Meet Our Staff
Coordinator of Programs and Outreach for Hispanic/Latino Students
Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson
Sophia became the Coordinator of Programs and Outreach for Hispanic and Latino students at UIS in February of 2014. Previously, she lived in Honduras for fourteen years where she taught high school sciences for eight years and, more recently, served as General Manager of Fundación Adelante, a non-profit institution dedicated to empowering Honduran women through microfinance and education. Sophia is passionate about social justice and education and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Hispanic/Latino students, traditionally underrepresented in higher education, in her home state of Illinois.
Coordinator for Diverse Student Programing
Justin was one of the founders of the Black Male Collegiate Society, an organization that promotes leadership on campus and connects to the community through a strong public service commitment. He was a student mentor for the Necessary Steps Program for first generation students, and a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister of Illinois – Capital Region. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication from UIS in 2012 and a master’s degree in Public Administration from UIS in 2014.
Samaryia is a first year graduate student in the Communication program. She is a first generation student from Chicago as well as a mentor in the Necessary Steps program.
Diversity Center Student Worker