staff

Teryl Brewster (Interim Director of Programming) holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in Computer Science and Religious studies and a Masters in Sociology, both from Western Illinois University. Her professional experience includes eight years of working with underrepresented minority students at the University of Illinois in the area of advocacy and mentoring. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus in evaluating retention and transition programs for minority students at predominately White institutions. Starting her college career as a first generation, low income non-traditional college student, Teryl has a strong interest in improving the climate of higher education institutions. Teryl oversees the I-Journey Workshops on Request and the Social Justice Educators.

Chris McConkey (Office Support Specialist) holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois  Urbana-Champaign.  After working in the community mental health field for over 20 years, she is happy to return to the Illinois campus, providing office support for Diversity & Social Justice Education.

Elizabeth Moscoso Anderson (Graduate Assistant - OMSA/OIIR, Diversity & Social Justice Education) holds a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Psychology from UW-La Crosse and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois.  She spent the last few years practicing as a School Social Worker in Champaign, and is currently working toward a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Education - English.  Elizabeth's missioin is to become an engaging, effective, and equitable teacher in a secondary or university setting who empowers young people to grow in their personal development and advance their skills to create positive change.

Michelle Naese (Program Coordinator) holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was a peer educator throughout her undergraduate years and has participated in a majority of our programs as both student and staff member. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked on a few research projects in the Psychology department and joined our staff full-time in August 2021.

Andy Woolsey (Office Support Assistant) holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Bradley University.  Andy spent a few years in the customer service industry before returning to administrative work and joining Diversity Educatioin in July 2020.  The experience has come in surprisingly handy in their much more enjoyable office support role.