OMSA Mentors

The Division of General Studies partners with the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) to host on-site mentors for select undeclared students.

OMSA mentorship is intended for freshmen who are admitted through the Educational Opportunities Program or President's Award Program or selected based on departmental criteria or advisor recommendations.  Mentor assignments are typically made at the start of the academic year.  The focus of the mentor-mentee relationship is positive encouragement, campus engagement, personal growth, and transitional success to the university environment.

Students may meet with their mentor in a variety of ways:

  • one-on-one at the DGS advising center and other campus locations
  • group sessions with other students of similar backgrounds
  • campus events throughout the year 

Students assigned a mentor will be notified by email early in the semester and are strongly encouraged to schedule and connect with their mentor as early and often as possible.  DGS academic advisors continue to be a primary resource for all matters related to academic course planning, academic progress, and major exploration. OMSA mentors are an invaluable complement to the services provided by DGS academic advising.

Meet your OMSA Academic Specialists and Mentors

Prince F. Robertson, M.S. Ed.

Academic Support Programs Specialist

Education

Associates in Arts
Delta College

Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Saginaw Valley State University

Master of Science in Education, Higher Education
Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)

Hometown

New York, NY/Saginaw, MI

Best Part of My Job

Being able to mentor to students and making a positive difference in their lives. 

Interests

Spirituality, family time, basketball, and performance arts. 


Andrea Camarena

Graduate Mentor

Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Spanish
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hometown 

Aurora, IL

Best Part of My Job

I love that I get to be a part of the journey to success that students embark on while at the University of Illinois. Each of them has unique qualities that they offer our community so I enjoy watching them develope socially, academically, and professionally. 

Interests

Traveling, frisbee golfing, watching basketball, running, and long walks. 


Eugene Moore

Graduate Mentor

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Communication
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Education in Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership (in progress)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Best Part of My Job

I love serving students as it provides a constant reminder of those who helped me to accomplish my goals both professionally and personally. Academic coaching and mentorship is an invaluable asset to students as it minimizes the vastness of the University of Illinois coupled with its inherent passion to give back.

Interests

Loves to travel

Email Eugene

 


Kurby Velez

Graduate Mentor

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Anthropology
The Univeristy of Iowa

Masters of Social Work (in progress)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hometown

Brooklyn, NY

Best Part of My Job

The best part of my job is supporting students as they learn, grow, and develop on campus. I enjoy being able to be a person of support on such a large campus and seeing students thrive, become leaders on campus, and in the community at large. 

Interests

Spending time with friends, reading, watching movies, and traveling whenever I can!


Student Testimonials

“My OMSA Mentor was my main source of advice and encouragement throughout my entire Freshman year and his advice then and now continues to push me to always excel towards my aspirations.” Zaid Hameed, Class of 2017

“Having an OMSA Mentor helped me find my niche on this campus. The relaxed environment and having someone to talk to about school and other topics is always nice. This program is definitely an experience that I would recommend to every freshman!” London Thomas, Class of 2017