Ms. Latrina L. Denson has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 15 years.
Ms. Denson considers herself a “southwestern girl," born in West Texas, but spending most of her life in Louisiana.
She completed a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1994. In 1997, Ms. Denson completed her M.Ed in Community Counseling from University of Louisiana at Monroe.
After completing her masters, she worked at Albion College in Albion, Michigan as a Residence Hall Director/ Wellness Education Coordinator for two years. She then became the Associate Director for Campus Programs and Organizations for two years and finally, completed her tenure at Albion as the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs and First Year Experience 2003.
Ms. Denson worked at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana from 2003-2007 as a Program Coordinator for Multicultural and Leadership Programs while pursuing an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration. During her tenure at UIUC, she assisted in the development and implementation of the Multicultural Advocate Program and the C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities, Recognizing Excellence) Mentor Program for first year students of color.
Ms. Denson has served as the Director for the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois for five years. While working at Millikin University, she has developed and enhanced several programs and services. These include, but are not limited to: serving as the co-founder and coordinator of the “A Conversation On Race” program for the city of Decatur, serving as a leader in the development and implementation of the Long-Vanderburg Caterpillar Scholars Program, developing the Millikin Spiritual Partners Program, and developing the Unity Social Justice Advocate Program.
Ms. Denson has extensive experience in issues around diversity, inclusion, social justice, and identity development. This includes developing training and curriculum for faculty, staff, and administrators in Higher Education, student leaders, and community organizations. In addition, she has extensive experience in developing mentor programs which foster achievement among under-represented populations. She is co-founder of the National Identity-Based Mentoring Coalition.
Ms. Denson is an adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, Organizational and Leadership, where she teaches Leadership, Diversity, and Multiculturalism, and Leadership Ethics. In addition, Ms. Denson teaches the Long-Vanderburg Caterpillar Scholars sophomore cohort seminar course, Leadership Through Social Change.
Ms. Denson has also served as an adjunct instructor at Richland Community College, Decatur, IL, where she taught Introduction to Psychology and African-American Studies.
Ms. Denson is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also the chartering Graduate Advisor of Sigma Zeta Chapter and Tau Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Denson is also a member of the National Student Affairs Administrators In Higher Education, American College Personnel Association. She has served in leadership positions on the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers.
Ms. Denson’s passions include: social justice advocacy, mentoring young women, singing and playing the piano, listening to music, traveling, writing children’s books, and nurturing, developing, encouraging, and spending time with her daughter, Maya Starr.