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Monika Okitipi

Director of Student-Community Partnerships

Sociology, Black Studies and LALS

Pronouns: She/Hers


Building & Room:

BSB 4112


1007 W Harrison (MC 312)

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3005


My name is Monika Okitipi and I am the Director of Service Learning in the Department of Sociology. I have over ten years of experience in Higher Education. Many of those years were spent here at UIC, among other institutions of Higher Education in Chicago including DePaul University, University of Chicago, and Governors State University. I spent the bulk of my career advising students in the College of Liberal Arts & Science. In that role, I served various populations and supporting and establishing various programs for first-generation college students and mentorship for professionals.

Before I became a Professional in Higher Education, I was a passionate student. As a First-Generation College student, I majored in Sociology and minored in African American Studies, at Western Illinois University. At WIU, I became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, and was an active student employee on campus and there I found my passion for Higher Education. I met my husband in college and we now share 3 beautiful children together, 2 boys and 1 girl. We also have a Mini-Goldendoodle, T.J, who I affectionately call my fur-son. At the beginning of my career, I began graduate school at Lewis University. There, I received a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education-Student Services. I look forward to meeting & working with everyone and working with each of you, as well.

Fun Facts about me:

• Guilty Pleasure: Reality TV.

• Favorite color: blue.

• Hobbies: Quality time with family & friends, going on vacations, exploring nail art, and music.

• Favorite Quote: “Your education is one of the few things in life that no one can take away from you!” -Elin Nordegren