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DFI - Institutional Representatives

DFI Institutional Representatives administer the DFI fellowship on their respective campuses. In addition to student recruitment and other responsibilities; the DFI Institutional Representatives with the support and cooperation of the institutions:

  • work with students to complete application process and certify financial eligibility
  • verify to the Administrator that applicants for the fellowship meet all eligibility requirements including financial need
  • direct and coordinate campus review of applicants and submission of selected applicants for consideration by DFI Board

Students should contact their institution's Institutional Representative with questions regarding the application and/or review process.

List of Participating Institutions and Representative
Institution Name Address Phone/Fax
Adler University  La'Shawna Anderson
Diversity and Inclusion
17 N. Dearborn,  
Chicago, IL   60602
Chicago State University  Dr. Devi Potluri, PhD
Coordinator, Graduate and Professional Studies
9501 S. King Drive,  
Chicago, IL   60628
P: (773) 995-2336
F: (773) 995-3530 
DePaul University  Andre Lewis
Director, Graduate Admission
2400 North Sheffield Avenue,  
Chicago, IL   60604-2215
P: (773) 325-7379
F: (773) 325-2270 
Eastern Illinois University  Dr. Ryan C. Hendrickson
Dean of the Graduate School
600 Lincoln Avenue, 1218 Blair Hall  
Charleston, IL   61920
P: (217) 581-2220
F: (217) 581-6020 
Governors State University  Mushtaq Choudhary
Dean of Student Affairs
One University Parkway,  
University Park, IL   60484-0975
P: (708) 235-7112 x7112
F: (708) 534-8955 
Illinois Institute of Technology  Holli Pryor-Harris
Vice Provost for Operations and Strategic Initiatives
10 W. 35th Street, Suite 7D6-1 & 7D7-1  
Chicago, IL   60616
P: (312) 567-3167
F: (312) 567-7140 
Illinois State University  Dr. Noelle Selkow
Director of Graduate Studies
210 S. School St, 309 Hovey Hall  
Normal, IL   61790-2500
P: (309) 438-2583
F: (309) 438-7912 
Illinois State University  Dana  Davidson
Campus Box 4040,  
Normal, IL   61790-4040
P: (309) 438-2597
Lewis University  VACANT 
1 University Parkway, Unit #296,  
Romeoville, IL   60446-2200
P: (815) 836-5792
F: (815)836-5135 
Loyola University of Chicago  Emily Barman
Dean of the Graduate School & Vice Provost of Graduate Education
The Graduate School, 1032 W. Sheridan Road  
Chicago, IL   60660
P: (773) 508-8949
F: (773) 508-2460 
Loyola University of Chicago  Heather  Sevener
Assistant Dean
The Graduate School, 1032 W. Sheridan Road  
Chicago, IL   60660
P: (773) 508-2476
National Louis University  Rathenia Hunter
Director of Student Finance
1000 Capitol Drive,  
Wheeling, IL   60090-7201
P: (847) 947-5887
F: (847) 947-5443 
Northeastern Illinois University  Maria Jose Nataren
McNair Program Academic Skills Specialist
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue,  
Chicago, IL   60625-4699
P: (773) 442-4253
Northern Illinois University  Sarah Lindell
Administrative Assistant, Division of International Affairs
350 Normal Road,  
DeKalb, IL   60115
P: (815) 753-9256
F: (815) 753-1488 
Northern Illinois University  Dr. Jessica Reyman
Associate Dean, Graduate School
350 Normal Road,  
DeKalb, IL   60115
P: (815) 753-9406
Northwestern University  Sheehan Fisher
Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate School, 633 Clark Street  
Evanston, IL   60208-1113
P: (847) 491-8507
Northwestern University  Brittany Young
Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate School, 633 Clark Street  
Evanston, IL   60208-1113
Roosevelt University  Alejandra Prieto-Mendoza
Associate Director McNair Scholars Program
430 South Michigan Avenue,  
Chicago, IL   60605
P: (312) 341-2121
Southern Illinois University Carbondale  Shella Narag
Administrative Assistant
SIU Carbondale, MC 4341  
Carbondale, IL   62901
P: (618) 453-1186
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville  Mesha Garner
2308 Rendleman Hall, Box 1060  
Edwardsville, IL   62026-1060
P: (618) 650-3834
University of Chicago  Kevin Doherty
Assistant Director, Fellowship
970 E. 58th Street, Office 304A  
Chicago, IL   60637
P: (773) 834-5603
University of Illinois Chicago  Lunaire Ford, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
Graduate College (MC 192), 601 South Morgan Street, 601 UH  
Chicago, IL   60607-7106
P: (312) 413-2556
F: (312) 413-0185 
University of Illinois Springfield  Cecilia Stiles Cornell
Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education
One University Plaza, PAC 525,  
Springfield, IL   62703
P: (217) 206-7230
University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign  Ken Vickery, PhD
Director of Fellowships
110 Coble Hall,  
Champaign, IL   61820
P: (217) 333-3464
F: (217) 333-8019 
Western Illinois University  Mark Mossman
Associate Provost & Associate VP, Academic Affairs
One University Circle, Sherman Hall 211  
Macomb, IL   61455
P: (309) 298-1066