Teryl Brewster (Education Specialist) 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.
Joycelyn Landrum-Brown (Program Coordinator) earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University in 1984. She teaches in Educational Psychology and is a Program Coordinator overseeing the intergroup dialogue courses offered through OIIR’s Diversity & Social Justice Education unit. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, she was the director of the Educational Program on Cultural Awareness at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional interests include educating on the intersections of social identities, whiteness studies, and social justice issues related to power, privilege and marginalization. In addition to her work in university settings, over the years she has worked as a consultant with a variety of business, educational, and faith-based organizations.
Joe Minarik, MSW, MPP (Education Specialist) has been a social work practitioner for many years, focusing on anti-oppression and social justice education in communities, organizations and in higher education settings. He is a coordinator for the Program on Intergroup Relations dialogue program, which offers courses to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). These courses focus on various social identity categories, including race, disability status, socioeconomic class, political ideology, and resisting marginalization. He is also a Social Work doctoral candidate, with a research focus on state-level direct lobbying policy advocacy and policy advocacy training design. He is an adjunct lecturer at UIUC’s School of Social Work, teaching research methods to social work graduate and undergraduate students, and policy advocacy to MSW students. Joe has also been named a Teaching Academy Fellow for Universal Design in Learning by of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at UIUC.
Ross Wantland (Director) is a farm-raised social justice and violence prevention educator. He received his Master’s in Education in Educational Policy Studies and BS in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies, all at the University of Illinois. Since 2009 he has worked as the Director of Diversity and Social Justice Education. Prior to this, he worked for eight years with sexual assault prevention at the Women's Resources Center. Before working at the University, Ross worked in both rape crisis and domestic violence centers, and co-founded Men Against Sexual Violence. In his spare time, Ross enjoys gardening. He lives in Champaign with his partner, their beautiful boy, and one ornery cat.