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Joseph Ballard II

Joseph Ballard II, M.Ed.

Academic Support Program Specialist, Academic Mentoring Programs & Services


Summary of Experience

Joseph has been in the field of Student Affairs for over five years and at Illinois within the Office of Minority Student Affairs for the past two years. Joseph is grateful for the opportunity each day to "pay it forward" by being an advocate, mentor, resource, ally, and support to the students here at Illinois and those served within OMSA. He believes it is his purpose in life to provide access, support, and be a mentor to students from underrepresented and marginalized communities/backgrounds. Joseph also serves on the NASPA Regional Board as the Illinois Membership Coordinator.

In 2016, Joseph was chosen by peers and students as the Academic Professional of the Year by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC).


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


  • University of Oklahoma – M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education Administration (Student Affairs/Social Justice concentrations)
  • Oklahoma State University – B.S. in Marketing & Management with minors in HR and Accounting

What OMSA Means to Me …

OMSA to me is a "home away from home." OMSA is a place where students can be themselves and have people there to encourage, support, advocate, provide resources and push them to be successful, find their voice, their purpose, and passions in life while simultaneously finding themselves.


Mentoring students, community service, traveling, attending concerts, spending time with family and friends.