Our Team

With years of combined experience, our competent and caring team is well-equipped to guide and support scholars throughout their undergraduate journey.  

We believe I-Promise Scholars enrich and diversify the university with experiences, talents, and interests unlike many of their peers.  With a strengths-based approach, our mission is to create a community for I-Promise Scholars that enhances belonging, self-efficacy, and interdependence.

Kristine McCoskey

Kristine McCoskey

Associate Director, Scholar Support Programs

Kristine works with key campus and community partners to advocate for I-Promise scholars and collaboratively develop and deliver programs and events.  She also advises individual I-Promise students and the student leadership group, I-Promise Council.  Kristine grew up in a small, rural, community in central Illinois and is the first person in her family to have earned a bachelor's degree.   She is a very proud alumna of the University of Illinois, holding both a B.A. in Rhetoric and an Ed. M. in Higher Education.   Kristine has extensive experience in advising and admissions and is passionate about working with undergraduates. She enjoys gardening, reading, writing, and learning to use power tools. 

Promise Coach for last names A-C and G-N

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Shanicka Burdine

Shanicka Burdine

Assistant Director, Illinois Promise

Shanicka advises individual I-Promise students and oversees the mentoring program. She’s a very proud I-Promise and Illinois alumna where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. Also, she holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. It was through her experience at the University of Illinois that she found her passion for serving first-generation and low-income communities. She enjoys working with students to help foster a sense of empowerment, resource building, and overall experience that changes their lives. More importantly, she wants all students to know they belong, and they deserve to be in every space by which they inhabit. Her passion for working with students has led to nearly a decade of service. She loves spending time with her family, going to the movies, and event planning. 

Promise Coach for last names D-F and O-Z

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