Tamekia Bailey '08 & '10 is the Director of CAST Connections at Illinois State University (ISU). With a passion for promoting college student success, Bailey has been a higher education administrator for over eleven years and previously served as the Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs and Student Services in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. She is a two-time graduate of Illinois State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Bailey received the First-Year Champion award for her exemplary work with first-year students and for her commitment to and advocating for First-Generation students. She believes in providing authentic care, setting high expectations for students, and understands the importance of providing equitable opportunities for student success.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. One of her favorite quotes is "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else..." -Toni Morrison