Daramola Abina, Academic Success Coach & STARS Coordinator

College Access and Retention has always been my passion. This passion stems from working as a College Advisor with the Illinois College Advising Corps. As a College Advisor within a Chicago Public High School, I worked to increase the number of first-generation college going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. Simply put ” I help you finish what you started” every student deserves access to quality education.  As the STARS Student Success Coach, I coordinate Summer Bridge, meet with students regularly to ensure continued academic success, develop programming for monthly mentoring program.  I hold my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration. I hold a lot of my success to the quality education I received from UIS. UIS is truly a place that develops today’s leaders. I enjoy working out watching anything on Netflix’s and listening to all genres of music.

Oasis 6

Tarah Sweeting- Trotter, Senior Director of Advising and Learning Support Services & STARS Coordinator

I live in Springfield with my husband and three children. I have been with UIS since 2008 with 10 years of experience in higher education. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English from MacMurray College, a Master’s Degree in English from UIS, and a Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University. I have taught in various departments across campus including English, Capital scholars Honors, Sociology/Anthropology, and Women and Gender Studies. I have also worked as an advisor and as the coordinator of STARS living-learning community and the UIS Summer Bridge Program. When I am not working, I enjoy recreational and competitive running, watching and coaching my children’s athletic activites and reading.