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Yvonne Akinyi

Yvonne Akinyi



Master of Science in Education;College Student Personnel Administration, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Illinois State University 

Professional Background

How long have you been doing what you do?

I started as an Academic Advisor at SIUE in May, 2018.

How long have you been at SIUE?

This position is my first professional position at SIUE! I was a Graduate Assistant withing the LoveJoy Library and Student Opportunity for Academic Results(SOAR) Program.

How did you get here?

I went to Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina and then I transfered to Illinois State University where I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science(December 2015). After which, I got the opportunity to continue my education at SIUE. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Education in May 2018.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I am most passionate about helping students, especially transfer students and exploratory students from every walk of life with diverse capabilities. Access to higher education is something that I grew up thinking about and to be in a position to connect students to various resources withing the SIUE community and at large is one of the greatest opportunities I have had the honor of being part of.

What do you love most about working at SIUE?

I am tremendously happy to work with all the students that I have gotten to work with as well as every individual that is part of the SIUE Community! 

What are your primary duties in your current position?

I have the great opportunity of meeting with students and connecting them with resources throughout the SIUE community. I also have conversations with students about their plan of study, current and future courses as they navigate the University and transition into their majors. 

Personal Information

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as volunteering around the Metro area communities.

Where did you grow up?
 Bloomington, IL

Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about? Any non-profits you love? 
 Currently Metro East Humane Society

Organizations and Highlights

I am a member of the College Student Personnel Administration Honor Society, Chi Sigma Alpha

I am also a member of NACADA

I was the graduate speaker for Black Graduation for the May 2018 graduating class.

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