Meet Our Team

Ivan Favila

Assistant Dean & Director

Dean Favila is an Illinois alumnus with degrees in General Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the ARISE program, he oversees various student-centered retention and recruitment activities in the College’s Undergraduate Programs Office including the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) and the Morrill Engineering Program (MEP).

Emily Davidson

Coordinator for ARISE & Student Success

As the Coordinator for ARISE, Emily directly supports all ARISE programs including the planning and implementation of activities, academic support, enrichment, and mentoring efforts. Emily is a first generation college graduate; she graduated from Truman State University with her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, and Western Illinois University with her Masters of Science in College Student Personnel. Her research area focuses on the development of grit and resilience in first-generation college students. Emily has worked previously in Residence Life and Academic Advising.

Deisy Diaz Gonzales

ARISE Graduate Mentor

Deisy graduated with her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is currently working on her Master's Degree. As the Graduate Mentor for ARISE, Deisy tracks academic progress and adjustment to campus and provides resources and support to each student.

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Academic Redshirt in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

306 Engineering Hall MC 266
Urbana, IL, 61801
United States