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Dr. Nameka R. Bates

Dr. Nameka R. Bates

Assistant Director, TRIO McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement


Summary of Experience

Nameka is a three-time alumna of Illinois TRIO programs. She was a participant and staff member in the TRIO Upward Bound program and a participant in the TRIO Student Support Service and TRIO McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs. In addition to providing academic support services to student-athletes previously as a graduate assistant in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and as a graduate mentor to McNair scholars for the past year, Nameka brings 15 years of a unique combination of administrative, student service, and scholarly experiences. Nameka’s previous experience includes assistant director and acting director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center and Interim Counselor for the TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy.


Champaign, Illinois


  • Ph.D., Cultural, Pedagogical, and Interpretative Kinesiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Sport Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Sport Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What OMSA Means to Me …

The UIUC Office of Minority Student Affairs raised me, personally and professionally. I have been a member of the OMSA family since I was in the 9th grade. Over the years, my OMSA mentors helped me to thrive. OMSA means institutional stability to me. Through and good and bad times, OMSA maintains the programs and services that students need to excel.


Mentoring high school students, watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and playing video games.