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Gina Lee-Olukoya, Ph.D.

  • Director
  • Advisor, Organization Fund Advisory Board

Email: golukoya@illinois.edu

Education

  • B.S. Political Science, Ball State University
  • M.A. Student Personnel Services, University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Illinois State University

GALLUP CliftonStrengths – Top 5

  • Ideation
  • Strategic
  • Learner
  • Relator
  • Positivity

About Me

Gina Lee-Olukoya is a student affairs professional who specializes in facilitating out of classroom experiences across multiple higher education platforms. Arriving at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 to serve as an Associate Dean of Students, Gina provided supervision to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Veteran Student Support Services, Tenant Union, and New Student Programs, as well as supporting the Student Assistance area for students in crisis. With a division realignment, in 2019, Gina became the Director of Student Engagement a department to enhance co-curricular experiences for students in the journey towards success. Prior to Illinois, Gina served as Director of the Center for Student Leadership at Wichita State University, Assistant Director of Student life at Illinois State University, and Coordinator of Greek Affairs at Longwood College.

Gina’s professional passions are contributing to the knowledge of the profession and preparing others to find joy in their work with students. She has taught graduate level courses on the Foundations of Student Personnel Administration and the History of Higher Education. Additionally, she currently serves as co-chair of the division of student affairs, Professional Development Committee. She has presented at the NASPA Mid-level Institute, NASPA Annual Conference, and the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference. She also has served as Senior Fellow for the Interfraternity Institute, in addition to consulting with campuses to address hazing prevention. In 2019, Gina received the Fraternal Excellence Award from Fraternity Executives Association (FEA).

Gina is a scholar-practitioner who studies hazing involving African American women in historically Black Greek lettered organizations, in addition to how African American women utilize their sorority experience to negotiate issues of gender and race. Gina has authored a recent chapter in Hazing: Destroying Lives entitled, Unspoken Sisterhood: Women in African American Sororities -Weeding the Good from the Bad.

Gina has been a board member of the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) and volunteered with the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA) and NASPA IV-East. She has served on the board of directors of Hazing Prevention.Org, and previously directed the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention. Currently she serves as a as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

As an active member of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and current member of the Champaign Urbana Alumnae Chapter. Gina has served her sorority as chapter Risk Management Coordinator, Chapter Advisor, receiving the Midwest Advisor of the Year Award in 2018, and Midwest trainer for Membership Intake and Delta Internal Development.

Two words that describe Gina are “Ever Hopeful”. Gina is passionate about the arts, entertaining, and is a dynamic home chef!

Responsibilities

  • Administration of Student Engagement Department
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