Desirée McMillion

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Contact Information

1201 West Nevada Street
Urbana, IL

Office Hours

Fall 2019 Friday 12pm - 2pm
Assistant to the Head, Instruction, Curriculum


Dr. Desiree Y. McMillion is a graduate of the College of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois.  Currently, she serves in an administrator role in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. She assist the head of African American Studies, provides co-advising across campus disciplines, assist with the development of curriculum in the unit and serves as instructor of various African American Studies courses and other campus units. 

Her primary research examines the nature and relationship of historic and contemporary educational experiences of Blacks in higher education and the study and investigation of the Black Experience.  She also has interest in Black Families in Film, using classic and contemporary films that depict diverse family structures, social classes and experiences within the Black family unit.  With this experience, Dr. McMillion is committed to offering various forms of learning practices for students as we link scientific data to lived experience.  She encourages students to reflect as they discover the pedagogical practices that identify the complexity and multiplicity for the Black experience through various mediums (books, museums, art, dance, film, stage performance, course materials, etc.)

She is a member of various committees on campus and very active in her community.  

Research Interests

  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Educational Policy 
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • History of Education and African American Studies
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • Under Representation of Students of Color in Education
  • Black Women in Academia
  • Black Families in Film
  • Slavery
  • Activism 



BA from Eastern Illinois University with an emphasis Psychology

MA and PhD from the University of Illinois in Education


Courses Taught

African American Studies 100

African American Studies 298

African American Studies 382

Human Development and Families Studies 324

General Studies 101

Gender Women Studies 384

Sociology 199