Hurdylyn Woods has been named Diversity Advocacy coordinator at Illinois State University. Diversity Advocacy is part of the Dean of Students Office and is committed to helping multicultural students find their way at Illinois State through resources, programs, activities, and advising.

Woods has always expressed an interest in working with multicultural affairs. “I have always had my hands in some type of multicultural activities or programs throughout my career and I was able to have my wish come true when I was hired for this role,” he said.

In addition to his new role, he serves as president of the Association of Black Academic Employees Executive Board, is a Safe Zone facilitator at the University, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Prior to his new role, Woods was the assistant director of Residential Life and area coordinator of Watterson Towers at Illinois State. “I have built relationships, over my time working at ISU, that were very beneficial to me in my past role, and hope to use those same connections in collaborative efforts to spread awareness on campus,” he added.

Woods has also worked in residential life at Ferris State University and student activities at Illinois Wesleyan University. He earned a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from Illinois State.