Laila Hussein Moustafa

Laila Hussein Moustafa Laila Hussein Moustafa is an Assistant Professor of Library Administration and the Middle East and North Africa subject specialist in the International Area Studies Library. She first came to the United States to attend a Human Rights Advocates Training Program at Columbia University in 1997, and subsequently worked as a consultant with Middle East Watch, and then with Human Rights First. She earned an MA in Near Eastern Studies at New York University, and an MLS at Long Island University in Information Management. She is interested in digitization and archives.


Scott Althaus

scott althaus

Professor Althaus joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1996 with a joint appointment in the departments of Political Science and Communication. He is currently the Charles J. and Ethel S. Merriam Professor of Political Science, Professor of Communication, and Director of the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois. Professor Althaus’s research and teaching interests explore the communication processes that support political accountability in democratic societies and that empower political discontent in non-democratic societies.



Joseph Hinchliffe

joseph hinchliff

Joseph Hinchliffe is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor and an Academic Advisor in the department.





Dan Shalmon

Dan Shalmon

Dan Shalmon is the External Engagement Coordinator with the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Research Assistant and Graduate Student working toward his PhD in Political Science at the University.



Deborah Frank Feinen


Deborah Frank Feinen is the mayor of the city of Champaign, where she has lived for over forty years. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education. She received her Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law, and, in 1992, was admitted into the Illinois Bar. In 1993, she worked at the Illinois Pollution Control Board as a Hearing Officer for four years. In 1998, she joined the Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Mann, P.C. as its first associate, and was named partner in 2001. She joined Tummelson, Bryan, & Knox, LLP as a partner in 2013.  Also in 2013, she was hired as an Impartial Hearing Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education. She lives in Champaign with her husband and two children.


Matthew Roeschley


Matthew Roeschley is the Deputy City Manager to the City of Champaign. Prior to that, Mr. Roeschley was employed by the City of Champaign as an Assistant City Attorney since December 2011. In that capacity, he led the City’s efforts in labor relations and collective bargaining, served as the City’s prosecutor for municipal ordinance violations, and provided legal counsel to City departments on matters ranging from personnel matters and employee discipline to public procurement processes and purchasing contracts.




Jeffery J. Mondak

jeffery mondak

Jeffery J. Mondak is Associate Head for Graduate Programs in the department of Political Science, where he is also a Professor of Political Science. His most recent book is titled “Personality and the Foundations of Political Behavior,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.


Carol Skalnik Leff

Carol Skalnik Leff

Carol Skalnik Leff is an associate Professor of Political Science, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and of LAS Global Studies. Her major research interests are former Soviet/East European domestic and international politics. Currently researching problems of nationalism, and postcommunist transitions. She is the author of National Conflict in Czechoslovakia (Princeton University Press, 1988). She teaches courses on government and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She is also affiliated with the Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is the principal of Centennial High School in Champaign, a position he’s held since 2010. Prior to beginning at Centennial, he was the associate principle at Urbana High School. He was recently named in the Central Illinois Business Magazine’s list of Forty Under 40, where he was honored as a community leader.




Matt Stark

Matthew Stark
Mathew Stark is the principal of Urbana High School.








Brian J. Gaines


Brian J. Gaines is a professor at the University of Illinois, with appointments in the Department of Political Science and at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He received a BA with honors from the University of British Columbia and AM and PhD degrees from Stanford University. Most of his research deals with elections, electoral rules, and public opinion.




Gordon Hulten

gordon hulten

Gordon Hulten is the Champaign County Clerk, a position he has held since 2011. As a bipartisan leader in the community, Gordy Hulten has worked with both parties on the Champaign County Board to earn unanimous support for numerous legislative priorities. He has also served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve. Gordy is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois, and lives in Champaign with his wife and their two children.


Richard J. Winkel

Richard Winkel

A former state senator, Richard Winkel is the director of Office of Public Leadership at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Winkel manages, designs and develops executive leadership programs for more than 400 experienced and newly elected state and local public officials each year. Additionally, Winkel practiced law in the Champaign-Urbana area for 23 years.





Andrew D. Leipold

andrew leipold

Professor Andrew Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, graduated summa cum laude in public relations from Boston University. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1992 and recently served as associate dean for Academic Affairs. Professor Leipold writes in the area of criminal law and procedure and has served as a consultant to various law organizations.





Steven Beckett

beckettsProfessor Steven Beckett is the director of Trial Advocacy at the College of Law. He teaches skills training courses in trial advocacy and client counseling, fact investigation and interviewing (CFI), and teaches substantive law courses in evidence and white collar crime. He has been on the faculty of the College of Law since 1987. Professor Beckett is a native of Urbana and is currently of counsel to the Urbana firm, Beckett & Webber, P.C. that he founded in 1988.




Michael Doyle

michael doyle

Michael Doyle is the Executive Director at the University YMCA, a position he has served in since 2008.





Deborah Halperin


Deborah Halperin is the Director of the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University. In her role, she facilitates community-university partnerships, assists faculty with co-curricular service learning projects and teaches courses in community-based research and grant writing. Deborah serves on the Board of Directors for Milestones Early Learning Center and Preschool and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project.





Faranak Miraftab

Faranak Miraftab, professor of urban & regional planning

Faranak Miraftab is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As an urban scholar of globalization, her scholarship is situated at the intersection of geography, planning, and feminist studies, using case study and ethnographic methodologies. In 2014 she was named a University Scholar, a prestigious award the University of Illinois bestows on its faculty for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.


Mikhail Lyubansky

Mikhail Lyubansky

Mikhail Lyubansky is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate-level seminar on restorative justice. His research and writing interests include restorative justice and racial/ethnic group relations. He is a regular contributor to anthologies on popular culture, and is a co-editor of a recently-released volume titled Toward a Socially-Responsible Psychology For a Global Era.




Rachel Storm

Rachel Storm

Rachel Lauren Storm serves as an Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center. Rachel’s responsibilities include most of the planning, development and implementation of programs and events at the women’s center. She also works with volunteers and interns as well as assisting student, campus and community organizations on collaboration and co-sponsorships. She is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having earned her B.A. in International Studies/Gender Studies and her M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership. Currently pursuing her PhD. her research examines relationships of power between the State, NGOs, and grassroots feminist organizing in Ecuador.



Sara Balgoyen

Sara Balgoyen

Sara Balgoyen is the Executive Director at the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (IBARJ), with 6 years of experience at IBARJ and more than 10+ years of experience managing operations of various businesses. She was previously the Restorative Justice Coordinator with the Champaign Urbana Area Project.






Kathryn Rayford

Kathryn Rayford

Kathryn Rayford is the Director of Training and Program Development at Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, a position she has held since April of 2015. She also works with the South Suburban Stone Soup Project, a community-led initiative founded by IBARJP to foster sustainable restorative justice practices throughout the south suburbs of Chicago to reduce delinquency and increase positive youth development. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having earned her B.S. in Psychology.



Alderman George Cardenas

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Alderman George Cardenas is currently in his fourth term as Alderman of the 12th Ward of the City of Chicago. He is currently the Chair for the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection and the CC Latino Council. He lives with his family in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.






Carol Spindel

Carol Spindel

Carol Spindel is the President of the Champaign County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).








Ken Salo

Ken E. Salo

Ken Salo is a Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, the Center for African Studies, and the Global Studies department. Professor Salo teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental justice, environmental racism, law and international environmental policy, global justice movements, international development and planning, and negotiation and conflict management.




Jen Selin

jselinJen Selin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research interest(s) include Executive Politics, Regulatory Policymaking, and American Institutions. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.






Cabral Bigman-Galimore


Cabral Bigman-Galimore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. Her research and teaching interests include Communication and Health Inequalities, Health Communication, Risk Communication, and Media Effects. She received her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania in the Annenberg School of Communication.


Mike Z. Yao

Mike Z. Yao

Mike Z. Yao is an Associate Professor of Digital Media in the College of Media. Professor Yao’s research focuses on the social and psychological impacts of interactive digital media. He conducts research and writes on a variety of topics such as online behavior, digital literacy, and computer-mediated communication. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.




Marian Huhman

HuhmanMarian Huhman joined the faculty of University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Department of Communication in January 2009 after eight years as a researcher and evaluator of health campaigns at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. During her time at the CDC, she led the outcome evaluation of the VERB campaign. She has published over 20 papers about the VERB campaign. Since joining the Department of Communication at UIUC, she has been teaching a course she developed on social marketing in health contexts. She also teaches a course on interpersonal contexts of health communication.



Elisabeth Bigsby

Elisabeth Bigsby

Elisabeth Bigsby joined the department of Communication in Fall 2013 and studies persuasive health messages with a particular interest in how people perceive and process information. Her overall interest is to understand how health information influences decisions to engage in health-related behaviors. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Georgia.



Mark S. Aber

maberMark Aber is an Associate Professor of Psychology, as well as an Associate Professor with the Ethnography at the University Initiative. His work employs multiple methods (i.e., quantitative and qualitative; survey, interview, ethnographic observation). He received his Ph.D from the University of Virginia.





William C. Barley

William C. Barley

William C. Barley is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research explores the processes enabling individuals from different disciplines to work together to achieve goals they would be unable to achieve alone. Barley’s work focuses on how individuals in organizations design and use technologies to collaborate across knowledge boundaries. He received his Ph.D. in Media, Technology, & Society from Northwestern University.


Enrique Rebolledo


Enrique Rebolledo is the Program Coordinator at the University YMCA. He is also involved in the Sierra Leone YMCA Partnership and the International Service Learning Initiative.



Latrelle Bright

Latrelle Bright

Latrelle Bright is a director, theater maker, and arts advocate. She was previously the program coordinator of the University of Illinois’ Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre program. She has served with various theatre companies throughout the U.S. She received her MFA from the University of Memphis in Theatre (Directing).



Martin Wolske

Martin Wolske

Martin Wolske is a Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. His research explores ways to effectively equip community-based collaborative spaces with information and communications technologies. He received his Ph.D from Rutgers University.






LaTondra Creighton

LaTondra CreightonLaTondra Creighton is the Operations Director with the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. She recently transitioned from the Don Moyer’s Boys & Girls Club, where she was the Elementary Development Coordinator for 6 years. She is a native of the Champaign community.






James D. Anderson

Salute to Academic Achievement, college fair and luncheon at iHotel, September 27, 2013. Portrait of James D. Anderson, professor Education Policy, UI Urbana-Champaign.

James D. Anderson is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education, the Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, the Executive Associate Dean for the College of Education, and affiliate Professor of History. His scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations in the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century.



Jamie Singson

Jamie Singson is the Director of the Native American House, a cultural center dedicated to the educational, cultural, and social needs about Native American cultures on campus and beyond. He has served in this position since 2011. The Native American House is supported by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations.


Gioconda “Gio” Guerra Pérez


Born and raised in Panama, Gioconda became the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina in August 2013, a cultural center dedicated to the educational, cultural, and social needs of Latino/a communities on campus and beyond. Before joining La Casa, she served as visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS), School of Education and as Socio-Cultural specialist for the New Neighbors Center at IUS. Gio has also developed curricula for K-12 schools to work with Latino families and English Language Learners.




David Chih


David Chih has been the Director of the Asian American Cultural Center since its founding in 2005. He came to Illinois in 1998 as Assistant Dean of Students for Asian Pacific American Affairs. He previously worked at the Michigan State University Counseling Center. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and a B.A. in East Asian studies and psychology from Indiana University Bloomington.





Gigi Secuban

Gigi Secuban

Gigi Secuban is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. She provides administrative oversight for the Asian American Cultural Center; Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity and Social Justice Education programs; and the Women’s Resources Center.



Ronald Bailey


Dr. Ronald Bailey is the Department Head and Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Black Studies from Stanford University. He has taught at various universities throughout the US, including Northeastern University, where he chaired the Department of African-American Studies for eight years.




Leslie Morrow

Leslie Morrow is the Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center on campus. She self-identifies as a queer woman of color. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in College Student Personnel, both from Miami University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



Tanya Diaz-Kozlowski

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAeTAAAAJDg4YmIwYjNlLTM5YzYtNDI3NS1hMzU0LTVjMzhlZjlmYzdjNgTanya Diaz-Kozlowski is the Children, Youth, and Families Coordinator with the UP Center of Champaign County. She is an interdisciplinary educator who is deeply committed to the transformative process of teaching and learning. She recently completed her PhD in the Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership Department at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she was a Teaching Assistant in the Latino/a Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies Departments.



Alex Dzurick

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAO5AAAAJDkzMjhkYmNmLWRjZmYtNGRmNi1hNTIwLTM1MjdjNjRkNDYzNAAlex Dzurick is a Member at Large on the board of theUP Center of Champaign County. Alex is also a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, where he studies education policy with a focus on the LGBTQ community’s educational experiences.





Diane Marlin


Diane Marlin is an alderwoman from Urbana’s 7th Ward. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Foods and Nutrition, both from the University of Illinois. She is also a registered dietician, and has 35 years of experience working in serving to the community.




Nkechinyelum A. Chioneso

ChionesoNkechinyelumNkechinyelum A. Chioneso is the Assistant Director of the Psychological Services Center. She earned both an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.





Michael H. Dann

Michael H Dann

Michael H. Dann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. His research Interests include early Islamic history, medieval and modern Islamic thought, Sunnism and Shi’ism, historical memory, and modern Islamic historiography. New to the University, Professor Dan received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2015.




Kye Ewing


Kye Ewing is part of the pastoral team at New Covenant Fellowship in Champaign. He grew up in Champaign, before earning his undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies (with an emphasis in Bible/Theology/Preaching) from Lincoln Christian University. He has also done coursework toward an MA in Theology.



Erez Cohen

ecohenErez Cohen is the Executive Director of the Illini Hillel. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Erez has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. His professional experience includes working in a community center in Tel Aviv, volunteering as a Project Manager in East Africa, serving as the Israel Fellow at UIUC Hillel and fundraising for the Jaffa Institute.




Jonathan H. Ebel

jebelJonathan Ebel specializes in U.S. Religious History. Professor Ebel’s s research involves religion and war, religion and violence, lay theologies of economic hardship all within the American context. He is the author of G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion (Yale, 2015), Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War (Princeton, 2010), and the co-editor with Professor John Carlson of From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (California, 2012). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.



Kim Hodges


Kim Hodges is the Program Director of Social Justice & Leadership Education of the Residential Life staff. She received her Master of Social Work from University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. She develops diversity and multicultural programs as well as intercultural competency trainings with topics ranging from race to faith, sexual orientation and social class. As a trained Intergroup Dialogue facilitator, her practice has a dialogic approach to engaging social justice education.


Joe Thomas


Dr. Joe Thomas is Vice President of Public Outreach and Assistant Professor of History of Christianity at the Urbana Theological Seminary. Dr. Thomas has extensive teaching experience in the field of history and religion. His expertise is in American Evangelical history with a particular interest in Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. His first book, Perfect Harmony: Interracial Churches in Early Holiness-Pentacostalism, 1880-1909, has recently been published.


Betsy Jane Basch

Betsy Jane Basch

Betsy Jane Basch received her doctorate in school psychology from Argosy University/Phoenix in 2012 after receiving her master’s in counseling from the same institution in 2008. She provides services at the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in various areas, including individual and group therapy, academic coaching, neuropsychological testing, and more. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, an independently licensed counselor, a Nationally Credentialed Counselor, and a credentialed school psychologist.


Tina Rolfe

Tina Rolfe

Tina Rolfe is the Academic Accommodations Specialist at the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). She brings her expertise to the Testing Accommodations Center and Rehabilitation Education Center.






Jermaine Raymer

JermaineJermaine Raymer is the Program Director at the PACE Center for Independent Living, an organization run by and for people who have disabilities. He is a graduate of Parkland College and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.







Jonathan Thomas-Stagg

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), a position he has held since 2011. He runs the Building Social Skills support group and the Academic Lab. Dr. Thomas-Stagg is a graduate of the School Psychology program at Illinois State University.






Rachel Graddy

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Dr. Graddy is an occupational therapist who received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, where she created a model of occupational therapy practice regarding students with disabilities in a higher education setting. She began working at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2014, providing occupational therapy services to DRES students.



Paige Lindahl-Lewis


Paige Lindahl-Lewis is a Disability Specialist with DRES, working with Beckwith Residential Support Services to provide student services. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Health with a Concentration in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.







Kim Collins


Kim Collins is the Assistant Director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). Dr. Collins is also an adjunct faculty in Educational Psychology and is involved in training counseling, clinical, and school psychology graduate students and predoctoral interns to work effectively with people with disabilities. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.





Susann Sears

Susann Sears

Susann Sears is the Acting Director of the Beckwith Residential Support Services, a program supported by DRES. She is also a Disability Specialist with the Division. She received her Masters of Education from Iowa State University.






David Thiel

David Thiel is the Content Director with WILL, the public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. He lives in Champaign.


Peter Kuchinke


Peter Kuchinke is a Professor in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) department. Professor Kuchinke’s current research focuses on two areas: The education and training of educators working in human resource development settings in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the world as these professional lead learning initiatives to foster organizational and individual growth and development.





David Michael Rosch

viewphotoDavid Michael Rosch is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Leadership Education in the Agricultural Education Program at the University of Illinois.  His research interests include student personal and interpersonal development in higher education,  assessment of post-industrial leadership skill, and student post-secondary leadership and leadership efficacy development. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Postsecondary Education from Syracuse University.





Barbara J. Ford

15e079fBarbara J. Ford is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of University Library, University of Illinois. From 2003-2014 she was director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2011-2013 she was an appointed member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is one of the founders of the UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship.