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Joy Coates, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

  • Director
  • Student Support Services

I’ve worked with first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, dual enrollment, ESL, and students with learning challenges for over 20 years. As a first-generation student myself, I overcame numerous obstacles to earn a Ph.D. I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping SSS students achieve their academic and professional goals. 


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield 
African and African American Studies 

B.A., Columbia College, Chicago IL 
Liberal Arts 

AA., Harold Washington College, Chicago IL 
Business Administration