Meet the UNCC Team Members!

Mix IT Up! has been working with Misty Bell and Janice Mitchell at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center for several months now, preparing for and designing a technology and digital media program for the Center’s after school program. Over the span of our partnership with UNCC so far, we have made significant progress, and now we have finally assembled an awesome team of volunteers for UNCC! Let me introduce you to the talented folks who are already hard at work constructing an awesome tech program for the kids at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center!

Aisha Conner-Gaten

Originally from Chicago, Aisha has been in Champaign-Urbana for several years. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as an undergraduate, and graduated with an Anthropology degree.  Aisha has been a graduate student in Library and Information Science at UIUC since January 2012 and is interested in the development of web technology and the preservation and conservation of documents, archives and artifacts.

Aisha’s history in youth advocacy work in the C-U community includes experiences working at the Orpheum Children’s Museum, Booker T. Washington Elementary School, and at the Champaign Public Library as a Storytime Volunteer. Joining the UNCC team of tech volunteers peaked her interest as yet another way to engage with the local community.

Julia Reynolds

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A newbie in the Midwest, Julia recently relocated from her hometown of Orangevale, California – a small, slightly rural, suburb northeast of Sacramento – to join the GSLIS community here at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts from Humboldt State University in California, where she majored in English: Writing Practices and minored in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Apart from her time at GSLIS and as a volunteer, Julia is a vegan and loves to cook.  She says that she loves making cookies, cupcakes, pie, and other treats for family and friends.  She also claims to “read too much”, knits, and enjoys watching lots of obscure scifi, and hanging out with her dog, Kaylee.

Han Sol Song

Han joined the UIUC campus and Champaign-Urbana communities a couple years ago to study Library and Information Science after receiving his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his time at UIUC, Han has taken advantage of various outreach opportunities where he has also been able to build upon his skills with technology, including work with the Old King’s Orchard Community Center in Decatur. He also has experience in youth outreach, having participated in activities like volunteering to help with the Sunday School at his church.  His hometown is Laze Zurich, Illinois.

Lindsey Bangert

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Originally from the Kansas City metro area, Lindsey is currently a graduate student in Library and Information Science here at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Truman State University in Missouri, where she worked as a digitization assistant for Truman’s Digital Projects Librarian and a Psychological Research Assistant.

Lindsey’s history in youth advocacy and outreach includes experiences as a volunteer for youth summer programs and helping with ‘baby’s lap time’ for children between the ages of 0 to 10.  When Lindsey isn’t in class or volunteering her time to help create an amazing program for the kids at the Connections Center, she can often be found at the University of Illinois Law Library, where she works as a circulation assistant.

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