We say Illinois, Tameka Phillips (BS '99, animal science) says ... OMSA.
“The Office of Minority Student Affairs at 610 East John was and continues to be a safe haven, a place for students to go and connect outside of the classroom,” says Phillips, formerly of the Smithsonian and now study director at Covance Laboratories of Indianapolis.
“Back in the day, OMSA was the place to be if you wanted to talk to Greta about your financial aid, or to meet up with your graduate student tutor counselor,” says Phillips, who earned her high school diploma at Urbana, then her bachelor’s in animal science from the UI.
“Established in 1968, the Office of Minority Student Affairs at UIUC is one of the longest-running and most comprehensive support programs in the country. Added to that rich history, OMSA continues to provide a wealth of educational enrichment opportunities such as academic mentorship, tutoring and federal-funded TRIO programs.
“OMSA a place of fond memories for me and many generations of UIUC students and alumni.
“Don’t take my word for it. Check out The News-Gazette’s 2005 article (see below) that showcased the Office of Minority Student Affairs."