Devean R. Owens


51 Gerty Dr., Rm. 120
Champaign, IL 61820

Illini Center
200 S Wacker Dr., 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Research Assistant

Devean R. Owens' research interests include diversity and inclusion, access and equity, student development, and the Black female experience. Owens previously worked as an admission coordinator at an independent school in Dallas, Texas.  She is a co-founder of Dear Sista Friend, a blog dedicated to encouraging and empowering Black women and girls.


  • Ph.D. Student, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership - Higher Education, Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Advertising; Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Southern Methodist University
  • Black Girls' School Experiences
  • Access and Equity
  • Student Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
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