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. 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. While DGS academic advisors continue to be a primary resource for all matters related to academic course planning, academic progress, and major exploration, 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 one on-one at the DGS advising center and other campus locations, in group sessions with other students of similar backgrounds, and through campus events throughout the year.

 

Quad

“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

   

OMSA Academic Support Program Specialist
Eugene Moore
Eugene Moore

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Master of Education in Human Resources, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Policy

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.

Email Eugene

OMSA Graduate Mentors
Jaime Camargo
Jaime Camargo

Education

  • Northern Illinois University: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Current Program: Master of Education, Higher Education Concentration

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Celinda Davis
Celinda Davis

Education

  • Knox College: Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Current Program: Master of Education in Higher Education

Hometown

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois