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African American Outreach Committee

African American Outreach Committee


Our mission is to reignite the African American Community through education.


  • Increase the enrollment, retention, completion and transfer rates of African American students
  • Uphold the honor and values of the college: learning, integrity, quality, service, accountability and diversity
  • Collaborate with college departments and community organization to foster the success of African American students


Photo of Beverly PhelpsBeverly A. Phelps, multicultural coordinator (chair)
(847) 543-2778

When Beverly Phelps, a retention specialist, meets with new students, she gives them a very direct, three-part message: Find your career passion, get a college degree and give back to your community. Read more about Phelps.

Photo of Roderica WilliamsDr. Roderica Williams, manager/project director, student support services (co-chair)
(847) 543-2420

Committee Members

Photo of LaMar BlackLaMar Black, business and industry coordinator

Photo of Kendra ClarkKendra Clark, financial aid specialist

Photo of JoHaan Cotton-WilsonJoHaan Cotton-Wilson, special projects and outreach coordinator, Lakeshore Campus

Photo of Joann JacobsJoann Jacobs, testing center manager

Photo of Charles KelloggCharles Kellogg, academic advisor

Photo of Tiffany PeppersTiffany Peppers, executive director, JIC Community Development Corporation (CLC alumnus)
Going to college helped Tiffany get a better life, and she is eager to help others in the African American community also gain the benefits of an education. Read more about Tiffany.

Photo of Michelle ProctorDr. Michelle Proctor, education faculty
While student teaching in a poor, rural Louisiana town in the early 1990s, Michelle regularly visited the “brown side” of town to help an African-American family. Read more about Michelle.

Photo of Sharon Sanders-FunnyeDr. Sharon Sanders-Funnye, director, Educational Talent Search
A support system helped Sharon achieve her college dream. Today, she is helping young people achieve the same dream. Read more about Sharon.

Photo of Galis ShakirGaylis Shakir, counselor
Guiding others to improve their lives through education has been more than a career for Shakir; it’s been a life passion. Read more about Gaylis.

Photo of Jorge TenninJorge Tennin, assistant director, Student Activities
“Seeing a student grow personally and academically is something so great, it’s hard to describe.” Read more about Jorge.

Photo of Warren ThomasWarren Thomas, student support and repatriation services coordinator
Getting an education has opened up opportunities for Thomas, and in his job at CLC, he helps others connect to the opportunities at the college. Read more about Warren.