Megan Wadin – Community Development Specialist/Americorps VISTA
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Megan is excited to be working with the students and staff of the Global Leaders Program as an Americorps VISTA. Megan graduated from the University of St Andrews, UK in June, 2016 where she studied Human Geography, specializing in urban and community development, policy, and international geopolitics. Since graduation Megan has volunteered with local resettlement agencies and advocacy groups working to empower and support refugee populations and the communities they live in. Megan is eager to serve as the Community Development Specialist to build upon the GLP’s network of students, alumni, and community partners. She is honored to be working with such a dedicated team of young scholars and professionals. Outside of GLP, Megan works as a waitress at the home of Chicago Deep Dish, she enjoys exploring the city, caffeine, running, and reading.
Please feel free to contact Megan Wadin with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.
Jalisha Sanders – Program Specialist/Americorps VISTA
Jalisha is enthusiastic to be working with the students and staff of the Global Leaders Program as an Americorps VISTA. She was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. Jalisha studied at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She studied Business and Arts. Jalisha has volunteered with local non profit organizations such as PAWs, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Chicago Parks Foundation. In the past two years she has given her time to working with urban youth in Milwaukee and Chicago’s Public school districts. Jalisha worked with these scholars to provide a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes motivation and excellence in learning. Jalisha is eager to serve as the Program Specialist to build upon the GLP’s network of students, alumni, and community partners. She is thrill to be working with such a passionate group of young scholars and professionals. Outside of GLP, Jalisha enjoys trying new restaurants , tea , yoga, and painting.
Please feel free to contact Jalisha Sanders with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.
Originally from Rockford, Darod relocated to Chicago to join AmeriCorps. He brings a passion for civic engagement and education. He completed his B.A. at Northern Illinois University, studying political science and geography with concentrations in public administration and urban development. During his time at NIU, he partook in a series of civic organizations and initiatives and charitable programs, such as Kiwanis, UNICEF, and the Rockford Rescue Mission.
Furthermore, he has a passion for educational advancement. He worked with the Upward Bound Program, tutoring and mentoring students in Rockford and Aurora’s public high schools. During his time with the organization, he came to understand the importance of higher education attainment and motivating students with their post-secondary school prospects.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading and watching T.V. He looks forward to serving as a Program Specialist in the Global Leaders Program assisting future community leaders and bringing insight and gain experience in his future prospects as an educator.
Gerald P. Doyle – Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives
Educated at the University of Chicago (Economics) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jerry Doyle has spent over 30 years thinking about issues related to access, attainment, achievement, and advanced degrees, with a strong focus on developing pipeline initiatives for underserved communities. Professionally, Jerry has worked in admissions at the University of Chicago, the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College), and at Emerson College before joining Illinois Institute of Technology in July 2006. While at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, Jerry and his family served as Resident Tutors/Heads in the residence halls. In addition, Jerry has worked at the University of Brunei and taught A-Level Economics and Mathematics at Usa Seminary in Tanzania.
While at IIT, Jerry has found that the combination of outstanding faculty and staff and resolute commitment to community and innovation in STEM fields provides an extraordinary context in which to develop partnerships and collaborative projects with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago, as well as with various secondary schools throughout Illinois, across the US, and around the globe. Upon (re)reading the essays of the inaugural 2011 class of Illinois Tech Global Leaders, Jerry is reminded of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Jerry welcomes this most extraordinary set of young people to the program and to IIT, along with their families, schools, and community members who have provided and will continue to provide the foundation for their future.