institutions led her to her current position as the Associate Director for Assessment with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Her primary function in this role is managing campus-wide surveys, including Course Evaluations and the Graduating Student Exit Survey. She also supports with the facilitation of the Howard Annual Assessment Process (HAAP) for all academic and administrative units. She is passionate about recognizing the vibrant diversity of the Howard community and using assessment as a tool to continuously improve access and equity in the institution. 

Education & Expertise



Cultural Studies
George Mason University
Expected: 2024


International & Intercultural Communication
American University


International Studies
Hollins University