Baker ’04 Named Central Illinois Woman of the Year
Oct. 23, 2020
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —
Central Illinois Business Magazine named Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Gianina Baker ’04 its Woman of the Year
from the publication’s “Forty Under 40” class.
Baker is the associate director at the
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
(NILOA), a resource-research institute founded to discover, document, and disseminate
effective assessment of student learning practices at colleges and universities. She
is also vice president of the Champaign Community Unit School District 4 school board
and recently helped pass a resolution that declares racism a public health crisis,
ensuring that the necessary attention and resources will be directed to this issue.
Baker graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 2004 with a degree in psychology, before
earning a master’s degree in human development counseling from Saint Louis University
and a Ph.D. in education policy, organization & leadership from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
One of the
most decorated student-athletes in Illinois Wesleyan history, Baker was an eight-time All-American, and a member of the 2004 Indoor National Champion
4x400 meter relay team. Baker was also president of the Black Student Union; co-President
of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee; resident advisor; and assisted/led/hosted
a variety of initiatives on the IWU campus.