Meet Our Staff

Diversity Center Executive Director

Kerry PoynterKerry

Kerry has over a dozen years of experience working with LGBTQA students in higher education. His experiences include numerous educational interventions and dialogues intersecting sexual orientation, gender, race, faith, etc. His research and writing interests include the development of heterosexual allies of LGBTQ people.

(217) 206-6333

Coordinator of Programs and Outreach for Hispanic/Latino Students

Sophia Gehlhausen AndersonSophia

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.

(217) 206-8184

Coordinator for Diverse Student Programing

Justin RoseMr. Rose

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.



(217) 206-6333


Graduate AssistantDaniel Aguilar

Daniel Aguilar

Daniel Aguilar is a first year graduate student in the Political Science program. He is a first generation student from Chicago as well as a mentor in the Necessary Steps program. In his spare time he loves to go out and practice his archery skills and play with his two fuzzy ferrets!


Graduate AssistantMalayzja

Malayzja Anderson







MeganDiversity Center Student Worker

Megan Turner