Staff Spotlight: Tameyka Love, Undergraduate/Undeclared Academic Advisor

Tameyka Love (she/her/hers)

In the continuing effort to recognize and honor our diverse community, the Campuswide Honors Collegium celebrates Black History Month, an observance that recognizes the significant contributions of African Americans to the history of our institution, our nation, and our world.  We have had the privilege of speaking to several Black members of the CHC community about their lives at UCI and as a part of the CHCommunity.  In this feature, we spoke to Undergraduate/Undeclared (U/U) Academic Advisor Tameyka Love, who advises U/U students including honors students.

Tameyka believes that “knowledge creates opportunities.”  She became an advisor in Undeclared to “help students understand how to navigate the University and to thrive at UCI.”  She advises Undergraduate/Undeclared students on a quarterly basis regarding course selection, majors, general education requirements, and ways to be successful at UCI.  Tameyka also advises students who participate in the Campuswide Honors Collegium, the Summer Edge Program, and is the supervisor for the U/U Mentorship Program.

As a graduate of UCI, Tameyka was drawn back to the University the day after she graduated.  “I stayed here because I have the privilege of helping students to develop skills, I continue to learn, and I am able to share my knowledge to help benefit others,” she explains.  The most rewarding part of her staff role is “being able to assist students in their development and to watch them flourish.”  She remarks, “Honors students are focused and eager to learn. I really enjoy working with them because they are motivated to be successful.” 

As a dedicated staff member for Undergraduate/Undeclared, Tameyka is most proud of her work with the Undergraduate Undeclared Mentorship program.  “The Mentorship program provides mentees access to mentors from diverse backgrounds who will help to provide them with the foundation and knowledge that they need to thrive,” she states. 

When she’s not advising, Tameyka enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching YouTube videos.  When asked what piece of advice Tameyka would like to share with students/honors students, she says “Utilize the campus resources, get involved on campus, and have fun!”

Contributed by Angie Sarabia